Darrell Schulz raced 1979 Wheelsmith Maico

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7/15/2014 11:58 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/15/2014 4:07 PM

My 1979 Wheelsmith 450 Maico was based on that bike. bobbym questioned the year Darrell rode for Wheelsmith and turns out he was correct and I was wrong. I thought Darrell rode for them in 79 but Darrell confirmed via FB it was 1978.

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7/15/2014 12:18 PM

thanks

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7/15/2014 12:30 PM

79 had the ugly tank. Well, ugly for a Maico.....

Now this my friends is a good looking Maico.

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7/15/2014 12:35 PM

This does it for me Neww...

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7/15/2014 12:36 PM

Sweet...

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Hello?..Vital?...

7/15/2014 12:44 PM

You have not rode motocross till you ride a maico! Beautifull bikes

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7/15/2014 12:51 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/15/2014 12:51 PM

Then you might like this one I built. So many little details that had to be spot on. Check those welds my nephew laid down on the swing arm.

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7/15/2014 12:55 PM

Fuck that's nice...shocked

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Hello?..Vital?...

7/15/2014 1:46 PM

That is some straight up bike porn!

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7/15/2014 2:22 PM

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The late Adolf Weil and his 77 Trans AMA mount.



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Maico Illustration I did, posters available www.robkinsey.com



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At Thirsk Yorkshire meeting back in 1981 re-fueling my 490cc.

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7/15/2014 2:28 PM

Check out the inner tube rubber band on Weil's rear brake. Standard issue mod for Maicos.

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"My philosophy is to have a really good time and never to let anything stop me from doing what I want to do.

Michel Petrucciani

7/15/2014 2:40 PM

The Rock wrote:

Check out the inner tube rubber band on Weil's rear brake. Standard issue mod for Maicos.

Also the guide wires on his front fender, super works mud set-up!

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7/15/2014 2:49 PM

Big Lenny wrote:

This does it for me Neww...

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501

Game over.

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7/15/2014 2:53 PM

Big Lenny wrote:

This does it for me Neww...

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Spartacus wrote:

501

Game over.

Yeah, 31 hp on the dyno as delivered.....wassat

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7/15/2014 3:17 PM

Yup...shu never rode for WS maico

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7/15/2014 3:42 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/15/2014 3:44 PM

I thought Wheelsmith only hired the locals?


check this nugget out. I was always Yamaha back then and never gave two craps about Maico, but they had the potential to be what KTM is now.

http://articles.superhunky.com/4/75

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7/15/2014 3:50 PM

Big Lenny wrote:

Sweet...

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WOW!!!

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7/15/2014 4:04 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/15/2014 4:05 PM

BobbyM wrote:

Yup...shu never rode for WS maico

Why?

Per Darrell:

I went on the road my Dad/mechanic for the '78 500 Nats. After racing Magoo and I at Escape Country on his RC250 Bad Brad said '250 Maicos don't run like that in Europe'. Greg at Wheelsmith was damn good

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"My philosophy is to have a really good time and never to let anything stop me from doing what I want to do.

Michel Petrucciani

7/15/2014 4:08 PM

Buddy of mine just picked up a Wheelsmith Maico 250, I think a 1980, and she still rips. Its funny how you can jump on one and immediately feel comfortable....man I love Maicos!

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7/15/2014 4:21 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/15/2014 4:33 PM

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Sexiest motocross bikes...ever.

Although I think this is probably closer to the Wheelsmith Maico 400's that Shultz & Mosier rode...

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7/15/2014 4:33 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/15/2014 5:20 PM

I'm not sure that Darrel really rode for Wheelsmith or if it was more like he rode for the Maico importer and had some support in Wheelsmith parts and probably had his engine tweaked a bit by Wheelsmith (porting, pipe, reed valve, carb?) At the time Wheelsmith was the sort of unofficial US development arm of Maico. They made parts to improve performance and reliability of Maicos and sometimes got advance samples of production parts and some works parts and the like from Germany.

Take a look at two of my 1978 shots of Schultz at Sears Point and of Jeff Jennings at Indian Dunes. Schultz has no Wheelsmith logos on his bike or clothing while JJ is clearly a Wheelsmith rider. JJ got his bikes direct from Wheelsmith, not Maico. Also notice that Schultz’s bike has a different front hub and fork lowers and that the tank graphics that were production in ’79 and that his frame has the loop over the rear fender that didn’t see production until ’79 – all signs of direct factory support.

This is all deduction of course, only Schultz, JJ, Greg Smith or Wayne Mooradian could say for sure.
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7/15/2014 4:34 PM

Nice thread...Love Maicos!smile

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Earn it!

7/15/2014 6:09 PM

all most certain Darrell never rode for wheelsmith...for sure jeff jennings..a couple other locals...they handled terrific.

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7/15/2014 6:25 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/15/2014 6:26 PM

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One of the 490's I've built, some day mine will look as good as this one!

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7/15/2014 6:29 PM

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Hopefully it shows up now

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7/15/2014 6:46 PM

Howard I remember that bike at Rio and just had to get a pic with it, you are indeed a Maico guru !

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(BTW, your 490 aint no slouch either)

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7/15/2014 10:56 PM

Just looked through my program for the 1978 Sears Point Trans AMA, which Darrell won. His sponsors are listed as Maico and Hi Point Racing.

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7/16/2014 12:24 AM

Bigfoot wrote:

I'm not sure that Darrel really rode for Wheelsmith or if it was more like he rode for the Maico importer and had some support ...more

Wheelsmith was the funnel the factory Maico race bikes went through before being raced in the US. Nobody knew how to set up a Maico like Greg Smith and know one was more aware of that than the Maico factory.

Excellent point about Darrell not riding for Wheelsmith but perhaps more so riding Wheelsmith equipment.

This thread has answered the question why my 79 450 looked just like Darrell's 78 race bike RE: Also notice that Schultz’s bike has a different front hub and fork lowers and that the tank graphics that were production in ’79 and that his frame has the loop over the rear fender that didn’t see production until ’79 – all signs of direct factory support

In the picture above of Darrell I don't believe he is running the Thor swingarm my bike had....or maybe he is and it was just painted red.

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"My philosophy is to have a really good time and never to let anything stop me from doing what I want to do.

Michel Petrucciani

7/16/2014 12:30 AM

MaicoJC1 wrote:

Nice thread...Love Maicos!smile

Wondered where you were...wink

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7/16/2014 6:09 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/16/2014 6:10 AM

Brent wrote:

I thought Wheelsmith only hired the locals?


check this nugget out. I was always Yamaha back then and never gave two craps ...more

Gaylon Mosier...?

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