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Sun Sep 12 2010
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zaporozec 1200cc V4
Is the zaporozec a polish bike? If so would you tell me more about them please?
france Zaporozhets is a Russian-built engine fitted to cars built in the USSR, but were not standard fittings to any production motorcycles. Most of the automobiles were typically ugly Russian boxes, but there was a two-seater sports car built which was very nice indeed. The engines were fitted to a number of American-style customs, possibly because they were very cheap - in every sense.
From a forum comment: The Zapo had an infamous reputation. The engine ran like a bucket full of nails and the build quality was garbage, even for Soviet standards. They even stopped importing it to the GDR in 1979 after severe quality problems.
Tue Feb 03 2009
Search for any information about this Motorcycle, may be from Poland
Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005
subject: Polish motorcycles
Email: bogumil_dreliszak at o2.pl
message: My name is Bogumil, I’m from Poland. As I was surfing through the web I found your website. I have to say that I’m very impressed. You gathered quite big amount of motorcycles from all around the world. Of course mostly I was interested in Polish motorcycles and I was really happy to find them. I’m riding a MZ ETZ 251 from 1990. Answering your question about any other Polish motorcycles, I think I can help you. There were many other Polish motorcycles. I don’t know If you’re interested in extending your web site. For example SHL as a factory produced many different models like M06, M05 and many cross motorbikes . The same is with JUNAK ( M 07, and B20 which was a tree wheeled transport motorbike[very interesting]). If you’re interested give me a note. As I study I don’t have a lot o time, but I will do my best to send you as many information as it will be possible.
subject: Motorcycling in Poland
Email: dygodard at hotmail.com
message: I am from Canada and am an avid motorcycle rider. I ride a Yamaha V-Star Classic 1100. I am considering spending time in Warsaw for the next two years and need to get as much info as possible. Grateful if you would could provide me with website info or weblinks where I could get info on requirements for motorcycle to meet Polish standards, motorcycle groups (including women's groups), associations, service centres on Yamaha machines, pros and cons of riding in Poland and anything else you may find useful. I need this information rather quickly... Need to accept or decline on Monday, February 14, 2005. Many thanks for any assistance you may be able to provide.
Although far from comprehensive, I believe an excellent resource for Polish motorcycling would be the section on Poland at Bikelinks. Ed.
In 1918 Poland gained independence after almost 150 years of German-Austrian-Russian rule. We had to fight for the frontiers for next 3 years. There was no moto-industry left by the invaders. We had to create
everything on the land destroyed by the Great War. Poland was a free capitalistic country at that time and soon the first private manufactories appeared. Some most complicated parts (e.g.: electric parts) we had to import (mostly from
Germany - Bosch) but later all the parts were Polish. Polish projects were original, comparable to western bikes, reliable but a lot cheaper. Unfortunately the Second World War stopped the rapid development of Polish Motorcycle industry.
Marek Kowalski -- dwusuw at polbox dot com
motocykle.svasti.org - My site about all Polish motorcycles.
ZAKON ZADRUGI - silnym byc,
I mocno chciec, i twardo zyc,
I wiecej dawac nizli brac,
I Polske - tylko Polske znac.