I seem to remember riding one of those large displacement smokers when I was a kid. I think it was a cr 500 though. They are nice bikes to keep around for sure. Looks super clean and I bet its a blast to ride. In the dunes and hill climbing it probly goes with the best of them, even by todays standards.Yeah Wally... that thing is a beast.
Got a paddle tire for it too... it is a kick in the ass in the sand!
Hey Gary check these bad boys out. http://fasstco.com/products/flexx.shtmlYeah Pete... it holds it's own pretty well... It acts like a 4 stroke more than a 2 stroke. It has a very smooth pull, once on the pipe... and I can lug it down on trails and have yet to foul a plug... It's like riding a John Deere tractor on the trails... lots of power on the bottom. I had to stiffen the suspension up a tad since I am a pretty big dude... but I don't take many jumps and stuff anymore... so it's just fine for me.
My only complaint is the vibrations... After riding for more than 2 hours my hands start to go numb. I used to suffer from arm pump way back when... but that doesn't even compare to your hands actually going numb from vibes...
When I show up to a place to ride I usually get a small crowd eveytime I unload the bike from the truck that ask a ton of questions... It's a pretty fun old bike to own.
Ahhh... the Maico 490. That is quite possibly the craziest thing ever invented on 2 wheels. As a matter of fact the guy that I bought the ATK from had one prior to the ATK...Used to MX a cr 250 and a husky 250 witha 360 cylinder on it. Would luv to have a bike again but job and kids and................ you guys know the story. The Maico 490 was an awsome bike the throttle was like a reo-stat how fast ya wanna go. Put in third gear and race. Enough torque to pull ya thru the corners and enough speed for tight tracks.