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Custom CB750 in Europe – 1973 Japauto 950 SS

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Sensing that Honda was about to take over the motorcycle industry, Christian Vilaseca expanded his family’s GM automobile dealership by founding Japauto in 1966. Thanks to the success of the CB750, Japauto quickly became Europe’s largest motorcycle dealership. So when he decided to campaign in the 1970 Bol d’Or, he wanted to race with a bike bearing his companies name …

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1968 Solex Micron

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Post Listing Update: This Solex did not get any interest at the opening bid of $3,900 on eBay. I’ve featured a few two-wheelers from the French manufacturer Solex over the years, but this is the first example I’ve seen of the Micron, their smallest creation.

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1953 Motoconfort 125

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8-4-19 Update: 18 months later, Rod M notes that this bike is back up for sale. It’s a bit suspicious that the photos are screengrabs, but the asking price is down from $6,100 to $3,400 and the seller claims that it was recently serviced with a new crankshaft. Find it for sale here on Craigslist. Founded in 1925, Motoconfort was …

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The French Bimota – 1980s Moto Martin M16 1135 EFE Suzuki

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In a nutshell, Moto Martin was something akin to a French Bimota; the boutique firm dropped the latest engines of the day — in Martin’s case primarily from Japanese manufacturers — into bespoke frames, adorned them in unique bodywork, and then tacked on the latest and greatest track-focused running gear. The company is the brainchild of George Martin, who, prior …

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Ending Soon – 1972 Motobecane LT 125

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Post Listing Update: This Motobecane did not meet reserve despite 11 bids up to $1,957. Rarely found in the US, the Motobecane LT series utilized a two-stroke twin paired with a five-speed transmission. It was introduced in 1972 to compete against bikes like the Yamaha DT125 and Honda CB125. For more information, check out this translated page from Motobecane Passion.

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Little French Tracker – 2014 Mash Seventy Five 125cc

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Mash Motorcycles is one of those manufacturers you’ve probably never heard of before. First founded in 2014, the low-volume boutique manufacturer offers good looking inexpensive motorcycles powered by small-displacement (50cc, 125cc, 250cc, and 400cc) Chinese crate engines. Think Cleveland CycleWerks, but French. In its handful of years since being established, Mash has released a surprisingly expansive lineup including factory ADV …

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Free Shipping From Belgium – 1956 Automoto Type APGL

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Post Listing Update: This Automoto did not meet reserve with 43 bids up to $1,740. Founded in 1902, the French firm of Automoto built bicycles and motorcycles. They merged with Peugeot in 1930 but still created two-wheelers under the same brand name until 1962, when Automoto was shut down. They primarily focused on upmarket bikes with bigger motors, and after …

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The French NCR – Roadson 1078R

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Since 1992, Jean-Francois Robert has been designing ultra-lightweight race machinery, first under the brand name ’Tucson’ with the slogan “Light is Right.” The boutique French race house’s aim is to compete with other prestigious shops such as NCR and Pierobon. Robert would partner with Yann Bakonyi and together the pair of designers and engineers would churn out some seriously impressive …

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17 of 28 – 2008 Voxan Charade Racing

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Voxan Motorcycles was founded back in 1995 with the aim of establishing itself as a contender in the global sport market. Started by Jacques Gardette, Voxan brought two seasoned names onboard to design the French moco’s machines. Renowned GP designer and builder Alain Chevallier – who sadly passed away last October – designed the Voxan frames while expert engine builder …

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#20 of 31 – 2001 Voxan VB1

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The VB1 was first debuted in 1999 at the Paris Motorcycle show (seems appropriate), but it would be another two years before customers would finally receive deliveries of the rare French liter bike which was only produced in 2001. Designed by Thierry Henriette (of Boxer who designed various stylish sporty two and four-wheelers), only 30 VB1 models were manufactured, making …