10 motorcycles in retro style

Moto Guzzi V7 III

The classic V7 has been in the model range of the Italian company Moto Guzzi for more than 50 years. The last major update took place last year: the 750 cc engine increased power and began to comply with Euro-4 standards, and ABS and proprietary track control began to be installed on the motorcycle by default. The V7 has an excellent chassis that allows even a novice driver to feel confident behind the wheel and enjoy cornering. Also a plus will be a large 21-liter tank and a cardan drive, which will require less frequent maintenance from you.

Motorcycle IZH-49

A middle-class road motorcycle designed for riding on roads with different surfaces. Produced by the Izhevsk Machine-Building Plant from 1951 to 1958.

After the Great Patriotic War, equipment from the DKW plant was taken out of Germany as reparations, and the Izhevsk plant received machine tools at its disposal. In 1946, under the control of the invited chief designer of DKW Hermann Weber and other engineers, DKW began production of the Izh-350 motorcycle, based on the German DKW NZ 350 motorcycle. In 1951, without stopping production, the transition to mass production of Izh-49 motorcycles was made. , which won great love among the population. In 1958, production of the Izh-49 was discontinued, since since 1955 a new model had already been produced - the Izh-56.

The motorcycle is equipped with a single-cylinder, two-stroke air-cooled engine with reciprocating loop dual-jet scavenging.

On the right side of the gas tank there is a sector of the manual gear shift lever. When changing gears with the pedal, the lever moves to the position corresponding to the engaged gear.

Technical specifications

  • Overall length 2120 mm.
  • Overall width 770 mm.
  • Overall height 980 mm.
  • Ground clearance 140 mm.
  • Dry weight of the motorcycle with rear saddle is 150 kg.
  • Maximum speed 90 km/h.
  • Fuel tank capacity 14 l.
  • Fuel consumption on the highway is no more than 4.5 liters per 100 km.
  • Cylinder displacement 346 cm3
  • Maximum power 11.5 l. With. at 4,000 rpm.
  • Carburetor type K-28
  • The gearbox is four-speed, two-way.
  • The frame is stamped and welded.
  • The front fork is a telescopic spring type with hydraulic shock absorbers.
  • Rear suspension: spring with hydraulic shock absorbers
  • Tire size 3.25-19″

M-62. Choice of police.

The Soviet police, fair and incorruptible, in the 50s-60s mostly traveled on motorcycles with sidecars. The M-62, produced by the Irbit Motorcycle Plant, was the most popular choice of servants of the law. Its four-stroke engine produced 28 hp. An interesting fact is that ordinary citizens of the USSR were not allowed to operate Urals without a sidecar at that time. Still, these motorcycles were quite difficult to control. But the police used motorcycles without sidecars, which looked very cool in the eyes of Soviet boys. How can you not want to become a policeman!

Norton Commando 961

Norton is no less legendary British brand than Triumph. Due to the abundance of financial problems in past years, the company now has only two motorcycle platforms, but what ones! Superbikes with V4 engines and civilian models with parallel liter twins. Of the latter, you can opt for the Cafe Racer: an inverted fork and clip-ons will make its character even more sporty. But still, the models of the Commando line are products of the old school. They're not as responsive as many modern sportbikes, so if you're looking for a truly old-fashioned bike, give the Norton its due.


The history of the legendary “Cezet” goes back to pre-war times, when the Czechoslovak arms factory Ceska Zbrojovka (CZ) decided to start producing motorcycles. In 1936, the plant produced prototypes of the Cheset, on the basis of which motorcycles with engines of 250 and 350 cc were later developed.

In 1960, CZ launched the Cheset motorcycles into mass production. In the USSR, CZ experienced unprecedented success. Along with the Java, this motorcycle was a success among rockers, and the black Cheset became the dream of an entire generation.

The famous cross-country Cezet was born in 1962. The motorcycle was equipped with a 250 cc single-cylinder two-stroke engine. Cheset's finest hour lasted until the end of the 60s. Racers from the USSR, Belgium and the GDR competed on it and won championships.

Retro motorcycle BMW R52 /R57 1929

In 1923, the BMW R32 was released, which received a 500 cm3 engine. 3,100 copies were produced. The OHV version of the BMW R37 was announced two years later, but it was in demand and due to this, only 175 copies were produced.

