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Dnepr D2-492-11-05
Photo ou archives : F-M. Dumas

Capacity : 650
Model : Troïka MT16
Production : 1991 -
Category : (R) Street Bike


650 Troïka MT 16 / Driven-Wheel Sidecar - 1992

Watch yourself on the Steppes

The automobile and motorcycle production of the various republics that made up the former USSR was never anything to write home about. Nevertheless the first Russian motorcycle was built in 1924 and, in this country where the car has always been an unaffordable luxury, motorcycles – particularly with sidecars – are still the most popular means of transport.

On Your Marques ...

In this state-controlled scheme of production organization, each factory is dedicated to a single model. Thus KMZ – for Kiev Moto Zavod ("Kiev Motorcycle Factory") – based in the capital of the Ukraine on the banks of the River Dnepr, is in charge of building the biggest and most sophisticated of all the Russian motorcycles, the Dnepr. KMZ builds around 100,000 bikes annually. Russia's first big postwar bike, the M75, was a 750cc sidevalve, based on the prewar BMW R71, and its derivatives are still in production. Starting in 1953 the overhead-valve M52 – and subsequently the M53 – appeared. They were still heavily inspired by the BMW, with flat-twin engines, double-cradle oval-tube frames, and similar suspension.

One Model, Three Engines ...

Ura l currently builds a 650cc with an own-make engine while Dnepr offers no fewer than three models - the Troïka, the Taïga (with an Ural engine), and the Sevruga (with a genuine 800cc BMW unit).


Engine: 649cc (78x68mm) Dnepr air-cooled flat-twin four-stroke

Power Rating: 36 hp @ 5200 rpm

Valves: overhead

Fuel System: 28mm carburetors

Transmission: 4-speed + reverse; shaft final drive to rear and (via differential) sidecar wheels

Suspension: telescopic forks (front); swinging forks (rear and sidecar)

Brakes: twin leading shoe (front); drum (rear)

Wheels: interchangeable 3.50 x 19 inch

Weight: 727 lb

Maximum Speed: 65 mph

The Dnepr Looks a little ill-at-ease away from its native Steppes.

Motorcycle encyclopedia Moto Passion, realised by François-Marie Dumas, include almost 2000 photos presented with an exhaustive history of the motorcycles exhibited.

This unique collection has been realised with the participation of many specialists. With many thanks in particular to Yves Campion, Michael Dregni, Didier Ganneau, Jean Goyard, Helmut Krackowizer, Michel Montange, Christian Rey, Bernard Salvat, Mick Woollett, etc

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