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From Guido, 30.8.06: "No comment!"
Georg Kainer went to the annual Mammut Trophy race in Mitterbuch. It's a 50cc bike race. The raceway is prepared on a farmer's field.
"I've also appended a picture of the current appearance of my bike. It changes quite often, doesn't it?"
From Bill Morris:
"My version of an R71 built from a Russian M72. Maybe a little different than a Chang conversion. I updated the website as well."
From Guido, 22.2.06:
"It was very hard work to rebuild this bike but after this nearly perfect running weekend there are only two or three little problems left to repair. Here are pictures from the "Elefantentreffen." I could only make pictures until my camera broke... The first one shows my bike with my dear friend Rolf who owns the background Beemer."
"The only Chang we saw at the meeting with her owner, Olaf.
"Olaf´s friends on a ride."
From Guido, 15.2.06:
"Original Russian spoke repair! If you need spokes and none are available, use nails! The other pictures were made after my first snow ride on the December wreck."
"It was more work than I first meant. Next weekend we ride to the “altes Elefantentreffen.“ Pictures to follow."
From Guido, 27.12.05:
"The motor, gearbox and generator are ready to run, rebuilt with new Russian and German parts remaining from earlier projects!"
"Happy New Year!"
From Guido Blum, 21.12.05: "It´s Christmastime and what should I tell you, Santa was a week too early!"
"Have a look at these pictures. Isn`t she a beauty?! She comes straight from Russia with original sowjet papers."
"She has to run in February for the famous ELEFANTENTREFFEN, so this picture-serial will be continued."
"All the best and Merry Christmas from the High Sauerland!"
"PS: It's the eBay M72 from last week!"
The latest from Bill Morris: "I think I am in the home stretch in the restoration!"
"Red October Motorcycles was the subject of a recent article in Motorcycle Classics magazine. Lots of good M-72 photos. I think if you go to their they will even send you a free issue."
From Bill Morris
"Here are a few photos of my M-72 bike restoration. This bike is the one I am keeping for myself. Its name is Komanderka, the Russian feminine version of "boss".
"There is a before picture and some photos of progress so far. Gerald has been a big help in suppyling parts for the project."
"I rebuilt my original K-37s and almost have the wiring finished. "
"Now if I can just get the bodyshop to give back the fenders and gas tank!"
Here's a reproduction IMZ M72 frame tag.
Holger Behncke attended a vintage bike (and car) show in his native Germany this summer (2005).
I wish we had more server space available beause he sent some terrific pictures of some truly beautiful vintage iron that I'd love to be able to share with everyone.
But since we're somewhat limited here I can only post the most pertinent images—this M72 and a CJ that you'll find on Holger's page.
This M72 solo is perfect right down to the tiniest detail. I doubt the owner rides it as much as most us do—it's just too nice! The similarities with a 6V CJ are most evident.
The only significant differences are the front fender, fork bottoms and those famous bottlecap wheel hubs. Check out the toolbox tank and IMZ emblem, too. This bike is gorgeous.
Georg Kainer attended a gathering of oldtimers recently. "Here's an old picture which I sent to Gerald last December (so he could build a correct lowered mudguard. It's Bodo's M72. At the moment the fork gets restored."
"My friend Armin's R12—quite pretty. In comparison my M72 is a real modern bike ;-) Note the front fender which is originally from an M72 (lowered version 2.)"
"Yeah, I also rode my M solo—it's quite fun as the handling at "city-speed" is much better than with modern bikes like my Kawa."
"My M72—a little bit modified."
"My M, shot from my room in Regensburg. (The oil on the street's not from me!)"
"Arrival at Kallmünz early in the morning. We are the first ones. Hard to believe that an hour and a half later there would be about 100 bikes and more than 1000 visitors."
M"y M from the side once again (and once again slightly modified.)"
"My friend Armin's M72. It's equipped with a BMW R51/3 motor which cannot be seen on the photo."
"Well, at an oldtimer meeting there are usually other bikes, too. Here's a BMW R47."
From Henry Ho: "I am a proud owner of a 1956 Ural M72."
"The previous owner had lovingly restored it to its former glory."
"I have seen some Urals with sidecars driving around in the Netherlands, but none of them seem to be as attention-seeking as mine."
"If I park it people will walk to me and want to tell me that they like my bike. If I drive around, drivers in cars stick their thumbs up with a big approving smile."
"People who normally don’t have any interest in motor bikes want to tell me that they think that is something special."
"Special features: It has a trailer hook which I have not seen before in any pictures on CJU, and also a luggage rack on the sidecar."
Phil Smith comments on this bike: "It appears to be fitted with a front stand similar to the ones on old British bikes and pre-war Harleys."
"If it is indeed as it appears, that will be very useful when the time comes to rotate the tyres. Five or six of my bikes had front stands fitted."
"They are worth their weight in gold at servicing time."
From Carlo Triolo: "We've sold the false R71 and the original civilian R71 and kept only one original R75 of 1943."
