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Mototechnics 2021, July

The longest moped in Russia

The longest moped in Russia

You can relate to this thing in different ways, but the most correct thing, it seems to me, is to understand it as a bold engineering experiment made, in fact, for the sake of experiment. And to the question "Why?" in this case, you can only answer "I wanted to". Well, what's not the reason? youtu.be/-8K7wIIUbDY Basic, as in ...

Our heritage: All models of Lviv mopeds throughout history

Our heritage: All models of Lviv mopeds throughout history

It turns out that last year the Lviv Motorcycle Plant (LMZ) celebrated its 100th anniversary. Nobody invited me to the anniversary, and I'm not sure that there were celebrations on this occasion. But there is clearly a reason to remember the history of Lviv mopeds. Of course, not all these years the Lviv plant has been producing motor vehicles. Before World War II ...

Our heritage: Why the name of mopeds "Verkhovyna" was replaced by "Karpaty"

Our heritage: Why the name of mopeds "Verkhovyna" was replaced by "Karpaty"

In the history of every manufacturer, there are successful and unsuccessful models. Today my story will be about one of the most unsuccessful models of the Lviv Motorcycle Plant, because of which I even had to change the brand. Earlier I already talked about one of the most successful models of Lviv mopeds - LMZ-2.158 Verkhovyna-6 ...

A sharp turn that never happened. What could be the heir to the K-750

A sharp turn that never happened. What could be the heir to the K-750

I promised to talk about interesting models. Today my post will be about a very rare motorcycle KMZ Dnepr-1. History, as you know, does not tolerate the subjunctive mood, but in 1966 the fate of the Kiev Motorcycle Plant could change dramatically. The plant was preparing for the release of a new generation of motorcycles with ...

Our heritage: The first post-war bicycle HVZ V-14

Our heritage: The first post-war bicycle HVZ V-14

I usually talk about motorcycles and cars, but today there will be an exception. At the end of last year, the search team AC Heritage discovered in Kharkov the remains of the very first post-war bicycle HVZ B-14 "Kharkov", which began the revival of bicycle production at two plants at once. It took ...

Our legacy: What was the ancestor of all mopeds in the USSR

Our legacy: What was the ancestor of all mopeds in the USSR

Today my story is about how mopeds appeared in the USSR. And about the rare model HVZ V-901, which is considered the first serial motorcycle in the country. Attempts to create a motorized bicycle were made in the USSR even before World War II. At least several such projects are known. The engine ...

Sample - 2019 Ural Gear Up

Sample - 2019 Ural Gear Up

Ducati? MV Agusta? Confederate? Oh, do not tell ... Most of the inhabitants of the former Soviet Union, these overseas names will not say anything. If you really want to be in the spotlight, having turned at least for a while in Tony Stark, and become a reason for gossip for years to come, buy yourself a Ural. Before,…

Found a new "Voskhod 3M-01" in the factory box! Time capsule 100%

Found a new "Voskhod 3M-01" in the factory box! Time capsule 100%

Back in December, a subscriber wrote to me and offered to buy a completely new Voskhod 3M-01 motorcycle. This technique belonged to his father-in-law and was bought back in 1993 in one of the trade organizations of Kherson. Since then, "Voskhod" has not lost its factory wooden packaging, and all this time ...

BMW for an hour: Bikesharing in Russia already this spring?

BMW for an hour: Bikesharing in Russia already this spring?

BMW has announced the launch of bike sharing in Russia, a service for per-minute motorcycle rental. According to the website of the Forbes magazine, the application will become available this spring. While - in test mode, potential customers will be able to select the desired motorcycle, pick it up from one of the BMW dealers and, probably ...

Big Dog K9: a real American chopper?

Big Dog K9: a real American chopper?

If you seriously need detailed technical characteristics of this miracle, you will find them, albeit not without difficulty. However, there will be enough obvious observations. Fork tilt angle? Huge! Weight? Also! More than three centners, despite the fact that on a motorcycle there is nothing at all, except for the bare essentials. No ...

