Maico test rider Neil Berry putting the finishing touches on the HGS exhaust system, Talon wheels and billet clutch (in a 2010 chassis).
With the help of a Formula 1 engineering firm, the 2011 Maicos will come with a British-made engine and frame. Maico International, based in Bournemouth, England, has been working closely with the managing director of the un-named Surrey-based company who engineer and manufacture gears and various other exotic mechanical parts for many of the front running Formula One teams.
The 2011 Maico’s will get a CNC-machined billet clutch.
For 2011 Maico International will be unleashing a range of five new two-stroke engines in 250cc, 320cc, 380cc, 500cc and 700cc capacity?all manufactured to the highest standard along with an equally comprehensive range of high end optional upgrades which have been designed to outstrip the competition in terms of power, performance, durability and reliability.
With the standard 250 expected to top 50 horsepower and the monster 700cc closing in on the 100 horsepower figure an all-new frame has been designed to get the best from the new power-plants. Replacing the rather tired mild-steel frame which has not been updated since 1999, the new chromoly version produces not only cleaner lines and a more slender figure and will play host to the well publicized (although slightly modified for 2011) 7020-aircraft alloy swingarm and subframe while retaining the superb handling characteristics the brand is so famed for. Opting for a nickel plated finish as standard the new metal-work will also be available with a regular painted finish in a selection of obvious colors.
Talon wheels and a Keihin air striker carb, along with the silicone hoses and all new H.G.S. exhaust, are among the line-up of production parts.
The 2011 Maico will not be unveiled until September. This is the 2010.
Maico International co-chief Lesley White said, “Since the launch of the 2010 bike the response has been solid and steady from around the globe and now we are producing the bikes ourselves entirely in the U.K. We have worked tirelessly to ensure the standard models exceed expectations and are a cut above the regular mass-produced machines. With more weight-saving introduced for 2011, the new 500 is likely to weigh in at a comparative weight to several other manufacturer’s 250 two-strokes. We have combined this with a list of options that reads like a who’s who in engineering terms (ranging from billet alloy engine casings, and other ancillary alloy parts to a wide selection of beautifully engineered titanium pieces for both inside and outside the engine). For those who may be wondering at our reluctance to name names, due to confidentially agreements which are in place between the engineering company and numerous Formula 1 teams who naturally want to protect any information regarding the design and development on their cars, we feel it would be unethical to release any further information regarding their identity at this time.”