"I wanted to send you the last pictures in which you can see my son using it the R71 for a re-enacting event called STORITALIA (Cisliano-Milan) in Italy as well as in a didactical movie that was made last year, also in Italy—Chivasso-urin."
"The sidecar was practically a whole year in its garage without running."
"He just took it out for five events in northern Italy and a two-day trip in our town in Switzerland."
"I've both a Kübelwagen and anhänger so the kids decided to sell the sidecars and a second Kubelwagen due to the lack of space, really a pity after all that work."
"Next week it goes to Italy to its new owner. Best of luck to him!"
"Many thanks for all, an your web-site is always "The TOP"
Ben Nienhuis lives in Groningen, Holland. He'd like to share these pictures of his Dnepr K750 with you because it has a special sidecar.
As you can see, there's no cutaway for the passenger to enter. Have you ever seen a bucket like this before?
This 1965 M72 that was rebuilt in Beijing.
It has a 1968 CJ engine as M72s were out of production by then.
China provides an excellent source of parts for M72s.
CJ M1s and M72s are pretty much the same animal.
This M72 is just one of a number of Russian bikes currently on hand at LRM-US in Fort Collins, Colorado. This one is a 1956.
Although common in Europe, older M72s are rare in the US. Early CJs were identical to M72s and indeed, often used M72 parts.
Leo Struyk found this amusing picture on the Internet—Grandma perched on an early M72 as identified by the bottlecap wheel hub.
Valery Lubchenko has this M72 for sale. It looks like a great machine. Here's his mail: "Hello... Here I have my bike for sale."
"It is a Russian M72 from Second World War times. It is in very good condition. I've restored it all, the driveline from the wheel bearings to the engine itself, also electric part, original restored seats. It also has the IMZ badges on the petrol gas tank."
"All works and rolls. It has all the documents for future registration. The price of this bike is $4000."
If interested, Valery's e-mail address is
It's Zach Kessler's wedding day!
Here they are—Mr. & Mrs. Kessler—getting ready to ride off into the sunset aboard Zach's M72. Perfect!
It's Zach Kessler's bike again. I wonder if those bottlecap wheels would work on a CJ. Hmm.
This bike has the classic M72 sidecar frame too. Early Changs had this arrangement as well.
M72 drawings submitted by Dariusz Wiecha who got them from Stefan Richter.
This charming M72 belongs to Zach Kessler who's also a Chang enthusiast. What a great bike!
Wait a minute! What's this being delivered to Frans de Witt in the Netherlands?
It's a 1956 M72, straight from Poland. Look at the IMZ tank logo! It has a toolbox, too.
And look at the lights and reflectors! This is just way too coooool.
But wait, there's more. The sidecar has the classic M72 over-the-wheel frame. Man!
Spark advance lever and horn button combination. This has to be rare. Frans also has a CJ, so what's next? An R71 maybe? What a lucky, lucky guy.
Jo Bastings sent these shots of his '54 M72.
Considering the fact that the CJ hadn't been introduced when this bike was built, it's entirely possible that identical bikes were ridden by the PLA.
Take a look at the rear fender mounting brackets. They're very similar to those used on the R71 and on some Chnags.
We're sneaking in this K750 on behalf of its owner, Lao Tou at Long River Motorworks. The swing-arm frame set's it apart from its M72 sibling. That flathead engine certainly looks familiar to M1 & M1M owners.
Jo Bastings lives in the Netherlands. One thing that makes his 1954 M72 special are the CJ parts he used to restore it!
This M72 belongs to Alessandro Triolo of Geneva, Switzerland. It's difficult to distinguish one of these from a CJ.
He's done a lot of work on since the picture directly above was submitted.
The color is authentic Schwarzgrau RAL 7021 as used in 1941. The jerry can and brackets are original WWII issue. The lights are R75. Yes, that's a machine gun mount, and no, the driver isn't Alessandro.
Orvo Valila sent us this M72 image from the Ural Club of Finland's website.
Any Chang Jiang enthusiast will appreciate this machine.
Peter Gray found these M72 drawings on the Internet and passed them along to us. Click on the thumbnail for the full picure.
This is an overhead view. The M72 is nearly identical to a CJ M1.
Rob Bell photographed this old M72 at a vintage bike show in the UK, May, 2002.
Here it is again.
Steve Clark found these images on the Korean Motorfashion web site. At first, this appears to be a CJ, but it's more than likely an M72 photographed during the Korean War. At that time in history, the first CJ was still a few years away. You can see the flag of North Korea in the enlarged image.
I could tell you more about this picture if I could read Korean...
Another picture, probably from the Korean War. Are these North Korean or PLA soldiers?
This is Ronald Smith's military version of a Soviet 1955 M-72H.
Soviet M72 from which our bikes descend. This is a Russian copy of the BMW R71 and the basis for what, in 1957, became the Chang Jiang. (Jay Williams)
Here's a '43 model. (Jay Williams)
Soviet M72 of WWII vintage.
Here's a newer M72. As you can see, it's nearly identical to the CJ M1.