Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Beast From Belarus

I came across this wonderful photo of a Minsk 125.

I like the fact that the sidestand doesn't actually reach the ground in the photo.

Originally manufactured in Belarus in the former Soviet Union this is a small 125cc two-stroke motorcycle based on the pre-WWII DKW RT125 design much copied after the war by the Allied powers.

They are tremendously popular in Vietnam for some reason. The book, Sparring With Charlie by Christopher Hunt details his attempt to ride along the old Ho Chi Minh trail in Vietnam on his newly purchased second-hand Minsk 125.
The Hanoi Minsk Club has an interesting website should you be interested in learning more about these small machines.

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