The Taifun, Typhoon in English, was an incredibly advanced design in both styling and technical innovation. It had a sleek design with large sheet metal panels. It was available with a 348cc 19HP two cylinder two-stroke from 1953-1956 and with a 395cc 22.5HP engine. It featured a totally enclosed rear drive chain running in oil. The flip out rear passenger pegs are almost standard on every motorcycle today. It was a motorcycle built with the elegance of an expensive automobile.
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Single cylinder, 2 stroke, air cooled
|Bore / Stroke||66.0mm x 66.0mm|
|Horsepower||4.96 HP (3.7 KW) @ 5100RPM|
|Transmission||Gear box: 4-Speed
Final Drive: Shaft
|Suspension||Front: Earles type leading link forks
Rear: Twin shock
Engine[edit | edit source]
Drive[edit | edit source]
The bike has a 4-Speed transmission.
Chassis[edit | edit source]
Stopping was achieved via Drum in the front and a Drum in the rear. The front suspension was a Earles type leading link forks while the rear was equipped with a Twin shock.
1953 - 1958 Maico Taifun[edit | edit source]
The Maico Taifun 400cc version put out 22.5 hp (16 Kw), and it was designed like many German bikes of the day to accept a sidecar to carry the whole family. But by the late 50s, Germans were moving towards cars and this bike never caught on. Production ended in 1958.