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GP’s Classic Steel #83: 1981 Maico MC490 Mega 2

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  1. Anyway to re-upload the photos?

    Back in the early 1980’s, that 1981 Maico 490 was a mysterious bike to us So-Cal kids. Wheelsmith Maico, and Uptite KTM, the European motorcycle importers and dealers, both located in Costa Mesa California, were just a curiosity to us young kids at the time. Us kid s swore by our Japanese motorcycles. Only my dad and his “old” friends would enter the Wheelsmith Motorcycle shop to order to buy replacement parts for their 1970’s Maico Breako’s. Now, very interesting to me now that I’m an old geezer, that this Maico 490 is proclaimed the greatest MX bike ever. I know Super Hunky, Dirt Bikes Rick Siemens, gushed over the tractor like engine. I’ve never ridden this bike, but I used to ride the 1983 Honda Cr480 at Yucca Valley California (and a ton of other open bikes) and believe the Honda 83 Cr 480 is the greatest open bike of all time.

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