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RomaDakota 03-04-2010 03:13 PM

MV750 Soviet Flathead Rebuild
Alrightly, Iíll try one of these things.

My Russification started years ago; the spreading into the motorcycle world started with a Dnepr purchased years ago. I used it for a daily rider for years... then there were more. This particular story is about my MV750. For many a Soviet/Russian moto-fan, this model is desirable; produced in the 60ís at the Kiev Motorcycle Factory for the Soviet military with a 750cc flattie and all the cool military trinkets including differential 2WD with a locking lever for full time 2WD. One became available last year - I snagged it not caring about condition. Few days later, off to Colorado to bring her back to Kansas.
Wheels are not correct, the axe was mine and a few other things were glaring at me, but actually much more complete than I expected. The plan, get it running and ride it. Love the patina, no plans on changing that.

Next - initial startup...

Next - initial startup...

notarex 03-04-2010 03:26 PM

That looks really slow and under-braked...I love it! Reminds me of an old CJ- is it related in any way?

Airhead Wrangler 03-04-2010 03:37 PM

Front end looks identical to my '82 Ural that I had. The hubs even look identical.

Infracaninophile 03-04-2010 04:28 PM

Awesome. I'd love to understand how the flatheads work. And can't wait to see more details on the 2wd thingie.


RomaDakota 03-04-2010 04:37 PM

The Chinese CJs are made from tooling the Russians sold to them after the Soviet M72s were no longer produced (plunger frame). This design came just after M72 production - note the swing arm.
Those are Ural wheels. That design starts in the 50s and stayed into production I believe into the 90s. BTW - nice looking URal! That is the "real deal" and the way they are in Russia!
Standby... :)

Gravytrain 03-04-2010 04:37 PM


Originally Posted by RomaDakota
Love the patina, no plans on changing that.

I agree, looks great:thumb

H2oskier 03-04-2010 04:38 PM

We're waiting....more please

blaine.hale 03-04-2010 04:41 PM

Oh please keep that patina. That thing is gorgeous.

PaulRS 03-04-2010 04:45 PM


Originally Posted by notarex
Reminds me of an old CJ- is it related in any way?

Yep. :evil

It all started with the old BMW R12, or R71, which was used in the wwII Blitz to Moskou.

The Russians made a copie and engineered it backwards, called Ural or Dnjepr, soon after that the Chineese did the same from that copie, called it CJ.

That brought them back to the middle-ages. :D


RomaDakota 03-04-2010 05:35 PM

Shooooshalaaaala, flash forward... If you have been over to the Friday Picture Thread today, you know current state:
What next is obvious, how did we get here? :augie

danedg 03-04-2010 05:58 PM

...that camshaft looks pretty gnarly from here:dunno :dunno is it ready to go?:evil

I'm seein' slingers...what's up with the crank?

Airhead Wrangler 03-04-2010 06:09 PM


Originally Posted by RomaDakota
That is the "real deal" and the way they are in Russia!

That figures. I bought it in Kyrgyzstan. The photo is in southeastern Kazakhstan.

Never heard of the MVs before. That's one bitchen looking ride though. I'm also looking forward to some differential/fulltime 2wd shots. Enjoy.

danedg 03-04-2010 06:20 PM

The Heart of The Matter

datchew 03-04-2010 07:04 PM

Oooooh, I'm really REALLY going to enjoy this thread.

Make sure you take lots of pics.
Where are you in Kansas? I'm a wichita native and my family is still there. I usually tell people that Kansas is a nice place to be from... far from. :lol3

Take lots of pics!

RomaDakota 03-04-2010 08:32 PM

Kansas - some are drawn to it, others are repelled :D Datchew, I am up near KC. From KS to SC - upgrade... :scratch :hide :rofl
Well back to it. The trip out to CO and back was a whirlwind; virtually drove out, slept, exchanged product and franklins, loaded it then east bound. Once home, finally time to give the machine a good looking over.
First the placard -
Basically it says "Attention Comrade, don't be dicking around with the 2wd engaged. Only engage short distances going straight on crappy roads. Turning with it engaged can cause accident". This is concerning the locker final drive. It is a differential until engaged, then it is a locker (both rear and sidecar wheel turn at same rate).
Of course the question to me is "how much of this thing is really a MV750?". One thing one learns after owning old Russian stuff - originality is often lost. The MV750 differs from its K750 sibling as the MV is the military variant and the K is the civilian version. To denote military parts stars were stamped onto the components. Although I knew about this, over the years, I had only managed to obtain a few parts with star stamps. The search began:
Stars also noted on engine and a few other parts. This is excellent news! Seems a lot of the original parts are here! This is tooooo good to be true. Waiting for something heavy to fall one me. . . wait, what is all of that orange stuff between all the mating surfaces. . . . . ok, ok that's crazy - stay on mission. Time to plan for the startup - why the orange stuff? Stop obsessing, man! Off to hit the books to read up about valve settings, timing, carbs in prep for the startup. Plus, were in the hell do I get a 6V battery...

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