War and Pieces- Soviet Sidecar Rig Resurrection

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by MotoJ, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. mark883

    mark883 and the mysterians

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  2. gspell68

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    Hey Prmurat,

    I've got one of those, too!

    Yours is a first generation, late 1950's, short framed KMZ (Dnepr) K-750. Rare, but still just a RPOC (Russian Piece-O'-Crap) at the end of the day. A lot of the parts are not original to the bike like the handlebars (originals were the cool ones with reverse mounted levers like CJ-750's), taillight/turn signals, 12v alternator (all K-750's had 6v generators), the endcaps on the cylinders, the rear fender (should be split/hinged) and fender supports (should be bowed), shocks, and maybe the rear swingarm. I think all that stuff probably came of a newer Dnepr MT-11 (except the SV endcap pieces!).

    That's probaby why there's a big gap at the hockey puck/donut thingee. They probably used the shorter driveshaft from the MT-11 because the Dneprmatic gearbox is a little longer, thus requiring a shorter driveshaft. You can shoehorn a Dneprmatic gearbox in there (mine has one). They're much more reliable and are half-automatic (you really only have to use the clutch to put it into reverse because the shifter "pulls" the clutch for you!). Or since you're not going to be using reverse (I assume), maybe get one of the Dnepr 5-speed gearboxes that sacrifices reverse!!! :evil:evil:evil

    Before and after engine swaps...


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  3. gspell68

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  4. Prmurat

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    Thank you for pointing all the wrong parts.... Give me some more things to look for! ($$$$)
    As it is a K750 ( -59/63 leading link ) I do not have a reverse (K750M 63/77 telescopic fork) and the only reason why the hockey puck/thingie was not at its right place was due to the position of the 2 clips on the shaft which are there adjust the "free" move of shaft and therefore the position of the "thingie" fingers thing in the hockey puck. You can see the grooves in the picture of my, well finished, shaft here:
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  5. gspell68

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    That's the good things about old Rooskie iron: it's rare just to find someone who knows that your rig is not a BMW, so originality isn't a big issue, nor will it really affect the value to put it back to showroom specs because at the end of the day it's still a RPOC!!!
    Just smile and ride it 'til the wheels fall off. (BTDT - literally!) ... :D:D:D
  6. Prmurat

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    Showroom in CCCP???