Another grey, dreich weekend. Nothing for it but to take stock and spend some time in the shed.
|Barrel, Piston, Gudgeon-Pin, Rings|
Since the Dnepr arrived I've been buying up various bits and pieces for it. Mostly small stuff and consumables, although I did splash out on some brand new barrels and pistons as they were extremely cheap, and I also picked up a Ural tank and fittings because I like the look of the Ural tank better than the standard Dnepr one.
I had originally been a bit concerned that parts for a 25 year old, out-of-production machine built in the former Soviet Union might prove difficult to find. I needn't have worried.
Although there are a few places which sell spares in the UK, I find them quite expensive. However, there are a number of very good online suppliers overseas if you don't want anything in a hurry. Then there is always good old eBay, with the US and German sites usually carrying stuff. All you need is access to a computer, a Paypal account or credit card, and you can get pretty much anything from a handful of nuts and bolts to a complete bike, and usually at a price that would make owners of older British bikes cry into their oil-soaked hankies.
I spent an afternoon opening up all the many boxes I'd received so far to get an idea of what else I might need/want. It made quite an impressive pile on my workbench, and that was before I factored in that I'll probably need new mudguards and a seat.
Next job is to take a look at the electrics. At the very least I'll need a new battery and a replacement wiring loom, the original one having been inexpertly butchered by a previous owner.
The only up-side that I can see is that it gives me the chance to build the bike the way that I want it and, unlike those rebuilding old British bikes, no one is likely to make an issue of my fitting non-standard parts. In fact, anyone who is likely to notice would probably approve of my doing so.
If all goes well I *might* just have a working machine back on the road in time for the next East European (Red Star) Rally…. in 2016.