Maico letta 174, 247, 277

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Maico letta 174, 247, 277
Production 1954-66
Single cylinder, two stroke, SOHC
Top Speed 247 cc: 109 km/h / 68 mph
Fuel System Bing carburetor
Transmission 4-Speed with heel-and-toe shifter pedal
Frame Tubular steel with pressed steel body panels
Suspension Front: Telescopic fork, steering damper
Rear: Swingarm with coil springs and dampers
Brakes Front: Drum, 6.5 in
Rear: Drum, 5 or 6 in.
Front Tire 3.25 - 3.5 x 14 in.
Rear Tire 14 in.
Seat Height 740 mm / 29 in.
Weight 146 kg / 322 lbs (wet)
Fuel Capacity 11.9 L / 3.1 US gal
Manuals Service Manual

It could reach a top speed of 247 cc: 109 km/h / 68 mph.


The engine was a Air cooling cooled Single cylinder, two stroke, SOHC.


Power was moderated via the Wet, cable operated.


It came with a 3.25 - 3.5 x 14 in. front tire and a 14 in. rear tire. Stopping was achieved via Drum, 6.5 in in the front and a Drum, 5 or 6 in. in the rear. The front suspension was a Telescopic fork, steering damper while the rear was equipped with a Swingarm with coil springs and dampers. The letta 174, 247, 277 was fitted with a 11.9 L / 3.1 US gal fuel tank.


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Maico Maicoletta

The Maicoletta was introduced in 1955. It used components based on those used in Maico's conventional motorcycles, including the engine, transmission, and front forks. It was built to compete in the German scooter market of the 1950s. Maico had earlier introduced an enclosed motorcycle with superior weather protection for the rider, the Maico Mobil, that was marketed as a "two-wheeled car" with interchangeable wheels and a spare wheel mounted into the barrel shaped bodywork behind the number plate and rear lamp. The Maicoletta used the fourteen-inch wheels, gear ratio indicator, and headlights from the Mobil.

When the Maicoletta was first exported to the United Kingdom, it was one of the heaviest and most expensive scooters sold there. It gained a reputation in the U.K. as a high-quality, heavy, powerful, scooter capable of being ridden in comfort over long distances. The brakes were noted at the time by Motor Cycling and Scooter Weekly for being powerful and progressive in that the braking force increased with increased effort against the braking controls. The optional 277 cc engine was considered particularly useful with a sidecar combination, as was the steering damper.

Maico stopped offering the 174 cc and 277 cc engine options in 1962 and ended production of the Maicoletta in 1966. Demand for Maicolettas in the U.K. was such that the importer used its inventory of spare parts to build new Maicolettas to special order until late 1967.

The Maicoletta had a tubular steel frame with pressed steel body panels. Front suspension was with a telescopic fork with coil springs, hydraulic damping, and a steering damper. Rear suspension was with a swingarm with dual coil springs and twin hydraulic dampers. The wheels were 14 inches in diameter and had a width between 3.25 inches and 3.5 inches. Drum brakes were used front and rear. The front drums were 6.5 inches in diameter, while the rear brake was either 6 inches or 5 inches in diameter. Drivetrain

The Maicoletta had a fan-cooled single-cylinder piston port two-stroke engine, originally of either 174 cc or 247 cc. A 277 cc engine became available in 1957. The transmission had four ratios and was controlled by a heel-and-toe pedal. The engine and transmission were mounted on the frame and drove the rear wheel through an enclosed drive chain.

The Maicoletta used a Bosch 6 volt 'pendulum' electric starter system. When activated, instead of rotating the crankshaft, the starter used the generator coils on the shaft to rock it back and forth under the control of cams on the crankshaft. These cams closed contacts in the starter to trigger a reversing switch in the control box that changed the crankshaft direction at the end of each swing. This gives the impression of the crankshaft continually bouncing back and forwards against compression, when operated. A separate set of ignition points fired the spark plug in the forward direction only, and when this fires the mixture in the cylinder the engine starts to rotate normally, the starter is released and the normal ignition system takes over. This system was possible due to the piston port induction system of the two-stroke engine.

The advantage of this system is that the starter does not have to force the crankshaft to turn over against compression, so less power is required from the 6 volt system. Its disadvantage is the unusually large number of contacts, which can be difficult to adjust. The reversing switch contacts tend to wear out with extended use and can be very difficult to service or to have serviced, hence the scooter's reputation for requiring roll starts later in life. The Maicoletta did not have a kick starter.

The Maicoletta was noted for being large and comfortable, with an exceptionally large and commodious dual seat and room for the rider and passenger to move around and avoid fatigue.

The Maicoletta had a dashboard with a speedometer and an eight-day clock. A gear ratio indicator was incorporated in the speedometer.

The drivetrain was covered by the rear bodywork, which could be removed as a unit by loosening one bolt and unplugging the lead to the taillight. Access to the fuel cap and the spark plug was also available by unlocking and lifting the hinged seat, and an access panel on the left side allowed access to the carburetor.

One ergonomic concern was the considerable effort required to mount the Maicoletta on its centre stand. This made it difficult for small riders or riders of slight build to park the scooter. Another concern was the cold-start lever, which was positioned below the glove box and was not readily visible.

Make Model Maico Maicoletta
Year 1954-66
Engine Type Single cylinder, two stroke, SOHC
Displacement 174 cc / 10.6 cub in. 247 cc / 15.1 cub in. 277 cc / 16.9 cub in.
Bore X Stroke 174 cc: 61 x 59.5 mm 247 cc: 67 x 70.0 mm 277 cc: 71 x 70.0 mm
Cooling System Air cooling
Oil/fuel Mixture 1:24
Exhaust Single
Fuel System Bing carburetor
Starting Bosch 6 volt pendulum electric starter
Max Power 174 cc: N/A 247 cc: 10.4 kW / 14.0 hp @ 5100 rpm 277 cc: 12.1 kW / 16.2 hp @ 5100 rpm
Clutch Wet, cable operated
Transmission 4-Speed with heel-and-toe shifter pedal
Final Drive Chain
Frame Tubular steel with pressed steel body panels
Front Suspension Telescopic fork, steering damper
Rear Suspension Swingarm with coil springs and dampers
Front Brakes Drum, 6.5 in
Rear Brakes Drum, 5 or 6 in.
Wheels Steel
Front Tire 3.25 - 3.5 x 14 in.
Rear Tire 14 in.
Dimensions Length: 2100 mm / 81 in. Width: 640 mm / 25 in. Height: 970 mm / 38 in.
Seat Height 740 mm / 29 in.
Wet Weight 146 kg / 322 lbs
Fuel Capacity 11.9 L / 3.1 US gal
Average Consumption 4.0 L/100 km / 25 km/l / 59 mpg
Top Speed 247 cc: 109 km/h / 68 mph
Colours Candy red, Blue/silver, Black/Silver, Brown/beige
Source Wikipedia