1999 Maico 500 Cross

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Post Sale Update: This Maico sold for $6,100 after 14 bids on eBay…but it was then relisted. Bidding got up to $4,855 and the reserve was not met, so it was relisted one more time where it sold for a BIN of $6,500.

After Maico’s disastrous results with the Corte & Cosso monoshock designs of their 1982 bikes, they quickly slid down the path to bankruptcy. The first of many unsuccessful attempts to bring Maico back to life was “M-Star”, and they offered 250 and 500 models that were almost identical to the 1983 Maico models. M-Star did not last long. In 1999, production was taken over by Maico Kostler, and they’ve been building new Maicos ever since – current offerings go up to a gigantic 685cc enduro or supermoto! Here’s one of the few bikes from Kostler’s initial run of open class racers – less than 30 were ever built.

The two most important numbers are 67 horsepower and 220 pounds (dry). The monster motor was paired with 50mm Marozcchi Magnum forks (12″ of travel), Reiger shock, HGS exhaust, and Brembo brakes.

The seller of this example (VIN: AC500270-09800045) acquired it a few years ago while he was looking for a car – recognized this and immediately forgot about the 4-wheeler. “I believe this is the number 21 bike that has existed in photos online for decades. The original side cover plastics and front number plate shown in photos with the ghost outline of the numbers will support, as well as the still in place Acerbis fork protectors, and the original Marzocchi fork leg decals. The original red fenders were partially spray painted, but they are restorable if you chose to do so, and will be included with the sale.” It’s offered on a bill of sale only.

Find this Maico for sale in Granada Hills, California with bidding up to $6,100 and the reserve already met here on eBay.

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