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Rare Maico Photos




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Published on Oct 16, 2008

Maico Factory Photos
Photos of Maicos 1950s to 2009

I did not take any of these photos.

Randall Owen "Maico Brothers"
Guus Mulders
Helmut Ritter

And many others...

Maico was started in the 1926 by two brothers (Otto & Wilhelm Maisch) who operated the factory until 1983. After WWII Otto gained 60% control of the factory while Wilhelm maintained 40% due by law due to Wilhelm being a member of the National-Socialist Party.

Wilhelm Maisch's sons had acquired the factory in 1983/1984. The following Maico History excerpt was written by Randall Owen:

"Wilhelm Maisch family built the 1984 to 1986 models under the M Star Label. Purchased by Merkle who made Maico's from 1987 to 1994, then sold to Rodem and moved to the Netherlands for the 1995 production. Midway through the next year, they became Maico Motorcycles N.V., N.V. standing for Limited Liability Company, and still under Rodem control. Bankrupt again in 1998, the biggest shareholder, Brouwer,
took everything and continued the Maico production. There were color changes, Yellow to red to blue and now red and black. Despite the bankruptcy, buying and selling of the Maico Manufacturing mutable times, one thing remained constant, Maico keep up with the times.
From air cooled to water cooled, Maico forks to Upside Down White Power Forks to standard Marzocchi Forks, no brakes to disk brakes, primary chain to geared primary, life and innovations moved on and so did Maico."

Since March 2001 Axel Kostler has owned and operated Maico from Germany. 2009 Maico models are available from his website:

"As of March 2001, The old Maico Factory in Pfaffingen has now been torn down to make way for a new supermarket and shopping mall."

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