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gspell68

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  • Birthday 03/25/1968

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    Ft. Gordon, Augusta, GA
  • Interests
    Keeping at least one of these two f*(k!^6 bikes running!

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  • My Bike(s)
    I have a yellow 1951, a now camo'd 1962 K750, and a 1959 M-72M Solo.
  • My Story
    First got interested in the idea of a bike when I came back from Iraq. My wife said just buy a Harley from the PX but I thought I might get something better/cheaper/cooler/older on the German economy. Picked up a used bike mag and started searching the antiques. Lots of old cool stuff, little pricey for the big cubes, though. Then I saw Molotovs!!! Started doing some web searches. Found an awesome Polish guy that'd give you the shirt off his back. Drove all over Poland checking out bikes and sending me photos. He found a 1951 K-750. It was love at first sight, almost perfect as far as Ruskie bikes go. Bought it, then got the fever for another. A completely different story that's best told in the following rant session from a while back.......... Oh, and just a few I didn't mention in the rant: the valve covers are missing some big chips and still had grass in the fins; the sidecar tire sticks out beyond the fender and will not come off the axle (gonna need a gear puller!); and best of all, I went to lift it once by the spare, and dumped the sidecar off its frame!!! The cost has been minimal in dollars, but I've paid with blood and tears (sweat soon to follow once spring/summer gets here). Here's my tirade.........try not to ###### yourself at my misfortune!!! My dealings with East Europeans (Poles) has been mixed. One went out of his way to deliver my first bike (actually, both!) but he was of German descent. We still keep in touch and visit each other occasionally. He makes a living taking German beater cars to Poland to fix them up. German junk is better than a Trabant. That's just how things are done in the East. And the further east you go, the worse quality gets. Things are bought "as is, where is minus the parts I can get off before you get back to pick it up." Which brings me to my other bike... It was advertised on the net as in "good condition, fires with every kick, new cardan, generally overhauled, etc...$1200". Well, a Polish overhaul comes from a can, (mine was blue, guess it was on sale, on the swatch pallet it's gotta be listed as "Butt-Ugly Blue"!). And it's what is NOT said, like the battery in the photo was not part of the deal. Once I got a battery it took more than a kick or two-SURPRISE! The shaft drive was new, but finger tight. As was the sidecar wheel and mounts, the generator. It leaks from every possible joint/seal/head/cylinder/thing that holds fuel/air/oil/exhaust/water (yes, water; apparently they use water in their spares-what was I thinking?) But who would want to replace that warped rear wheel (and not just a little warped either-but it isn't even noticeable at speed! That may be because I'm worried about the bent handlebar coming off-don't worry, one handlebar clamp's not stripped. And "at speed"-not really sure, no speedo cable.) On the first test ride I lost two of those little brass screws from the K301 carb but the K-302 carb's screws were fine, they only keep the gas in because performance didn't change after plugging the holes with formed solder. That frigging light to the left of the key, y'all say it's the "not charging" indicator... well, prior to y'all enlightened me it was the "oh ######, it's going to die on me" indicator, or the "key is not pushing on that stooopid RPOS contact while trying to start it" indicator, and one time it was the " some yahoo jammed the coil wire in without a contact on it and now it has wiggled loose" indicator, "at speed" of course. Electrics-'nuff said there. Essentially, the only thing that didn't make noise was the horn! A Turkish mechanic (Turkey is the Near East, but not near enough I guess) thought he could fix (some of) it. I went to pick it up after a month. Wouldn't start, worse shape than I left it! New battery was dead; not even enough juice to light up the "hey, your battery's dead" indicator. I put in 6 volt headlight battery (headlight here means a stretchy band with a light on it you put on you head so you can work on your bike hands free when it breaks down in the dark) I put in gas (remember those leaks?), put in a new set of plugs and chitty-chitty, bang-bang I was roaring home... until the key eased out (why don't we start troubleshooting the easy stuff in the first 30 minutes?). Anyhow, I parked it in the garage next to the yellow one. That was four weeks ago. I went out there 3 days ago and out of curiosity pushed in the key- the "I'm toying with your emotions in 20 degree weather" indicator came on. I had to try. Sometimes you just got to hear 'em run. Flipped the gas on... a little choke and a lot of throttle and by God this piece of ###### sputtered to life on the FIRST frigging kick!!! P.S., I put brand new K-68 carbs on it recently. It will not run at much more than at idle now, but I'll be danged if I didn't start it today on the very first kick without ticklerin', chokin', or swearing after sitting for a month with the gas off!!! It's in the midst of a camouflage makeove right now. At least it'll look cool! Latest update. Swapped carbs several times before finding out the gascock was bad. K-68's on it and running okay, but not perfect. Paint job finished. New pipes and mufflers installed. Life is good except for massive oil leak and out of round wheels. Good for short trips around town.

