Page 61. 1954 Peugeot Bima Standard Moped

1954 Peugeot Bima Standard Moped

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I’m a confirmed vintage Peugeot addict. I have quite a varied selection of models including this Bima Standard moped. I originally intended to include it in the grand auction, but am quite attached to it, so have held it back.

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So what’s so special about a 1954 Peugeot Bima Standard moped? (or ‘moby’ as mopeds are called in France)

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Well, I like the styling. The little details such as the badges. I definitely like mopeds that have levers to connect the engine to the wheel, and the Peugeot has a good one.

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With an engine lever it means the 1954 Bima still hasn’t quite made the transition from cycle-attachment to moped.

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And early Bimas run well. They were one of the better French mopeds in their day. Peugeots deservedly have a good reputation.

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I bought this particular one from one of my friends in France (Jean-do). I purchased it as a runner, but have not had a chance to put it through the workshop and fire it up.

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This Bima is in very good unrestored condition. It oozes patina.

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I’m loathe to sell it because Brits simply don’t get French cyclomoteurs; rather than ride something different, they all seem to ride the same bikes as everyone else. I don’t understand why enthusiasts are supposedly eccentric enough to ride fifties vehicles but simultaneously too conventional to ride different fifties vehicles?

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Oh well, I suppose it’s the same as guys rebelling and instead of suits they wear Levis. Except everyone who rebels wears Levis. I wear Levis, so who am I to complain?

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Look at this lovely little cyclemotor.

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