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Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 16:06:27
Subject: Re: motobecane ignition
From: Kiroja
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Headly187@aol.com wrote:
> > hi i have a few motobecanes ranging from 1976 to 1980. about three of them
> have the same problem in that they lack sufficient spark at low rpm's. i can
> get them to run at about 20 miles per hour at full throttle and then once i
> let go of the throttle the bike dies. i have narrowed it down to the spark.
> how can i check the points on a motobecane? i cannot get into the magneto on
> any of them. i tried using a 3/8 adaptor to get the bolt off, but all the
> bolts are stuck, and i am turning them clockwise, which is the right way.
> are there any tricks or suggestions that may be wrong with my mopeds? thanks
> Ryan Turner

Very simple trick is to take a hammer and just hit the bolt a few times
(don't slam the thing to kingdom come tho').
Anyway, I take it all your moby's have an external bobine (white coil
under the fueltank). The bad part in those ignitions is the condensor.
It can be replaced with one of a vespa (the one with the yellow wire),
better not use an original.
It would be a good idea to change the points indeed and the sparkplug
ofcourse.

If you have any questions just email me.

Robbert
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