Oh boy, what have I done?! (I bought a Dnepr.....that's what I've done)

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Tengai In Toronto, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. Tengai In Toronto

    Tengai In Toronto Been here awhile

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    Meet my new girl. She's 20, Ukrainian, black......and almost 600lbs.

    I sold my Tengai on Thursday to a fellow Adv'er. I'll miss it, but it's time for a new chapter in my bike life. I also have a 2002 Dakar, so two 650 DS bikes was a little unnecessary.

    Two days later, I dragged home it's replacement!

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    She's a 1993 Dnepr MT-11. Previous owner used it to drive his kids around the neighbourhood but they've grown up. It has 3000km on the clock.

    I took the cash from the Tengai, pulled some more out of an ATM, and made a break for the Dnepr.

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    She's too hefty for one 2x6. The one on the sidecar side snapped while we were trying to load it. Luckily nobody got hurt, especially the Dnepr.

    Anyway, it's in pretty good shape. PO is very handy with a wrench it seems. Carbs were just rebuilt and need to be synched, but aside from that it shouldn't need much. It has spark, no leaks, battery still has juice. K301 carbs, which I hear were a bit problematic. We'll see if it's worth upgrading. The previous owner made the exhaust himself. Apparently the stock one sounded too much like a sewing machine. He included the original in the sale, which I'll probably reattach. Otherwise my neighbours may slash my tires.

    Here's some more pics!

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    I love how the speedo goes to 140. Like that'll ever happen...

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    It looks like the key to some USSR dungeon. but I assure you, it fits in the ignition.

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    The N is backwards........should i be worried??

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  2. mystery jig

    mystery jig Van Gogh's Banjo

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    That's a crazy homemade exhaust!
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  3. OLDHIPPIE

    OLDHIPPIE Adventurer

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    love that look:clap
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  4. Tengai In Toronto

    Tengai In Toronto Been here awhile

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    I know eh? The original needs a good degreasing, and maybe some paint. I'd like to keep this as original as possible, with the exception of racks on the sidecar, maybe some panniers/ammo boxes.
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  5. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    Neato.

    That will be fun. I did some reading about these, is the short story something to the effect that they are a Ural knockoff, or was that the Ching Chang, or Ching Yang, or Ding Dang. I mean no disrespect.

    I know which bike Ural copied. Just curious of the historical plagerisim order of progression.... :evil
    lots of the parts interchangable, right?

    Can't be any worse than a KLR (I have one, love it, but understand that one has to be a bit handy to keep it happy).

    Again, great find, looks like a dandy. Some ride reports better follow soon!
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  6. on2wheels52

    on2wheels52 Long timer

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    I'm fairly new to tthe Russian hack world, don't think I've been up close to a Dnepr before. Some of the body work looks identical to my Patrol. I (sort of) wish I had as much snow to ride in as you do.
    Jim
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  7. Wolfgang55

    Wolfgang55 Long timer

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    Regarding its history or its place in history, you have a very good looking rig.
    Whatever you need to do to get it running proper, DO IT.
    Go on ''Soviet Stead'' good folks w/ lots of ''how to'' info.

    That thing is going to be the worse form of transportation. You will be answering questions about that ''black beauty'' for as long as you ride it.

    Good score !:clap
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  8. Bar None

    Bar None Long timer

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  9. bvardi

    bvardi Probably not Deciduous

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    Nice! Looked at a Dnepr before buying the Ural rig - they definitely have more of that vintage feel (but we wanted to take the rig longer distances, and Dneprs are just a touch slower and need a bit more work mechanically... so the Ural ended up being a better bet for that.)

    Hope you like being social, because the russian sidecar rigs do draw in the questions/conversation! (I've had people follow me into parking lots to ask me things! :lol3)
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  10. Berger

    Berger Been here awhile

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    Nice looking bike!