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  1. KMZ/Dnepr MT-12. It was actually the first KMZ bike to be called a Dnepr. An easy rule to remember is: No Dnepr (KMZ) plunger frame production bike ever came from the factory with an OHV engine. No Ural (IMZ) swingarm production bike ever came from the factory with an SV/flathead engine. Anything else is possible...
  2. Leszek at OldtimersGarage in Poland is great. He generally gets the packages in the mail before he even gets paid!
  3. The same with my engine and gearbox. It's been about 11 years now with no response...
  4. AWESOME! I've been trying to get in touch with you over the last couple of years. For some reason you cannot receive a PM. gspell68@gmail.com 706-409-8307
  5. Yep. You have Chinese carbs. Nothing really wrong with that I reckon. I have a non-installed set and they look better made than any of the Rooskie ones I've ever ran. Blow some air down through the needle jet, screw those governor screws out on the carb lid and follow the instructions here: https://sites.google.com/site/foilheadz/maintenance
  6. Ditto everything Propwash said: K-750 engine for a few more horsepower and the Dnepr-matic gearbox. The guy that wrote the Bible on Rooskie bikes believed in the Dnepr-matic so much that he extended his old Ural frame by two inches so that he could use one on his older Ural. It is stronger and you only have to use the hand clutch on hills and to put it into reverse.
  7. Stop looking. This is what you are looking for to balance carbs (and set the valves), especially if you don't have a TwinMax (which isn't necessary, anyhow). You aren't going to find an easier method anywhere... https://sites.google.com/site/foilheadz/maintenance
  8. Actually, you should tell folks that it's a cheap Soviet improvement of a BMW!It's now 2013 and BMW still hasn't made a commercially available reverse gearbox, automatic gearbox, or 2WD yet the Soviets did as far back as the 1960 or 70's.
  9. Well, I reckon I have the answer to the question I just PM'd you about! (Just a general question about progress.) Make certain that you completely remove the pinch bolts. That big iron rod has a slot the the bolt rides in. I'm 99% sure the big springs under the cover are left-hand threaded onto the FD receiving part. I took mine apart about 5 years ago so I can't remember and I can't see the 100 disassembly photos of my M-72 because the site I saved them to is blocked by the Army computer nazis! My photos are here (I think). I know there are photos of this or the other plunger that may or may not be big/good enough to help. http://gspell68.multiply.com/photos/album/1/1959_Iraqi_UralIMZ_M-72M_Solo_Project#1 Good luck...
  10. I can't see it (computer nazis at work), but Ural M-72M's (and probably M61/62's) had fill plugs on the FD cover, earlier M-72's had the fill plugs built into the FD housing itself.
  11. It could've been a KMZ (Dnepr) M-72H with the leaky leading link...
  12. Screws actually!!! Heck, it even looks like the data plate on your engine is screwed on! And yeah, the data plate is too perfect. My '59 Ural M-72's data plate was steel and hand-stamped by a binge-drinking blind epileptic. And your engine is an M-72 ( or a CJ-750 :biggrin: ).
  13. Not true. Almost all Soviet bikes came with a serial number on the frame and on the engine and it was rare if they matched. The exception to both rules seems to be military rigs, some of which had no numbers and some of which had matching numbers...
  14. Actually, your frame is the same as the one in the photo, it's just a 2WD model. They used the short frames for the 2WD MB-750 series even after they stopped using them on the 1WD bikes. Don't know much about shocks. Some models had exposed springs, some didn't. I'd try to keep the rear fender; it's a nice look. Rooskie steel responds well to being hammered back into shape.
  15. It is definitely a late 1950's first generation KMZ/Dnepr K-750 (or possibly a militarized '60-'62 KMZ/Dnepr K-750B). They were short-framed 1WD bikes like this one. The give-away is the split rear fender with bowed supports. The thing that is confusing to everyone is that someone has swapped the original leading link front end for telescopics and put on newer K-750 cylinder end pieces. I own one of each. Start on this link and advance the photos forward and you'll get a better idea of the differences between the two models: http://www.sovietste...album=12&pos=27
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