M-72 / Part XVII: What Was and What Became.

M-72 / Part XVII: What Was and What Became.

Until now, it has not been possible to show the motorcycle in finished form. Yes, and this time not a presentation, but just a report from the category "was-now" as of June * 2019. Now (in December) two years have passed since the M-72 appeared. The beginning is long gone, all the difficulties of dismantling and the sorrows of the revealed shortcomings have been discarded ...

Trike with BMW engine from Perm

Trike with BMW engine from Perm

For me, this is perhaps one of the brightest projects of the past year. For the sake of this trike, I went east of Moscow, at the same time dropping into Izhevsk and Kazan, from where I also brought vidos. Still, my main goal was the workshop of Yuri, nicknamed Barmaley, and one of his recent works. www.youtube.com ...

Our legacy. Why did the teenagers want the Verkhovyna-6 moped so much?

Our legacy. Why did the teenagers want the Verkhovyna-6 moped so much?

Today is my story about the cult, at one time, moped "Verkhovyna-6". It so happened that this copy had been lying in the attic in a private house for almost 40 years. This fall, the owners started repairing the roof, and the craftsmen accidentally found a moped under the rubble in its original form and with a range of 835 km. We got it ...

Racing - Dakar Conqueror

Racing - Dakar Conqueror

Since the story of the birth of the Dakar rally-raid has gone so well, then, apparently, it's time to tell about the "combat" equipment of the champions - the factory-prepared KTM 450 Rally. And about the features of marathon cars in general. ENGINE From its progenitor, the 449.3 cm EXC single-barrel endure range ...

What was the very first Soviet Harley-Davidson

What was the very first Soviet Harley-Davidson

Today my story is about one of the most mysterious motorcycle models - KhMZ-1M. It is rarely mentioned now, although at least it became the very first Ukrainian motorcycle. So, the KhMZ-1M produced by the Kharkov Automobile Assembly Plant (KhASZ) appeared in 1931. Then there was not even a trace of Kiev ...

$ 1000 Scrambler - From Chinese Trash to Custom Show

$ 1000 Scrambler - From Chinese Trash to Custom Show

Life is too short to ride a stock - a thesis that a good half of all motorcyclists are guided by. The desire to put hands on something that already works has gone hand in hand with motorcyclists around the world since the beginning of time. And not always "putting hands" means improving, rather sharpening the motorcycle ...

Sample - 2016 Moto Guzzi V7 II

Sample - 2016 Moto Guzzi V7 II

Rumor has it that if you are very far behind everyone, then at some point you can suddenly be the first. Moto Guzzi two-wheeled carriages from Mandello del Lario have never been famous for their technology or exquisite handling. On the contrary, for many decades they had a reputation ...

Cezeta 502: the most coveted scooter in the USSR

Cezeta 502: the most coveted scooter in the USSR

Scooters were a very popular technique in the Soviet years, but their assortment was not very diverse. The Tula Motorcycle Plant offered consumers its "Tula", "Tourists" "Tulitsy" and "Ants", and the Vyatka-Polyanskiy machine builders gave the country "Vyatka" and "Electrons". Only in the first half of 60 ...

Mokik "Karpaty-2" 1989 with a range of 24 km: time capsule

Mokik "Karpaty-2" 1989 with a range of 24 km: time capsule

A fine autumn day began with a message from a subscriber: "Come - there is an interesting rarity for you." It turned out that in one of the Kiev cooperatives, my grandfather had a practically new "Karpaty" mokik in the garage with symbolic numbers on the odometer. We immediately decided to go to the indicated address so that ...

New Jawa-350 produced in 1990 after 30 years in the garage

New Jawa-350 produced in 1990 after 30 years in the garage

For many years now I have been trying to find a new Java 350 in a factory wooden box. However, the most that I have come across from this topic so far is the side stroller Velorex-700 in the original packaging, which I talked about earlier. But my friend Eugene was lucky: he recently managed to discover ...

