Maico 400 AMA Amateur legal?

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9/13/2017 6:00 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/13/2017 6:00 PM

Anyone had any luck racing an AMA amateur event on any Mid 70's-80's big bore bike? Have a chance to race a Maico 400 this weekend and don't want to show up and not be able to ride. Would enter it in the Open B class.

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9/13/2017 6:03 PM

Cygrace74 wrote:

Anyone had any luck racing an AMA amateur event on any Mid 70's-80's big bore bike? Have a chance to race a Maico 400 this weekend and don't want to show up and not be able to ride. Would enter it in the Open B class.

Someone raced one in an age class at Loretta's this year.

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9/13/2017 6:05 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/13/2017 6:06 PM

Bikes older than 5 years are not legal for SX or the outdoor nationals. Anything else is fine and like the post above, One was run at Loretta Lynn's this year in the 45 or 40 plus class.

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Older and YZer!!!

9/13/2017 6:12 PM

honda907 wrote:

Bikes older than 5 years are not legal for SX or the outdoor nationals. Anything else is fine and like the post above, One was run at Loretta Lynn's this year in the 45 or 40 plus class.

Awesome, thanks a lot

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9/13/2017 7:30 PM

Your good to go. Do it.

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9/13/2017 10:34 PM

I want to see someone line up on a Maico 700

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9/14/2017 2:12 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/14/2017 2:14 PM

Cygrace74 wrote:

Anyone had any luck racing an AMA amateur event on any Mid 70's-80's big bore bike? Have a chance to race a Maico 400 this weekend and don't want to show up and not be able to ride. Would enter it in the Open B class.

Cygrace,

If you've never ridden a Maico Make sure that you learn the proper way to kick start it or you will break something!

Also make sure the owner has removed & cleaned the breaks! Maico's are famous for not having good breaks!
You just need to clean the all them f'n time!

You didn't say what year it is? Big difference between the GP or AW Maico & the Mag series Maico's, Just remember to make it grunt to go fast!

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00' BMW K1200 RS
83' Maico 490 ( The Project bike)
81' Maico 490- FOR SALE
03' KTM 525 SX (In ICU)
14.5 KTM 450 Fe- FOR SALE

9/14/2017 4:44 PM

honda907 wrote:

Bikes older than 5 years are not legal for SX or the outdoor nationals. Anything else is fine and like the post above, One was run at Loretta Lynn's this year in the 45 or 40 plus class.

Kevin Kelly's commentary was gold. Something like the guy got the age bracket confused with the age of the bike

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9/14/2017 5:04 PM

Cygrace74 wrote:

Anyone had any luck racing an AMA amateur event on any Mid 70's-80's big bore bike? Have a chance to race a Maico 400 this weekend and don't want to show up and not be able to ride. Would enter it in the Open B class.

bigmaico wrote:

Cygrace,

If you've never ridden a Maico Make sure that you learn the proper way to kick start it or you will break something!

Also make sure the owner has removed & cleaned the breaks! Maico's are famous for not having good breaks!
You just need to clean the all them f'n time!

You didn't say what year it is? Big difference between the GP or AW Maico & the Mag series Maico's, Just remember to make it grunt to go fast!

I believe it is an 84. Hasn't run since this spring so going to try and get it going tomorrow night and as long as everythings good I'll make sure to post some pics from the race.

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9/14/2017 6:13 PM

Rockinar wrote:

I want to see someone line up on a Maico 700

To do what? Dig a 2' trench to the first turn? silly

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9/15/2017 5:36 AM
Edited Date/Time: 9/15/2017 5:41 AM

Cygrace74 wrote:

Anyone had any luck racing an AMA amateur event on any Mid 70's-80's big bore bike? Have a chance to race a Maico 400 this weekend and don't want to show up and not be able to ride. Would enter it in the Open B class.

bigmaico wrote:

Cygrace,

If you've never ridden a Maico Make sure that you learn the proper way to kick start it or you will break something!

Also make sure the owner has removed & cleaned the breaks! Maico's are famous for not having good breaks!
You just need to clean the all them f'n time!

You didn't say what year it is? Big difference between the GP or AW Maico & the Mag series Maico's, Just remember to make it grunt to go fast!

Cygrace74 wrote:

I believe it is an 84. Hasn't run since this spring so going to try and get it going tomorrow night and as long as everythings good I'll make sure to post some pics from the race.

Cygrace,

Are you sure it's a 400? Most likely a 490!

PM me the serial number & I'll let you know for sure!

If you need any info, let me know as I have a Manual for an 83' 490 pretty much the same bike!

83'/84' 490 info below.

Timing is 1.8 BTDC

Plug should be a NGK B9ES or a NGK B10ES.

Just a starting point for jetting

Stock jetting
Main 200
Needle jet 280
Pilot jet 65
Needle 4K2 clip position #2

My Factory Manual states that max HP of 56 is @ 6200! BELIEVE IT! the 83-86 Motors are Monsters if in good shape!


BTW: I do have some spare parts & a complete project 83'

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00' BMW K1200 RS
83' Maico 490 ( The Project bike)
81' Maico 490- FOR SALE
03' KTM 525 SX (In ICU)
14.5 KTM 450 Fe- FOR SALE

9/15/2017 7:16 AM

^ Howard knows his Maicos !

Photo

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"We don't rent pigs."

9/16/2017 2:00 PM

JAFO92 wrote:

^ Howard knows his Maicos !

Photo

OK Bobby,

Are you spying on me? That's the 2nd pic of me on my Maico that I've never seen before!

I was able to copy this one & save it!

Are you hiding any more pic's from me ?

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00' BMW K1200 RS
83' Maico 490 ( The Project bike)
81' Maico 490- FOR SALE
03' KTM 525 SX (In ICU)
14.5 KTM 450 Fe- FOR SALE

9/16/2017 2:53 PM

My dad is a lover and a builder of vintage bikes as am i. Most my pw50's were yellow in the mid 90's. Lol I had a brand new 01 yz80 but he built me late 1980s yz80 and tuned her up in every way we could, repainted the frame black and put a black seat cover on it, Everything else was pretty much polished chrome. I loved it and didn't pull the 01 out much, I won alot of pretty big Moto races on it and a team harescramble. My friends absolutely hated getting waxed by what they called my dinosaur and it made winning feel that much better. Race it man you will not be disappointed.

Sadly I OJ'd a big table top and almost broke the steering stem off, it shoved the forks up until it hit my bars and blew oil all over the place. RIP

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9/21/2017 2:23 PM

bigmaico wrote:

OK Bobby,

Are you spying on me? That's the 2nd pic of me on my Maico that I've never seen before!

I was able to copy this one & save it!

Are you hiding any more pic's from me ?

Its not me bro, that is Felicia who takes all the pics at Rio.

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"We don't rent pigs."