Sat Mar 08 2014
kearsley.brian at gmail.com
whilst looking at a friends old colour slides, i came across these which i thought might be of interest to you or your members. The scooter was his fathers in the early 1960's U.K.
He has okayed that i should pass them on for your use.
hope they are of use
Maico-1960s-Maicoletta-KB-1.jpg will be posted-1403
Tue Nov 19 2013
Maicomobil restoration completed
Hi, I am writing to you again after the post I had made on the 21st of August 2009. I bought this Maico from Kristina though the contact of your very helpful forum. I would like to thank you for your assistance. My Maicomobil found its glory again. Anyone who needs support on Maicomobil project can contact me. Maico Regards from Athens, Greece, Vassilis
Wed Aug 14 2013
Hi Guys - Has anyone come across an air filter for a MB200? Seem to be difficult to find and unique to the MB. Any help appreciated. Thanks Giles
Wed May 02 2012
anéé 1957 175
j ai perdu les documents de ma maicoletta 1957 175cc pouvez vous me rensegnés pour avoires des doubles merci a vous pino
Thu Mar 22 2012
maicoleta 247 1956
spares wanted as follows fly wheel and cover also riht side aloy floor strip starter buton can anyone help i will post photos soon julien australia
Mon Jul 12 2010
g.s.purvis<at>hotmail dot com
can you help
maicoletta 1958 maicoletta
Can you please help have parts to make maicoletta and a spare set of body parts and more can not decide if i should restore it or sell all the stuff i have it is a lot if any one intrested please email me i will take pis of every thing .many thanks
Fri Aug 21 2009
vsklavounos at at aqualife.com.gr
MAICOMOBIL MB200 RESTORATION PROJECT GREECE
MAICO MAICOMOBIL MB200
I bought the maicomobil offered from Kristina earlier this year. I will be posting the progress and sources for spares. If anyone can help me locate spares out here please contact.
Basically i do not have anymore pictures right now than those 3 but you can add the pictures that exist at Kristinas' post to mine. It is her bike that i bought. I am attaching an image of the tachometer that has been scanned from the original manual book. This tacho is different from any other images that exist on the internet and might help people locate the original tacho of the MB200. The other 3 pictures are from my scooter stripped. I can also send all the pictures of the original manual scanned. Do you think that it might be of interest to your visitors? They are 24 pages in German with pictures and details about the MB200.
Fri Jan 30 2009
jogabgat at gmail dot com
MAICO SCOOTERS PRICES
MAICO MB200 MAICO SCOOTER
Your site is fantastic. Because of that I hope you can help me. I have maico scooter from 1955.th, MB 200, used, in my garage. So I am interesting to know how much it may cost, if I wish to sell them. I hope that you can help me, cause you are interested in motorsports collections. Greetings, Kristina
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i try to find how to attach a side car steib RS1 on my maicomobil MB200!
many thanks for help!
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i can propose new windshield, but you have to take it in France near belgium (transport problems), or can sent it but can't assume desagreament!
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June 8th 2005
Guys thanks for your interest in my maicoletta. Gotta be a little honest and say i wasn't prepared for the interest, in fact i only listed it cause it was free week on ebay and didn't seriously think anyone would see. Just shows that real scooter enusiasts are everywhere.
As stated she lives in my lounge and has done for years, so its been in a great enviroment, the only marks on here in these pics are dust or fur of the covers its usually covered over in. I keep the hand painted breadbin and the glass parts in a chest so not to risk any scratches, the whole frame has been powder coated and all nuts replaced with chrome allen key and nylon lock washers. The pictures i have as i said are the best i can do tonight but i will try to get the chest out take picks of the seat cover (breadbox) its a work of art and the hand strips and "maicoletta" written as per factory is all class the paint job is flawless (then again i paid for it) the old guy that does paint old bikes hand chooses the bikes he will do, he is from the old school and people all over the world plead for him to paint thier AJS, norton and old school bikes but this guy is fussy and it was a real coup to get him to take on my girl.
So as i said sorry im not more organised but i listed on a whim and kinda didnt figure in the level of interest and so i didnt get my act to gether with pics and info so i must APPoligies sincerly.
I do have all original shots of her from the old days and even just the frame etc as it was build back up, and im happy to pass them on to her new owner.
