1981 Maico 490 Mega 2


  • Comprehensively restored and repainted
  • Bodywork replaced during the restoration
  • Impeccably presented and ready to enjoy
  • Subject to a recent service including a carburettor rebuild and replacement fuel filter

The Appeal

To many, the Maico 490 Mega 2 represented something of a last hurrah for Maico. Regarded by many as the last successful ‘twin-shock’ design and the last European motocross bike to challenge the Japanese for supremacy. It impressed even the most discerning of critics including the likes of the so-called ‘Mark Twain of dirt bike journalism’ - the infamously pernickety Rick Siemen.

This 1981 example has been restored to a very high standard and is said to be riding very well indeed. Not for the faint hearted, these visceral bikes deliver immense performance and we’re assured that this one doesn’t disappoint. The engine was rebuilt, all its bodywork replaced and everything has been repainted and re-stickered to its original specifications. 

Treated to a recent service, this Maico is ready to use and enjoy.

The History and Paperwork

  • Not currently road registered
  • Restored to a high standard
  • Recently serviced in readiness for sale

The Condition

  • New replacement bodywork
  • Repainted and re-stickered to original specifications
  • All the vinyls are in very good condition
  • Repainted frame in very good order, with no corrosion or damage apparent
  • Spoked wheels finished in gold and fitted with off-road tyres
  • No side / centre stand 
  • Race Base seat
  • The seat upholstery looks in excellent order
  • No notable wear to the grips or footpegs

The Mechanics 

  • 490 cc air-cooled single-cylinder two-stroke
  • Five-speed gearbox
  • We’re informed that the engine was totally rebuilt during present ownership
  • Recently serviced with the carburettor rebuilt and fuel filter changed
  • Twin-shock rear suspension
  • Said to be in full working condition, with no faults to report


A fantastic restored example of one of the best motocross bikes of all time, this Maico 490 Mega 2 is sure to be of great interest to collectors. An experienced rider will be able to extract a great deal of performance from it, and with a rebuilt, freshly serviced engine, it’s ready to go.


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1981
  • Make Maico
  • Model 490
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer
  • Engine size 490
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Ludlow
  • Location Shropshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
10 bids from 5 bidders
  • Stuart £4,700 24/09/23
  • keir@vi•••• £4,500 24/09/23
  • Stuart £4,200 23/09/23
  • keir@vi•••• £4,000 23/09/23
  • Stuart £3,500 23/09/23
  • keir@vi•••• £3,000 22/09/23
  • ian-dea•••• £1,100 22/09/23
  • Wolves5•••• £850 21/09/23
  • Samson&•••• £750 21/09/23
  • Wolves5•••• £500 21/09/23

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