Moto Gima

Moto Gima with AMC 125cc motor
There’s an intriguing story behind this super-stylish motocyclette. Despite appearances, it’s not a vintage machine: it’s an accurate recreation of a 1950s GIMA, and costs just €4,290 (US$6,000). GIMA was a short-lived French manufacturer that made small but stylish bikes from 1947 to 1956, and would have slipped into obscurity were it not for a businessman called Hilario Gonzalez. After working for engine maker AMC and then starting his own business, Gonzalez restored a GIMA for his son a few years ago. Bitten by the bug, he decided to remanufacture a 125cc GIMA using the original design, subtly updated with modern engineering—including electronic ignition and contemporary carburetion. Permissions were obtained from Paul Josué, the original frame designer, and from Gilbert Chartoire, the son of AMC’s founder. Gonzalez revealed the prototype to the public in 2005, and by early 2009 small-scale production was underway. Since then, production has been steady and demand strong. But the financial crisis has virtually crippled GIMA’s parent company—Gonzalez’ general engineering business—and it threatens to drag down GIMA too. We hope it survives: if you do too, there’s an online petition you can sign that requests support from the French government. [Spotted on Rollin’ Free.]

  • JS

    Very cool bike indeed!

  • Beautifull, and so very French !

  • That is a beautiful bike, love the colour-matched picnic basket as well!

  • kim scholer

    Absolutely lovely bike, but sadly any kind of renewed production will face the same problem that one faces when restoring most small-capacity motorcycles: The hours of labour, the costs of paint and chrome etc. are about the same as when restoring something more expensive, like a Norton Commando or a Kawasaki Z1.

  • chuck

    Beautiful, unique machine but a few suggestions for moto gima: 1. bump it up to 200cc minimum and make it at least a five speed so it can haul around the average 175lb adult without running out of steam (not to mention a passenger on that fantastic pillion!) 2. Add english and german translation pages to your website. 3. market your product as green and environmentally responsible beacuse it gets such great fuel mileage, is fully rebuildable and built to last etc. 4. Sell your product in the USA where there is a HUGE market, 10 times the size of france, that is served by only one similar type of product, the royal enfield.

  • stempere

    in response to chuck: concerning your issue #1.

    The 125cc category is in france a pretty special one. In france you can drive any 2 wheeler (motorcycle, scooter) that is 125cc or less after having your car only driver’s license (or “permis B”) for two years. It’s a dumb law but it has had a tremendous effect on 125cc scooters sales (and accidents) here. So the market is obviously smaller that the united states but is not limited to people with the “permis A” wich is for all motorcycles. You can also pass the “permis A1” when you’re 16 (to do A or B you have to be 18) alowing to drive a 2 wheeler up to 125cc but almost nobody does that.

    Concerning the bike i think it just looks great, color and styling is very elegant.

  • That is an absolutely gorgeous piece of recreation engineering! It captures the era perfectly and is both respectful and innovative in its execution. Would love to see more pics of this beauty…

  • Rick

    How would one go about buying one in America?