30-year-old Honda Transalp surprised with its quality

30-year-old Honda Transalp surprised with its quality

End of the 80s. In the USSR, motorcycles "Izh Planeta-5", "Jupiter-5", "Voskhod-3M", "Ural", "Dnepr" are massively stamped, and the top of consumer chic and coolness among local bikers (then they were called rockers) is considered an imported Czechoslovak Jawa. At the same time, the Japanese were making equipment of a completely different level and ...

On motorcycles in Cambodia: adrenaline addicts. Part one

On motorcycles in Cambodia: adrenaline addicts. Part one

Last year, a group of motorcyclists from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan traveled over 5,000 km on the roads of India and Nepal. This year they also conquered the mysterious and amazing Cambodia - impenetrable jungle and rocky climbs, gold digging villages and minefields, national parks and mysterious Angko ...

Electropunk: "Warrior of the Wasteland". On batteries, on numbers

Electropunk: "Warrior of the Wasteland". On batteries, on numbers

The most interesting thing is that today this creation of human hands has quite normal numbers. And a perfectly normal VIN on the frame. And in general, the Warrior of the Wasteland is the name of the model, as it is written in the documents. www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcynHMXbdYo The author of this project is Alexey Yakubovich. This guy got into the motorcycle ...

Harley-Davidson FXDR. New V-Rod?

Harley-Davidson FXDR. New V-Rod?

I waited a very long time for the opportunity to ride this motorcycle, but ... I waited earlier than necessary. How strange it sounded. I had to open the season at FXDR, but he, as it were, is not quite about that. youtu.be/j95MO_hgZus It turned out a little silly: I myself said several times that FXDR is a new incarnation of the V-Rod, but by ...

Moped Riga 13 is a hybrid of a bicycle and a motorcycle from the times of the USSR.

Moped Riga 13 is a hybrid of a bicycle and a motorcycle from the times of the USSR.

Once in the days of the USSR, engineers developed an unusual thing: what if you take a bicycle with a frame and put a small motorcycle engine to it. No sooner said than done, this is how a whole series of Riga mopeds appeared. 02. In the summer I was lucky enough to ride in Riga 13. She replaced model 11 in hers ...

New Jawa 350/638, which has been in the apartment for 30 years! Time capsule

New Jawa 350/638, which has been in the apartment for 30 years! Time capsule

In most cases, "time capsules" are found in garages and sheds, which no one has looked into for a long time. However, today I will tell you about a unique find. The all-new Jawa 350 motorcycle stood for 30 years in the most ordinary residential apartment: among sofas, wardrobes and other furniture. This e ...

Bikesharing (Motor scooter rental) in Barcelona. Ecooltra, YEGO, Scoot. Electric moped!

Bikesharing (Motor scooter rental) in Barcelona. Ecooltra, YEGO, Scoot. Electric moped!

Renting a moped in Barcelona, ​​like renting a car, is a must have for those who live longer than a week in the city. Moreover, they are electric here! I have already talked about car sharing in Barcelona. Strange, because the car needs to be returned to the same place where he took it. But bike sharing is what you need here. Cheap, a bunch of mopeds ...

Sample - 2018 Suzuki GSX-R1000 / R

Sample - 2018 Suzuki GSX-R1000 / R

You can argue or deny for a long time, but sooner or later you will come to the obvious conclusion: our motor market is on the outskirts of the world. Various novelties, if they get here, then with a huge delay. And sometimes they are completely bypassed. So it turns out that for the sake of some interesting motorcycle sometimes pr ...

Superbike USSR: IZH Planeta Sport with low mileage

Superbike USSR: IZH Planeta Sport with low mileage

Quite recently, I examined another 2-wheeled rarity (an article about it will be published a little later) of the Soviet era. So, in a conversation, the seller accidentally mentioned that his neighbor has a practical new Izh Planet Sport in the 70s with a mileage of only 170 kilometers in the garage! youtu.be/T4i_ExX0hEc I've been ...