    There are a couple forums to check out, including our Canadian forum. http://www.curdforum.net ,but the most knowledgable about Dneprs I have met are on the Brit forum. http://www.russianbike.co.uk/index.php

    If you are looking for other three wheelers to go offloading with, CURD is the place.


    Sent from my iPhone
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  11. Tengai In Toronto

    Tengai In Toronto Been here awhile

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    Awesome!! Thanks for the encouragement/advice. I've never been more excited about a bike purchase before. Not one ounce of regret. Cant wait to see you all on the road!
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  12. Paint shaker

    Paint shaker Been here awhile

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    Congrats on the new purchase! Nice looking rig. Hope you enjoy it!
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  13. Tengai In Toronto

    Tengai In Toronto Been here awhile

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    Thanks! Im so pumped. Was planning on getting her running yesterday but i got obliterated sat. night in celebration of my purchase (and my gf's bday). Ended up spending all of sunday with a liver-busting hangover. Way too much vodka....this bikes already turning me Ukrainian
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  14. toastmuncher

    toastmuncher I be new round here! Ello

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    Not sure the finger nails are gonna stay THAT clean from now on. :lol3
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  15. hzoltaan

    hzoltaan Adventurer

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    Congrats to it. Must say, in my neighborhood (Poland I live and grew up in Hungary) we have a few of those. (Specially in Poland, they love to import them from the neighboring Ukraine) I do not know much of them as never had one, keep in mind. They have a terrible reputation in reliability and assembly- material quality. Of course if something will go on forever without trouble you don't hear of it... I heard from owners the following stuff. You might want to look at them:
    - oil leaks everywhere. I'd not even bother to address that. Futile. :D
    - carbs are really a pain
    - valve, piston material... higher revs and valves might break
    - charging system and electrics in general

    Once again, I do not know if this is true only for the era when the late soviet industry had it's final spams turning out vehicles... khm... not of very good quality. Hopefully the post 1990's Dnieprs are better. Here the '80-ies models are the cheapest, parts are abundant and well... needed.
    Still I see every now and then a few on the roads. Actually more Dnieprs are here than Urals, since Ural focused mostly on the North American market (and I guess a Dniepr you still can find in a barn for a bottle of vodka a bit east of here...)

    If the previous owner did not do an engine overhaul in that 3000km, than probably It's really a better engineered piece... or as it was often the case behind the iron curtain, the exported models went through a much more strict quality control. If so, it can be ok.
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  16. Tengai In Toronto

    Tengai In Toronto Been here awhile

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    I cleaned em up for you guys. Didn't wanna look like a slob on the internet...
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  17. Tengai In Toronto

    Tengai In Toronto Been here awhile

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    I hope your last two sentences are true, but I wouldn't bet money on it! Thanks for the advice though. It doesn't make me feel confident about this one.....but who cares. Almost every bike I've bought has been a project.
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  18. eastbloc

    eastbloc comprador bourgeois

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    The engine on a '93 will basically literally be a game of Russian roulette, but the rest of the bike is SOLID and a Ural motor will mate right up to the Dnepr gearbox (they're meant to have battlefield component compatibility).

    The frame, body, and paint are all superior to Ural in both materials, finish, and manufacturing techniques. You look like you got a really nice one. The flat-slide carbs are supposed to be good. I don't recognize the alternator, but the photo is a little blurry blown up. I can't remember if KMZ ever went away from the "MADE IN USSR" castings or not.

    You should take some more detailed photos to give us old Soviet birdwatchers something to look at :D
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  19. drrider1

    drrider1 just running amuck

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    neet looking rig, if you like doing a little wrenching you should love it.
    drop in over at sovietsteeds.com .or russianiron.com loads of support and good information:wink: now put on your foil hat and enjoy
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  20. Grizzwald

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    You should bring the Dnepr to the Parry Sound Bike show this summer, you would defiantly get lots of attention. Plus I wouldn't mind seeing it in person.
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