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Dnepr Classic Motorcycles

Dnepr is the brand name of heavy motorcycles produced in Kiev, Ukraine. It has been in use since 1967.

Motorcycles have been produced in Kiev since 1946 at the Kiev Motorcycle Plant. Initial production was of a 98cc 2-stroke model that was confiscated from the German firm Wanderer as reparations. The original design for KMZ heavy motorcycles, and their cousin the IMZ, is taken from the pre-WWII German BMW motorcycle R71, which the Soviet Union licensed in 1940. The plant and equipment needed to make the M-72 (the Soviet derivative of the BMW R71) was transferred from the Gorkiy Motorcycle Plant (Gorky Mototsikletniy Zavod, GMZ located in the city of Gorkiy (Nizhny Novgorod) in 1949. The first batch of M-72 motorcycles was produced in 1952 with the supply of 500 engines from IMZ. In 1958 KMZ replaced the plunger framed M72-N with the swingarm framed K-750. (This frame may have been modeled after the post 1955 BMW duplex frame). In 1964 KMZ introduced a military model, the MV-750 with a differential two-wheel drive to the sidecar wheel. In 1967, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution, KMZ released their first OHV engine in the "Dnepr" K-650. Unlike the earlier sidevalve engines with their roller bearing crankshafts, this engine featured a sleeve bearing crankshaft as found in the WWII Zündapp KS750. The K-650 was superseded by model MT-9 650cc, which was available in both solo and sidecar models (often referred to as the best "Cossack" as it was reliable and had all the good features. The MT-10 was the first Soviet motorcycle to feature 12volt electrics.

The Dnepr is famous for its off-road capability. Armed services models equipped with sidecars had two-wheel drive and as much as fifteen centimetres (6 in) of ground clearance. The present engine is a 650cc OHV boxer twin. Modern models are sold with engines ranging from the factory standard 650 to 750 and 1000cc. Some models have been spotted sporting aftermarket 1000 Hatz diesel, BMW, and even VW car engines.

These motorcycles have featured in many films like Indiana Jones and used prominently in the movie Garden State, with Zach Braff.

Between 1973 and 1979 Dnepr was one of the makes marketed by Satra in the United Kingdom as Cossack motorcycles.

Since demise of U.S.S.R. the factory had fallen on very hard times. Production decreased to only remnants of former glory. All shops were closed, and machine tools were taken out of the city limits.

Bike Image Description
1972 M-72 1973 Dnepr 11 1wd with 750cc (kit)
1957 Dnepr M72 Sidecar 1957 Dnepr M72 Sidecar 650cc
1960 KMZ Dnepr 1960 KMZ Dnepr
1961 Dnepr M71 With Sidecar, 750cc 1961 Dnepr M71 With Sidecar, 750cc
1963 Dnepr K750 1963 Dnepr K750
1968 Dnepr K750 MT9 1968 Dnepr K750 MT9
1963 Dnepr K-750 - Military German Style 1963 Dnepr K-750 - Military German Style
1973 Dnepr 11 1wd with 750cc (kit) 1973 Dnepr 11 1wd with 750cc (kit)
1974 Dnepr K 750 With Sidecar 1974 Dnepr K 750 With Sidecar
1977 KMZ Dneper 1977 KMZ Dneper With modified silencers and seat.
1978 Dnepr MT-10 1978 Dnepr MT-10

This is a nice original hack rig with a 650cc 2 cylinder boxer 4 stroke OHV engine, shaft drive, and 4 speed transmission with reverse. Exhaust is a good heavy stainless steel with removable baffles.

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1978 Dnepr MT12 1978 Dnepr MT12
1979 Dnepr 650cc 1979 Dnepr 650cc
1981 Dnepr 10/36 1981 Dnepr 10/36
1985 Dnepr 11 With Sidecar 1985 Dnepr 11 With Sidecar

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