Somewhere in Russia, 1902
A classic scene!
source: Morihisa Ochi
1945 Parade in Kyiv.
Motorcyclists of the Red Army on Harley-Davidson WLA-42 with sidecars from M72.
source: Олег Омельницкий
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!
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sources and with great thanks: Alexey Popov, Oleg Omelnytskiy OPPOZIT Мотоциклы Днепр
Recovered photos, Men
Juri Randla, Arnis Reimans, Boris Dmitrievich Yudin, Edvins Kirsis, Endel Kiisa and Viktor Pylayev(68)
The Holodomor (death by hunger, in Ukrainian) (Ukrainian: Голодомо́р, romanized: Holodomor, IPA: [ɦolodoˈmɔr]; 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.
The golden age of motocross
Rider: N. Sevostyanov
source: Vadim Suvorov
Мотоспорт СССР и России
(Motorsport of the USSR and Russia)
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.