No Reserve: 1955 Maico Typhoon

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This 1955 Maico Typhoon is a rare 395cc two-stroke example that was purchased out of the Mike Doyle Museum Collection six months ago. It remains largely original and features a leading-link front end and distinct blue fairings. Recent service includes a new set of tires, cables, carburetor cleaning, and a fresh battery. It was shown at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering earlier this year and has been ridden about 25 miles by the seller. This Maico is now being offered with a clean California title in the seller’s name. The Maisch brothers founded the Ulrich Maisch & Co near Stuttgart, Germany in 1926. Motorcycle production began in 1931 with small displacement two-stroke models. The Typhoon was introduced in 1953 with a 349cc and later a 395cc motor, it was the largest and most innovative machine in their lineup at the time. The streamlined body features a rear fairing, red vinyl seat, chrome tank sides, and yellow welting. The stylized nose includes a leading-link front end with a valanced fender and an integrated drum brake. Power comes from a 395cc two-stroke parallel twin, which was rated at 22.5hp when new and features a 4-speed manual transmission. The engine is a stressed member of the frame and joined by a single top tube and down tube. Carburetors are hidden beneath the bodywork and have been recently serviced. The Duplex drive chain runs in a fully enclosed cast-aluminum swingarm and replacement tires have been installed on the shouldered aluminum rims by the seller within the past six months. Instrumentation is limited to a speedometer centered on the headlight bucket. 59k kilometers (~37k miles) are shown on the odometer. A hand-pump is affixed to the bottom of the hinged seat with storage underneath.

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