Cycle World’s May 1st 1968 review of the X4 starts with the following: “What a difference a year has made to Maico’s 360-cc motocross model. In a little over 12 months, the West German factory has transformed the bike from a competitive but unsensational mount, to one of the fastest and toughest scramblers available.”
Cycle World also went on to note that while it’s “European-Built, It’s All-American” because the West Coast Maico distributor sent so much feedback to help improve the model. The X4 got larger fins, engine updates, a new expansion chamber, heavier flywheels, wider transmission gears, longer frame, more fork travel…it’s a long list of upgrades. “After noting this long list of improvements, a rider is entitled to expect a high performance package of speed and handling when he wheels the Maico onto the track. He will not be disappointed.”
The seller of this example says that it was “restored by Cody Tillis and his father when they ran Bultaco West.” The restoration was completed in 2007 and the bike has been sitting since (the engine has apparently not been started).
Find this X4 for sale in Tacoma, Washington for $6,800 here on Craigslist.
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