MAICO M 125 1948 — 1951

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Maico 500 Supermoto

MAICO M 125 1948 — 1951

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MAICO M 125 123 (1948 — 1951)

History

Maico is the name of a family business in the Swabian Pfäffingen in Tübingen. It was founded in 1926 by Ulrich mash than mash COMPAGNONS and began the construction of bicycles and accessories. From about 1931 light motorcycles were also included in the production and sales program, now under the management of the sons of the company founder, Otto and Wilhelm Maisch.

The first test versions

Maico is the name of a family business in the Swabian Pfäffingen in Tübingen. It was founded in 1926 by Ulrich mash than mash COMPAGNONS and began the construction of bicycles and accessories. From about 1931 light motorcycles were also included in the production and sales program, now under the management of the sons of the company founder, Otto and Wilhelm Maisch.

The first test versions of the Maico motorcycles were equipped with a 60-cc engine, the ILO engine works. In series 98 cc Fichtel Sachs engine and the more powerful 118 cc were mostly — and 150-cc engines installed ILO. Also, the use of 60 cc ILO, Saxonette, 200 cc and 125 Bark cc Sachs engine in small quantities can be detected.

By the Schell Plan, the National Socialist government, which aimed at reducing the diversity of types in the German Car, Maico was forced in 1939 to build a single model, together with the manufacturers Hecker, Tornax and UT. This model, the K 125 with 125 cc ILO dual port engine (single cylinder with two exhaust pipes) which was mainly developed by Maico and even during the war, in addition to the production of parts from suppliers for the production of armaments, built in small numbers. For export were the 98 cc — 118 cc and — models still available.

After the Second World War, Maico turned briefly to the manufacture of toys and wood gasifiers, but returned in the face of stormy demand for motor vehicles back to the construction of motor bikes back, first using the new 98 cc Sachs engine with Magura twist shifter.

The production of the attractive K 125 was strongly hampered by lack of supply availability and quality problems of the motor supplier ILO South American occupied in Munich and lasting difficulties in imposing the scarce engines over the border into the French zone of occupation occupied Pfäffingen. As developed and produced first Maico improved replicas of ILO crankshafts and transmissions for the spare parts required to present a separate motor for the new model M 125 in the fall of 1948 for the first time.

The M-125 engine (known as Maico-nose motor) only corresponds to his ILO optical model, in fact it was a new development. Key differentiator for the ILO’s three-speed twist shifter from Magura.

Displacement Stronger versions of this engine found 175 used motorcycles in the M 150 and M 151, and also in the scooters Maicomobil Mb and 151 Mb. From the beginning of 1952 M 175, MB 175, and a few copies of the M 151 was a new four-speed Fußschaltgetriebe in the old housing form (so-called Maico-nose engine) available for the models.

1953 was a redesign of the Maicomotoren. The main dimensions were again obtained, the alternator is integrated into the case, the appearance was smoothed and remained almost unchanged in this form until the release of the five-speed models 22 years later.

This type of engine (so-called Maico-round engine) was held in different capacity variants used in the motorcycles M 175, M 200, beacon, Passat, M 175 S, M 200 S, M 250 / M 277 Blizzard, the scooters Maicomobil MB 200 and Maicoletta 175, 250 and 277 and various sports equipment. The top model of the 1950s was the typhoon, an innovative two-cylinder two-stroke engine, ³ with either 350 or 400 cc engine capacity.

From 1954, the general interest in motorcycles in Germany eased, demand trended toward automobile.

Like many other companies, such as Maico produced from 1955 to 1958 small car models with all-steel body, a water Heinkel two-cylinder two-stroke engines range from 400 to 450 cc with 15 and 18 hp. They reached speeds of 80 or 90 km / h, the two-seat Model 400 H was made 3008 times in total, of which as at Maico MC 400 / H 783 copies.

