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    1983 Denpr

    A 1983 Dnepr MT12. I'm on the verge of pulling the trigger on this thing.

    Any ugly stories, or critical issues to relate?

    Drive train reliability?

    Electrical issues?

    Thanks all.
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    Ask about it over on sovietsteeds.com, with pictures if possible. Mechanicals are pretty basic and parts are available, but most Russian bikes that vintage are a hodgepodge of parts from various years. Biggest deal is getting a clear title.
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    Imported in 2004, title is clear. R90/6 engine conversion. Military surplus, with 500 miles on the clock. Looks good, for it's age. Conversion by Richard Winters in NC.

    Thanks for the link.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lmo1131 View Post
    A 1983 Dnepr MT12. I'm on the verge of pulling the trigger on this thing.

    Any ugly stories, or critical issues to relate?

    Drive train reliability?

    Electrical issues?

    Thanks all.
    Reliability.............Zero

    Electrical issues..........Yes.

    Be Afraid be very afraid, there is a reason they came with a large box of parts when they were knew!
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    Thanks Martin. Forewarned is forearmed.

    I've heard of some drive shaft issues when landing the chair too hard. The electrics on it are all BMW so that isn't an issue. I can imagine how wicking up 900cc paired with a transmission designed for roughly one third of that hp might be a concern. I don't have any plans for off-roading it. But things do happen... .. It's fitted with a remote oil filter, so oil changes are probably not a day long project.


    What other reliability issues in particular are you aware of?
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    A conversion is a different matter and the chair is the best part of a Dnepr. Go for it and have some fun.
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    Did you do it, Lew?

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    The guy is out of town for another week. I have first dibs on it, asking $5,300. Haven't personally seen it yet, but from the videos sent to me it looks to be in very good condition, and the engine sounds sweet.

    Needs road tires. Maybe a 450W alternator for the extra lights I'd want, and the heated gloves for my sweetie. Luggage rack, spare fuel cans, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lmo1131 View Post
    The guy is out of town for another week. I have first dibs on it, asking $5,300. Haven't personally seen it yet, but from the videos sent to me it looks to be in very good condition, and the engine sounds sweet.

    Needs road tires. Maybe a 450W alternator for the extra lights I'd want, and the heated gloves for my sweetie. Luggage rack, spare fuel cans, etc.
    Very nice looking bike! If it has been running all the time then it should be in decent condition. Some Denpr's had a limited slip dif on the rear, others just a single wheel drive (which is fine for road work). There is a huge pool of Denpr knowledge and owners on sovietsteeds, so definitely check. Price doesn't seem bad if it running, but I know squat about values.

    Putting beemer motors in urals is common in Oz, and they tell me they don't brake more rear drives than they do anyway

    Those tires are kinda' street tires for Urals/Dnepr's. Duro's (308 street, 307 more block) work pretty good, and considering you tend to wear out pushers fast, $79 a tire ain't bad. More expensive tires are nice too (Avon/Heidenau), but consider the wear bit.

    Hope it all works out! Have a ball

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    This one is one-wheel drive. I was hoping to find a 2WD machine, but given that I will not be doing any serious off-roading (other than the occasional dirt road) I think this rig will work out okay.

    I'm not even sure why I want this thing and trying to justify the purchase ... I guess I just need a dose of fun.
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    I have the 2wd and only times I needed it was when I was trying to get into trouble. Does great in snow with 1wd and Duro 307. Simpler, lighter, probably more trouble-free, 1wd is the way to go. If that rig is well sorted it should be a blast and get boatloads of attention. (hope you like talking to strangers!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by lmo1131 View Post

    I'm not even sure why I want this thing and trying to justify the purchase ... I guess I just need a dose of fun.
    Once you are past food and shelter, it's all extra. It looks like a blast to drive
    It will be interesting to see how you do on this.
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    I'm done... http://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread....d=1#post997512

    Bummed. But glad I noticed the out-o- state plates on the bike in the video that the seller sent me.
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    Done Already?

    I responded to your other post. Personally I wouldn't give up until I had a copy of the title
    and checked the numbers. Take the copy down to the local DMV with a deposit to seller pending registration. As Denpr was bringing in those in 1983 there will be an emission and safety manufacturers certificate on file, same with BMW R90.
    Lots of those seem to come about regular but not with the "real" BMW conversion, which makes this unit worth some effort IMHO.
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    I'm waffling back and forth on this; currently waffling toward "yes". The seller just got back into town, said he needed a couple of days to get back to business as usual, and that he'd give me a call in a couple of days. In the meantime I was able to speak to the CHP VIN Inspector up in Templeton; previously registered in South Dakota was a "+" as far as CHP is concerned. DMV is such a pain in SLO; one visit to get a "Move" permit to drive it down there, and then the actual, hold-your-breath visit for the DMV inspection. Maybe I should run it down to Santa Maria instead (?)
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