Clean '76 Maico 400 AW

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1/19/2019 9:34 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/21/2019 4:15 AM


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'76 Maico 400 AW
Works Performance Shocks
Fresh Motor
PVL Ignition
Clutch set up right
Motor mounts and cases perfect
New Terry cables- Throttle-Clutch-Brake
New Seat
Run and STOPS as it should
Ride and race ready
Too many projects so this one has to go
$3600.
Text: 732 820 0629
Can be seen in Wall, NJ 07719
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Stupid Hurts

1/19/2019 10:23 AM

Great bike but unfortunately not the best choice for vintage races.

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1/19/2019 12:13 PM

That’s an interesting comment. Please explain since I understood there was a cut off age somewhere in the 70s.

That looks super clean.

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1/19/2019 1:20 PM

TooOld4WFO wrote:

That’s an interesting comment. Please explain since I understood there was a cut off age somewhere in the 70s.

That looks super clean.

74 and older

75 thru 79 or non link, non disc brake bikes thru 81.

the bikes like the 80/81 yz465's are a far better bike for the 75 thru 79 class because of better suspension and better power etc.

i had a 1974 1/2 maico 400 gp that i raced in the 74 all age open expert class and over 40 expert class in 92/93 and won the year ed championships in both. it was a great bike.

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1/19/2019 2:38 PM

barnett468 wrote:

Great bike but unfortunately not the best choice for vintage races.

If you were not so narrow focused you might realize there are VMX organizations with classes other than those you race or are involved with. AHRMA for one (not my racing organization) has the Historic class that is a bike that would dominate and ACR (www.acrmx.com) has the pre-78 class that again this is thee bike to have. People, check the rules of the clubs near you before buying a race bike, but do be aware that virtually no club shares the same rules with any other club.

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1/19/2019 2:39 PM

TooOld4WFO wrote:

That’s an interesting comment. Please explain since I understood there was a cut off age somewhere in the 70s.

That looks super clean.

Ignore Barnett468 unless you race with his organization.

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1/19/2019 3:07 PM

Yes MVMX, that 400 would be a great choice in the ACRMX series in the class that RF mentioned and also a kick ass ride in the AMA's Evolution class.
Barnett please explain your third line about how great the 80-81 YZ465 would be in the 75-79 class ...... I know of no organization here on the east coast where it would be legal to run an 81 of any make in the same class as a 75. Waaaaay too much progress was made between 75 and 81 to make that realistic

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1/19/2019 6:16 PM

OldPro277 wrote:

Yes MVMX, that 400 would be a great choice in the ACRMX series in the class that RF mentioned and also a kick ass ride in the AMA's Evolution class.
Barnett please explain your third line about how great the 80-81 YZ465 would be in the 75-79 class ...... I know of no organization here on the east coast where it would be legal to run an 81 of any make in the same class as a 75. Waaaaay too much progress was made between 75 and 81 to make that realistic

i just looked at ahrma and it seems they may have changed the rules from what they previously were.

current rules that the 76 400 maico would fall under.

12.1.4

HISTORIC 500:

Certain 325-460cc two-stroke and up to 636cc four-stroke machines,

built up to and including the 1977 model year, that make up the first generation of

long-travel motorcycles. Eligible motorcycles include:

1975-’77 Bultaco Frontera, Alpina, Pursang 350/360/370

1975-’78 CCM MX up to 636cc. No CCM four-valve heads are allowed. Wheel travel

must comply with Historic class requirements.

1975-’78 CZ 400 Falta Replica

1975-’77 Honda XL350, side- or center-port engine

1975-’76 Husqvarna CR, WR 360. 1977 WR 360 is allowed. 1977 Husqvarna CR and

OR 390 are allowed (frame numbers between ML16000 and ML21000), with fork

travel limited to nine inches. Otherwise, see GP 500. 1975-’77 Husqvarna 360 and

390 Automatics are allowed.

1975-’77 Kawasaki KX400/450

1974-’77 Maico MC, AW 400/440. 1977 AW 400/440 must comply with the Historic

class suspension limits.

1975-’77 Montesa Cappra 360 VA. VB, 1977-’78 models only, with original 360cc

four-speed engine; no later-model components, including swingarm. All later-model

Montesas, see GP classes.

1975-’77 Penton-KTM 400. 1977 models must meet the Historic-class suspension

limits. (1978 Penton/KTM

is not a like-design model. See GP classes.)

1975-’77 Suzuki RM370, TM400

1975-’77 Yamaha YZ, MX, DT, IT 360/400

1975-’80 Yamaha TT500, up to 500cc displacement, plus allowable overbore

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1/19/2019 6:27 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/19/2019 6:31 PM

OldPro277 wrote:

Yes MVMX, that 400 would be a great choice in the ACRMX series in the class that RF mentioned and also a kick ass ride in the AMA's Evolution class.
Barnett please explain your third line about how great the 80-81 YZ465 would be in the 75-79 class ...... I know of no organization here on the east coast where it would be legal to run an 81 of any make in the same class as a 75. Waaaaay too much progress was made between 75 and 81 to make that realistic

"Barnett please explain your third line about how great the 80-81 YZ465 would be in the 75-79 class ...... I know of no organization here on the east coast where it would be legal to run an 81 of any make in the same class as a 75. Waaaaay too much progress was made between 75 and 81 to make that realistic."

