Web Analytics

 New Map - 350 BL 3
 Back to brands list

New Map BL 3 motocyclette motorrad motorcycle vintage classic classique scooter roller moto scooter
Photo ou archives : F-M. Dumas

Capacity : 350
Model : BL 3
Production : 1930 -
Category : (R) Street Bike


350 BL 3 - 1930

The Blue Angel from Lyon

France's New Map, made in Lyon, was an outstanding example of the breed of constructor-assemblers whose products formed a serious challenge to the major marques. Founded at the beginning of the Twenties, New Map built bikes in virtually every capacity class and used just about every brand of proprietary engine on the market. This particular machine is fitted with the compact unit-construction Chaise single (built in Paris from 1928 by Omnium Métallurgique & Industriel), but New Map also employed MAG, JAP, Z├╝rcher, AMC, Sachs, and Ydral engines.

Complex Lineup

Despite this complex lineup, New Map established a solid reputation, due in no small measure to the superb finish of its machines, which were always equipped with the very latest accessories and up-to-date technology. That was the great advantage of being an assembler, whose production methods were necessarily more flexible than those of a constructor, and could instantaneously adopt the latest developments from current production.

"The Blue Angel"

In Lyon they called this bike L'Ange Bleu ("Blue Angel") after the 1930 film starring Marlene Dietrich. The striking metallic blue New Map gas tank contrasted strikingly with the habitual black finish of its rivals. Priced at under 6000 francs, the 350 New Map cost less than most of its competitors.


Engine: Chaise 330 cc (75x79mm) single-cylinder four-stroke

Power Rating: 11 hp @ 4 000 rpm

Valves: overhead

Fuel System: carburetor

Transmission: 3-speed tank change; final drive by chain

Brakes: drum (front & rear)

Wheels: 19in interchangeable wire

Weight: 265 lb

Like so many other French marques, New Map survived the war only to find the economic constraints of the post-Armistice world increasingly difficult to cope with production.


Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
- Les fiches originales sur papier
- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
Me contacter sur info@moto-collection.org pour les conditions et droits d'utilisation.