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Help identifying a bike

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:56 am
by daelm
hi all

brand new to these bikes, and registered here to help identify one. i'm in South Africa, and recently bought as-is what the owner called a 2005 Solo Classic to fix and get running. i'm attaching a picture of what it looked like on collection. various histories list no 2005 Solo Classic. one guy here suggested that it was a modified before shipping on owner request, but the original owner is two removes from current and has emigrated so no-one can ask.

after searching the net, to me it looks like a modified Wolf, which was 2004, nearest production year. VIN says 2005, but no model indication. has a single tractor seat, but looks like there was once a fender seat bracket. so far we're rebuilding the clutch and replaced air intakes, fork seals and some gaskets etc, but struggling because we can't identify a model and therefore a manual.

can anyone help identify it?

thanks

Re: Help identifying a bike

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:10 pm
by Lmo
All I can add is that it has Paioli telescopic fork tubes/sliders.

Re: Help identifying a bike

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:12 pm
by Brian Crean
I'm not an expert on the foreign models, but at first glance, it looks like a standard solo, with a Wolf tank, and a couple of homemade plates for mounting bags on rear? If someone out there has a better idea, please chime in. The headlight mount and speedo/dash assy., I'm not familiar with (but that may be the photo angle).

Re: Help identifying a bike

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:02 pm
by eastbloc
+1 on "regular Solo with Wolf tank".

Wolf had rear discs, different fender, seat, more aggressive rake to the forks, etc.

Re: Help identifying a bike

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:54 pm
by rivers
Looks like it has slip-in header pipes so that would make the motor 05 or earlier.

Re: Help identifying a bike

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 5:59 pm
by MartyL
Kind of a, "FrankenUral".

Re: Help identifying a bike

Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 1:37 am
by GregAus
IMZ-8.123 a standard Russian market solo and also sold in Germany. Essentially the same as the Canadian market Northern Cruiser but without the sidecar. You're not going to find a manual specifically for it. Essentially it's a 2005 IMZ-8.103 minus the sidecar and with a 3.89 final drive and 18" wheels.

Re: Help identifying a bike

Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 11:24 am
by daelm
GregAus, genius. thank you.

I had actually forgotten that I posted here, hence the delay but that helps tremendously. we're in the middle of a rebuild with this, and trying to trouble-shoot as we go.

thanks again.

Re: Help identifying a bike

Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 1:16 pm
by Lmo
I've got a set of Paioli fork tubes.

I wonder if you could confirm that the tube diameter on your bike is 36mm?
The length I have is 30" from the center of the axle to the bottom of the top clamp; this would of course be the free (unloaded) length.