Motorcycles Of The Russian Empire

These incredible pictures of motorcycles under the Russian Empire (ended in 1917 with the Russian revolution) are not precisely dated or located. Like me, looking at them and you will wonder how many Harley Davidson and Indian motorcycles are still today languishing in Russian barns.


14 Responses to “Motorcycles Of The Russian Empire”

  1. 1 Ryan Jan 1st, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Very cool pictures. Yes, I guess a lot of old Indians & Harleys in Russia.

  2. 2 Shifter Jan 1st, 2013 at 11:50 am

    The original pics must be worth a lot.

  3. 3 LenNY Jan 1st, 2013 at 11:52 am

    great photos of the way it was in Russia.
    LenNY Sinnet

  4. 4 Pat Savage Jan 1st, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Brilliant as usual Cyril. Very interesting story in history and cool pictures too!


  5. 5 richard Jan 1st, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    This article made me wonder. Are there any bikes built in Russia…I assume Ural is still built there. any others? Are there any statistics as to what the bike/brand population is there?

    Great Pics!

  6. 6 Roger Jan 1st, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Amazing pictures.

  7. 7 Kirk Perry Jan 1st, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Those two guys in black, 6th (up from the bottom) remind me of city cops in Tijuana. This is exactly how they pull you over after a speed-trap.

    You might as well get out your wallet, because they’ll hold court right on the spot.

  8. 8 Fritz Jan 2nd, 2013 at 2:34 am

    I read somewhere possession of pictures that portrayed a happy people in a non bolshevik Russia was enough to get you sent to Siberia during the Stalin times. If so these pictures are even more valuable than just for their portrayal of really neat motorcycles.

  9. 9 Rob Campbell Jan 2nd, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Checking out the officers being chauffeured in the side car. If they look sour, they’re probably thinking “why can’t I drive?”

  10. 10 Dennis Jan 2nd, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    With some work one could possibly find a Harley or Indian in Russia but I would think that most would have been cannibalized to repair a tractor, rigging,or for some other piece of farm equipment. Metals of any kind would seem to be rare that anything available would have been recycled and MacGyvered so that there may not be much left of the original motorcycle.

  11. 11 rcyclesDennis Jan 2nd, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    With the likely hood that metals would be in short supply, I would think that any motorcycle that may have stopped running would have been MacGyvered for other uses and may not be more that a few pieces recognizable….

  12. 12 courtney Jan 3rd, 2013 at 2:01 am

    Awesome. Would love to dig thru Russian barns! Preferably in the summer time tho, lol.

  13. 13 Chris Jan 3rd, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I was in Russia in 1994 on an agricultural exchange. As part of a team, I was learning about Russian farming practices. In actuality, my team and i were used as a labor force.

    One day we spent hours weeding beet fields (by hand because we hadn’t had the proper state-sponsored technical training to use a garden hoe) as far as the eye could see. What was in the enormous shed at the edge of the field? 10’s of millions of dollars worth of nearly new John Deere farm equipment that had been donated by well meaning American philanthropic organizations. Why did it sit idle? Because when something broke, there was limited access to the relatively expensive repair parts and nobody with the expertise to fix it.

    Interestingly, we were joined in the fields by hundreds of Russian soldiers keeping busy by weeding beet fields. They did get to use the hoes so Kudos to the Russkies for training their soldiers for life after the military.

    What does this have to do with barns full of motorcycles? Probably nothing, but i thought I’d share anyways.

  14. 14 Mark Jan 4th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Russian Pickers anyone?

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