2010 Maico MMX

Allowing the burning fires of enthusiasm to cool to just a gentle smoulder following the release of the 2010 bikes, Maico International adopted the attitude and prerogative of every bride-to-be by arriving fashionably late with  a very fresh and new looking bike for 2010.

The brand new 2010 Maico M.M. X.

The brand new 2010 Maico M.M. X.

Taking on the Research and Development mantle in the U.K.,the Bournemouth based company, Maico International, have spent the last year developing and testing a wide selection of new products and are working very closely with several well established companies and British craftsmen who have been supplied with an open ended remit in terms of product design, and quality.

Hand made 7020 aircraft aluminium Swingarm.

Hand made 7020 aircraft aluminium Swingarm.

Shedding the previous swing-arm the new bike features an all new hand made 7020 aircraft aluminium shotgun style swing-arm. The high grade alloy is stronger and lighter than standard aluminium, but more crucially behaves in a different way when it comes to flex. The arm has been reduced in length by 4.5 millimetres and 4 millimetres in depth to provide a substantial improvement in tracking, handling and manoeuvrability.

Subframe built using 7020 aircraft aluminium

Subframe built using 7020 aircraft aluminium

Maicos have been somewhat renowned in the past for their rather tall stature, so in order to reduce the seat height but maintain a comfortable position for the rider the bike comes with a new hand made 7020 aircraft aluminium sub-frame. Saving almost half the weight of the previous chrome moly piece the geometry has been slightly altered to allow the seat height to be reduced in conjunction with the all new alloy tank.

Hand Crafted Alloy tank by Simon Parker.

Hand Crafted Alloy tank by Simon Parker.

Hand crafted by leading tank designer Simon Parker, famed for his work with Harley Davidson the shiny work of art has had the height reduced by one and half inches yet the design has lifted the look and style of the tank saving more weight over the previous plastic version and increasing the airflow around the radiators, with only losing half a litre in capacity, at 9 litres. Taking this approach has reduced the centre of gravity and helped to centralize the weight. The decision to go with alloy has a long term effect as reliable information from sources close to the company within the petroleum industry have indicated that fuel generally, is changing and as things progress it is expected the time will come when the current plastic tanks will not be able to hold fuel without an unacceptable level of seepage.

The 2010 Maico is outfittet with a Keihin Air Striker carburetor.

The 2010 Maico is outfittet with a Keihin Air Striker carburetor.

The mechanicals have not been over looked either with some significant advancements in this area. A new chrome lining is fitted to all the barrels here in the U.K. before they are ported and fitted with different base gaskets. After a long and almost protracted love affair with the brand the traditional Bing carb has finally received its “Dear John”, and is replaced by the well respected Kehin air striker which will adorn every model. Keeping the fire burning, ignitions specialists West Country Windings are supplying a modified P.V.L. ignition system for improved starting and a new C.D.I.-Coil unit which ultimately assists in a free-er revving engine.

H.C.R. radiators come standard on the 2010 Maico MMX

H.C.R. radiators come standard on the 2010 Maico MMX

Taking advantage of the increased airflow created by the new tank design H.C.R high performance radiators will be keeping things as cool as possible, and will be fitted as standard equipment to the bikes for 2010.The engine casings have also been the subject of attention, now being hand polished to give a cleaner and more graphite style finish with new stronger T6 alloy head-steadies.

To compliment the new swing-arm and sub-frame the chassis is now powder coated red.

Titanium Reikon Pegs

Titanium Reikon Pegs

And is graced with Reikon titanium foot-pegs which sit very comfortably with the new lighter alloy gear lever. Firm favourites, White Power forks and the Reiger shock remain in place along with the H.G.S. pipe but the rear brake master cylinder is now replaced with a newer all in one Brembo unit.

Stunning Talon Wheels and hubs

Stunning Talon Wheels and hubs

The New Year’s resolution of losing weight continues to succeed with the standard fitting of  Talon sprockets and wheels with billet alloy hubs and excel rims, dressed with Dunlop tyres. The business of stopping the damn thing is now the responsibility of “Braking” discs again fitted as standard to the Brembo brakes.

Striking new graphics from Fusion

Striking new graphics from Fusion

Drastic changes in the cosmetic department have brought about a vibrant new look courtesy of Acerbis, which sees the bike decked out in an exotic new colour scheme. Sporting new front fender and race plate, new tank shrouds, and new wrap round fork guards, with only the rear fender and side panels remaining the same design in a very high gloss white. Saxon Seats have been responsible for the all new hand made seat cover with the brand name sewn into the panel on the rear of the seat.

Hand made seat cover

Hand made seat cover

Maico International’s commitment to a long term development plan is taken further by the substantial options list available for the bikes which includes 7 different wheel and hub colour co-ordinations, three different frame colours, several different seat cover colour combinations, a high polish or satin finish for the swing-arm and sub-frame and much more.

