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The beginnings The Vostok four-cylinder: the "Russian rocket" for the World GP Championship Usually, when we talk about the Russian bikes, we think of very slow and outdated motorcycles; however, although it can seem incredible, also Russian bikes for the GP World Championship were realized! The beginnings. In the , while the war was still in full action, a research center, called in the following years "Vniimotoprom", was founded in the city of Serpuchov 70 km from Moscow. This technical center worked for the engineering of the serial production of several Soviet motorcycle factories, but also realized own racing motorcycles. All these bikes were derived from the German DKW "compressor" racing bikes with "undoubled cylinder" two pistons with a common combustion chamber , requisitioned by the Soviet army during the war: above first pic, and in the drawing in the second pic , the " S2-B" cc. Before this bike, the Serpuchov's center realized several "clones" of the bike in the third pic: the German IFA " GS" , always with "undoubled cylinder" and with compressor, but with opposite pistons fourth pic.
From to the company was called MuZ , an acronym for M otorrad u nd Z weiradwerk German for motorcycle and two-wheeler factory. The Zschopau works was one of the oldest motorcycle factories in the world, producing motorcycles since They were the first company to develop the two-stroke engine for vehicles and were the leader in two-stroke development worldwide.
In List Articles. However, there was a time when the motorcycle sidecar ruled supreme. During World War II, both the Allied and Axis forces heavily relied on the might and maneuverability of the sidecar, with the three-wheelers being used as anything from troop transportation and all-terrain pursuit vehicles to munitions conveyance and mobile gun emplacements. The Second World War was really the golden age of the sidecar outfit, largely because of the availability of conventional motorcycles.