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The rarest and most important motorcycle KMZ M-53

The rarest and most important motorcycle KMZ M-53.

Today (30/10/2022) I will show you the most mysterious and most significant model of the Kiev motor plant – the 500cc M-53. This motorcycle was developed by a team of KMZ designers under the leadership of M. A. Pozdnyakova in the mid-1950s and demonstrated a sharp deviation from the M-72 concept.
Alas, 500cc M-53 never went into series production, but many solutions of this motorcycle were implemented on M-72N, K-750, K-650 and defined the principled differences between Kiev motorcycles and Irbit motorcycles.
See the video for more details about this specimen. This is the debut of the M-53 in video format, before that we could only see rare photos of this model.

In this video, I’ll show you a real 1956 KMZ M-53 motorcycle from Alexey Popov’s collection. This is not a replica, but one of the few copies of the M-53 that were produced in those years. This is not just another experimental motorcycle. No, the M-53 actually determined the architecture of future KMZ motorcycles for many, many years. It was equipped with a 500cc overhead valve engine with a capacity of 28 hp, had a weight of 190 kg and only slightly surpassed the IZH in this parameter. The maximum speed of the M-53 was declared over 100 km/h, and the fuel consumption was about 4.5 l/100 km. But the KMZ M-53 did not go into series production.

But most of the decisions were subsequently implemented on the K-750, K-650 and even on the Dnieper-10-36.

Here is the bombshell! Very original and very beautiful and very stylish!

See the video!


sources and with great thanks: Alexey Popov, Oleg Omelnytskiy OPPOZIT Мотоциклы Днепр


The Holodomor (death by hunger, in Ukrainian) (Ukrainian: Голодомо́р, romanized: Holodomor, IPA: [ɦolodoˈmɔr];[2] derived from морити голодом, moryty holodom, ‘to kill by starvation’)

Awfull story from the past ! Caused when a dictator wanted both to replace Ukraine’s small farms with state-run collectives and punish independence-minded Ukrainians who posed a threat to his totalitarian authority.

Valery Pavlovich Chkalov

Valery Pavlovich Chkalov (20/01/1904 – 15/12/1938). Sadly he died at a young age.
He was a Soviet test pilot, brigade commander, Hero of the Soviet Union.
The crew commander of the aircraft that made the first non-stop flight over the North Pole from Moscow to America in 1937.
He was an honoured Motorsport referee and keen motorcyclist.
A year after his death during the testing of a new fighter plane, in December 1939, the first Chkalovsky motocross race took place, named in his honour and memory.