Hi all, it’s summer time and I have little time to devote to the blog, and I’m sorry for that, but today I did find enough time to share with you some info about a nice enduro project I’ve come up lately. It’s not common to see Dnipro or Ural motorcycles turned into enduro motorbikes, but this does happen from time to time. And today we’ll take a closer look at such a project – an endure Dnipro MT motorcycle.
First of all, I should say I’m pretty skeptical about turning heavy cossack motorcycles into enduro motorbikes. It’s not about engine performance, durability or some other stuff – these parameters are absolutely ok for this purpose. My main concern is the level of motor and gearbox oil. It’s pretty obvious that when you go up or down some big hill, the level of oil at the front or back part of the engine and gearbox will change drastically. And my guess is that it will cause oil leaks. It’s not something deadly, I just don’t like having any oil leaks. There is a saying that if a Dnipro or Ural motorcycle doesn’t leak, it means it has no oil in it left. Yet, from my experience I can tell that any bike won’t leak if taken care of the right way. My Dnipro doesn’t have any oil leaks at all, except small oil sweating in the places where paper gaskets are used.
Apart from the change in oil level everything should be fine, if the bike is equipped with proper protection from falling. This particular enduro project looks pretty good, but what I don’t see is the protection from falling. A Dnipro engine is a boxer engine and if the motorcycle falls, the first part to take the hit will be its cylinder. It’s an enduro motorbike, so the chances of falling and damaging the engine are pretty high.
As for other parts of this motorcycle, the engine, gearbox, final drive, rear shocks, rear wheel and brake, frame and probably front fork are from a Dnipro MT. But the top part of the bike including the gas tank, seat, fenders, headlight, handlebar and other small parts were taken from some real enduro motorbike. I’m not sure about the exact model the parts were taken from, they all are pretty much alike if you ask me 🙂
Anyway, the bike looks nice and I’m sure it runs as good as it looks, yet, you should be extra careful when riding such a bike because every fall you might have can be the last one for the engine 🙂
I’ll be back with more interesting projects,