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About Maico

Maicowerk A.G. began in 1926, originally assembling 98 and 123 cc Ilo two stroke motors. After World War II the West German motorcycle manufacturer began producing its own unit construction two stroke engines, selling engines and complete motorcycles. Maico have also made Go kart engines.

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

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, Ake Jonsson and Willy Bauer proved to be a serious challenge to the Japanese factories and produced numerous top three finishes in both World and US Championship motocross competitions. U.S. publication Motocross Action called the 1981 Maico Mega 490 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.

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 through the present.

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 works bikes, 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.

Maicoletta

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2-door
2+2-seat
S2   0.5L      M-4
13.4 kW / 18.0 hp / 18.0 hp  36.0 N·m / 26.6 lb·ft / 26.6 lb·ft
   

Maico 500 (1958)

2-door 2+2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 2-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 452 cm3 / 27.6 cu in / 27.6 cu in, 13.4 kW / 18.0 hp / 18.0 hp @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, 36.0 N·m / 26.6 lb·ft / 26.6 lb·ft @ 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 92 km/h / 57 mph / 57 mph top speed

2-door
2-seat
S2   0.5L      M-4
14.9 kW / 20.0 hp / 20.0 hp        
   

Maico 500 Sports (1958)

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 2-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 452 cm3 / 27.6 cu in / 27.6 cu in, 14.9 kW / 20.0 hp / 20.0 hp @ 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

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