I understand the Motobecane brand was bought my an American company and they started selling MBKs?
Motobecane used to be one of the largest manufacturers of bicycles and motorcycles, i do beleive Raleigh was actually the biggest.
"Moto" is French for motorcycle = "becane" is French for "bike" = Motobecane.
High quality Motobecane frame-sets were actually made by Peugeot !
After bankruptcy in late 1984, the company was reconstituted in the USA as MBK which only lasted for about six month's and pronounced their bikes as "em-bay-kah."
Then MBK came back to the French in late 1985 and now only produce MBK mopeds/electric scooters.
The Motobecane trademark was revived again in the USA but the current production Motobecanes are made in the Far East have no connection with France aside from the name.
All rather confusing
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