IZh Planeta 5

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  1. RomaDakota

    RomaDakota 29th scroll; 6th verse

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    Well, I did it. I looked around for some time in the US and found a decently priced IZh - happened to be 50 miles from me :1drink
    19xx IZh Planeta 5, brand new. 5 kms on the odo, and all accessories. Although the title states 1969, I suspect more like 1988. Great ebay/barn find! What to do with a brand new 20+ year old bike? This bike has never been started!! Ride it I guess. I will be going through it over the next week or so. Any suggestions??
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  2. wyowillys46

    wyowillys46 Petrosexual.

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    Sweet!
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  3. fixer

    fixer KLR-riding cheap bastard

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    fresh tires... 20 year old rubber probably won't stick too good.

    then you'll probably want to pull the plug and spray some oil into the top end and kick it over a few times. then you can put the plug back in and fire it up.
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  4. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    If you had the space and the time, that bike is probably a collectable item in that condition. Very nice.
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  5. RomaDakota

    RomaDakota 29th scroll; 6th verse

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    Oi, I think a de-flowering is in order.:evil
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  6. Nikolya

    Nikolya Rider

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    Interesting how did it come to USA? I had Yupiter 5 back in Ukraine. It's amazing to see it here in USA. :clap
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  7. vainamoinen

    vainamoinen Bumblebee master

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    Oh my God!
    I had 2 bikes like that one. The most problematic part of it... is the bike itself. 2 stroke engine 350 cm3(u have to blend oil with gas). Ignition is a pain in the ass to fix-it is not electronic just some kind of mechanical device. Really bad brakes, and even worse suspension. It wil leak oil everywhere. That being said they were my beginers bikes and i loved them all.
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  8. Nikolya

    Nikolya Rider

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    Yes definitely you have to blend oil with gas on gas station. I liked it. It's kinda ceremony. You have to shake it before ride on new gas :D I never had problem with an ignition. Yes you have to adjust it time to time but it's easy to do. It has never failed or stop working. I'm agree about brakes and suspension it's not modern bikes. Brakes and suspension comes from bikes of 50-60s. I don't agree about leaking oil. Izh, CZ, Jawa bikes don't leak oil if it's assembled correctly. I rode 15 thousand km on mine and it never leaked the oil.

    I would say it's good bikes if you know how to care of them. It's reliable and simple.
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  9. nanno

    nanno Been here awhile

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    The planeta is THE workhorse in Siberia. Says pretty much all.

    Cheers,
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  10. Seikkailu_R

    Seikkailu_R Been here awhile

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    My and my dads M-49, on second owner, and without any restoration... :D

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    ABS brakes, anti glare lights etc. advanced tecnology... :D
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  11. Butters

    Butters Kwyjibo

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    (somebody had to say it)
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  12. Highside>Lowside

    Highside>Lowside Hairier Than Thou

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    Too bad you couldn't travel back in time three years to tell him that. (pretty sure the pic link worked when the OP started this thread) :deal
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  13. RomaDakota

    RomaDakota 29th scroll; 6th verse

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    Hey guys, thx for awaking the thread after a few years. Been riding it from time to time, about 3000kms now. Here is a working picture...
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  14. Nikolya

    Nikolya Rider

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    Where did you buy it? :evil
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  15. RomaDakota

    RomaDakota 29th scroll; 6th verse

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    I bought it from an individual in Missouri - near Weston.
    Seems there was some guy years ago that brought over a number of these new in the crate. There was still a couple floating around a year or so ago. I know a guy that had an IZh 49 for sale (like the one pictured above), would like that one as well, but too many bikes as it is.
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  16. Nikolya

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    Izh 49 is good bike. I like design of it. Once I have almost bought it in Ukraine but condition was really bad. I've bought Izh Yupiter 5 instead.

    I'm looking to buy Jawa 634 but I've never seen them in USA. Sometimes I see Jawa Californian, maybe that's the case.:wink:
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  17. KevlarIZH

    KevlarIZH Adventurer

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    It's amazing ....... looks like I'm in a similar situation .... I would love to ask you some questions! :D
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  18. bluesman

    bluesman Long timer

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    One man junk is another man treasure they say...

    It is workhorse in Siberia because there is nothing to chose from. Every old ex-USSR bike is workhorse there along with chinese scooters.

    Amazing how it is different for someone, who spent most of life in USSR and you guys :wink:

    It is not collectable, nor rare and basically it used to be "poor man's Jawa" in Soviet Union times.
    BTW - they came with sidecar as well. If you want more exotic :wink:

    I hope troubles we had from those bikes will pass by you! Enjoy it.

    Damn, I should start business selling ex-USSR junk to US :lol3
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  19. KevlarIZH

    KevlarIZH Adventurer

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    This particular bike is the original design, dirt model ( 7.107L-010), made for very harsh terrain.

    Russian people need this kind of vehicles because the extreme nature of weather and terrain.

    Using a simple design and a supplied complete set of tools (including pump) the rider could solve most common problems he may encounter on the road and move on.

    I think the widespread use of sidecar may be because this way the bike does not fall due to the third point of support, and thus can be used on snow or ice.

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  20. bluesman

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    That bike designed in conditions of ruined economy, poor copies of German war time bike designs, marginal qualirty control etc.
    NOBODY worried about what PEOPLE wanted to ride in our country back then :cry we all wanted Hondas and got Izh.
    I am afraid your assumption based on what normal manufacturer would be thinking of, but things were not normal in our country. It was not designed with reliability in mind, not for specific conditions, nothing like that. All bikes were designed in same way in our country. And they were cheaper than imported Jawa.

    Sidecar was to make it more popular for villagers, who can haul sac of potatoes off field or get to town center with wife and kid. Not to keep it from falling over on our marginal quality roads.

    Oh...I wish I'd seat over couple of beers with you guys to explain how it really worked.

    Best Izh ever made was Izh Planeta Sport. Made with Yamaha.

    Back then allowed speed for motorcycles on any road in USSR was limited to 90 kmph by road code. BTW.
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