Sunday, 16 August 2015

Cossacks in the Trossachs

Fully laden bike with Buachaille Etive Mòr, Glencoe in background
Found some photos from the first bike rally I ever attended in 1991 on my Dnepr MT11 650. The quality isn’t great as they were taken on a small cheap camera.

KMZ Dnepr MT11 650
talking shop
another Dnepr with full fairing
It was run by the Cossack Owners Club (for owners of soviet-bloc built motorcycles) and held at Strathyre, in the Trossachs, in Central Scotland. In fact, club president, and owner of the lovely little orange Planeta Sport you see here, admitted that the name of the area was his main reason for holding the event there as he liked the idea of “Cossacks in the Trossachs”.

home for the weekend
IZH Planeta Sport 350
It turned out to be a pleasant weekend away. The sun shone, I met up with a great bunch of folk, we went green-laning on some forestry tracks, and there was much idle chat and drinking of beer. I’ve been doing something similar on a semi-regular basis ever since.

IMZ Ural 650
yet another Dnepr 650, with sidecar and 'L' plates


  1. Hi, that is/was my Planeta Sport. Love the photos, I have a few too. PJB COC.

    1. I wish I'd had a better camera. I'd only had the bike a few months and it was a great opportunity to meet up with other like-minded folk. I think I still have the issue of Horizontal News somewhere with the rally report and some more photos in it.

  2. That is my Planeta Sport and front of my Ford Fiesta! Cheers Peter COC!