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Big Fat Gsa-powered MotorBike.

Boccardo - Favario - Grange


Petite Histoire:

As the Lomax 424 was sold end of April 2007 through eBay,

I was quite happy with my collection of Belgian Gillet-Herstal motorcycles from the fifties, type Belgica & Légia.
( see www.belgica.reKup.net )

www.belgica.reKup.net

But then I came accross this Citroën-powered motorbike on eBay in the summer of 2007 and I decided promptly to sell off all my oldtimer motorbikes except one,
the Gillet-Herstal BELGICA 200cc - 1954 (only 78 kms on the clock when I bought it, + 1.500 nowadays), 

Gillet-Herstal BELGICA - 1954

and to purchase this unique - never driven - specimen :

BFG @ garage Linssen (february 2008)

Since the first time I saw these bikes in real life ( ICCCR 1998 - Chevetogne - Belgium ) I was fascinated by them.
At that time Jeroen Cats was figuring out what they changed to the engine, to use that technology perhaps on the 4-cilinder 2CV and Lomax 424.
Especially the electronic ignition intrigued him, as I was more flattered by the design of the rocker-covers.


Over the years my documentation on the subject BFG grew largely. All magazines and leaflets that appeared on eBay and elsewhere, were purchased, read and stored.  overview of magazines

Including the recommendable book of Thierry Cazanabe;
'BFG; MF, S.A. Boccardo : Enquête sur une décennie d'échec'  /   Vous avez dit motos françaises ?

cover: Thierry Cazanabe, 'BFG; MF, S.A. Boccardo : Enquête sur une décennie d'échec'
« BFG, Mf, Boccardo : enquête sur une décennie d'échecs » analyse le pourquoi du comment de l'échec de la réindustrialisation de la motocyclette en France durant les années 80. Particularité de ces motos : elles utilsent des moteurs de voitures. Trahisons, dérapages médiatiques, luttes d'influence, batailles politiques, tout est exposé, disséqué, et apporte un éclairage nouveau sur un mal bien français qui consiste à scier la branche sur laquelle on est assis.
And now I'm the proud owner of a unique bike in Belgium. 
As I visited D'Ieteren Archives in Brussels, they came up with a sales brochure and pricelist from the eighties, but they also assured me that no bike was ever sold and/or registered in Belgium through their channels.
As BFG was hand over to MBK in 1984, connected to Yamaha, they were at that time the official importer for the MBK/BFG 1300.
Rumour goes that d'Ieteren Sport attempted to sell the MBK 1000 to the Belgian gouvernment.

The story goes that around 25 BFG's were exported to Japan, but the importer went bust by the time they arrived. 
In the january 1987 edition of 'bike', there is the article 'Not tonight Josephine' about 1 of them that returned to Britain.

This bike came back through 'Bike Direct Ltd. from Bristol'. 
The only thing they told me is that this bike has been standing in a Citroën showroom in Japan for 25 odd years, without moving. 

With the help of 'garage Linssen' in Kontich, the bike was restored in driveable condition. 
New belts, rubbers, tyres, oil, etc. 

The BFG-club was the right address for some missing parts and february 23th 2008, the first trip to the moto-jumble from my club, 
the 'Early-Riders from Antwerp'. (100 km)
followed by a bikers-fair in Antwerp, where I got my first speeding ticket!

Another trip was the ACRO-rally - Bonheiden, end of March 2008. (1.000km)

BFG at ACRO-rally / Bonheiden

Citroën-highlights of the year 2008 were the CitroënJumble Namur (B)

CitroënJumble Namur 2008
followed by the Dutch CitroMobile in Utrecht. 
On both meetings lots of intrest for this unique specimen of motorcycle.
CitroMobile - Utrecht

May 25th 2008 was the BIG national meeting from the BFOV/FBVA in Brussels, Atomium Square: (teller at 2.400 km)

BFOV/FBVA meeting Atomium - 2008

May 2009 : + 5.000 kms !
Meetings attended: VankRally / Kontich, Rockabilly-day / Assenede, Early Riders / Schilde, Indian Day , ...

2010 : Traction-meeting ARRAS arras_entreeBFG.JPG (86260 bytes)

April 2012: 10.401 kms
After almost 4 years of loyal service, I managed to get the engine blown...
Sold for parts to an enthousiast, whom, I am sure, will restore it in all its grandeur.


