Mo­tor­cy­cles & Mo­tor­cy­cling in the USSR from 1939

Old Bike Australasia - - EYES RIGHT -

A so­cial & Tech­ni­cal His­tory By Colin Turbett

ISBN: 978-1-787113-14-5

128 pages hard­back

Pub­lished by Ve­loce 2019

Price: £25 UK

Con­tact Ren­niks Pub­li­ca­tions (02) 96957055. www.ren­niks.com for date of Aus­tralian avail­abil­ity.

Apart from Dnepr, Ural and a cou­ple of oth­ers, Rus­sian mo­tor­cy­cles are al­most un­known in our part of the world, so this new book is a wel­come ad­di­tion to any en­thu­si­ast’s li­brary, de­tail­ing ev­ery mo­tor­cy­cle pro­duced in USSR be­tween 1941 and 1990. The au­thor is a mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­ast and au­thor who has done sev­eral mo­tor­cy­cle trips to Eastern Europe, trig­ger­ing an in­ter­est in the util­i­tar­ian ma­chines pro­duced there dur­ing the Com­mu­nist years. The book cov­ers the wartime pro­duc­tion of big twins and side-valve sin­gles, most of which were in in­spired by the likes of Nor­ton, BSA, H-D and BMW. Post­war, things re­ally took off, with fac­to­ries across the Soviet Union churn­ing out enor­mous quan­ti­ties of worka­day bikes which found ex­port mar­kets as well. And then there was mo­tor­cy­cle sport, speed­way, ice rac­ing, mo­tocross, road rac­ing and even Mo­to­ball. In the ‘six­ties, oc­ca­sional for­ays into Western Europe were made with 350cc and 500cc 4-cylin­der Vos­tok rac­ers. All in all, a very dif­fer­ent and well-pro­duced book when it comes to mo­tor­cy­cling from a part of the world that was for a long time “off lim­its”.

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