Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

Here is a selection of photos devoted to the motorcycle theme in the Russian Empire. They were found in different times and at different places so we do not know the authors of the works.

So what bikes did they ride long ago in Russia?

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

1916.

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

The men are riding “Indian”, 1916.

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

Shooting at the enemy ducks in 1915.

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

This time enemy airplanes are being shot at.

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

1916

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

1915

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

Moto-cart, 1916

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

1915

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

Russians in France, 1916.

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

“Norton” motorcycle being tested. 1913-14.

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

Bikers are visiting the car owner (the end of the 1890s – beginning of the 1900s).

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

1914.

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

Don Cossacks from the pedal cycle troop.

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

It is a field repair shop of the Russian army. 1915

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

The men are from an automobile company of the Russian Imperial Army. 1916

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

1915.

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

At the Khodynka airfield near Moscow, 1914.

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

The men ar at the “Indian” motorcycle which won the second place at the race for 1200 km. 1912.

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

Childrey on the “Harley”, 1914-17

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

Harley Davidson in 1915.

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

The general visits a motorcycle team, 1915-17.

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

Car platoon, 1914-16.

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

1917.

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

Three bikers and the “Harkey” on skis.1914-15.

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

The postcard is dated 1916.

Motorcycles In the Russian Empire

Pedal cycle team. 1916.

It was so cool to have a bike those days. Though it is still cool to have a bike, right?

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8 thoughts on “Motorcycles In the Russian Empire”

  1. In the second-to-last shot, behind the riders right foot there appears to be a sprocket with a missing pedal… Can one of you historical bike enthusiasts tell me what that is?

    • It could very well be that the motorcycle is just a prop. Having said that, the sprocket in question could be for starting the motor before engaging the rear drive wheel.

  2. @ Liptonius: That is a set of pedals as you find them on a normal bike. They were intended for use when the engine failed or when the bike ran out of gas. Here in Holland mopeds used to have them too. A cycling one of these motorbikes was very heavy and pushing it was easier, the pedals were often removed.

  3. Increcible pictures. I wonder how many Harley Davidsons and Indians are languishing in Russian barns today? If you think you might know of one, look around, they’re worth a fortune today…

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