Dnepr/Ural “stubby” front fork

Hi Catwesel,

Note, he means B-Cozz community 😉


I have a Dnepr/Ural “stubby” front fork. It’s a nice piece of engineering but I don’t need it–my only Eastern motorcycle is a 1951 BMW-SAG R35/2 (EMW). Is there a classifieds section to your website? The fork is complete except for the upper triple-tree. It looks straight, and the headlight ears are nice. The rubber bump stops aren’t too hard. Is the steering tube supposed to be parallel to the fork legs? It’s not–it leans back a few degrees. I am in Baltimore, Maryland U.S.A.

Thanks, Paul

3 thoughts on “Dnepr/Ural “stubby” front fork

  1. Richard Smith

    Hello all, I’m rebuilding a M72, 1953 I believe fitted with the short leading link forks so they are a later addition. I ‘veI wanted a M72 for sometime, I already have a M66, and when this machine came up with in my mind all the interesting features ie. half width hubs, plunger rear springing, inverted levers and the leading link forks i jumped. Although complete it is totally worn out! However I’m slowly working my way throuh the project and have overhaled the forks and will soon trial assemble the rolling chassis soon. These forks had plain steel bushes which I’ve replaced with bronze, also the thread in the link required boring out and a insert machined and welded in. Incedentailly I had a set of these forkes on a 1700cc diesel bike I build a few years ago and they had plain steel bushes on one side and needle rollers on the other!
    Anyway good luck with all your plans

  2. JD

    “classifieds” means for sale/wanted ads, like a trading post ☺

    I have almost finished a good article on EMW and AWO for Eastern Bloc section, soon.

    Magnus in Estonia has a good “stubbie” front forks for sale at the moment. Cheers all.

  3. Catweazle Post author

    Hi Paul,


    With an EMW, you’re more than welcome to join 😉
    “EMW, Eisenacher Motorenwerk, East Germany behind the iron curtain.”

    If that is all what you have, you’re missing the hard to get parts !!
    Aluminium triple tree plate, brakeplate, link with rubbers, bakelite knobs and the fender !
    So you are lucky not to need it 😉


    The steering bar should be a few degrees backwards compared with the legs, that’s OK.
    What do you mean with the “classifieds section” ?
    We don’t hide anything except the pictures/drawings.
    To prevent pinching and use on other sites 😉

    grtz John


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