Bernies Bike Shed

Maico Taifun Restored

This is the result of a years restoration.The ‘Taifun(translates to typhoon) as can be seen on Maico Taifun 1956 page,was in a bad state! lots of rust but near enough all there.The bits too far gone ie front suspension covers,tank and silencers i was lucky too get from the former secretary of the Maico owners club.The engine was in a bad state mainly from water finding its way into the engine! all the bearings had to be replaced and the bigends were rebuilt by Alpha bearings.New exhaust pipes were made.When the Taifun was finished ,I still spent a long time trying to make it run well! I even took the bike apart again to check the crank seals were ok ,  all was correct, the carb was cleaned and settings rechecked ,I also fitted new coils (expensive)plugs ,leads ,points to try and cure a misfire? it was traced to the NGK spark plugs (new ones) i put some old Bosch plugs from the sixties in and the problem was solved very frustrating and time consuming But the end result is a very unique  and attractive motorcycle.

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My first Taifun which i restored in 1994

Maico Taifun

Maico Taifun

Maico Taifun



  1. Beautiful Motorcycle! Your efforts have not gone in vain for sure. Thumbs up from INDIA.

    Comment by Srikanth Yarlagadda — June 26, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

  2. So I am not the only one to have problems with duff new NGK spark plugs

    Comment by David Lindop — February 12, 2013 @ 11:49 am

    • Hello David,Bernie of Bikeshed fame here!Its very strange i think its not that they are duff!(the plugs work pefectly well in another bike)its they don’t work in that particular engine!! maybe something to do with the air flow etc,etc.Had a Triumph ‘Mayflower'(car) with a sidevalve engine once would only tickover well with original old plugs in it. some rocket scientist could probaly explain! but i don’t know one ,do you. cheers mate regards Bernie

      Comment by berniesbikeshed — February 22, 2013 @ 9:57 am

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