In 1926, German developers presented to the world community the BMW R42 1926 model, which was released on the basis of the BMW R32 model. Improvements made it possible to design this model faster and more reliable: the engine was lighter and the braking system was improved. With a motorcycle weight of only 126 kilograms, engine power of 12 horsepower was achieved at 3400 rpm.

The BMW R52 and BMW R57 models, based on the BMW R42 and BMW R47, were announced in 1928. R52 motorcycles had a 12 hp engine. and left the assembly line for two years, while the R57 with an 18 hp engine. only just a year.

BMW R nineT Urban G/S

The R nineT line began with a concept of the same name, dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the BMW motorcycle division, which the public liked so much that they decided to turn it into a production model. Hundreds of custom cars have already been built on the basis of this roadster with a classic Bavarian boxer engine, but there are also striking examples among the production versions. For example, Urban G/S, made in the style of the progenitor of all tour enduros, the BMW R80 G/S. The signature coloring of the tank, the red trim of the saddle, the spoked wheels - every little detail in this image is reminiscent of the legendary ancestor.

Retro motorcycles: what makes them special and attractive

In Russia, the most famous motorcycle was the Ural. Today, many models are popular not only in our country, but even abroad. Many wealthy collectors are not averse to adding this type of equipment to their garage.

In general, the history of motorcycles goes back to Germany. It was there that the first motorcycle with a gasoline carburetor engine was developed. In the USSR, such equipment began to be produced in the early 50s. In the 70s, production became widespread.

The decline occurred in the early nineties, when mass motorization began. The drop in demand has led to the emergence of new types of motorcycles.

Demand for retro motorcycles

Retro motorcycles, appearing on the streets of a modern city, will definitely create a sensation. After all, in the automotive environment, most cars look like a gray, faceless mass. That is why our retro motorcycle club “ZKS” in Yekaterinburg offers to restore your “iron horse” and return to it its lost external and technical characteristics. We have innovative equipment, painting and restoration shops at our disposal, in which all necessary work will be performed at the proper level.

In addition, we ourselves would be happy to purchase an outdated model for our collection. After all, do not forget that retro motorcycles are not just a means of transportation. This is the history of our country. After all, our great-grandfathers, grandfathers, and fathers rode them. Each motorcycle produced in Soviet times has its own history.

Restoration and restoration of obsolete brands of motorcycles - breathe new life!

Many motorcycle owners are very attached to it. That is why they, even having lost their external and performance characteristics, simply gather dust in old garages. Equipment produced in Soviet times can serve for a very long time and is easy to maintain.

Such motorcycles deserve special attention from their owners, which is why they are often restored through restoration work. However, giving “new life” to an iron horse is not very easy.

But there is a way out. You can always turn to our specialists for help, who are well versed in outdated models and will definitely revive retro motorcycles.

Collectors who are engaged in “collecting” rare models can also get our help. We can leave them in their “original” state, changing only the filling. Thus, they will not lose the great passion of the engineers of the past and will fully reflect the “spirit of the times” in which they were used.

Restored models from private collections can become real “stars” of any exhibition dedicated to retro themes.

Jawa 350/638. Motorcycle of the roaring 90s.

The last of the Jawas sold in the USSR, Jawa 350 638, also became a “people's” motorcycle. Having managed to come out just before perestroika, in 1984, this model often appeared in harsh films of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Thus, “Java 350 638” can be seen in the drama “Accident - the Cop’s Daughter” and the action film “Rats, or the Night Mafia.” There is even a song “Java” dedicated to the motorcycle by the popular group “Sector Gaza” in those years.


The American one can be considered the parent of modern scooters; it was the first to attempt to create a full-fledged scooter for moving around a big city.

The first prototype of this retro scooter was announced in 1914, and production started in 1916 after a number of improvements were made. The first scooter had a four-stroke engine in its design and had a power of 1.5 hp. The front wheel was driven through a multi-plate clutch.

Weighing only 50 kg, the price of the scooter was one hundred and ten dollars. The composition also included a lighting headlight and a signal. To make it easier to carry the scooter, it was possible to attach the folded handlebars to the rear fender.

After ending scooter production in 1920, Krupp began producing an improved scooter model in Germany in 1921.


