Maico MD 50

 

 

 

Make Model

Maico MD 50

Year

1971 - 76

Engine

Single cylinder, two stroke, rotary valve inlet

Capacity

49 cc / 3.0 cub in.
Bore x Stroke 38 x 44 mm
Cooling System Air cooling
Compression Ratio 11.2:1
Fuel/Oil Mixture 25:1
Exhaust Single, chrome

Ignition 

Flywheel magneto, Bosch

Fuel System

Bing 20 mm carburetor
Starting Kick

Max Power

4.6 kW / 6.3 hp @ 8200 rpm
Clutch Wet, cable operated

Transmission 

6-Speed
Final Drive Chain

Front Suspension

Hydraulic front fork

Rear Suspension

Swing arm with spring legs

Front Brakes

Drum, aluminium full hub, 136 mm

Rear Brakes

Drum, aluminium full hub, 160 mm
Wheels Aluminium alloy, laced wire spokes

Front Tyre

2.50 x 16 in.

Rear Tyre

3.00 x 16 in.
Wet Weight 91.5 kg / 202 kg

Fuel Capacity 

13.5 L / 3.6 US gal

Colours

Red, Blue, Orange
Top Speed 95 km/h / 59 mph

Still more impressive for young German customers was the 50cc MD Maico (pictured above). Because this small motorcycle could be legally ridden at age 16, it was on every youngster's mind as a serious contender in a comprehensive fleet of German brands providing similar products. The advertisement spoke of 6.3hp in 1971, which was a pinch more than even Kreidler's 50cc Florett could offer at 6.25hp. What seems to be an academic difference today could be THE deciding factor for young purchasers at that time, not to mention the technical appeal of a six-speed gearbox and rotary disc valve!

Regrettably, with all that "bred of the racetrack" feeling, there was also a reputation of “for experts only.” Occasionally seizing pistons, even if not totally unknown by riders of Hercules, Zündapp or Kreidler 50cc motorcycles, were said to be caused by "overtuning" the engine. So market share remained low despite the bike's outstanding performance, demonstrated by Maico riders who painstakingly did their jetting homework and kept the carburetor's rubber seal tight.