More successful was in 1955 at the IAA presented four-seater Type MC 500/4, of the 6301 shares at a price of 3665, — DM were produced. Only small series, however, experienced the combination model MC 500 G (a total of 21 pieces, price 4500, — DM), the four-seater model MC 400/4 and 110 km / h fast 20-horsepower Model 500 Sport, which was produced by the end of 1957 (only 4 pieces). Apart from the latter model is in these types just to continue the production of the small car champion with some further developments.

Due to the declining interest in road bikes and the less successful small car now on Episode sat Maico motocross and off-road machinery, sports equipment Maico enjoyed from the home at this time a good reputation and were successful.

From 1959 to 1961 Maico was able to deliver the military motorcycle model 250 M / B in a quantity of about 10,000 in the armed forces and the Federal Border. The Model 250 M / B replaced the little terrain Triumph and DKW machinery previously used, with the work of internal political reason and due to the high number of pieces had to call on the help of the two-wheeler union in Nuremberg. The two-wheeler union mounted about a third of the machines produced, but also provided for the Maico created in Nuremberg motorcycles engine, tank, forks and hubs.

Maico 500 Supermoto

Also a new attempt in the field of road bikes mid-1960s seemed at first very successful. The Model MD 125 was published in 1966 with 14.5 hp rating at the time the most powerful production engine in its class. However, in Germany there was no market for motorcycles of this size, with Maico was hoped to corresponding paragraphs abroad.

1962 Maico bought from the development company OJR (Josef Oswald Rosamowski) a completed patent a ring, a disc brake in order to fill the weak production in winter with another business. The offered now Maico disc brakes as an upgrade for cars should attract interested customers as a racing driver. Maico offered conversion kits except for the VW 1200 and 1500 as well for the Porsche 356, Karmann Ghia, as well as on the Peugeot 404.

In 1967 the suspension of the MD 125 is a moped (a day in the Federal Republic no longer in use motorcycle class to 50 cc) under the name MD 50, a model with a rotary valve control. However, with this model Maico was unable to threaten the dominance of Kreidler, Zundapp and Hercules machines in this market segment, not least due to various manufacturing defects that the MD 50 adhered and could not be completely eliminated.

So also prevented the then unusual six-speed gearbox (from 1972), the outstanding chassis, the construction requires more maintenance-free motor and the reasonable in relation to its competitors purchase price is not that the MD 50 had a bad reputation. Also, the MD 250, a 250 cc variant, most recently in the water-cooled version of MD 250 WK on the market, and the attempt of the built in the 1970s Maico RS 125 is a motorcycle for road racing in larger quantity to sell Maico brought no commercial success. The up to 190-km / h RS 125 was offered until 1974, most recently for DM 6170.00, representing a current price of 8,700 euros entspricht.1

An almost legendary reputation, however, had developed by Maico from the mid-1960s road motorcycles that established the success of the company through a number of successes in the motocross sport in the 1970s. Contrary to other statements, it is Maico but failed to win a motocross world championship. Besides Åke Jonsson, Adolf Weil and Willy Bauer, Hans Maisch, the son of Wilhelm Maisch, one of the successful Maico factory rider.

By economic problems — not least because of disputes within the family mashing — it came in the middle of the 1980s, the third bankruptcy, in which the family was finally dissolved.

In 1987, the industrial suppliers Lawrence Merkle sen. the remains of the company, including the brand name. Former headquarters was in Nördlingen in Bavaria. Lawrence Merkle jun. began with a redesign of the Maico motorcycles, the innovations included as a diesel-powered two-rotor Wankel engine.

Mid-1990s, Maico was sold to a Dutch company. 2010, the brand name of Merkle was resold.

According to a statement on its own website, the company bicycle Köstler GbR in Leverkusen since 1999 in small numbers again motorcycles under the name Maico her.2 the current bid are motocross, enduro and supermoto machines with water-cooled single-cylinder two-stroke engines of 250 to 685 cm ³.

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