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The Story of Maico Motorcycles (Documentary)
The Story of Maico Motorcycles (Documentary)
Published: 2017/05/26
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
The Top Ten Maico Motorcycles/Dirtbikes You have never heard of!
The Top Ten Maico Motorcycles/Dirtbikes You have never heard of!
Published: 2017/01/02
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
1983 Maico 490 Spider
1983 Maico 490 Spider
Published: 2015/11/28
Channel: kingdebary
Maico: Rise and Fall of a Legend (HD)
Maico: Rise and Fall of a Legend (HD)
Published: 2009/03/23
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
Maico - How We Dream (Official Video)
Maico - How We Dream (Official Video)
Published: 2017/07/24
Channel: M A I C O
Maico Motorcycles / Dirtbikes in Movies and TV Shows!  (Short Documentary)
Maico Motorcycles / Dirtbikes in Movies and TV Shows! (Short Documentary)
Published: 2017/05/14
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
Maico - How We Dream
Maico - How We Dream
Published: 2017/06/24
Channel: M A I C O
The iconic 1981 490 Maico Motocrosser
The iconic 1981 490 Maico Motocrosser
Published: 2016/01/25
Channel: Chris Montignani
Maico 400 1974
Maico 400 1974
Published: 2016/07/16
Channel: Sten Hartzell
Uncrating a 2015 Maico 700 2-Stroke
Uncrating a 2015 Maico 700 2-Stroke
Published: 2015/08/01
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
'How we dream' - Maico
Published: 2017/07/21
Channel: BBVA
Dirtbike Garage: S1 E17 Starting up the 1997 Maico 500 Again!
Dirtbike Garage: S1 E17 Starting up the 1997 Maico 500 Again!
Published: 2017/10/06
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
New Dirt Bike - 1981 Maico 490 GS Enduro
New Dirt Bike - 1981 Maico 490 GS Enduro
Published: 2015/03/01
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
Maico en directo - How we dream
Maico en directo - How we dream
Published: 2017/09/27
Channel: BBVA
Dirtbike VLOG S1 E3: Maico 700: because committing suicide with razors is for pussies
Dirtbike VLOG S1 E3: Maico 700: because committing suicide with razors is for pussies
Published: 2016/11/09
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
1. Roll Out Maico 685
1. Roll Out Maico 685
Published: 2015/11/06
Channel: sternlinux
1981 Maico 490 2 Stroke at Farleigh Castle
1981 Maico 490 2 Stroke at Farleigh Castle
Published: 2016/08/12
Channel: dave willet
Maico 490 flat out
Maico 490 flat out
Published: 2016/08/29
Channel: thesuspensionguru
1986 Maico 500 2 Stroke
1986 Maico 500 2 Stroke
Published: 2010/05/28
Channel: Power of The Secret
Maico - Lach, Leef En Geniet (officiële videoclip)
Maico - Lach, Leef En Geniet (officiële videoclip)
Published: 2017/07/19
Channel: HIT IT! Music
Maico - Rainbow  (Official Video)
Maico - Rainbow (Official Video)
Published: 2017/03/15
Channel: M A I C O
Maico - Beautiful World [Official Video]
Maico - Beautiful World [Official Video]
Published: 2017/07/26
Channel: Maico Official
Rare Maico Photos
Rare Maico Photos
Published: 2008/10/16
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
The History of the Maico 700: Zabel, Maico and the ATK Intimidator (Documentary)
The History of the Maico 700: Zabel, Maico and the ATK Intimidator (Documentary)
Published: 2014/09/23
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
MOTORRAD-Classic: Honda CR 93 und Maico 125 RS
MOTORRAD-Classic: Honda CR 93 und Maico 125 RS
Published: 2017/05/04
Channel: MOTORRAD
Mega Maico
Mega Maico's Classic Dirt Bikes
Published: 2016/07/24
Channel: Chris Montignani
Brad Lackey and Maico Motorcycles (Short Documentary)
Brad Lackey and Maico Motorcycles (Short Documentary)
Published: 2017/05/03
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
Maico 700 Two Stroke (2 Stroke) ATK Intimidator Dirtbike
Maico 700 Two Stroke (2 Stroke) ATK Intimidator Dirtbike
Published: 2013/10/13
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
Maico S1 490
Maico S1 490
Published: 2013/08/15
Channel: punk4RT
Maico
Maico
Published: 2014/02/20
Channel: MAICO TADA
MAICO-Тевтонский трактор /  MAICO History
MAICO-Тевтонский трактор / MAICO History
Published: 2016/03/27
Channel: sypostat1
Maico [ Lovin
Maico [ Lovin' you ] PV
Published: 2014/11/25
Channel: sun ao
Maico - Ik Wil Weer Met Je Dansen (officiële videoclip)
Maico - Ik Wil Weer Met Je Dansen (officiële videoclip)
Published: 2016/08/17
Channel: HIT IT! Music
Maico 700 1-3 Enduro Gearing Top Speeds
Maico 700 1-3 Enduro Gearing Top Speeds
Published: 2016/05/09
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
Starting the Maico 660 (Big Bore Dirtbike)
Starting the Maico 660 (Big Bore Dirtbike)
Published: 2016/09/22
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
MAICO「毎日つづった君へのラブレター」
MAICO「毎日つづった君へのラブレター」
Published: 2012/05/18
Channel: crownrecord
【FULL PV】MAICO 「毎日つづった君へのラブレター」
【FULL PV】MAICO 「毎日つづった君へのラブレター」
Published: 2012/06/23
Channel: R. Murayama
Maico - Morgen  (Officiële videoclip) Full HD
Maico - Morgen (Officiële videoclip) Full HD
Published: 2014/05/11
Channel: Music Maico
357 First ride 1981 Maico 250
357 First ride 1981 Maico 250
Published: 2015/06/09
Channel: Maicoman
Entrevista a MAICO, seguramente la banda española con mayor proyección internacional.
Entrevista a MAICO, seguramente la banda española con mayor proyección internacional.
Published: 2017/04/10
Channel: Arriba España M80
mj maico jackson
mj maico jackson
Published: 2009/08/15
Channel: hyago72021201
2015 Maico 700 - Low End Torque - Hillclimbing at Diamond Mill
2015 Maico 700 - Low End Torque - Hillclimbing at Diamond Mill
Published: 2015/09/13
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
Maico 125 first start
Maico 125 first start
Published: 2014/04/05
Channel: wicked kuhl werks fraase
Maico 500 Supermoto
Maico 500 Supermoto
Published: 2016/10/30
Channel: MOM RACING
Honda cr 500 & Maico 700 2t
Honda cr 500 & Maico 700 2t
Published: 2017/09/24
Channel: Ferrù_ DFR
Maico en Los 40 Global Show
Maico en Los 40 Global Show
Published: 2017/04/25
Channel: LOS40
Maico 490 RAW ride twostroke
Maico 490 RAW ride twostroke
Published: 2016/06/26
Channel: Trigy Buddy
MAICO AKE 100 Kellerlüftung
MAICO AKE 100 Kellerlüftung
Published: 2016/08/11
Channel: Maico Ventilatoren
The Maico 660 Build Story (Dirtbike)
The Maico 660 Build Story (Dirtbike)
Published: 2016/09/26
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
Maico - Jij Bent Mijn Nummer 1 (officiële videoclip)
Maico - Jij Bent Mijn Nummer 1 (officiële videoclip)
Published: 2015/06/03
Channel: HIT IT! Music
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For the manga series, see Maico 2010.

