Ok people, today I will start a new category on the website dedicated to custom bikes built from cossack motorcycles. Those motorcycles are highly popular among customizers in ex-soviet countries because they are cheap and have great potential.
The first project I want to write about is the Brigadier by Oleg Tkachev from Falcodesign. Don’t know how about you, but I’m in love with this custom café-racer. Here are the photos for you to enjoy its look. Right below the photos I will add a few words regarding the technical side of the project.
As you can see from the photos, the basis for this bike was Dnipro MT. It has a standard Dnipro engine, frame (only the tail part was changed), front wheel, front fork. Even the handlebar and everything installed on it are 100% standard. What makes difference is the way the handlbar is installed. The author of the bike simply inverted the handlbar and I must say that it was a wise decision – he changed the look of the front part of the motorcycle without spending a dime.
One thing I want to draw your attention to is the look of the cylinder head covers on the engine on several photos. You can see custom cylinder head covers that look just like the ones of BMW R75 motorcycles. Such pseudo-BMW cylinders are pretty popular among customizers and ordinary owners of Dnepr, Ural and K-750 motorcycles.
The engine itself has been slightly upgraded: new pistons, piston rings, lightweight flywheel – all this added about 5-7 more hp and dynamics to the bike. The bike now weighs about 180 kg (standard Dnepr with a sidecar weighs about 350 kg) and these facts altogether make this custom Dnepr a really unique café-racer with excellent specs and pretty cheap maintenance cost.
As for the possible price on such a bike, well, according to what my friend-customizer told me, it will take about $2500 – $3000 and about 4 months to get the bike built.
As always, I’m open to any questions. Feel free to contact me in the comment section or via email or skype.
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