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Off the frame it looks like a boat!

Sorry, I'm not sure on the ID of it Brian.

Do metric or SAE wrenches fit it properly? Might be an old English one?
 

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What you have there is a "Sputnik" sidecar built by VPMZ. Does the front cover still slide forward to allow entry?

Check out the bottom half of this webpage:

http://bcozz.multiply.com/journal/item/2197

Here's a pic of it slid open.


The "Bn" emblem is first letters of the company name in whatever language it is (I'm guessing Russian).



The company that manufactured them is still in business. Doubt you'll get much English out of them.

VPMZ website: http://www.molot.biz/about/index.php
 

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Looks great on that KLR!
 

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What you have there is a "Sputnik" sidecar built by VPMZ. Does the front cover still slide forward to allow entry?

Check out the bottom half of this webpage:

http://bcozz.multiply.com/journal/item/2197

Here's a pic of it slid open.


The "Bn" emblem is first letters of the company name in whatever language it is (I'm guessing Russian).



The company that manufactured them is still in business. Doubt you'll get much English out of them.

VPMZ website: http://www.molot.biz/about/index.php
Not a Sputnik. This one is a Jupiter with the slide forward nose. The Sputnik nose is hinged at the front.
 

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Jupiter

Was the Jupiter manufactured by the same company? Did they have the distinctive "Bn" emblem?

The guy who set up this website seems to think its a Sputnik, even with the sliding nose.

http://bcozz.multiply.com/journal/item/2197
It is not a Sputnik. We imported container loads of Sputniks for several years until the warehouse ran dry. They do not have the same symbol on the Sputniks although some parts interchange. We thought we were buying Sputniks from the manufacturer until the stock ran dry. The company we bought from offered to have more built but costs and numbers didn't make good business sense. You can find suppliers that will claim many things that for the most part are not true. One of the favorites is to sell you "restored" items as new. I was able to confirm today that both the Sputnik and Jupiter came out of the same factory so it turns out they are different models from the same manufacturer. The Sputnik swing arm mounts under the frame and the Jupiter mounts above the frame so it sits lower to the ground. There was also an earlier version of the Jupiter with a more rounded nose but I have not seen one of those.
 
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