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Old 01-24-2012, 07:42 AM   #16
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Mucho gusto n00b , you guys had me think and do my translation, then I hit the bottom of the post and noticed #1 button was push
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Old 01-30-2012, 12:08 PM   #17
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RE:Classic IZH


The Soviet bikes are always interesting. You've got a great looking machine. Please continue to share your experiences.
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Old 01-30-2012, 06:11 PM   #18
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A brief history of the IZH Planeta model...

Despite being almost unknown in the West, the Series Planeta is one of the most produced model in the history of the manufacture of motorcycles....Let review it´s interesting history.

It´s origin dates back to 1919 when a little german company produced for first time a two-stroke engine – “Das Kleine Wunder” or DKW – “The Little Marvel”, fitted to a bicycle.

With the licensing of several technical innovations in the beginning of 1930’s DKW started to produce motorcycles with improved cooling and decreased fuel consumption and won the European Championship in 1938 and 1939.

Racing experience gave DKW the lead in the two-stroke technology world-wide.

The WWII started and the Wehrmacht did not express any interest in the two-stroke engines. But the reconnaissance division needed to adopt a reliable machine to be used for scout and messenger purposes thus the DKW NZ 350 came along.
This machine was soon produced in army version with almost no alterations, comparing to the civil version and became known as “Das Motorrad der Kradmelder” the dispatch rider's motorcycle.

By the end of WWII and by order of the SMAD (Soviet Military Administration in Germany) the dismantling of the DKW motorcycle factory started on July 1945. All equipment is crated and shipped to the Soviet Union. In 1946 the russian IZH motorcyle factory got the equipment, taking out from Germany because of war reparations.

IZHmash is well known as the factory that also produces the AK assault rifle.

Sadly Herrmann Weber, the chief engineer of DKW, who was working for the company since 1922, and group of DKW engineers was "transferred" to Ishewsk to set up the dismantled equipment in the IZH motorcyle factory, which was founded in 1929. Weber died in Ishewsk on 24. September 1948.

Under the IZH-350 trademark the production of the NZ350 continues nearly unchanged. The most obvious change was the use of aluminium instead of cast iron for the engine block.

The output of road motorcycles of different sports modifications was the characteristic feature of the russian motorcycles industry in 1940-1960. In 1948 the motorcycle 'IZH-350 C' with the front telescopic fork was made in IZHEVSK. The engine power raised to 14 hp. The manufacturing of the improved model 'IZH-50' of sport motorcycle started in 1950.

Designers created the most improved model 'IZH-49' in 1951. Front telescopic fork, rear suspension with the hydraulic shock absorber and other improvements of the motorcycle's safety raised in many respects. It was the first model of Izhevsk's motorcycles with sidecar.

The manufacturing of the new class of sports motorcycles with tubular welded frame and with a pendulum rear suspension started in 1955. 'IZH-54' had the engine with power 18 hp, and 'IZH-55' - 16 hp. The new model 'IZH-56' appeared in 1956, later the development batch of this model turned out on the plant. The tubular frame, saddle with cover, carburettor and air cleaner were covered by housings. Wheels became interchangeable. His power raised to 13 hp. This model was more popular. Its output had come up to 680 thousand pieces, 130 thousand pieces from this run were equipped with sidecar. This model became more modern.

The commercial production of motorcycle 'IZH-Planeta' on the basis 'IZH-56' started in 1962. Guarantee range of 'IZH-Planeta' in comparison with 'IZH-56' raised up to 2000 km and thanks to air filter, the service life of cylinder and parts of piston group raised half as much again.

The manufacturing of 'IZH-Planeta-2' and 'IZH-Jupiter-2' started in 1966-1970.

The period of 1971-1975 was devoted to the road motorcycles 'IZH-Planeta-3', 'IZH-Jupiter-3', 'IZH-Jupiter-3K', and 'IZH-Planeta-Sport' manufacturing. The safety of exploitation and convenience in servicing were remarkably combined in these models. The experience in construction elaboration, new progressive plant equipment, new materials had shortened the period of new models development, enlarged the make quantity, and made better the exploitation characteristics.

'IZH-Planeta-Sport' was the absolutely new model, which differ from german's DKW. Japan's electronics and engine in combination with the Japan's Mikuni carburettor develop a power 32 hp. and have the new separate system of lubricant.

The building of the new complex on the motorcycles industry finished at the beginning of 80´s. It was highly automated, equipped by the suspended assembly conveyors, calculated for the output of 450 thousand motorcycles per year. At the new complex the manufacturing of the motorcycles 'IZH-Jupiter-4' started in 1981. And the new model 'IZH-Planeta-4' with 12V electrical equipment appeared in 1982.

The new button 'Standby' appeared in this model. 'IZH-Planeta-5', output in 1987, got the renewed engine with the power 22 hp and new appearance of fuel tank, facing and instrument panel.

Also, in this period on the basis of Japan engine YAMAHA XT-550 were designed and manufactured the prototypes of the modern motorcycles 'Orion'.

The end of the Soviet Union and the massive importation of more advanced japanese bikes and others western manufacturers give IZH a fight it couldn´t win, the motorcycle factory went to bankrupcy in the beginning of the 2000´s.

In all this years IZH factory produced millons of bikes.


Picture: DKW NZ350-1

compare to my Planeta 5 pictures, see distintive feature of kick lever combinated with gear lever at the left of the bike...
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Old 02-02-2012, 03:36 PM   #19
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ADVrider is so informative!........checking other post of the 2T forum I read about Harley-Davidson 2T motorcycles

Shortly after the close of WWII, Germany's DKW motorcycle plant ( (yes...the same Soviet Union tooked too) was put to use by Harley-Davidson as part of U.S. war reparations. This resulted in Harley-Davidson's introduction of its first small-displacement two-stroke motorcycle, called "Hummers"

Picture: Harley Davidson STU 165 compare to DKW pictures, see distintive feature of kick lever combinated with gear lever at the left of the bike...
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