Pretty nice 1974 440 Maico

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by Sanders, May 14, 2012.

  1. Sanders

    Sanders Stogiesuckingsinglemalter

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    The guy that has it is the second owner, he bought it from his friend. Frame replaced, Forks, brakes gone through. Electronic Ignition. Wheels relaced with Stainless spokes. Been put on a pedestal in the guys garage for the last 8 years. Put away properly as this guy is squared away. Probably a lot more done to this bike that I don't even know about
    He came to me because he said he knew I'd take care of it. Truth is, I don't know the first thing about them, other than I was in AWE of them at the age of 17 when I first saw one. I was flattered that he would say and think that of me, so I asked.
    "How much?"
    "$$$$.$$", He said
    "I Kinda jerked my head around and exclaimed, "That's all?"
    "Yep"
    I usually don't respond like that in even a preliminary negotiation type of a scenario, but I was genuinely surprised
    I tell you, it sounds so nice that I do not think I would ride it. I'd like to just bring it in the house and look at it, but Mrs. Sanders say's that it would have to go in the bed room where I could Love it up all I wanted :eek1
    What do you guys think? I will be checking into it more closely, but even if it is not 100%. I don't think I could go wrong for the money. I think he truely does want it to go to a good home.
    Opinions? What to look for? Any and all comments and recommendations would be appreciated. For starters I cannot even find specs on this model, or much on-line info

    Sanders

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  2. Sanders

    Sanders Stogiesuckingsinglemalter

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    Geeze are they that rare? Info is hard to uncover, even on the internets. Was hoping some inmates could clue me in :freaky
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  3. dpforth

    dpforth no inline fours

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    I think all the vintage Maico guys hang out here.
    Very helpful and wise bunch.

    I have a 72 MC250 but I haven't really done much with it yet so I don't have any knowledge to pass on.

    Your bike sounds like a steal at that price.
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  4. darmst6829

    darmst6829 Been here awhile

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    Screw you Mr.Sanders Maicos don't come from trees. We are all pissed that a motorcycle like that just fell into your lap. Whatever dude. 1974 is the ideal race bike for AHRMA competition. Way to rub it in......


    Dave
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  5. Sanders

    Sanders Stogiesuckingsinglemalter

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    Dave,
    I don't even know what AHRMA is, really.
    Believe me, in my whole life, nothing has ever fallen in my lap, so this appears to be the exception. The once in a lifetime cliche.
    The quandry is, if it is as nice as he (and his riding buddy claim) then I cannot ride it. It sounds like museum quality. I have not seen it yet, but if it is, it will sit in my garage. If I was single it'd be in the house. So the really nice, exotic machine will be relegated to a Minnesota garage. Where only I will see it. I don't like that...but I still want it.
    I'll try and talk to the guy more today at work. Who know's Davy, maybe I'll sell it to you. How's $2800 sound :lol3

    Sanders
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  6. darmst6829

    darmst6829 Been here awhile

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    Its a race bike. Race it!
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  7. slideways

    slideways permanent ex-pat

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    I was living in Germany in 75 and was racing an AW 440 Maico. I still think it was one of the best turning bikes ever built.
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  8. crampfan

    crampfan Banned

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    I had one around 1983, never could kick start it, had to pull it with a car lol. It was a fun bike, as long as I didn't stall it.
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  9. Sanders

    Sanders Stogiesuckingsinglemalter

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    Looked at it today, so its not museum quality but its pretty close. I just don't think I can go wrong at the price he's asking, knowing the entire history of its existance is worth a lot to me.
    More to come.
    Oh and yeah, I'm getting it.
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  10. darmst6829

    darmst6829 Been here awhile

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    Good deal! Show us some pictures when you get it home.
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  11. Sanders

    Sanders Stogiesuckingsinglemalter

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  12. 996DL

    996DL Buell me

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    Throw some repro bodywork on it and enjoy, congratulations on such a nice score,
    absolutely beautiful piece ! :eek1 :thumb

    996DL
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  13. Sanders

    Sanders Stogiesuckingsinglemalter

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    The body work on it already is just fine by me
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  14. 996DL

    996DL Buell me

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    My point was to preserve whatever fragile / rare oem body parts, that are still featured on the bike and run it with more accessible reproduction components for everyday use.

    It's your baby, flog it how you see it... :wink: :lol3

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  15. Sanders

    Sanders Stogiesuckingsinglemalter

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    Ahh, I see now. Thanks for your concerns. The tank is fiberglass and has a leak, small, but none the less. That will be my first concern.
    This is going to sound wierd, but I"m not even sure I'm going to ride it, much... I want to get it running well (if I can), if not well, then at least running. There are no vintage race organizations here. If I can sell it and make a little money on it I'll be happy, but it would have to be to the right home.
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  16. yzmaico

    yzmaico Slacker

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    Ummmm....you sure that's a '74?

    I thought '74 was the first year for the aluminum tank?

    The rear shock angle does not look correct, maybe moved up '73?
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  17. jbcaddy

    jbcaddy Long timer

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    do NOT let gas sit in that tank! modern gas can eat fiberglass. a good sealer can protect it.
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  18. Sanders

    Sanders Stogiesuckingsinglemalter

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    Yeah it is a 74. Frame conversion to the GP, shocks angled forward, so its almost a 74.5. Glass tank added at some point. It's shot so I'll shit-can it. Already ordered a new alloy tank, cap, petcock combo from this guy

    http://maicowerks.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-pa.cgi?d=mullins-manufactoring&type=88

    Should be coming in next week :wink:
    Then its on to the pre-mix debate. What ratio, what oil? How much oil in the gearbox. What weight?

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