3 Motors of War Exhibition: Motorcycles

Motors of War Exhibition: Motorcycles

Posted on April 23, 2016 by team


Another exhibition “Motors of War” was held in Moscow recently. We are going to show you some pictures of the event focusing on motorcycles. They were in the minority and it makes them even more interesting to see.

M-72. Soviet heavy motorcycle was designed since 1939 with a glance to German BMW R-71. It was produced since 1941 to the 1950s. Five German BMW R-71 had been secretly bought in Sweden to make similar motorcycles.

The motorcycles were produced in Kharkov and Irbit, Leningrad for some time as well.

In Moscow it had been produced until 1951 for the military.

They civilian modification could be bought freely in 1955. It had a better frame and engine.

The motorcycle had special bags for ammo and spare parts, bracket for a gun. Some had a 82-mm mortar instead of a side-car.

Air filter M-72.

American Harley Davidson WLA 42 was delivered to the USSR according to the Lend-Lease Act.

They had no side-cars.

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3 Responses to “Motors of War Exhibition: Motorcycles”

  1. Douglas says:

    That the Kettenkrad is way cool.!!! It looks like fun to drive.

  2. john dudley says:

    Excellent posting,great collection,and the bikes were really nice to see.

  3. Plara Viriya says:

    Nice pictures, we rarely see this kind of motorcycle on the road, most of them are in good condition. Good for one who favor this type of vehicle.

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