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France: New Old Motorcycle - GIMA 125

  Posted at 12:45:00 PM
  File under  France Special-Bikes
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling
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In today's motorcycle industry, where 150+ HP and 300+ kph motorcycles are no exception, it's nice to see a motorcycle that allows you to admire the countryside at a slow pace. Way back in 1947, there were many small motorcycle manufacturers making motorcycles. France was no exception. One of these manufacturers was GIMA (Groupement Industriel Métallurgique l'Automobile). They made, for those days, a nifty 125 cc motorcycle, called the GIMA 125 Open link in a new window. It had a reasonable success, and even won the Bold D'Or in 1949 in the 125 category.

GIMA 125 1947

Now, the same model is being made in France again. Despite many offers to produce the bike in China for next to nothing, the owner of the brand decided to make the motorcycle in France.

GIMA 125

Gima 125 Engine
The GIMA 125 is made almost as it was in 1946. It has a 125 cc, 4 stroke (since 2-strokes are no longer legal) AMC engine, a carburetor, and in terms of speed, a Royal Enfield Bullet 500Royal Enfield Bullet 500 will seem like it is a MotoGP compared to this 125cc bike.

With a top speed of 80-90 kp/h and a weight of 105 kilos, it fetches 2.5 liters per 100 kms. With the 14 fuel liter tank, despite the low speed, you can manage a really long distance, further than most motorcycles.

The motorcycle can even host a pillion passenger, but then your top speed will be reduced dramatically. But if you're in the market for a small run-around, to be used to ride along the country lanes without being bothered about speed, this would be a very nice motorcycle.

For nostalgic motorcycle owners, the hand-built GIMA 125 is conform all present day regulations.

GIMA 125

Cost: €4,186
Availability: Now

GIMA 125

Click here to access the GIMA 125 web site Open link in a new window.

Via: Moto Revue

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