In 1986 - 1988, a very unusual motorcycle, the Tula-200, was produced in the Soviet Union, which was distinguished by wide off-road wheels. They were needed because the model was intended for hunters and fishermen.

They took the engine from the Tulitsa scooter, boosting it to 13 hp. This made it possible to accelerate to 90 km/h, although for such a device speed was not the main indicator; cross-country ability was much more important.

10,000 -12,000 thousand of these bikes were produced per year. The last one rolled off the plant's assembly line in 1996.

Motorcycle brands

Basically, due to the fact that all this is becoming very popular now, the big brands - Yamaha, Suzuki and Honda - are introducing old models into their lines that have become fashionable. Initially, cafe racers and bobbers were custom motorcycles, that is, people made them for themselves. But this custom production has become so widespread that now everyone - from concerns like Honda to rare brands like Norton - have cafe racers in their line. There are also brands that have always been popular and have long had cafe racers among their models: Ducati, Norton and so on.
Norton Motorcycles (UK) Ltd is a British motorcycle manufacturer founded in 1898 by James Lansdowne Norton in Birmingham.

Moto Major 350 9 (1949)

It is difficult to imagine that such a specimen could have existed back in 1949. Its designer is Salvatore Mallorca. What prompted him to develop this monster is difficult to say. But he still looks like a rather wild creature among his fellows.

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BMW R35 motorcycle

The motorcycle with a single-cylinder four-stroke engine with a displacement of 350 cm3 has been produced by Bayerische Motoren Werke AG since 1937. The motorcycle has a stamped (not tubular) frame. The front fork is telescopic. The rear wheel was completely without suspension, its axle was rigidly connected to the frame, and torque was transmitted to the wheel by a shaft that worked like a torsion bar with a rubber coupling that absorbed shock loads. Gears were changed using a lever located to the right of the gas tank.

After World War II, the production of motorcycles of this model was continued by the former BMW branch in Eisenach, which ended up in the Eastern Occupation Zone and fell into the hands of the Soviet command. It became part of the Joint Stock Soviet-German Company "Avtovelo", its products were cars and motorcycles, similar in design to the pre-war models of the Bavarian brand, but received a new trade name EMW and, since 1949, an emblem with red sectors instead of the Bavarian blue ones. Therefore, the 350 cc R35 was officially delivered to the Soviet Union in the late 40s and early 50s. Late-release motorcycles were distinguished by the presence of a spark plug rear wheel suspension, which was developed by German engineers working at the Avtovelo enterprise, and foot gear shifting.

Production of the EMW R35 was discontinued in 1955, when it was finally abandoned in favor of the single-cylinder AWO-425 model of 1950, developed in the post-war GDR and belonging to the lower 250 cm3 class.

Technical specifications

  • Number of seats 1-2
  • Overall dimensions (single) 2180x740x1000 mm
  • Wheelbase 1360 mm
  • Engine Gasoline carburetor four-stroke single-cylinder overhead valve
  • Working volume 342 cm3
  • Power 14 hp
  • Curb weight 162-177 kg
  • Maximum speed 100 km/h
  • Fuel consumption 3.5 l/100 km


Brand of road motorcycles produced in Tinec nad Sazavou (Czechoslovakia). The USSR was the main importer of Java. In total, more than a million motorcycles of various models were delivered to the Soviet Union. In Soviet times, Jawa motorcycles were considered the best available for sale in the USSR.

One of the popular names for the Java 360 model was “Java the old woman” or simply “old woman”. “Old women” with a single-cylinder engine were popularly called “chekushki”, due to their volume of 250 cubic centimeters.

There are several modifications that can be divided into motorcycles with 6V and 12V electrical equipment. The 6V version has a less powerful engine and a weak generator, but, subjectively, motorcycles equipped with 6V equipment are more beautiful. "Jawa" are motorcycles of the same class as the "Jupiter", but more pleasant to use.

The most fashionable model in the USSR was the Java-368, which began to be produced in 1984. "Java" had a two-stroke two-cylinder engine with a volume of 343 cc. and a power of 26 hp, the maximum speed of the motorcycle was 120 km/h.

R1955 – Japanese Harley

For the Japanese, motorcycles have always been an inexpensive and reliable means of transport. Despite all the efforts of the developers and the creation of prototypes, the bikes did not go into production, so the people of Japan were content with imports.

