|Engine||two-stroke single-cylinder engine|
MB150 & MB175 – 3-speed with twist grip control |
MB200 – 4-speed with heel-and-toe pedal
|Frame type||tubular steel space frame|
Front: telescopic forks|
Rear: Swingarm with coil spring and damper
|Tires||3.00-14, front and rear|
|Fuel capacity||8.5 L|
|Oil capacity||petrol/oil mixture|
The Maico Mobil is an early touring motorcycle made by Maico between 1950 and 1958. Conceived and marketed as a “car on two wheels”, the Mobil had body panels that enclosed the drivetrain, protected its riders from the elements, and included an integral pair of panniers and a mount for a spare tyre.
Frame, body, and suspension
The Mobil had a tubular steel space frame on to which steel and aluminum body panels were bolted. A large front fairing enclosed the front wheel. Mounted on the fairing were a transparent plastic windscreen that wrapped around the handlebars, a dashboard through which the steering column protruded, and lower panels containing a glovebox and provision for a car radio to be installed. Mounted on the dashboard were the ignition switch, the speedometer, and the fuel filler cap; the fuel tank was mounted to the frame under the dashboard.
The Mobil used telescopic front forks and a rear swingarm.
Engine and transmission
The Mobil originally had a 150 cc single-cylinder two-stroke engine mounted between the dashboard and the rider's seat. Access panels on both sides of the Mobil could be removed to work on the engine. Power was transmitted through a three-speed transmission operated by a twist grip.
The capacity of the Mobil's engine was increased to 175 cc in 1953. An optional 200 cc became available in 1955, the same year that the three-speed twist-grip controlled transmission was replaced by a four-speed transmission controlled by a heel-and-toe pedal shifter.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Maicomobil.|
- Gerrit-Klaas Berghuijs (2003). "Scooters Van Toen - Hun tijd vooruit: MaicoMobil & Maicoletta" [Scooters of the Past - Ahead of their time: MaicoMobil & Maicoletta]. Het MotorRijwel (in Dutch). The Hague, Netherlands: Stichting Historische Motor Documentatie (66): 38–40. ISSN 0929-094X.
- Webster, Mike (1997). "Maico Mobil". Classic Scooters. Parragon Book Service. pp. 44–45. ISBN 978-0-7525-2082-7.
- "Road Test - 197cc Maico Mobil". The Motor Cycle. 97 (2793). 25 October 1956.