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Old 04-11-14, 02:51 PM
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Since this percolated back up to the top, I just finished a minor update to my Champion Team.

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How about a lowly '79 Super Mirage? Bought it for 60.00 and traded it last summer for the '80 Centurion Elite that fit a little better. Here is a shot of the headbadge:

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How about a lowly '79 Super Mirage? Bought it for 60.00 and traded it last summer for the '80 Centurion Elite that fit a little better. Here is a shot of the headbadge:

IMHO, the Motobecane designers had a very sublime sense of graphic design and paint color combinations. I think they are one of the prettiest bikes available.
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Originally Posted by dweenk
IMHO, the Motobecane designers had a very sublime sense of graphic design and paint color combinations. I think they are one of the prettiest bikes available.
I agree completely, Dweenk. The graphics on the early ones are some of the best ever, IMO.

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Originally Posted by dweenk
IMHO, the Motobecane designers had a very sublime sense of graphic design and paint color combinations. I think they are one of the prettiest bikes available.
Definately.
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My '74 Grand Jubile' that I've posted before.

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Originally Posted by toavii
My 1978 (I think - could be wrong; Vitus, first gen Cyclone) Grand Jubile





Was my dad's since new, I've had it for 8 years now. First time out with it this year. One of my favorite riding bikes I've ever had.

It's in dire need of some Paselas and I really need to get around to finding a suitable frame pump for it this year.

You know, I was just thinking...By posting pictures of our steeds here, how cruel and inconsiderate we Moto owner's are being to the Moto-less masses.
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Gorgeous, GJ, DCK.
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Bought in a 2nd hand bike shop in Bordeaux in 2010.
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my '80 grand jubilé fits me as well as any bike i've ever ridden. it's the bike of choice for epic rides. it came to me without a fork and only the cockpit and brakeset.



i've made my '76 grand record into my grocery getter. i always bring it into the shops with me. people like it. it makes any room or space more attractive.

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Originally Posted by jeffieh
Bought in a 2nd hand bike shop in Bordeaux in 2010.
Nice. Would love to see more close up pics of that.
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Originally Posted by eschlwc
my '80 grand jubilé fits me as well as any bike i've ever ridden. it's the bike of choice for epic rides. it came to me without a fork and only the cockpit and brakeset.



i've made my '76 grand record into my grocery getter. i always bring it into the shops with me. people like it. it makes any room or space more attractive.

The black and red combo is one of my favorites. As noted previously, Moto's colors and graphics were the epitome of style and grace.
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Hi, new to bike forums. I've been lurking a bit for Motobecane info and finally decided to just join. I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions as I try to finish up this beauty.

I'm about 95% confidant she's a 1975 Mirage.
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Nice bike, Motomixte. And great color. I've not seen too many green Motos.
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Thanks. I just cleaned the frame up today with goo gone (followed by a good soapy bath), and she's shining!

I've looked all over the netz, and I think I've seen two pictures of this paint color on a mixte.

I touched up the inevitable dings with fingernail polish. I hope that's not sacrilegious!
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Nope. It's a good thing, as long as the nail polish matches.
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et voila!
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Great color great bike.
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^ Agreed.

And an interesting model, as the 'Super Champion' was AFAIK never imported to the US.

I just found it listed in a c.1975 UK Motobecane catalog. Sure enough, it looks to be the top model--and they have no 'Team Champion.'

Interestingly there is some overlap with US model designations (Mirage, Nomad) but mostly the bikes are given alphanumeric designations. This corresponds with the French models, as seen in this 1978 French catalog. In that one, it's only the upper level touring and racing models that have names, but there is no Super Champion, or Team Champion, Le Champion, Grand Record, etc.

My guess is that those familiar top model Motos were for export only and differed from what was available in France. In fact the UK and US models are evidently not the same either.

ps: Here's the 1975 UK 'Super Champion.' It doesn't correspond to the top US models at all. Frame is '3 tubes' 531, Huret dropouts, bars and stem Pivo, Stronglight cranks, Universal brakes, wheelset has Normandy HF hubs and Wolber tubular rims.
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et voila!
Wow! The Frenchies really turned out a beaut!
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Very nice. Thanks for posting the pics, Jeffieh. Paint is in wonderful condition. Wonder which model in the US market this bike corresponds to, if any.
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Originally Posted by dck
My '74 Grand Jubile' that I've posted before.

Beautiful! I particularly like this Grand Jubile color scheme.
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+1. That is one handsome bike. And with all of its original equipment, it looks. Very nice.
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76 Super Mirage rescue from a few years ago- rode great, swapped for a Miyata which was outstanding! But still miss the way that beautiful Motobecane red paint comes alive in the sunlight! Glad this thread popped up again, now I need to get another one-lol
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1984 Jubilee Sport - Restoration has started! Brooks seat and new rubber. I had one brand new back in the day. Fast! Light! Beautiful in Palomino!



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