19 thoughts on “start of Cossackbar

    1. Alan Low

      I would say Vodka but I remember what happened last time with Vodka , well I cant actually remember , what I remember was how sick I was for days after it , never again . Well maybe not never .

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  1. JD

    The only time I will have a vodkie is when we have Russian guests, Goes very well with marinated shitake mushrooms. One down the hatch and then 1 mushroom, seems to smooth things out very nicely. The rest of the time it’s beer for me, except if Cat turns up with a non-empty bottle of Dutch Jenever.

    Good to see the resurgence of The Cossack Bar. The original Cossack Bar started in 2002 and had a chat-room function and it ran up to 2009. That’s how so many of us met in the first place, there seemed to be someone on there almost 24/7. Cat was right too, it sure is the “road to nowhere”. Cheers all!

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  2. JD

    So where is everyone? Cat, can you put a Facebook Like or something on here to get their attention?

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  3. JD

    I can truly start off the new Cossack Bar with a sip from a wonderful 1 liter bottle of Double Graan Jenever that just arrived by special delivery from Holland. Zastryovia my friends!

    Thanks Mr Cat ! You shouldn’t have mate but we’re sure glad you did !

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  4. JD

    Note to readers: the Factories page is only about 50% restored, it will take some time to get it back up. Other articles from the old site, plus many new ones are in the pipeline. There is soooo much more to come!

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  5. Daniela

    Just wish to say your article is as suriprsing. The clearness in your post is just great and i can assume you are an expert on this subject. Well with your permission let me to grab your feed to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please carry on the rewarding work.

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  6. JD

    Hi Daniela,

    thanks for your kind words.

    We recently received some very bad news. Our good friend and website administrator here, John (aka Catweazle) has told us his dear wife has been diagnosed with serious cancer. So for the moment everything is on hold here. It is hoped that further works can be carried out sometime in the future.

    For now, all our thoughts and prayers are with them and their family at this very difficult time.

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  7. JD

    It is with extreme pain and a very deep regret to inform you that Cat’s wife Mia has lost the battle. Even Mother Nature cannot hide her tears. We wish all the family our sincere condolences and we’re crying for you mate.

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  8. Serious Black

    Anybody got a beer for a lonely traveler?

    So this is where JD got to? Still trundling along on the CJ750 although it’s looking a bit neglected and rusty now as it only gets used in winter. The hotrod motor is now fitted, purely for the sake of curiosity. The original motor is now being fitted to Øyvind’s bike so we can go on the winter rally next weekend.

    Nice looking site. It’s a real pity all that stuff on Multiply went down the pan but this looks as though it could be a nice replacement.

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  9. JD

    Hi Bill. Glad you have found us (again!) and I’ll buy you a beer anytime. I have all the archives from Multiply, so there is hope to build up this site over time, just need the time!

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  10. JD

    Rebuilding the site here I’ve been concentrating on getting as much of the historical info back up, still a long long way to go, the archives are massive! Cat’s been doing his share as well. There is one “article” I’d like to see back up here, it’s a very very very long article with heaps of photos (and lots of comments and tips from others), and it’s called “Serious Blacks Chang Jiang Project”. 🙂

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    1. Serious Black

      She just got me to and from our winter rally. A bit sad really, less and less folk and the ones that make it are definitely showing sign of age. I was the second youngest and I’m 56! The young guys are all busy with wives and family at the moment. The bike is looking very sorry for itself but goes well. The dreaded tin worm has been very active and the sidecar requires serious work.

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  11. JD

    Good you made your winter rally. Swap you, we’ve had temps around 40C here. I’ve noticed the change in demographics too, we’re all getting older by the day… most new Ural owners seem to be in their 50’s or older, but there are some young adventurists out there. Time for the young people to go furder, they are the future after all. Good luck with the serious sidecar work.

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  12. Lars Grunwald

    Hey guys,

    this is a pretty nice site with a lot of useful and somehow rare information. Thanks a lot for publishing your experience and knowledge.

    Since the last year I am on a restauration of M72-N – the kiew one with a leading link fork.
    So the Axle arms of the fork are steered with needle beerings. You have shown how to renew the bushings. Did you replace the brass bushings (standard equipment on this fork) or did you install them espacially to quit the needle bearing solution?
    Do you have any sizes of bushings which are in place together with needles? The sizes for the axle shafts are only for use with bushings ore with needle bearings running on this bushings?
    How did you seal the system? On one side there is the metal plug. That’s ok. On the other side there is a U-shaped metal ring in which is a rubber seal ring. The rubber ring is worn out and is leaking. I thought about to push out the metal U-ring and to replace a typical radial oil seal. Does this work?

    Thank you in advance for helping out. Best regards from Leipzig Germany, Lars

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  13. JD

    Hi Lars,
    glad you like the site. Our dear Catweazle John is the expert here on the “Stubbie” leading link front forks. Good luck with restoring your M-72N. Hopefully was can start adding more to this site soon. Cheers.

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  14. Serious Black

    New project coming up! Chang Jiang wheels have ball bearings and very low rolling resistance but are not as good at side loads. Ural wheels have taper roller bearings which are better at side loads but have higher rolling resistance – so high it is very noticeable on fuel economy. Newer Urals have angular contact ball bearings which get closer to the best of both worlds. They use 7204 bearing. I’ve ordered me a bunch of them as I’m using Ural wheels on my CJ750. I’ll need to make up new spacers to space the inner and out bearing tracks the same distance apart. As I’ve just got me a lathe this will be the ideal first project.

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