Dnepr is a motorcycle brand produced in Kiev, Ukraine since 1967. Motorcycles have been produced in Kiev since 1946 at the Kiev Motorcycle Plant (KMZ), initially
a 98 cc two-stroke model that was later confiscated from the German firm Wanderer as reparations. The original design for KMZ was based on the pre-World War II German BMW motorcycle R71, which the Soviet Union licensed in 1940. The first batch of M-72 motorcycles (the derivative of the R71) was produced in 1952 with the supply of 500 engines from IMZ. In 1967, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution, KMZ released their first OHV engine in the "Dnepr" K-650, thus introducing the brand. Unlike the earlier sidevalve engines with their roller bearing crankshafts, this engine featured a sleeve bearing crankshaft as found in the World War II Zündapp KS750. The Dnepr K-650 was superseded by model MT-9 650cc, which was available in both solo and sidecar models and featured a new transmission. The MT-10 was then the first Soviet motorcycle to feature 12-volt electrics and was followed by the MT-11. The Dnepr is famous for its off-road capability, with armed services models equipped with sidecars having two-wheel drive and as much as 15 cm (5.9 in) of ground clearance. The present MT-11S engine is a 650 cc OHV boxer twin, though engines ranging from the factory standard 650 to 1000 cc are available.
• Ukraine-built motorcycle & sidecar outfit
• Australian-delivered, only a handful here
• Fully rebuilt mechanically, engine still running-in
• Lovely condition, most unusual bike
• No Reserve
A most unusual offering, this Ukraine-built Dnepr MT11S motorcycle with sidecar was Australian delivered in 1988. Among only a handful of examples officially imported into Australia, it was converted to right-hand-drive configuration with the sidecar on the left. The previous owner purchased the motorcycle with less than 7000 kilometres on the clock from an owner in Queensland in unroadworthy condition and over the following few years did a full mechanical restoration. A new engine was installed along with a new electrical system, renewed brakes, powder-coated wheels, new electronic ignition, new carburettors and a brand-new gearbox.
The current Vendor has only had the bike for just over a year and due to heath reasons, the bike must be sold. This Dnepr is offered for sale complete with original toolkit, rare portable emergency light and copious spares, including engine parts and a working gearbox. Documentation includes a very rare original parts catalogue in English. The Outfit will be offered for sale un registered and with no reserve and is a great opportunity to purchase an interesting motorcycle that’s very rare in Australia.
Note: Shannons advise that all potential buyers research and inspect motorcycles before purchase to authenticate originality and condition as a pre-purchase inspection report is not carried out on these vehicles.