When the first edition of this book appeared in 2003, Russian motorbikes were regarded as 'rubbish on wheels'.
Back then, anyone who dared to venture out on a Dnepr or Ural had to be very brave indeed, and had to constantly fend off ridicule from people who knew better. Today, fifteen years later, things don't look much different, but cheap imports from the other side of the Iron Curtain have increased thanks to a growing community of enthusiasts.
At the same time, the legacy of post-Stalinist mass production has given rise to a small factory producing Russian motorbikes to today's standards.
Riding a Russian motorbike - whether old or new - is a very special way of life. It teaches you to be slow, pragmatic and capable of suffering.
This book aims to reveal this part of the motorbike planet, especially to those who are thinking of buying a classic 650 Ural or Dnepr.
And above all, it should dispel the half-truths and rumours that still persist, even in the specialist press.
After more than 100,000 km with his Ural "without any particular incident", the author has been able to combine personal experiences and notes on history and technology - from his great-grandmother and the replica BMW "M72" to the current generation of Ural sidecars - in a guide that has quickly become a reference work, and again available in an updated edition.
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