A unique 66-year-old motorcycle of the Kyiv factory was discovered in Ukraine (video)
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KMZ M-53 was innovative for its time and was considered one of the fastest Soviet motorcycles of the 50s. It did not become serial, but many of its details appeared on other Kyiv models.
A rare 1956 KMZ M-53 motorcycle was found in Ukraine. This is one of the rarest models of the Kyiv Motor Plant. A video on the YouTube channel of blogger Oleg AC is dedicated to her.
The only KMZ M-53 has survived to this day. Until recently, its location was a mystery, but now it has become known that it is kept by the collector Alexei Popov.
The KMZ M-53 motorcycle was created in the mid-50s under the leadership of M. Pozdnyakov. In fact, this is the first completely independent development of the Kyiv Motor Plant, because before that the company produced the M-72 model, the production of which was transferred from Gorky (Nizhny Novgorod).
KMZ M-53 is equipped with a smaller boxer motor than the M -72 volume (500 cc), but was more powerful – 28 liters. With. In addition, the motorcycle was lighter (185 kg), so it developed 125 km/h and was considered one of the fastest Soviet models of those years. Fuel consumption was 4.5 l/100 km. Many innovations were introduced on the M-53 – a short-link front fork, a swinging rear suspension and a wide comfortable seat.
The model was actually ready for production, but did not go into series, because the Soviet government closed the development program for 500cc motorcycles . In total, only a few prototypes of the M-53 were produced. Although the bike did not become serial, it predetermined the development of Kyiv motorcycles for years to come.