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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
The Story of Maico Motorcycles (Documentary)
The Story of Maico Motorcycles (Documentary)
Published: 2017/05/26
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: Rise and Fall of a Legend (HD)
Maico: Rise and Fall of a Legend (HD)
Published: 2009/03/23
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
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 400 1974
Maico 400 1974
Published: 2016/07/16
Channel: Sten Hartzell
LET EM HATE TROKAS (EL MAICO)
LET EM HATE TROKAS (EL MAICO)
Published: 2017/05/31
Channel: El ComandoExclusivo
Maico - How We Dream
Maico - How We Dream
Published: 2017/06/24
Channel: M A I C O
'How we dream' - Maico
Published: 2017/07/21
Channel: BBVA
Maico 700 1-3 Enduro Gearing Top Speeds
Maico 700 1-3 Enduro Gearing Top Speeds
Published: 2016/05/09
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
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
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bài nhạc huyền thoại michael jackson billie jean
Published: 2014/05/10
Channel: quang thinh le
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
Trail Riding: CR500 vs. Maico 490
Trail Riding: CR500 vs. Maico 490
Published: 2015/06/25
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
Maico 490 RAW ride twostroke
Maico 490 RAW ride twostroke
Published: 2016/06/26
Channel: Trigy Buddy
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
Uncrating a 2015 Maico 700 2-Stroke
Uncrating a 2015 Maico 700 2-Stroke
Published: 2015/08/01
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
The iconic 1981 490 Maico Motocrosser
The iconic 1981 490 Maico Motocrosser
Published: 2016/01/25
Channel: Chris Montignani
1974 Re-Manufactured Maico GP 400 Twinshock Dirt Bike
1974 Re-Manufactured Maico GP 400 Twinshock Dirt Bike
Published: 2016/12/11
Channel: Chris Montignani
2016 USA, Glen Helen, Last Race, Alan Bott Maico
2016 USA, Glen Helen, Last Race, Alan Bott Maico
Published: 2017/01/18
Channel: Pemberton Tyres
1981 Maico 490 - HOLESHOT - Washougal
1981 Maico 490 - HOLESHOT - Washougal
Published: 2014/01/11
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
1981 Maico 490 2 Stroke at Farleigh Castle
1981 Maico 490 2 Stroke at Farleigh Castle
Published: 2016/08/12
Channel: dave willet
The Maico Breako Myth
The Maico Breako Myth
Published: 2014/09/15
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
Maico - Rainbow  (Official Video)
Maico - Rainbow (Official Video)
Published: 2017/03/15
Channel: M A I C O
1. Roll Out Maico 685
1. Roll Out Maico 685
Published: 2015/11/06
Channel: sternlinux
Maico - Lach, Leef En Geniet (officiële videoclip)
Maico - Lach, Leef En Geniet (officiële videoclip)
Published: 2017/07/19
Channel: HIT IT! Music
Những bước nhảy huyền thoại của Michael Jackson
Những bước nhảy huyền thoại của Michael Jackson
Published: 2014/01/09
Channel: Chí Công Nguyễn
Những bước nhảy đi vào huyền thoại của Michael Jackson
Những bước nhảy đi vào huyền thoại của Michael Jackson
Published: 2010/09/07
Channel: cangcuavang
mj maico jackson
mj maico jackson
Published: 2009/08/15
Channel: hyago72021201
Dirtbike: Honda CR500 vs. Maico 700 - What looks faster in a video?
Dirtbike: Honda CR500 vs. Maico 700 - What looks faster in a video?
Published: 2016/01/16
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
MAICO「キセキの星 feat. CLIFF EDGE」
MAICO「キセキの星 feat. CLIFF EDGE」
Published: 2013/02/18
Channel: crownrecord
Maico 501
Maico 501
Published: 2010/10/29
Channel: FrogRacingMX
Video Tribute: In loving memory of Maico Greg Buncio
Video Tribute: In loving memory of Maico Greg Buncio
Published: 2011/05/16
Channel: AsiaRoadRacing
How hard is it to start a Maico 700?
How hard is it to start a Maico 700?
Published: 2015/10/04
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
MAICO「ラミラミ feat. Toss」(アナザーVer.)
MAICO「ラミラミ feat. Toss」(アナザーVer.)
Published: 2012/11/01
Channel: crownrecord
Rare Maico Photos
Rare Maico Photos
Published: 2008/10/16
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
1982 Maico 490 Rebuild (Remastered with Commentary)
1982 Maico 490 Rebuild (Remastered with Commentary)
Published: 2014/09/13
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
Restauro (rebuilt) Maico Mc 250 1983.wmv
Restauro (rebuilt) Maico Mc 250 1983.wmv
Published: 2012/06/10
Channel: Simone Sorini
The Maico 660 Top End (Updated see description)
The Maico 660 Top End (Updated see description)
Published: 2015/05/02
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
Maico Test Day
Maico Test Day
Published: 2012/09/04
Channel: Dave Tindall
Entrevista a Maico
Entrevista a Maico
Published: 2017/07/19
Channel: BBVA
Maico Maicoletta 1955
Maico Maicoletta 1955
Published: 2015/08/23
Channel: Retromotocykle
MAICO BREAKO?  LOL!
MAICO BREAKO? LOL!
Published: 2016/10/30
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
MAICO EroScan Pro
MAICO EroScan Pro
Published: 2013/04/19
Channel: MAICO Diagnostics
2015 Maico 700 5th Gear Start
2015 Maico 700 5th Gear Start
Published: 2015/09/14
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
MAICO-Тевтонский трактор /  MAICO History
MAICO-Тевтонский трактор / MAICO History
Published: 2016/03/27
Channel: sypostat1
Story of my 1983 Maico 490
Story of my 1983 Maico 490
Published: 2012/03/27
Channel: Opferman Motors Dirtbiking
1968 Maico 250 MC By Mayer Brothers
1968 Maico 250 MC By Mayer Brothers
Published: 2014/12/14
Channel: mayerbrothers
Classic Dirt Bikes 1977 Maico 250 Twinshocker
Classic Dirt Bikes 1977 Maico 250 Twinshocker
Published: 2016/11/06
Channel: Chris Montignani
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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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