1974 Maico 450
Frame no. 392293
Engine no. K440829
Germany's Maicowerk AG was founded in 1926, but Maico is mainly remembered today as one of the leading motocross-bike makers of the 1970s. Renowned for their good handling and grunty power, Maicos gave an excellent account of themselves in international competition with riders like Adolf Weil and Ake Jonsson, despite the company never having a huge racing budget. Jonsson did win the Trans-AMA title in 1972 in dominating fashion, followed in '73 by Weil. With a reputation for razor-sharp turning, Maico 400 and later 450 models (actually 438cc) were a favorite choice of Open-class riders in America, especially on hard-packed tracks like Carlsbad and Saddleback in Southern California. They are still sought after today for vintage MX racing.
Even without a huge R&D program, Maicos had longer-travel front forks than the competition and were the first company to experiment with moved-up shocks to get more rear wheel travel. A four-speed gearbox was all the Open-classer needed, given the engine's tractor-like powerband.
This 1974 450, called a Radial due to its sunburst cylinder fining, appears to be an older restoration. It has the correct elements in place, such as the coffin-shaped fuel tank, the Bing carburetor and the elongated propstand, invariably the first non-essential to go missing and therefore difficult to find.
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Please note, that this motorcycle is subject to California Highway Patrol VIN inspection--a simple procedural matter on which the condition or history of the motorcycle has no bearing. Following the auction, this lot will be transported to Los Angeles, at no cost to the buyer, and will be available for collection from Los Angeles on January 14th.