I have created a group email for this and hope to get more picks to you all before the aucton ends so please bare with me.
thanks again for your interest, cheers Kerry
&&& foot note this took for ages to load the pics so im going to try and find somewhere to host them, ill put a link in the ebay list - might be easier ! keep ya posted
Tue, 29 Mar 2005
June 7, 1999
Engine size: 247cc
Date of manufacture: 1959
I have recently required the above motorcycle (scooter) from an English source and I have a problem with the Bosch electric starting system. As the starting system is only electrical and not kickstart I need to resolve it. The electrical circuit is 6 volts but the problem is that the starter motor does not turn the engine over even with new batteries of high amperes. I have tried with the spark plug out of the cylinder and the starter motor turns over easily but with the spark plug inserted there is not enough energy to turn the motor. As this model was not imported into Italy I'm having difficulty finding a Bosch agent who can help me. Is there a specialised Bosch distributor who can assist me with resolving this problem and supplying me with spare parts?
Via circovallazione meridionale 5
Italy -- e-mail: mavale at tin.it
I am just finishing a resto on a Maicoletta 250cc 1962.
See Maico Forum
November 27, 1998
Attached is a scan from the owners manual for my 62 maicoletta. The Maicoletta was produced from 1955-1966 with the choice of 175cc, 250cc, 277cc (1957-66).
The motor was borrowed from a lightweight scrambles bike. It is a two stroke upright single with a four speed gear box and wet clutch. The kick start is absent presumably because Maico couldn't make it work with the body enclosure. Starting is through a complicated arrangement of contact breakers mounted in the 6v magneto. Here is an excerpt from the Maico shop manual; The oscillatory starter system differs from the normal starter in that it does not turn the engine over constantly in one direction, but swings it to and fro. As the engine swings it draws in a mixture of fuel and air which is ignited by the "starting ignition". The combustion of this mixture accelerates the engine in its normal direction of rotation sufficiently to take over compression, and the engine then continues to run in the normal manner (p 13).
Did you get that? Here is how it works. Battery voltage is fed into the magneto basically turning it into a temporary motor, since it does not make enough torque to spin the motor past tdc, it stops, reverses the polarity and spins backwards 180dg to bdc, and so on.
When the motor catches, and spins 360dg the starting mechanism disengages and the magneto starts producing power for lights and ignition. When it works it is a thing of beauty. When it doesn't you find yourself trying to push start a 300lbs+ scooter from hell. It took me a few days of tinkering to get mine to work correctly. When engaged it makes a nice whirring noise and will catch after a few seconds.
Carburetion is through a Bing 26mm slide carb with built in enrichiner circuit. Published Hp for the 175 is 10hp, and the 250 is 14hp. Maximum speeds are 56, and 65mph respectively. 277 specs are unavailable. Side car gearing was available! Id love to see one with a car attached.
What made the Maicoletta unique and well ahead of its time was its frame and suspension. Features include a 59 inch wheelbase, 14 inch wheels, telescopic forks, and a swinging arm in the rear. Controls are a typical layout with gear shift and rear brake at your feet, and throttle, clutch, and front brake on the handlebars. The dash board contains the speedometer with gear indicator, a clock, charging warning light, and the ignition key. Steering lock is provided by a plunger hidden inside the locking glove box.
Fuel tank is under the seat, with the fuel valve being accessible through one of the large vents in the rear enclosure. The entire rear enclosure lifts off the frame after first disconnecting the tail light .
I don't know what the Maicoletta sold for when new but I am sure that it wasn't cheap. Why they bothered to build it is even more curious. By the mid fifties the direction of scooters was clearly defined by the Italians. The Maico out performed the Vespa GS, but probably cost a lot more. BMW was developing a scooter at the exact same time as Maico but it was never produced. The Maicoletta shares more styling lines with the BMW than it does with its older brother the Maicomobil. In a very competitive market the Maicoletta lasted over a decade. A credit to Its design.
Scott Ferguson number9 at xmission dot com
I rode a Maicoletta (Dad wouldn't let me have a Blizzard, let alone a Taifun) as a commuter bike through the late fifties. It was a damn good bike, low maintenance for a two fifty two stroke, and a fast, if heavy tourer. It lost it's muffler regularly, usually bloody miles from anywhere, boy, did it crackle without it. Otherwise, I wish I still had it, it would be a great "Vintage" bike. Oh, and the thing was so wide the footrest scraped every time you got even a little bit quick. Sigh. Happy days.
My understanding is that when the Berlin wall divided Germany, the factory was split between East and West Germany, and production stopped. I think the Western factory filled in by making disk (?) brakes for VW cars. They came back of course, but more specialized in the range, as I suppose everyone knows. -- Ted Bowden -- tednkath at bigpond dot com
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