After our post on Ural motorcycles the other day the question arises, what’s a Dnepr? I confess my knowledge here is pretty limited so if any Ural/Dnepr enthusiasts care to fill in or correct this post, jump right in.
Dnepr motorcycles seem to have a common heritage with the Ural, based on the BMW R71. But the information I found is a bit scarce and sometimes conflicting. As near as I can tell, the Dnepr was the Russian military version of the old BMW, and it never, (at least until very recently) was offered for sale to civilians. It has much the same capabilities as the Ural offering two wheel drive with the sidecar, great off road capability and basically is what you would expect to find with a Russian military motorcycle based on old technology.
Since Ural has a longer history of civilian sales, fit, finish and overall quality are higher. The Dnepr is currently being imported into the U.S. by the Russian-American Motorbike Company in Seattle and are sold as kits.
It would be interesting to know if there are very many Dnepr owners in the U.S. or anywhere else for that matter. There certainly seems to be a lot of Ural enthusiasm based on the comments we received to our Ural post, do Dneprs have an equivalent following? Will the Dnepr grow or fade away? Dnepr owners, what do you say?
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