Custom - Ducati SS1100 Carbon by Birdie Customs

Custom - Ducati SS1100 Carbon by Birdie Customs

The adherents of futurism, which emerged at the dawn of the twentieth century, tried to express the dynamics of the modern world in art and literature using fairly simple techniques. Birdie Customs tried to implement this principle in metal and carbon fiber. “Alas, the Russian custom scene is far from world trends ...

Found a new Izh Jupiter-5 in a box: a time capsule

Found a new Izh Jupiter-5 in a box: a time capsule

Finding an untouched Soviet motorcycle in a factory wooden box is great luck. In most cases, the owners of such equipment leave it in its original form with the preservation of the packaging - as an exhibit for the collection. But, in the case of this Izh Jupiter-5, the owner nevertheless decided to get the "vr capsule ...

Motorcycle "Ural" with a sidecar that stood for 20 years in a container

Motorcycle "Ural" with a sidecar that stood for 20 years in a container

The today's hero of the "Time Capsule" column has an extremely interesting biography. The motorcycle itself was produced in April 1992. In 1994, this "Ural" was acquired by a military man who served in the village of Ugolnye Kopi in the Magadan Region, and after another 4 years by his train, in the iron ...

Where does childhood go? Into history!

Where does childhood go? Into history!

Good day everyone! Just now I went to a shopping mall. I agree, not God knows what event; however, on one of the floors I noticed an object that filled me with a wave of fond memories. I remember the neighbors had such a monster. The boys ran to watch from all over the street. This is not humped Jupiter-3 for you ...

New interpretation of the boxer motor

New interpretation of the boxer motor

Is there a future for boxer bikes in the 21st century? Japanese customizers from Custom Works Zon have unveiled an R18 motorcycle with a promising boxer engine from BMW Motorrad at the Yokohama show. Moreover, the Germans deliberately lit their future opposites on a custom bike, hoping to probe the reaction ...

Tula miracle: an electric bike from an electric car

Tula miracle: an electric bike from an electric car

One of the great things about this project is that it looks pretty cool. Usually, electric homemade products are repulsive with a rickety, ugly appearance. And here - a big, black, serious motorcycle. Only when it gets under way does it feel like something is missing. Where is the sound? And here it is not. TO…

Java 634 1976. Dreams Come True!)

Java 634 1976. Dreams Come True!)

Hello! Time flies! I then noted my next unexpected DR and, although everything went in the usual everyday worries, without guests and pomp, but still there was a feeling of some kind of solemnity or something. I haven’t celebrated this day for a long time, and I don’t remember the last time so that I could walk in a crowd ...

Ural Dragster. Motorcycle for Uralgon

Ural Dragster. Motorcycle for Uralgon

Those who are fond of cross-country know that the Ural motorcycle can, it turns out, be a racing one. Actually, the Urals are still used in this sport. Their main advantage, I think, is obvious without explanation. Yes, it's about money. But racing in a straight line ... isn't it too exotic? www.youtube.com/...

"Cherry" that replaced the "old woman": a review of Jawa 350 typ 634-01

"Cherry" that replaced the "old woman": a review of Jawa 350 typ 634-01

In December 1973, the first batch (500 pieces) of the newest Czechoslovakian motorcycles Jawa 350 typ 634-01 arrived in the Soviet Union. The modern model replaced the outdated "old lady", although for about a year they were produced and sold in parallel. The motorcycle was originally created with an eye on ...

New - First. Electric. Ural.

New - First. Electric. Ural.

The eye does not immediately notice the catch. At first glance (and at the second, third - too), there is nothing unusual about the "Ural" standing by the side of the road. However, as often happens, it all depends on the angle of view. Stop! Where are the cylinders? “Opposite” and “opposit” is that he, like a spy, is betrayed by those sticking out to the side ...

Choosing a motorcycle for travel

Choosing a motorcycle for travel

Closer to nature I often remember our old bike trip to Baikal. Such immersion in the atmosphere is impossible by car: changing weather, a variety of smells, contemplation of the surrounding nature and physical exhaustion. Sweaty and dusty, you run through the 30-degree heat to the lake to take a dip. AND…