Originally Posted by motoretro
You're right on the money, the starter system on this scooter is odd to say the least. I thought about a Gel battery although don't have a size application on hand. I believe the original battery was around 11 AH *. Serial number plate states motor is 244cc although like anything 50 years old, it could have been switched out at sometime. From my investigation, it appears this scooter may have sat at the Distributor's for a few years as the serial # indicates somewhere in 1959-60 production. At this time I need to sort things out enough to get it started before throwing a bunch of money in paint and chrome at it for restoration. Last plate say's 1991 and guy I purchased it from said it ran when put away in the barn.
* looks like a 6N11A-1B will fit well although a 6N11-2D will also although not as well.
Generally, the Germans included the year on the serial plate as Baujahr.
At the time, there were two importers. One was Cooper Motors in CA, the other was here in the Detroit area. It went by several names including Maico Motor Co, Engray, and Gray International. Owner was Nicholas Gray, and I occasionally went over to his warehouse to uncrate and assemble a bike he had sold directly.
The ultimate Maico would have to be a Taifun, which was a twin 400cc road bike.