1956 Maico 250cc

Maicowerk A.G. was a West German motorcycle manufacturer. Founded in 1926 by Ulrich Maisch as Maisch & Co, the company originally manufactured 98 and 123 cc Ilo two-stroke engines. After World War II, they began producing their own unit construction two-stroke engines, selling complete motorcycles. Maico (pronounced [ˈmaɪko]) made a brief foray into the automobile business with their own line of microcars in the late 1950s. Maico have also made Go kart engines.[1]

The road motorcycles were named after winds... 'Blizzard' 'Typhoon' etc., but the company was better known for its purpose-built Motocross and Enduro machines, and for its 'Maicoletta' motor scooter, both of which sold in higher numbers than the road motorcycles.

Maico racing motorcycles[edit]

1974½ Maico 400 GP

Maico motocross (MC) and enduro (GS) racing models proved very successful in both European and American competition throughout the 1970s. While lacking the financial capital and big money race-team backing like that of the Japanese factories of Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, and Kawasaki, Maico riders such as Adolf Weil, Åke Jonsson and Willy Bauer proved to be a serious challenge to the Japanese factories and produced numerous top three finishes in the Motocross World Championships. The firm also experienced some success in Grand Prix road racing competitions with rider Börje Jansson winning three 125cc Grand Prix races between 1972 and 1973.[2] American publication Motocross Action called the 1981 Maico Mega 2 - 490cc the greatest open-class motocross bike of all time. The 1974.5 400cc and 440cc GP and 1981 490cc models along with any year 501cc motocross bike are some of the most sought-after vintage MX and twin-shock motorcycles to this day.

1979 Maico 250 Magnum
Restored 1978-1979 Maico Teardrop fuel tank

One of the visual modernizations of the Maico off-road motorcycles was the move from a "coffin" style tank in 1974 to a "teardrop" style tank in 1978/79 on bikes like the 250 Magnum. The bikes later moved to plastic tanks in 1980 with the Mega1.[3]

One of the largest contributions to the world of motocross suspension technology came in the 1974 season when the Wheelsmith Motorcycles team in the USA and the Gunther Schier teams in Europe forward-mounted the rear shocks on the Maico factory-backed motorcycles, immediately increasing the travel and ability to trump the competition. This initiated a frantic effort on the part of factory teams and privateers alike; chopping up their frames in a desperate attempt to remain competitive.

