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Hello from Sydney, Australia (Oz) (down-under)

Lugemata postitus #1 Postitas J.D. » 01 Mär 2009, 13:53

Hi Guys

my dear Estonian friends, N and Andrus, have visited me, and kept me very busy drinking the endless beers, but that is my life-choice also.

I have, would you believe it, CCCP bike, 1974 Dnepr MT-9, actually I have four of them, but you can only ride one at a time. Which is a pity.

Actually, I had an Estonian school teacher in my youth, Andre Perendi, and I still remember some of his teachings.

Anyway, motorcycles. I started at age 6 with TAS mini-bike. Since then everything I could ride. I have owned a Triumph 650 1968 and even a Suzuki 750 "water-bottle", (3-cyl 2-stroke 750). and many others, until 1976 I found a Dnepr MT-9 650. It has been a good bike for me. For some it would not be the bike of choice I know.

Can you guess my age? ok, 53, and still smokin'

Pilt

For now, back to beer. I already got my bike out today

But I am sitting with N right now and drinking beer, so age does not count. I do not speak Estonian, only english, which I am poorer for, but it is good to be on this Estonian forum's English board, and I will check in regularly to see what is new.


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Re: Hello from Sydney, Australia (Oz) (down-under)

Lugemata postitus #2 Postitas Oil-Cooled » 01 Mär 2009, 14:44

Howdy mate

You has a Suzuki Kettle and you prefer a Dniepr? Weird guy :D
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Re: Hello from Sydney, Australia (Oz) (down-under)

Lugemata postitus #3 Postitas õemehe õemees » 01 Mär 2009, 14:53

Hi!

That's one fine looking bike you've got there. Those old russian iron-horses run for decades if you don't mind keeping your fingers oiled. It's also nice to see N won't look that bad after 25 more years on beer.

Happy miles,

Õemees.
Ma saan aru, et laibarauad antakse siis, kui end peaaegu surnuks sõidad, aga kas kukkumispunne antakse ka stiili eest, või lihtsalt iga korra eest üks?

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Lugemata postitus #4 Postitas J.D. » 01 Mär 2009, 14:59

Hello Holland

my Suzuki GT750 "kettle" lasted 1975

my Dnepr MT-9 lasts 1976 to 2009 and is still as new.

That's my story.

---

Hi Õemees

N says: terviseks!

:bsmile:
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Lugemata postitus #5 Postitas Oil-Cooled » 01 Mär 2009, 17:49

J.D. kirjutas:Hello Holland

my Suzuki GT750 "kettle" lasted 1975



Your Kettle "lasted 1975"? Are you sure English is your first language?

PS: How come you decided to get a Dniepr in the first place?
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Lugemata postitus #6 Postitas Nozzu » 01 Mär 2009, 18:09

Hello J.D.

Give my greetings to N( Im Janne brother :wink: )
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Lugemata postitus #7 Postitas Pihelgas » 01 Mär 2009, 18:49

Oil-Cooled kirjutas:
J.D. kirjutas:Hello Holland

my Suzuki GT750 "kettle" lasted 1975



Your Kettle "lasted 1975"? Are you sure English is your first language?

PS: How come you decided to get a Dniepr in the first place?


Oild-Cooled - don´t mess with N`s friend.. :wink:

J.D. best greetings to you and learn to say:"N vana m**n!" Ask spelling from N :D
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Lugemata postitus #8 Postitas spinna » 01 Mär 2009, 20:29

Would be really exciting to read about how could you get Dnepr MT9 in Australia! Where did you get it? How did you find it?
Did USSR actually export these to Australia?


Eeee...doesn't gasoline fall out from tank down there? :lol: :bsmile:
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Lugemata postitus #9 Postitas J.D. » 02 Mär 2009, 05:17

spinna kirjutas:Did USSR actually export these to Australia?
Eeee...doesn't gasoline fall out from tank down there? :lol: :bsmile:


It was quite by chance that I found the Dneprs, Urals, Izh, and other CCCP bikes in Australia. A small dealership was selling them here in the early 1970s, for, would you believe it, "a dollar a c.c.", this meant that a 650cc Dnepr was AUD$650.00.

The dealer also told me that he was closing and only had a couple of bikes left, and after a short test ride on one, which began to rip my arms off and break my backbone, it was in reverse gear and when I let the clutch out it was real terror! He showed me how to go to forward gears and I liked it so much I bought one on the spot. I traded in an old Yamaha RD250, so the final price for a new Dnepr was just AUD$200.00

This $200 motorbike has lasted me over 30 years! Plus over the years I have bought 3 more, as spare parts in Australia for these bikes was non-existant.

Years later I found a man who had tons of spare parts so I was able to get some essential spares. This was before the internet. Nowadays you can find almost anything on ebay or thru friends on the internet.

From what I found out, there are about 50 Ural and 50 Dnepr in Australia from these 1970s shipment. In 1980 came another 100 Ural M-67, and in 2008 a new dealer opened here and has sold about 70 of the latest model Ural GearUp.

