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I've been restoring a 1980 MT 10-36 since November 2015, largely aided by the numerous technical articles on this and other forums. The project is getting near to completion and I would like to share learnings and hopefully someone out there may find some part of this useful, as I have through the work of others. Lot's of struggles, fun times, frustration and beer to get this far, on the home stretch now. I purchased the machine locally from someone who had traded some of his time doing electrical work for this jewel he found in the back shed of his client. He came to the conclusion there was more work required than he originally estimated and decided to move it on. This was the first of many warnings I've ignored along the way.... The bike actually looked ok, a bit rusty and vermin had digested some of the softer components but you could feel potential. The rear wheel would not turn and the gear-shifter was seemingly stuck. No doubt a bit of oil here and there and it will be running in no time. There was no title transferred at this stage, the original owner was deceased for many years and his brother sold it to the electrician I bought it off of. That's another story. Anyway, I'll post this just to see if it works (sort of the same strategy taken with every step of the restoration, where multiple failures are eventually forgotten by singular success....)
A few years ago I acquired an interesting Dnepr MT-11. It was a kit-based bike and was barely ridden - it had only 23 Km on the odometer. The Dnepr started easily and ran well, but began to rust the moment it was exposed to the humid northern Michigan air. After just 1200 Km I decided that a rebuild was in order. I had previously completed 4 full motorcycle restorations, but in those cases the goal was a return to original condition. With the Dnepr, I decided that this project would be purely to satisfy my own tastes, not some stuffy judge with a clipboard. So, I took the path of a resto-mod, and the freedom felt fantastic. My goal was to bring some of the original German styling influences to the bike while preserving some of its Soviet heritage as well. With this project, I set out to change anything that I didn't like with the original motorcycle. That may offend some of the die-hard Russian Iron fans who prefer to leave these bikes as they were. My design inspiration was the 1930s BMW models with the teardrop fuel tanks and speedometers set into the headlight nacelle. Some changes were functional, some purely cosmetic. In no specific order, this is what I did: Stripped old paint - repainted with 2-part automotive primer and paint from Eastwood Replaced fuel tank with BMW-style tank, but applied KMZ badges Replaced headlight with BMW-style headlight Created a leather "battery box" from an old leather camera case Replaced rear fender lights and indicators with custom-fitted vintage-style round lights Replaced original 2-into-1 exhaust with high quality chrome headers and vintage-style fish tail mufflers Replaced valve covers with BMW-inspired polished aluminum valve covers Modified reverse lever, removing plastic knob and replacing with beech wood knob Replaced all wheel bearings with high quality Timken roller bearings Replaced ball bearings in steering head with tapered roller bearings Replaced telescopic fork with Dnepr leading link fork, but added a Ural reaction link for improved reliability Replaced points and condenser ignition with electronic ignition Replaced crude wheel rims with higher quality rims Replaced original spokes with stainless steel spokes with chrome-plated brass spoke nipples Discarded all original wiring and created a custom harness with automotive-grade wiring Added steel tool boxes to each side to contain electronics Added Soviet Volga car "leaping deer" emblem on tool boxes Replaced original fuse panel with new switched fuse panel, hidden in left toolbox Replaced all incandescent bulbs with LEDs Replaced thermal turn signal flasher with electronic flasher for LEDs Replaced Pekar K65 carburetors with K68s Replaced engine ignition cover with earlier model with older factory logo, and painted logo background red to match fuel tank badges Replaced original spark plug wires with vintage-style cloth covered wires Replaced original shocks with new Cut away original seat mount, battery ground toggle, and rear brake switch mount. Welded on solo seat spring mounts Replaced original seat with a hand-made leather seat with chrome springs Replaced all turn signals with polished aluminum bullet-style turn signals with LED lights Fabricated metal intake tubes from 60 degree bend polished aluminum tubing Replaced cardan shaft rubber disc with polished stainless steel covered rubber disc Replaced rear cardan shaft u-joint cover with chrome plated cover Painted blue plastic alternator cover with aluminum colored paint Replaced clutch and brake hand levers with vintage-style inverted levers Replaced gaskets and seals as needed Tin-zinc electroplated many steel parts, springs and fasteners for corrosion resistance Replaced all cables Replaced all rubber foot pads Replaced all brake pads Replaced rubber swing arm bushings on the motorcycle and sidecar Replaced horn Had sidecar seat professionally reupholstered with textured black vinyl with white piping Added sidecar floor ladder and automotive carpet Added decorative interior side panels to sidecar Added decorative leather straps to the raised areas at the rear of sidecar Added steel "Dnepr" name plate to sidecar rear, made from a "Dnepr 2" Soviet refrigerator name plate Filled many seams and gaps in sidecar body
Hi all I am a new member from Tasmania on the bottom end of Australia. Have just bought a 1958 (ish) M72 with the aim of restoring it back to its original glory. I haven't owned (or in fact riden) a bike for quite a few years but having turned 50 I decided I needed to treat myself to a mid life crisis and buy another bike (or two maybe). The bike is fairly sound and has had the motor rebuilt - The body is a bit rough but is solid and mainly cosmetic body fixes needed along with the usual new cables, wiring etc. From my (limited) knowledge and what I could find by trolling the net I think the bike is pretty original with a couple of minor things that may have been changed. The rear guard is from another bike (different colour) and I believe the engine covers could be from a later model motor (possibly a k750) I would welcome any information anyone could give me on the bike - Anything you can see that is not original or that would help to positively identify the model. The motor is stamped 1958 and the bike looks about that era but I haven't been able to find much information to accurately date it and it appears the numbers on the frame etc don't seem to mean a lot from what I have read. Anyway I intend stripping the bike and respraying the frame, guards and tank over the next few weeks so will try and post a few pics as I go along. Appreciate any help or information anyone can give me. I would also like to express my undying gratitude to Charlie at Good Karma Productions for the unbelievable amount of great information he has amassed on his site for the Ural bikes. It has already been invaluable and I'm sure will be used even more over the coming weeks and months. cheers for now Chris.