the best for Soviet sidecar motorcycles
and practical knowledge
Two enthousiasts improving Soviet two-wheel-drive
sidecars with upgrades they found proven very succesfull during
their own off-road escapades, turning their passion into a
small enterprise: BestBear in a nutshell.
During a restauration of a 1943 BMW R75
taking several years, Titus Nietsch - owner of the company
Alltimers, selling mainly war time and pre war motorcycles
- bought a Dnepr K750 MW built in 1964. Just to be able to
ride off-road while the restauration of the BMW R75 was still
going on. With the Dnepr K750 MW only costing a fraction of
the BMW this puchase was an easy decision. Here was a 1960’s
Russian sidecar combination having most features in common
with the war time German BMW R75: produced for the armed forces
with a permanently driven sidecar with differential for road
use and especially rugged off-road use, equipped with a differential
lock for extreme terrain circumstances.
Of course a Soviet motorcycle is
of a different standard than a German one, Russian quality
was not quite a guarantee for reliable products, sadly enough
motorcycles not excluded. But the Dnepr K750 MW was built
by the Kievskiy Mototsikletnyi Zavod (KMZ) – Kiev Motorcycle
Factory - for the Soviet army at a higher quality production
line than the one used for the civilian Dneprs (mostly with
non-driven sidecars). Selected best quality parts were used
and the whole production proces took place under military
supervision. All this resulted in good all-terrain sidecar
combinations excusively built for the Soviet armed forces,
the best motorcycles of the Soviet era.
Riding his K750 MW in many different
circumstances with surprisingly good results, Titus fell for
the rugged charm of his Russian sidecar combination; when
the restauration of his BMW R75 will be finished the Dnepr
will not leave his private motorcycle collection any more
(as was the intention at first). Still, during riding practise
Titus found out some aspects of the K750 MW turned out to
be points for improvement. At that time he met Hans van Tilburg,
a mechanic who has 35 years of experience with classic and
pre war motorcycles, who was already enthousiastically improving
his own Soviet two-wheel-drive sidecar combination.
Both Titus and Hans share the opinion
that technical quality and reliability prevail over nice looks
and fancy paint schemes (chrome won’t bring you home),
as long as the over-all impression of the combination is a
good “natural” one. Together they developed a
number of modifications to improve the Dnepr MW 750 into the
reliable all-terrain machine it was originally meant to be;
the best you can build from Russian heritage and still call
it a Dnepr.
by upgrades and replacements
The keys to these improvements are a
better oil distribution throughout the entire engine, counter-balancing
of reciprociating parts and replacing parts of doubtfull quality
standards by better ones.
These modifications proved to be real improvements in the
field, the plan to bring these upgraded 2WD Dneprs within
reach of others was made and BestBear was born.
Made in Russia, tuned in Holland, now available for other
It is all about riding
BestBear’s philosophy is all about
riding; exploring the off-road limits of your sidecar driven
machine and your own riding skills, it is this combination
that really matters. During these exercises scoring some form
of paint scratch or dent is not uncommon at all. That is why
BestBear does not stand for ultimate showroom condition for
its motorcycles in the first place: technically better-than-just-good
and optical okay is the BestBear style.
During their long and hard service life Russian motorcycles
often have seen two or three shades of green paint, added
by grey, blue or any other color at hand. The original green
or khaki paint used by the Soviet Army is almost indestructable
and chemically imune when applied the right way. As long as
there is no serious rust damage we respect this historical
fact of Soviet life, where spare parts were as scarce as American
jeans. Behind the Iron Curtain maintaining original factory
finish or matching numbers could be considered as a useless
form of Western decadency; for a Russian the machine had just
to serve as long as possible, one way or an other. For BestBear
it technically needs to be reliable while maintaining the
Running his Alltimers company, Titus
Nietsch has 20 years of experience with selling and looking
after transport of motorcycles around the globe. Technical
know-how, correct and up-to-date infomation on the motorcycles
for sale, correct documents, certified wooden crates, individual
service during and after purchase and lots of enthousiasm
for the Soviet 2WD motorcycles make BestBear your professional
partner in the Netherlands.
Enjoy this website...
We hope you enjoy rooming around our
website as much as we do making and improving it. Feel free
to ask questions when information should not be clear enough.
and please rember this
- Off-road riding is a skill, it isn’t
just simply going where
- Respect nature, it needs to be protected, so choose your
- Always mind the safety of
your passenger and yourself.
- Riding at speed needs experience and adequate brakes.
- Our enthousiasm for Soviet Dnepr 2WD sidecars has got
nothing to do with politics or militarism,
it is just the passion for
the bike. And the fun of riding one.
As of 2023, BestBear will no longer carry out assignments.