So my Dnepr is quite rare in Australia, everytime people ask me is it an Indian, or an old BMW, or what. When I tell them it was made in Ukraine they are usually quite surprised.

Yes, oily hands! But that is the fun of such a machine, if I don't look after it right it will not be my friend, but after so many years it is my friend. Sure, sometimes a flat tyre or something needs repair, but any bike is like that. At least I can fix any problem usually before it becomes one.

Greetings to all you guys

:bsmile:

PS Does the gasoline fall out the top... No, but the water going down the drain spins in the other direction to you!

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Lugemata postitus #10 Postitas grahv » 02 Mär 2009, 09:31

Hallo J.D.
Have you tried Dnepr with SIDECAR? Dnepr without sidecar is just a "too ordinary" heavy piece of metal, only a half of fun or even less... ;) Yuo MUST try it!!! Find it, get it, whatever it takes... before its too late... you never regrets :)

heres my ex-friend

G
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Lugemata postitus #11 Postitas spinna » 02 Mär 2009, 09:45

Thanks, J.D.! I thought there is an interesting story behind you and Dnepr.
I was right :)

Good luck!
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Lugemata postitus #12 Postitas J.D. » 02 Mär 2009, 12:55

Sidecars! ahhh yes! I have quite some experience already, like riding 1000km from Melbourne to Sydney with a sidecar on the right side. I think the sidecar wheel only touched the highway a few times! (Note I said the "right" side). In Australia it is like England and the sidecar must be on the LEFT side. Grrrr!

But I have almost solved the problem. I have an old Ural sidecar with the heavy leaf springs. Man they are heavy springs, no wonder they changed to little springs with a rubber cover under the sidecar. It has taken me years to "cut and paste" my sidecar frame to mirror image. I used to just sit and look at it in a large wall mirror and drink beer trying to figure out how to "reverse" it. About 30 cuts and welds later it is now a left hand sidecar. I spent AUD$900 on black laquer and other little things. I have not bothered to try and change the sidecar passenger cutout entry. It keeps the water out from the side also. I hope if all goes to plan it will be on the bike soon. One nut and bolt at a time.

Pilt

Pilt

yes, grahv, you are right. Sidecars are the best and that is my plan. :bsmile:

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Lugemata postitus #13 Postitas grahv » 02 Mär 2009, 16:33

J.D. kirjutas:sidecar with the heavy leaf springs

While poor soviet people cant buy cars, they used them like trucks... sidecars fully loaded with vegetables, bricks, animals etc

J.D. kirjutas:I used to just sit and look at it in a large wall mirror.

What a nice solution! instead of photo flipping :bsmile:

J.D. kirjutas:it is now a left hand sidecar.

(w) But isnt there any registering problems or somethings?

G

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Lugemata postitus #14 Postitas J.D. » 03 Mär 2009, 03:28

J.D. kirjutas:I used to just sit and look at it in a large wall mirror.

What a nice solution! instead of photo flipping :bsmile:

this was before I became a computer user... :oops:

J.D. kirjutas:it is now a left hand sidecar.

(w) But isnt there any registering problems or somethings?
G[/quote]

I dont think it will be very difficult, as it is an old bike (1974, and before the VIN system). I only have to obtain an inspection pass from my local mechanic, then tell the traffic authority I have added a sidecar and then pay them more money. I hope it will be as simple as this.

:bsmile:
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Lugemata postitus #15 Postitas Möku » 03 Mär 2009, 09:02

J.D. kirjutas:One nut and bolt at a time.


That is "The Philosophy", mate :lol:

I used to share the dorm with aussie in Sweden back at the beginning of 90-s. We called him Skippy. He never made it to classes, but was great fun to hang around with. One Spring he visited Estonia and bought here Czechoslovakian Jawa 350cc two stroke. Few years later he wrote a postcard from UK that he had done already two rounds around Europe on that bike and planned the third one. Unfortunately haven't heard of him since.

But if you meet Skippy touring around on 350 cc light red Jawa in Australia, give the best regards :bsmile:
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Lugemata postitus #16 Postitas J.D. » 03 Mär 2009, 12:45

I will keep my eyes open for Skippy and his Jawa. Perhaps he has changed to the local mode of transportation. :D :bsmile:

Pilt

(of course this is a fake picture. I dont think the "ride" would last more than 1-2 seconds)
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Lugemata postitus #17 Postitas ilmar » 03 Mär 2009, 16:02

Hello,

by the way, Andres Perendi is alive and well. :)
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Lugemata postitus #18 Postitas J.D. » 03 Mär 2009, 17:41

ilmar kirjutas:Hello,
by the way, Andres Perendi is alive and well. :)


Hi ilmar, thats good news! If there is some way to get Mr Perendi a message, he will remember the North Ryde High School in Sydney Australia. He was the BEST teacher that school ever had! The school has now been demolished to make way for city type buildings... it was once a place on the edge of the city, now it is the middle of huge technological park, even with an underground railway!

If it can be, please say hello.




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