BFG 1300 - 1982 - N° 147

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anno 1982 B. registered : 01 / 01 / 1983
registration chassis-nr.: 0147 engine-nr.: 0982600183  (G13 / 646)
type 1301
kms on the clock / mileage
  • 03 / 08 / 2007 :  3 km and counting...
  • 27 / 04 / 2008 :  1.000 kms -> www.CitroenJumble.be 
  • 01 / 05 / 2009 :  +5.000 kms!
  • 10 / 10 / 2011 :  9.987 kms
  • 15 / 04 / 2012 :  abruptely stopped at 10.401 km...
engine 1299 cc aircooled flatfour boxer
48KW / 65 PS/HP
CITROËN  G13 / 646
(from Citroën GSA 1979 - 1986)
oil 20W50 PennZoil
oilfilter MANN C06 - 67 402 58 492 -> MANN-HUMMEL W712/15
PURFLUX LS450A
FRAM PH4765
TECHNOCAR R76
bougies EYQUEM 800 LS / CHAMPION N6Y / BOSCH W5D / KVAS 800 LS
(info Odyssee N° 0 - 02/1983)
gearbox 5 speed gearbox - made in Grenoble
alloy wheels 2.15 x 18  -  WM3  -  FPS - Italy (part of Hayes-Lemmerz) also seen on Moto Guzzi Le Mans & others
tyres front: 
MICHELIN 90/90 H18 A48
tube type
max.load 430 LBS AT 42 P.S.I. COLD ( CRU000641 )
rear: 
MICHELIN 120/90 H18 M48
tube type
DOT FUGN 739T 142
brakes BREMBO
(also mounted on several Moto Guzzi's)

front: double discs

rear: single disc

6 brakepads: 55mm x 54mm x 9mm
  • BREMBO MNTXM64GG - 07 2256 30 - 889 6 G
  • PREMIER DMX-GG - P 01 - KBA31039 - LK3906
  • ...
battery BFG 12N183A 12V - 20 Ah (min. 14 Ah)
  • BOSCH type BBM20
    OLD ref. 0 180 0 5200 C
  • TASHIMA
    Y50-N18L-A
  • EXIDE
    E50-N18L-A2
alternator 12/14 Volts 40 MPS DUCELLIER type 5140068
suspension front: 
TELESCO (Spain)
rear: de Carbon (France)
6611 A12 82
car parts
  • rearview-mirrors
  • rear axle / cardan
  • headlight
  • engine
  • dashboard
  • Fiat Panda
  • Citroën Méhari 4x4
  • Renault 16
  • Citroën GSA
  • Renault 5 TS / Alpine
floater in gasoline-tank JAEGER - made in France (same style as 2CV) 27571 01 - 12V - C2
production 400 x BFG - 1982 -> 1983
150 x MBK - 1984 -> 1988
10 x l'Atelier Précision - 1988 -> 1996
Total: 560 ex.

Kontich / Antwerp (B) Erwin ( reKupnet ) Obourdin erwin@reKup.net

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TOURING MOTORBIKES 1982 / 1983
BFG 1300 1299cc 300 kg 5.000
AMF / Harley Davidson FLTC Tour Glide Classic 1340cc 355 kg -
BMW R100 RT 980cc 217 kg 3600
HONDA GL 1100 DLX 1085cc 285 kg 4100
KAWASAKI Z 1300 1286cc 296 kg 6000
LAVERDA 1200 TS 1116cc 245 kg 4600
MOTO GUZZI 1000 SP Cockpit Integrale 949cc 210 kg 3900
SUZUKI GSX 1100 E (KATANA) 1067cc 258 kg 3500
YAMAHA XS 1100 Sport 1101cc 258 kg 3500

BFG Linx

Moto Club BFG FR the one and only club-site
Cats-Citroën.net NL Jeroen Cats' view on the BFG-matter
Citroënët UK Julian Marsh' story
The BFG 1300 page DK a little Danish boy with a BIG motorcycle
Anonyme FR percheron de type B F G fidèle monture depuis octobre 1982
Lane Motor Museum USA a BFG at the Lane Motor Museum / Tenessee
www.smitbros.nl NL Smitbros - Texel,  they acquired BFG N° 25 in june 2009.

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