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V P Minogue

V.P. Minogue.

I must mention this man. Anyone who has read the book “The Golden Age of the Fours” or knows anything about Zundapps or Ardies will know his name.

I first met Vin Minogue in the early 1980s, after riding my MT-9 1080km to get there. I did this same trip more than once, Vin became my mentor and life inspiration.

Vin had the most impressive collection of Zundapps I have ever seen. He even let me ride his K-800 4-cylinder around the block, with its beautiful gloss black finish with gold pin-striping. What a beautiful machine!

Vin is now 93 years of age, remarkably doing well and spritely as ever. Recently Paul & Kerry rode their Zundapo KS7590 to Vin’s place to visit him.

Long story short, here is the man that influenced so many lives. A big Hurrah” to VP Minogue.

Bad parts – Vladimir Pechersky

Good afternoon community all happy new year and peaceful sky.

If you’re going to buy something from Владимир Печерский (Vladimir Pechersky), don’t believe this scoundrel, this scoundrel takes a payment for parts, says that the parts are good quality, and in fact you come to the post office and there’s the last junk people throw away. I attach a screenshot of this ham. Buyer beware!

source: Nazarii Tipusyak, Київський опозит – КМЗ


The engines were put to many uses, stationary engines such as water pumps, generator sets, and the like. Another use was the railcar, a so-called motorized “draisine”, a light auxiliary rail vehicle, driven by service personnel, equipped to transport crew and material necessary for the maintenance of railway infrastructure or for other purposes. Because of their low weight and small size, they can be put on and taken off the rails at any place, allowing trains to pass.

BMW R 71 was the Icon of BMW

from Motorworld by V.Sheyanov

The first thing I want to write: R71 is the legendary BMW top model with a 750cc side-valve engine which became the basis for the Soviet military M72, which distant successor of which is still being produced (*in China). And this statement should be the end of the article. But “the devil is in the detail”. The German BMW R71 motorcycle, presented to the public at the1938 motorcycle exhibition in Berlin remained an “unattainable standard” for its Soviet counterpart.

Serial production of the R71 motorcycle was launched in 1938 and lasted only 3 years, until 1941. Technically difficult, the R71 gave the impression of a very simple machine – thanks to the high-quality standards and the tremendous work that BMW engineers and designers put into the new line of their motorcycles.

In the military training camps of the Wehrmacht, we could find both models – the simpler BMW R12, which had been in service for several years, and the conditionally “tourist” R71, which was equipped with a more perfect and lighter frame with variable section tubes, soft rear suspension, and more powerful 22 hp engine with a compression ratio of 5.5:1. Nevertheless, despite the obvious advantages, the R71 didn’t become a bestseller. The army needed a low production cost instead of a machine with a high-class manufacturing accuracy and one of the most advanced, but expensive frames on the market offering high comfort.

The BMW R71 became the last side-valve motorcycle in the history of the Bavarian brand and the last one that could be equipped with a hand gear lever at the request of the buyer.
A total of 3 458 R71 motorcycles were produced, most of which were destroyed in the war.

contributor: Yna Aleksandrova

footnote: The Ural, now being manufactured in Kazakhstan (2022) as a sidecar rig is a direct descendant of the old R71!

still to add as posts

Photos that needs to be added on a blogpage

Add from JD.

  1. Kovrov racer Ukrainian colours
  2. Article on M-35 supercharged racer winner of best in show and winner of Concourse d Elegance. Destroyed in fire 🔥 at Top Mountain Museum in Austria.
  3. Article on Record breaker/ Championship winning sidecar and riders (lost details)
  4. People’s Glorious Motorcycle Factory. Note the railway boxcars.
  5. Parade of riders. Place year and names lost.
  6. Early moto circuit training, Autobureau kharkov.
  7. Circuit diagram of Yukka motocross circuit near Leningrad.
  8. Article on history of the Chequered Flag. Have to redo it.
  9. Article on Supercharged 10-cylinder “Bistella” motorcycle built by Marek Foltis, have to redo it.

note: sorry JD to give you a headache. But it will come “all good” in time.


Disaster has struck ! Lost posts in the blog from Januari till now ! I can’t get them back neither as the host 🙁 Have no idea what happend, have to make a better backup plan to avoid something like this in the future ! I apologize !