IZH started in 1933 in the USSR
town of Izhevsk which is where the name came
from, the first three letters of the town name.
IZH did as many Soviet motorcycle companies
of the era did, they copied the technology of
other manufacturers and the early bikes from
IZH were direct take-off's of Germany's DWK.
After WWII, IZH began producing ISDT racing
versions using regular production parts but
in the 1960's made specialized bikes with winning
These ISDT inspired motorcycles proved very
successful winning gold medals in international
competition for the Soviet teams. IZH continues
to produce motorcycles and are very popular
in the Middle East, Far East, Eastern Europe,
Central Africa and South America.
|1968 IZH J2-K
||The Jupiter is a 2 cylinder 2
stroke 4spd 350cc motorcycle from
the facility perhaps most renowned
for manufacturing Kalashnikovs;
Izh, also known variously as IZ,
Ish or Ishmash, refering to IZHMASH,
the Izhevsk Mechanical Works.
DKW and Adler ancestry, the Jupiter
(and it's older single cylinder
sibling the Planeta) evokes Sputnik
and earlier automotive styling
ideals, with this model sporting
one of the most unique and compelling
sidecars from the Soviet Union.
Picture provided coutesey of
|1969 IZH Planata 2
||The Planeta line started in 1962.
In 1971 to 1975 the plant expanded
with a modern assembly line and increased
production. This is when the Planeta
Sport was introduced using IZH's own
technology and was far removed from
|1969 IZH Planeta 5
||The engine is a 350cc single of
Russian design that is still in
production. They are reliable, easily
maintained, and virtually bulletproof.
Produced at the same factory renowned
for the Kalashnikov AK-47 assault
rifle. The bike includes sidecar
lugs, crash bars and hardware, and
toolkit. Clear title. tyres have
the "Made in USSR" stamp
The color is a match to Harley-Davidson
Mirage Orange basecoat.
|IZH Planeta Sport
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