Maicowerk AG filed for bankruptcy in 1983, but continued to produce small numbers of motocross and enduro models (re-badged as M-Stars in the United States due to legal issues) up through 1986. Subsequent manufacturers have purchased the brand name and applied it to their own limited production motorcycles. Modern open-class dirt-bikes are still being produced under the Maico brandname[4] The ATK Intimidator dirt-bike (reportedly the most powerful production 2 stroke motorcycle available aside from Maico's own motorcycles) features a Maico motor.[5]

After the company went out of business in 1986, its assets were taken over by a Dutch company, but to this day retains a strong cult following. Many riders restore vintage Maicos for display or to take back to the track.[6]

The new Maico launched in 2013 a 685 Cross model with 82 Horsepower (60 kW), it is one of the most powerful motocross bikes on the market.[7]

Maicoletta[edit]

Maicoletta Scooter
Maicoletta Dash

The Maicoletta motor scooter of the 1950s was one of the largest motor scooters produced by any manufacturer until the modern era.[8] The engine was a single cylinder 247cc piston port 2-stroke (an export version featuring a 277cc engine was also produced for use with a sidecar), with four foot-operated gears, enclosed chain drive, centrifugal fan cooling and electric start. This was fitted to a tubular frame built on motorcycle principles with long travel telescopic forks and 14-inch wheels. The Maicoletta had a top speed of greater than 70 mph, comparable with most 250cc motorcycles of the time. In the 1950s most scooters such as Vespa, Lambretta, were 125cc to 200cc with 8-10 inch wheels and a top speed of 55 to 60 mph, so the expensive but fast and comfortable Maicoletta developed a following amongst scooter club enthusiasts.

By modern standards the brakes (drum front and rear) leave something to be desired, but compared to those of other scooters from the period, the brakes are not inferior.[9]

Pendulum starter An unusual Bosch 6v 'pendulum' electric starter system was fitted, which was quite advanced for the 1950s, and about which there are a number of common misconceptions. When activated, instead of rotating the crankshaft the starter used the generator coils on the shaft to rock it back and forth under the control of cams on the crankshaft. These cams closed contacts in the generator to trigger a reversing switch in the Control box that changed the crankshaft direction at the end of each swing. This gives the impression of the crankshaft continually bouncing back and forwards against compression, when operated. A separate set of ignition points fired the spark plug in the forward direction only, and when this fires the mixture in the cylinder the engine starts to rotate normally, the starter is released and the normal ignition system takes over. The advantage of this system is that the starter does not have to force the crankshaft to turn over against compression, so less power is required from the 6volt system. Its disadvantage is the unusual number of contacts, which can be difficult to adjust. The reversing switch contacts tend to wear out with extended use and can be very difficult to get repaired, hence the scooter's reputation for requiring roll starts later in life.

Maico Mobil[edit]

Maicomobil

The Maico Mobil, said to resemble a 'two wheeled car', was a highly enclosed two-wheel motorcycle which sold only in small numbers. It was designed to provide motorcycle handling combined with scooter convenience, a large trunk,[10] and weather protection. It was nicknamed "the dustbin."[11] The Mobil was produced from June 1950 through 1958 with aluminum bodywork and a tubular frame.[12]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Title: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Motorcycles, Editor: Erwin Tragatsch, Publisher: New Burlington Books, Copyright: 1979 Quarto Publishing, Edition: 1988 Revised, Page 198, ISBN 0-906286-07-7
  2. ^ "Börje Jansson career statistics". motogp.com. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  3. ^ VMX Magazine: Issue 14(1981 490cc review); Issue 15(1974 440cc review); Issue 19 (1981 250cc review)
  4. ^ Maico UK Home.
  5. ^ Starring The 700cc Intimidator - Wild New Machines From ATK! - Dirtbike at Off-Road.com
  6. ^ "Active Vintage Motocross Racing Club". pnwvmx.org. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  7. ^ "Maico 685 Cross 2013 - The Beast". mxlynx.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2017-04-19. 
  8. ^ "The Maicoletta Page". maicoletta.mayoreric.com. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  9. ^ "Cycle World Maicoletta Scooter Test 1963". 
  10. ^ "Scooterlounge.com - Blog". scooterlounge.com. Retrieved 2015-10-16. 
  11. ^ "Bonhams : 1954 Maico Mobil 197cc MB200 Scooter Frame no. 301-430". www.bonhams.com. Retrieved 2015-10-16. 
  12. ^ "Classic Motorcycles". Classic Motorcycles. Retrieved 2015-10-16. 

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