Truth to be told, I’ve ridden my bike once. I felt there was huge hole in my experience pool that needed mending, I had no clue on how to wrench, so as a response to this I bought this bike, sight unseen, 940 km away. It needed a lot of attention and that was exactly what I was looking for. After a month I had it running, took it for the one ride, and then disassembled everything. Now I’m slowly rebuilding it onto a “new” road legal frame.
To sum up these bikes constructions. They are simple, they are robust in some aspects, weak in others. With after market parts even those weak spots can be smoothed out and you can get quite a reliable machine. If you are unlucky you can get a horrible example, some of the machines that came out of the factories in the desperation of the 90’s is crude to say the least… but hey, we are not doing it because it’s easy.
Except for the IMZ and KMZ there is also Chang Jiang(CJ). When the Soviets went on with newer models they sold the old equipment needed to produce the first model, M72, to the peoples republic of China. They’ve basically produced the same bike since then, with a couple of upgraded models as well. With other words, these bikes have been in production since around 1941, the amount of spare parts and after market stuff is immense!
As I said I’ve only ridden my bike once, but last summer I made my way through the Baltic States by jumping between my friends sidecars. Had a great time, riding slow, riding good.
Cool! I love the square shape of the MZ cylinder cooling, I’ve been wanting to get some kind of MZ as well! Tell me about it, did they often come with sidecars?
But back to the hopper stuff!
Tillman, the lower quality gas that comes from the to large heart zone. Is the problem that the hearth doesn’t reach a high enough working temperature which results in a higher amount of impurities?
But yea, it sounds like it might be a good idea to make something a bit more compact. Maybe I should just patch this one up and use it as a test platform to get a better understanding for the basics of the process.
By the way, engines designed for unleaded fuel. Will I have to use a lead substitute while running on wood gas? I guess that would be the case but what do I know.
Sorry for the bike rambling folks.