In 1912, Harley-Devidson bikes were brought to Japan, and at the end of the First World War, they began supplying bikes. Due to its unsatisfactory performance, the company lost the contract, and in 1924, supplies were entrusted, which subsequently led to the creation of the HD Motorcycle Sales Company of Japan."

Due to the fall of the yen in 1929, bikes imported from the States turned out to be prohibitively expensive for residents of the Land of the Rising Sun. Alfred Rich Child competently built a consortium, thanks to him Sankyo acquired the rights to fully manufacture Harley Davidson bikes. The main condition of the deal was the sale of motorcycles only on the market of the island state.

The factory was built in the capital of Japan and was the undisputed leader in the manufacture of bikes, where, in principle, the motorcycle industry was born. Harley-Davidson was exported to the island nation until 1935, when the Shinagawa plant began production at full capacity.

"Rikuo" is entirely assembled from components made in Japan. This bike is completely identical to the Harley-Davidson VL “Big Twin”, which was announced in the United States last year.

The Harley Davidson company did not announce its joint work with the Japanese, for the reason that American industrialists greatly helped the Japanese study the flow production technique before the start of World War II.

A modification of the motorcycle with a 750 cm3 engine was intended for single riders. At the end of the war, production was resumed and continued until 1950.

Sunrise. The most rustic.

Voskhod motorcycles began to be produced in the city of Kovrov, Vladimir region, in 1957.
These were very unpretentious single-cylinder motorcycles (173.7 cm3 engine). The Dyagterev plant constantly improved this model, releasing onto the market after the Voskhod its modernized versions, Voskhod-2, Voskhod-3, Voskhod-3M. The latest Voskhod motorcycle was the 3M-01 model with a 15 hp engine. Because of their reliability, Voskhod motorcycles became real workers in thousands of Soviet villages. Even now you can easily find a Voskhod motorcycle in good condition there.

Where can I buy

There are two main motorcycle markets: Japan and America, and they are very different from each other. Within the Japanese market, there are motorcycles that are very popular here - these are different four-hundred-cc versions, they are simply cheaper, but they are not made for America, they are sold only in Japan and carried only by those dealers who deal in Japanese motorcycles. All this can be bought in large offices, like Soyuz Moto, NBS Moto and so on - wherever they deal in used motorcycles.

And the second main market is the American one, it has its own differences, its own culture. Well, there are also companies that deal with purely American motorcycles: for example, MotoTorg.

With custom motorcycles, the story is a little different: now small companies are already appearing in both Japan and America that create mini-production of custom bikes. All large companies that work with these markets can hypothetically bring their products here on order. That is, you just need to go there and say that I need such and such a specific motorcycle, and they will bring it to you, but it will most likely cost additional money, because this is not their main profile and, accordingly, an extra hassle.

IZ Planet Sport. The fastest and most technologically advanced.

In 1973, the Izhevsk Motorcycle Plant surprised the whole country by showing the first Soviet motorcycle with a sports bent, the Planet Sport. Unlike all earlier motorcycles, which were created in the image of German models, Planet Sport clearly tried to be similar to Japanese motorcycles of the 60s and 70s. Due to the high quality of workmanship, IZH Planet Sport was actively sold in export markets, for example, in the UK, the Netherlands and Finland. Soviet bikers accelerated on them up to 140 km/h, which was an incredible speed in those days.

Triumph Bonneville Bobber

Bobber as a class of custom motorcycles originated in the USA. Previously, these were racing motorcycles for every day: the owner came to a race on a dirt track, took part in it and returned home under his own power. In order for the road bike to be effective during the race, the wings were significantly shortened, the handlebars were low and straight, and all unnecessary elements were removed to reduce weight. The new Bonneville Bobber comes as close as possible to this image. A well-hidden rear shock absorber makes the frame's silhouette look swift, and the saddle floating above it and the rear fender adds visual lightness. The model has a classic in-line 2-cylinder engine for the British brand, which is closer in behavior to a V-twin. Peak torque is already at 4000 rpm, maximum power is 76 hp. With.

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In 1958, the Kharkov bicycle factory began producing the B-901 bicycle specifically for the D-4 engine.

