I have no idea what I was thinking. A past friend convinced me to buy a BMW motorcycle. I had a barn full of Honda’s Yamaha’s, Ducati’s ,Triumphs a, Gilera and something I don’t even remember. Based on the household rules (my wife) I had to sell something in order to buy something. No problem. A surfboard and a couple of motorcycles later I had a perfect 1976 R90S with a 100RS fairing. A perfect traveler. Barely broken in and had been sitting for 17 years. Burried underneath boxes, pieces of carpet and a blanket was a bike that I didn’t really know I wanted
So, I trailered it home and proceeded going through it. All the fluids, new tires, brake pads and a good bath. I loved the R90. It did everything I wanted it to do and did it willingly.The R90S has a great history. My friend Reg Pridmore won the AMA Superbike Championship on one (highly modified of course) and friends have put hundreds of thousands of miles on them with no issues. I put over 50,000 miles on mine in a bit over a year. It is a great motorcycle.
Then a few years later I listened to another friend that suggested a different bike and I thought “hey, why not?” The BMW went to a new home and a Buell Ulysses took it’s place. Back to the first question, “What was I thinking?” Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my Buell every time I hit the starter button but it just doesn’t have the same soul…as if a German bike actually has a soul, but I’m comparing it to Italian and British bikes.
An R90s is about as perfect a motorcycle as you can get. It doesn’t require a computer to get it to run right, it handles better than most of us can ride and it is very comfortable on long rides for a vintage Sportbike, and yes ladies and gentlemen it is a Sportbike. This is a motorcycle that turns exactly when and where you want it to, it is a motorcycle that will stop on a dime and give you nine cents change and will keep you happy all day long and above and beyond all that, it’s beautiful. The R90 is really just an overbuilt tarted up R75 but damn, it works!!!
I found a true sweetheart on ebay today, if you truly like or love vintage Sportbikes this is a perfect bike for you. Click on the link (the blue line) and you’ll get more info and more pictures. This is a great bike and the price is not out of line. And you get the saddlebags!!
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How cool is this!!!I have never heard of a Pannonia and history is a bit hard to come by. Here is what I have learned and it’s quite interesting. Pannonia is a Hungarian company that is actually called (or was at one time) Manfred Weiss Steel and Metal Works. It changed names a number of times over the years. Motorbikes came from there under the names Cspepel and Danuvia as well.
Pannonia is actually the geographic region where the bikes were built. more exactly, it’s in Csepel a neighborhood of Budapest which is located on an island on the Danube river. Enough of your geography lesson for the day…there will be a quiz in the morning.
They started building bicycles (as many motorcycle builders did) in 1928. In 1931 they built a 100cc motor and attached it to a bicycle frame, again not uncommon in the early days. True motorcycle building didn’t begin until 1947, after World War Two. The bikes were actually quite successful in Eastern Europe at the time. Motorcycle production ended in 1975.
Now, the Duna sidecar was made by the Hungarian Boat and Crane Co. Looks way cool and comfortable. I really dig the nose of the car.
The bike I found on ebay this morning has had a recent restoration and looks absolutely beautiful. It runs and rides great. It’s only a 250cc but you know what, for running around town, a casual Sunday ride…just great.
Click on the pics below for more pictures and info.
What do Dnepr, Ural and Chang Jiang have in common? If you answered pre war BMW you win the prize!!! In the 1930’s 1930’s, BMW was making the R71 model. Rugged reliable and perfect for military use. Enter a little Russian ingenuity, buy a couple of the bikes from some guy in Sweden and take them back to the Motherland for a little creative reverse engineering Russian style. Two years later off the assembly line rolls the new (?) M72. Early in production the Russians were worried that the Moscow factory was too close to Germany so the factory was moved to the Ural Mountains. Nearly nearly 1000,000 M72’s were shipped to the front lines during the war. After the war, the military issue bike factory was moved to the Ukraine and the Ural factory focused on civilian motorcycle production.
The Dneper (kissing cousin to the Ural) is built in Ukraine contrary to popular thought, most people think it is a Russian made motorcycle. Over the years the KMZ factory kept building Dneper’s for military use. The Dneper was designed to be the ultimate off road military vehicle in the world and as I learned about it, I believe it. As a military vehicle it was built with two wheel drive (the sidecar wheel is driven via a geared hub), 10″ of ground clearance, can drive through 15″ of water, climb a 10″ rock ledge and with a 50″ track it can traverse a hillside with a 40 degree slope…that’s not going up and down a hillside, that’s riding across it!!!. When the terrain is the ugliest, the Dneper is beautiful.
I did a bunch of research on these motorcycles and the more I got into them, the more I got into them. There is a huge Dneper community all over the world for support and camaraderie. You can even buy a ‘kit’ version for less than $5,000 shipped to your door…complete! A Dneper can be upgraded easily enough, but the basic sketchiness of Russian motorcycles is still there no matter how much you upgrade.
The Dneper I found on ebay is the ‘Tourist’ model so I’m guessing it’s not the full Russian military version, but who knows, the owner didn’t give a lot of detail in his description…he may not know either. The bike is in very nice condition and check this out…only 99Km on the clock, that’s like 60 miles. An almost new 48 year old motorcycle…well if you call a motorcycle from the 1930’s new. Click on the pics for more..it also looks to be a good deal so far and you certainly won’t see yourself coming down the road.
Do you need to up your cool factor? Are you looking for a better chick magnet than that old Harley of your’s? Or maybe just a really neat grocery getter. I found your new ride on ebay this morning. A real deal, nicely restored 1963 Vespa scooter. You couldn’t possibly have more fun. Old school scooters draw so much attention wherever you go, that it’s hard to get out of the parking lot without hearing comments about how cool or cute it is, somebody telling you stories about the one they had or better yet, the one their grandfather had.
Remember the movie Quadrophenia? The story about the conflict between the Mods and the Rockers in England. The Mods riding their fully customized scooters and the Rockers riding their, modified, motorcycles. Vespa vs Triumph. It was a great movie, made you want to ride a scooter, go rent it someday. Scooter clubs have been around for years all over the world. Rides, gatherings, helping out with restorations, and the camaraderie of fellow scooterite’s (if that’s a word?). In my local area there is a scooter club called ‘The Vesparado’s’. The gatherings are huge…scooter’s are cool.
This one today has been beautifully restored, has some cool features, like the whitewall tires, and it’s batteryless…no dead battery’s stranding you. Everything is as close to original as you can get. It’s not cheap, but if you’ve got the hot’s for a high giggle factor new ride…check it out. Click on the pics for more details.