I thought I'd add my 2 cents worth regarding this subject because I'm in the process of rebuilding one of the DNEPR Russian (well actually Ukrainian) bikes. There are 2 makers of these, DNEPR and URAL but only URAL is in business now. Be cautious buying one of the bikes from State Motor or DNEPRWORLD because most of what they have now are used bikes that have had some paint slapped on them. Look real nice but scratch the surface and it's a old bike.
I bought my DNEPR MB650M (an ex-military bike) for $1,500 and right now I have about another $1,000 in parts in the bike and will probably have closer to $1,500 in parts, paint, etc. when finished - but I'll have a nice bike. Sad thing is, is that you can buy one of the bikes from State Motor or DNEPRWORLD for $4,000 and still end up putting another $1,000 - $1,500 in it for repairs.
Bottom line - Just be careful and really know what you're getting if you buy from one of these guys.
I do like the DNEPR over the URAL though (the URAL can be bought new for $10,000 and it's a very nice bike) because you can get the DNEPR with full time sidecar wheel drive. What you want to look for is a Model MT16 (civilian) or MB650M (military). URAL also has a driven sidecar drive but it's a part-time drive that can only be engaged in snow, sand, or mud because there is no differential in their drive unit.
Here is a photo of mine as-found (boy the previous owner sure did like red stars!!) and I'd show you a current photo but all you'd see would be a pile of parts -
- I'm taking the frame to have it media blasted today to prep it for painting this weekend. It's being rebuilt to look like one of the German WWII bikes in Afrikakorps (Luftwaffe) colors and markings.
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