2 43 years in the pantry: new IZH Jupiter – 3, 1973 in a wooden box

43 years in the pantry: new IZH Jupiter – 3, 1973 in a wooden box

Posted on August 11, 2016 by konst4


About six months ago I told you about a unique “time capsule” – a completely new Soviet motorcycle IZH Jupiter – 3 made in 1976 year, which survived to this day in the original package. Then it seemed that it is unreal to find such a technique in the same preservation. However, just recently I received an information that there is the same IZH Jupiter-3 in one of the villages near Kiev, and it is even an older model – 1973 and, what is the most important – it is in a similar condition, without a run in the USSR wooden box. I immediately decided to visit this rarity.

First epic picture: the new 43-year-old motorcycle among cans with preserves.

The singularity of this finding lies in the fact that all 43 year this motorcycle stood not even in the garage or shed, but directly in a private home: sidecar was kept in the kitchen, near the stove, and the “Jupiter” was in a small closet – between cans with preserves and the various rubbish!

Sidecar is directly near the cooker! Leatherette and foam seats all these years absorbed smells of food

There are still shipping labels on the boards

The fate of this technique is typical for the “time capsules”. In the old Soviet years a resident of a small village wanted to buy a private car: saved some money. But, as you all know, the machine ( “Lada”, “Muscovites”, “Volga”) at this time were in a terrible deficit and in there were none of them in the free market . As a result, he lost his patience and instead it he bought a motorcycle with a sidecar. But, he couldn’t drive, and hadn’t got a driving license.

Logo is really dusty

Decorative label with the name of the model is in a perfect condition

New IZH Jupiter – 3K was taken from the shop in a wooden box and placed for “temporary” storage in the pantry in the same form: it wasn’t even registered in the traffic police. This “temporary” continued for 43 years: in cause of some reasons this motorcycle wasn’t used, and then the owner has died, and left an equipment to his relatives.

Factory packing method

Unfortunately, the storage conditions were far from ideal – the pantry with the motorcycle was full of mice, which left traces of their vital activity directly on the frame and chrome details. In many parts there are pockets of corrosion and all of this is complemented with a very pungent smell, which is literally ingrained into the body of “Jupiter.”

Problematic places on the frame: mice here spent there their leisure time)))

Chrome started getting off. I decided not to wipe dust from speedometer – so as not to scratch the glass

Sidecar (side trailer Sidecar BP-1) was in the kitchen under the cover and preserved a little better. True, and it was also not without blistering paint and chrome, especially in places where there was no special processing factory oily composition.

Sidecar was kept under wraps, so motorcycle preserved the best

The brainchild of Vyatsko-Polyansky Engineering Plant

Its tire has not even cracked

As the equipment was not yet registered so there was a Soviet evidence for a motorcycle (which recorded odometer – 2 km) and the reference account of the store were as documents. On the
basis of these papers the Jupiter-3K got off the line of Izhevsk Motor Plant on 6 November 1973. Complex also included a native dry-cell battery, a first aid kit for tire repair, a pump, and a full set of tools.

Documents for the bike from the shop: the date of issue and a serial mileage on the odometer are visible

Dry-charged battery is in its rightful place: must be workable

Kit for tire repair: inside there is a bag of talcum powder, sandpaper, glue, patches

In the middle of 70s IZH Jupiter – 3K with a sidecar costed 1040 Soviet rubles, while the “alone” was 300 rubles cheaper. For comparison, 1-cylinder IZH Planet – 3 was 650 rubles, and the prestigious Czech “Java-350″ costed 950 rubles (1360 rubles with a sidecar).

A massive 2-seater saddle

Feathers of fork and front rim are well preserved

IZH Jupiter-3 was produced from 1971-th to 1981-th year. The motorcycle is equipped with a 2-cylinder, 2-stroke in-line engine with air cooling capacity of 25 h.p The maximum speed of the model without a sidecar is 120 km / h and an average fuel consumption varies between 3.5-4.0 l / 100 km: 18-liter petrol tank was enough for 400-500 km. The fuel is a mixture of 76-octane gasoline with oil. Transmission is 4-speed.

A motorcycle was standing there for past 43 years
Weight of a motorcycle is 162 kg. Frame is welded from massive steel pipes. Front and rear wheels are equipped with interchangeable tires with 3,5-18 inches dimension.

A motorcycle has not seen sunlight, so all the optics is new and not even faded

Every year more than 100 thousand IZH Jupiter-3 motorcycles were produced in the USSR. The model has been awarded with the prestigious State Quality Mark.

Protective mastic-preservative is visible

Spark plug caps are covered with corrosion


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2 Responses to “43 years in the pantry: new IZH Jupiter – 3, 1973 in a wooden box”

  1. Vijay says:

    Interesting pictures. Here is another request: Parrots as pets in Russia, their human companions and any other related stories. Thanks in advance. :)

  2. john dudley says:

    Very cool,i want it.

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