Compared to a regular road machine, this bike had a shock absorber in the front fork and larger tires. Apparently, the B-901 can be considered the first Soviet mass-produced motorbike. Then the production of motorbikes was transferred to the Lvov Metal Plant (since 1960, Lviv Motorcycle Plant - LMZ). In the same year, the plant began producing B-902 motorbikes, which differed from the B-901 mainly in the frame design.

In 1962, the plant’s design bureau created the MV-042 “Lvovyanka” motorbike. It was a fundamentally new model with a special load-bearing all-stamped frame, telescopic front fork and even spring-loaded rear suspension.

In the first batches of the Lvovyanka, the engine was still the same - D-4.
In the process of subsequent modernization of the moped, instead of a rear fork with a central spring, they began to install double shock absorbers in aluminum casings. And, most importantly, the D-4 was replaced by a new engine - the D-5, with the compression ratio increased to 6 units. Engine power increased to 1.2 hp. at 4500 rpm, fuel consumption remained at 1.5 l/100km. The high thermal stress of the D-5 forced the designers to use a new cylinder with developed ribs and a removable head.

The “Lvovyanka” was replaced by the light moped “MV-044”, characterized by a developed hood and angular shapes.

In 1969, they began to produce a new model - “MP-045” with a reinforced frame and a larger gas tank.

The last of the light mopeds produced by the Lviv Motorcycle Plant is “MP-047” “Tisa”. After this model, the plant completely switched to the production of heavy mopeds - “Verkhovyna”, and subsequently “Karpaty”.

It should be noted that rear shock absorbers were installed on all light mopeds of the Lvov plant. Light mopeds from other Soviet factories, as well as most foreign light mopeds of those years, did not have such “luxury”.

Almost simultaneously with the plant in Lvov, the production of light mopeds was launched at the Riga motorcycle plant “Sarkana Zvaigzne” (“Red Star”) and at the Penza Bicycle Plant named after M.V. Frunze.

The running gear of the first light moped, the production of which began in Riga in 1959, was the Riga-16 men's bicycle manufactured here.

The familiar D-4 engine was installed on the bike. (A. Popov, Cooled Star, “Moto”, No. 1, 2012, p. 88). The resulting design was very reminiscent of the B-901 motorbike from the Kharkov bicycle factory.

Motorcycle classification

Initially, motorcycles are divided into three main categories: choppers, sports bikes and classics. Sports bikes are all about plastic that adds speed; classics are, roughly speaking, the same sports bikes, but without plastic, and choppers are low, chrome-plated and screaming low-ride motorcycles. Naturally, all three types have subspecies; they all somehow intersect with each other, giving rise to a lot of hybrid variants.

A city bike is simply a classic motorcycle, which, due to its small capacity and ease of control, is designed for riding around the city. This is more of a cycling term; it is not often used in motorcycles.
Bobbers are converted city and military motorcycles without everything superfluous, but now they are already made from everything. Everything that did not allow him to ride fast was removed: fenders, electrics, headlights, turn signals, an extra saddle - everything was removed, and a light motorcycle was obtained.
Cafe racers are a kind of ancestor of the city bike, a purely English motorcycle culture: there were guys who raced around the city on their motorcycles - along narrow streets, from restaurant to restaurant - and that’s how this name appeared.
Naked is another additional subtype of motorcycle, that is, a completely naked, lightweight version. They were driven to the track, and there they were sealed with plastic, turning them into sports bikes, so it’s not clear what started with what.
It is also worth mentioning motocross motorcycles or “cross bikes”, they are raced on dirt.

Motorcycle Harley-Davidson WLA 1942

The 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA was the primary vehicle for American soldiers during World War II. The 1942 WLA was nicknamed "The Liberator".

The motorcycles were painted khaki, had a V-twin engine with a displacement of 45 cubic inches (738 cm3) and were specially equipped for military use. They were traditionally equipped with an ammunition box, a machine gun mount and a rear trunk.

An interesting solution was to use a blackout headlight and a rear blackout light so that the motorcycles were not so visible in the dark.

In total, about 80,000 WLA model motorcycles were produced, the surplus was sold off after the war.

Technical specifications

  • Maximum speed 110 km/h
  • Engine four-stroke lower valve V-shaped
  • Engine capacity 738 cm3
  • Engine power 24 hp
  • Transmission 3-speed
  • Drive type chain
  • Weight 230 kg

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