In the vintage races, I race calvmx which is one of the biggest vintage clubs in california, and their vintage and gp1 post vintage classes are listed below. What they don't specify on their site is that you can run any early 1980's bike in the gp1 class as long as it does not have a link or disc brakes or power valve or is factory water cooled, but these bikes are definitely accepted in the gp1 class.

Of course it is not realistic to race a 75 model bike against an 80/81 model but that's what their rules are. I also race my 38 year old bike against brand new $10,000.00 bikes with the OTHG club, and that is unrealistic yet I still have fun doing it and have managed to beat many of then in the process, but that is not in the intermediate or expert class.

http://www.calvmx.net/classes

VINTAGE

Vintage Sportsman 100---Any 100cc bike built before 1975
Vintage Sportsman 125---Any 125cc bike built before 1975
Vintage Sportsman 250---Any 250cc bike built before 1975
Vintage Sportsman 500---Any 500cc bike built before 1975
NOTE: Some stock 1975 bikes with 4” of rear wheel travel upon approval.


POST-VINTAGE Classes (PVMX)

GP1 125---ANY 125cc bike built before 1981
GP1 250---ANY 250cc bike built before 1981
GP1 500---ANY 500cc bike built before 1981

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1/19/2019 7:28 PM

Dude, you told the guy that the 76 AW wasn't a good bike for vintage racing, and we are telling him that its a great bike and there are specific classes to run it in against SIMILAR machines here in his area. We live here and race here and know the classes...you do not.
Let the guy buy the bike and have a great time,he'll love it ,its got a PVL and cool polished alloy coffin tank, what else do you need.? cool

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1/19/2019 9:08 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/19/2019 9:19 PM

OldPro277 wrote:

Dude, you told the guy that the 76 AW wasn't a good bike for vintage racing, and we are telling him that its a great bike and there are specific classes to run it in against SIMILAR machines here in his area. We live here and race here and know the classes...you do not.
Let the guy buy the bike and have a great time,he'll love it ,its got a PVL and cool polished alloy coffin tank, what else do you need.? cool

"Dude, you told the guy that the 76 AW wasn't a good bike for vintage racing, and we are telling him that its a great bike and there are specific classes to run it in against SIMILAR machines here in his area."

ummm..."Dude", since the ahrma rules now seem to be different then what they were, it would be a great bike for that specific ahrma class and any other club that has the same class rules for that year bike.


"We live here and race here and know the classes...you do not.'

And I thank God you live there and not out here, lol.

You also obviously didn't know the vintage class criteria in so cal until I answered the question you asked me by posting the classes from one of the vintage racing club sites.


"Let the guy buy the bike and have a great time,he'll love it..."

ummm...he said NOTHING about buying it himself, all he did was state what it was and post a photo of it and the ad for it, so for all ANYONE knows, he could be posting the ad simply in case anyone here might be interested in it etc, therefore, you are making yet ANOTHER assumption, and all the other assumptions I have seen you make here have been WRONG, therefore, I wouldn't be surprised if this one is as well.


"...its got a PVL and cool polished alloy coffin tank, what else do you need.?"

Not much (other than a very strong left hand), as should be deduced from my previous post stating that I had a 74.5 400 gp model and won the ahrma western regional all age open expert and over 40 expert class with it the same year.


PS- Sorry but I won't be able to reply tonight to any more questions you might have for me cuz I'm old and need to go to bed early to get my rest so I can go race against them pesky ol newer $10,000.00 bikes again tomorrow with my worn out 38 year old bike, plus, unfortunately it will only be around 74 degrees with no wind and very few clouds, so I might get prematurely tired from exposure to the harsh elements.

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1/20/2019 5:58 AM

'76 Maico 400 AW
Works Performance Shocks
Fresh Motor
PVL Ignition
Clutch set up right
Motor mounts and cases perfect
New Terry cables- Throttle-Clutch-Brake
New Seat
Run and STOPS as it should
Ride and race ready
Too many projects so this one has to go
$3600.
Text: 732 820 0629
Can be seen in Wall, NJ 07719


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Stupid Hurts

1/20/2019 7:01 AM

mvmx wrote:

'76 Maico 400 AW
Works Performance Shocks
Fresh Motor
PVL Ignition
Clutch set up right
Motor mounts and cases perfect
New Terry cables- Throttle-Clutch-Brake
New Seat
Run and STOPS as it should
Ride and race ready
Too many projects so this one has to go
$3600.
Text: 732 820 0629
Can be seen in Wall, NJ 07719


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So you're SELLING this and not a prospective buyer ? 2 things come to mind-- maybe you should have announced that you are the one selling it so if a Vital member had direct questions about it you could answer, and even better advice is you'll have a much better chance getting that kind of money out of it if you take it to the York swapmeet next weekend rather than advertising on Craigslist or here. York can't be more than a couple hours from you and it sounds like there's a shit ton of guys going this year. Also there are a couple Facebook marketplace type of sites that are for vintage bikes exclusively. They are very effective as is Marks Vintage site. A lot of knowledgeable dudes on that site. My wife has found 7 or 8 of my collection between those 2 places.

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