Was cruising the net and found your website. Heres some pics of my 81 490. I got into vintage Maicos when I bought a basket case 82 490 and once completed discovered it did faster lap times that my new CRF 450! Since then I became the 07 AHRMA +40 and Ultima 500 Expert National Champ and the 08 AVDRA +50 and GP2 500 National Champ.
My 81 490 Maico handles better and is faster than any new 450 I’ve riden. Everything people say about the handling and power of these bikes is true! Thats why they are hard to find under $5-6000. Amazing for a 28 year old dirt bike!
The legend lives!! Long live Maico!
Santa Rosa, CA
George sent in an update to his story. Be sure to check out the action photos below.
One other thing with my story is once I discovered the Maico was faster, I sold my Honda. Ever since then when I take the Maico some place to practice it always get lots of attention but not just for being old, but being fast too. Its always fun to pass modern bikes with it!!
Thanks for the stickers!!
Heres a pic of each Maico I’ve had, 81, 82, & 83. 82 & 83 are good but the 81 is the best.