Established in 1923, Motobécane was a French manufacturer of motorcycles, mopeds, bicycles, and other small vehicles. The name Motobécane is a compound word using “moto” for motorcycle and “bécane” which is the French slang for bike. The company was France’s largest manufactor of motorcycles for many years. They produced their first motorcycle with a single cylinder two-stroke engine in 1923. Their first four-stroke motorcycle was produced in 1933. After WWII with the need for cheap transportation growing, the company produced a single cylinder motorbike, the D45.
In 1949 they introduced the Moblyette moped. These would be produced for the next 48 years with some 14 million manufactured. They were made under license in several countries around the world. In India the model was a Suvega made by Mopeds India Ltd. In England it was the RM series made by Raleigh and American retailer Montgomery Ward imported the Mopeds and sold them via their catalog using the name Riverside. In Canada, the Canadian Tire Corporation supplied the mopeds throughout the 1970s. It was reported that in 1978 a Canadian named Walter Muma rode a 50V 11,500 miles on a trip that began in Toronto. He travelled to Alaska and back to Toronto in three months.
This pair of Cady model Motobécane mopeds were originally purchased at a Canadian Tire store in the Centennial Mall in Edmonton, Alberta in the Spring of 1978. They were purchased with all the optional safety equipment available at the time. This includes factory bells, a mechanic’s tool pouch, bike pump and battery powered signal lights. The mopeds remained with the original family until the seller acquired them in the fall of 2018.