Company bosses Vincent Page, Lesley White, and development co-ordinator Neil Berry, are currently working on several other products with key companies and explained “We have tried, wherever possible to make as many of the changes accessible to customers who have previously bought bikes and may want to upgrade their bike with one part at a time. Bikes are not cheap now and we feel a majority of manufacturers design new parts for the sake of it every year, and every part, every year, naturally comes with a price increase. We feel we have raised the bar in terms of the quality of the product and will continue to strive to achieve this in the future. We are working on a scheme which will enable customers to buy a bike and at the end of the first year of owner-ship they can bring it back to us and implement any changes that we have made for the following years bike. We are planning on fitting these changes (including a full service) with no labour charge, the customer purely pays for the parts they wish to upgrade, thus enabling them to keep their bike up to date in all areas and provide another year’s use”.

The standard range of bikes will continue to be available in their current guise for those who prefer them. We would like to thank all our sponsors who have helped us continue to improve the brand, your support is invaluable.

New Acerbis wrap around fork Gaurds

New Acerbis wrap around fork Gaurds

As used by many G.P. teams Braking discs

As used by many G.P. teams Braking discs

The new design offers a major improvement in air-flow.

The new design offers a major improvement in air-flow.

The 2010 Maico is equipped with Pro-Taper bars.

The 2010 Maico is equipped with Pro-Taper bars.

The striking new 2010 Maico MMX.

The striking new 2010 Maico MMX.

Additional information available from Maico International.

These bikes will be available in the USA through Rich Winkler. For information and details please e-mail rich@dirtwurx.com

Please be aware that Rich is in the middle of his busy season and will respond as quickly as he possibly can.

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31 thoughts on “2010 Maico MMX

  1. There is absolutely no doubt that this a stunning machine! Absolutely beautiful! I am still anxiously awaiting word about what it is like to actually sling a leg over one of these beasts and ride it!

  2. Hi Sachsgs250,
    Yes, we have worked very hard to make sure wherever possible the advancements are bolt on.This makes it better for the customer who wants to keep his bike for more than a year and just upgrade selected parts.The Enduro version will get the same treatment and like the M.X. versions will have a healthy options list including black plastics and frames, black and gold Talon wheels etc.We are working closely with Talon and a couple of other companies here in the U.K.

    Vincent Page
    Maico International

  3. WOW! That thing is amazing. Now we just need to get them over to Idaho! :) That bike is simply gorgeous. Great Work!

  4. Hi Bleake637,
    Thanks very much for your comments we are pretty pleased with the end result ourselves.We have a selection of other products being made for the bike at the moment which will also add to the upgrade list, its an ongoing program.

    Vincent Page.
    Maico International.

  5. Thank you Maico for the update. I never really liked the last look.
    Usually I don’t like too much white on a dirt bike. I bought red fenders and a tank for my old Honda XR250. But this bike looks GREAT. The red frame combined with red rims looks amazing. And the seat cover looks good. I also love the Reikon Titanium footpegs. And the collection of all the other high quality parts not found on other bikes. Braking disk, 7020 Aluminum swingarm, subframe and the shiny Aluminum tank. Love it all.

    One day I will get a 685MX. More bike than any human can fully tame. But that’s what I want, the most insane, braggable monster ever made. I’m still afraid of the left foot kick on the beast though.

  6. Hi 2STROKEREVOLUTION,
    Thanks very much, we were a little cautious about the white idea ourselves largely because we thought it would look rather bland against the alloy tank.Once I had worked out the graphics, the impact of the solid red against the tank brought it together.The swingarm is a work of art and is avalable in the high polish finish or satin finish.

    Vincent Page.
    Maico International.

  7. The 2010 Maico machines will be available in the USA exclusively through Rich Winkler. For information and details please e-mail rich@dirtwurx.com

    Please be aware that Rich is in the middle of his busy season and will respond as quickly as he possibly can.

  8. I still have a question. Why are all the bikes Left foot kick start? It seems like most people prefer right foot. If it was a small bike like a 125 it might not matter too much, but the smallest Maico is a 250 and the size exponentially increases from there. I couldn’t imagine trying to left foot kick a 500 or 685. So why the left foot kick?

  9. The original intent of the left-side kick starter was not to kick it over with your left foot while seated – you would stand beside the bike on the left side and kick with your right foot – at least that is how I saw a lot of the old-timers do it. This was much easier with the old short-travel bikes though. I had an ’82 Maico 250 that I could start easily while seated. It does take a little getting used to.

  10. You need to kick with your right foot standing on the left of the bike. The compression release is pretty big on the 83 and newer Maico’s and makes these bikes kick through a lot easier than a KX500 or CR500. These new Maico’s look great. I have over 30 vintage Maico’s with the newest being a 1993 320. My brother had a 94 500 and the power was as smooth as the famous 81 490, but had a little more power through the whole powerband. It has the easy to ride power like a four stroke, but it’s a two-stroke. The Reiger shock was fantastic. People need to ride these bikes and forget the magazine foof. The magazine company’s are all for whoever pays the most for adverts. I hoping to try one of these new Maico’s if possible.

