Been reading a lot lately about how good the '81 490 Maico was as a motocrosser. Figure the 490 could have been used for desert application. People claim it is still the benchmark for a 'perfect' dirt machine. Also read a lot about awful suspension, breaks, hubs were on the last models. They were very beautiful bikes in the looks department, that is sure. Seems the company were exporting boat loads to the US in the early 80s. I have never ridden one, or seen one in the flesh. Has anyone out there ever ridden one, and could testify to their brilliance ? It is still considered the superlative dirt bike compared to modern thumbers, and even the CR500 with aluminium frame? Appreciate the fact that it was a 2 stroke bike, but how would one compare to the XR650 ?