We first wrote about this bike six years ago. Doctor Robert Harms bought a 1983 Dnepr Neval (Neval, I believe, is a UK variant of the Dnepr, though some Dnepr experts may be able to clarify) as a $500 basket case, primarily as a test bed for some development work for some aftermarket parts he planned to sell. Since he was having conceptual problems with another complex build at the time, he decided to focus on this bike for an upcoming show instead, giving his mind a chance to collect itself for the other project. The Dnepr turned out to be an amazing creation all on its own.
The Dnepr engine was converted to use a single VW Solex carb and a Geo Nippon Denso alternator. He converted the frame to use tapered roller bearings in the head and installed Suzuki trees, Harley Sportster forks, a Honda wheel, Gold Wing rotor and Buell caliper. The exhaust uses no muffler but exits through gutted Harley dresser cans. The Doc said it was quiet anyway due to the Dnepr’s low compression. The gas tank is Honda Rebel, he fabricated a jockey shift and it uses a 1915 Model T headlight with a new headlight inside.The toolbox on the side is a drive in movie speaker housing. There were over 200 hours of TIG welding in this project plus many hours on the Bridgeport! He must have had the most incredible parts pile!
It’s kick start only and at the time of our article he said it ran great and was dead reliable, though the current seller says it’s not running now and from the photos, it appears some of the original parts are missing. My information differs slightly from the seller’s, however, mine came directly from Robert Harms when the article was written so I stand by my description. It’s still an incredible motorcycle in every way and would be a real prize for whoever buys it. Maybe you?
Doctor Robert Harms Dnepr Bobber on eBay