During a visit - by car, because the back door from Dieren to Genemuiden on a classic sidecar with 23 Russian horsepower was just too long a ride - to score some used parts at our Ural / Dnepr / M72 royal supplier was discussed this autumn.
Russian sidecar combinations are now recognized wind and weather-defying classics
But 'out of season' you can have just as much fun tinkering. And whether Richard already noticed from the sale of used parts that the key season (for Russian drivers this also runs from January to November) had already started?
Richard shook the wise head.
"You and your buddy belong to the few people who 'mess'." I used to sell a lot of used parts. But now that you can simply buy new parts at Jan, Ural and Dnepr drivers usually buy new as well. I still have everything lying around, but there is little movement on the shelves. And if someone comes up for it, it's an old-fashioned Ural or Dnepr rider who still thinks you have an engine for 50 euros. That time is really over. ”
A new clientele
But there will be a new kind of customers: re-enactment people. Because M72s were just very good BMW R71 copies. And a good, a very good M72 that costs about a third of what such a BMW costs. You can have a less beautiful one for half that money. They buy such an M72, make it 'Feldgrau' and then pretend they have a BMW. They even disguise OHVs as BMWs.
Tips for economical BMW drivers
There are also some classic BMW drivers whose money does not splash against the skirting boards. They come for Russian parts. Even if it is only that they have their BMW block under the workbench and just use the Russian block for driving. But they also buy hubs, headlights, voltage regulators. You name it. And they often like that they can buy parts with patina instead of new reference. Because old is more real and tougher. And a lot cheaper than real BMW stuff. Nice is not it?
Lots of choice of used accessories