  11. Left side kickstarting originated in GP roadracing where competitors were required to stand to the left of their machines in a “dead engine” start.As well, it is possible to design a slightly lighter engine in this configuration.I’m over six feet and my right ankle is stainless steel so I start my Maicos straddling the bike kicking with my left foot.I’ve always been in the first five in a dead engine start.

  12. Hi Guys,
    With regards to the left hand kick start we have been looking at this in the last year. We have been trying to consider if its worth converting to a right hand kick start or attempting an electric start, which will almost certainly add more weight.Neither task is a cheap option but to be honest we felt as theough the advances we have made so far with the bike were more important, initially. We already have new products arriving in order to test them this year in preperation for the 2011 bike.

    Vincent Page

  13. I would like right side kick. I wouldn’t want to have to step off the bike everytime I shut it off just to start it. But maybe it just takes getting used to.

    I also say NO electric start. Maicos are manly bikes. Big bore two strokes. And kick start is for the men. Electric is not worth the weight or price.

  14. Leave the engine alone PLEASE. The Left side kick is no problem, it wasn’t when I was 13, and it’s not now that I’m 44, either leg, on or off of the bike. I think the idea off up-grades and add-ons is perfect. I switched to four strokes in 2000, and switched back to two strokes in 2007. I will never buy another four stroke motocross bike. I will however buy a 2010 Maico 250 and race it against the 450′s without fear. I have the luxury of owning a few tracks, so I ride alot. I have a 2004 rm250 and a 2006 rm250, one for sx and one for mx. I recently purchased a 1977 Maico AW250 (just like the one I had back in 1979!)to run the evo series in the Houston area. I am not going to go into the details of lap times and all that, but I will say that the 1977 maico is way more modern feeling and comfy than I remembered. I think that it could easily compete with a modern 36 h.p. bike. So, good luck to Maico International and Rich Winkler (Maico U.S.A.)Get the bikes on the boats!!!!Let’s go racing!!

    David Bender
    Owner: Perfectdirt

  15. One of the major complaints I hear about TM’s,Gasser’s and Maico’s is the lack of a source of aftermarket parts so this has to be considered a move in the right direction.On the subject of RM’s,in the early 90′s I was racing a Hawkins inspired RMX250 when a friend purchased a 1981 Maico MC400(yes 400).He asked me to overhaul the motor which I did and then I proceeded to break the bike in.The brakes did’nt,suspension was surprisingly good(Ohlins in the rear),the piston port motor lacked responce but pulled hard and the handling blew me away – far superior to the Suzuki.Later that summer while on vacation I got lost in Yakima,Washington and spotted a big blue Maico 500 in a motorcycle shop window.I could’nt get rid of that tank slapping RMX fast enough.

  16. Don’t let the left foot kick worry you guys. Back in the day I used to race a RM125, Bultaco 250 and CZ400 all in one night – left and right foor start and left and right foot shift. After a few rides it becomes second nature.

    This Maico is a thing of joy and I really hope they are incredibly successful with it. We need more 2 stroke race bikes out there and since the Japs are deaf to our pleas then I hope Europe rises to once again dominate world motocross.

  17. Maico back, Great. 2T, Great. Alumn tank, Good. As an loyal, Ex Sponsored Maico rider I’m so glad to see Maico again, but why NOT ALUMN FRAME !? It’s sad. Maico went with alumn, even on the tank, but not the most needed place ! I will wait for next year model. Hope it will come with one. All my best wishes.

  18. 2TMX4EVER – You do realize that the Maico has been updated by the distributor on his own dime? That his budget is much less that the cost of one race day for the Factory race teams?

    There is also great debate on whether the Aluminum frame is actually a positive change or not. Don’t get me wrong the look of an aluminum frame is very cool, but looks are just a part of the equation.

    Try one out… the new distributor will be offering test rides… then make a judgment… in my mind it’s kind of difficult to base an opinion on a photo.

    I’m really looking forward to taking a test ride myself.

  19. I find it interesting that despite the fact that BMW builds both steel and aluminum framed motorcycles they chose a steel spaceframe for their new 450′s.

  20. Get the damn bikes on the boats. I’ll kick them with either leg! Let’s go racing!

  21. dear poeple,
    at 29 of may this year nunspeet (the netherlands) orginizing a 2 stroke championchip that day.
    only poeple with two stroke machines from 125 cc and more are welcome.
    Go to: http://www.mcnunspeet.nl and read all about it.

    with friendly requir,

    Michael wouda

  22. will maico bring a aluminum frame 500-700 into 2011-2012??, and lower prices,and flood the market like the jap bikes?

    -hopefully

  23. So exciite :D, how is the parts availability going to be? I imagine special order but if I brake A Brake Lever I don’t want to have to wait A week for international shipping.

  24. This is just my opinion.I have a 1986 cr500 it’s the fastes dirt bike I have ridden,I would like to twist the throttle on the 685 for while and se if I could hold on,or die trying

  25. Left side kick start is for after you have worn out your right leg kick starting the right hand start bikes, this bike is killer great job maico.

  26. WOW !!! What a work of art, I’d hate to ride it fearing getting it dirty. Sure have come a long way since the Alpha2.

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