A similar model is the Soviet (now Ukrainian) Dnepr motorcycle. Both Ural and Dnepr motorcycles are sometimes known by the generic name, "Cossack motorcycles". In fact, between 1973 and 1979, Ural was one of the makes marketed by SATRA in the United Kingdom as Cossack motorcycles. Chang Jiang, a Chinese motorcycle manufacturer, bought the IMZ M-72 production line to build its CJ-750 (original designation Model 1957, M1).
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In 1940, the Soviet Union acquired the design and production techniques for BMW R 71 motorcycles and sidecars. The first M-72 model was finished in 1941. Originally, factories were to be located in Moscow, Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), and Kharkov, but due to the approach of Nazi German troops, the Moscow facilities were moved to Irbit, and the Leningrad and Kharkov facilities to Gorkiy (now called Nizhny Novgorod).
July 23, 1930: Glenn Hammond Curtiss, one of the great pioneers of aviation dies at Buffalo, NY, age 52. The son of a clergyman, Curtiss devoted himself to the development of motorcycles when a young man and developed interest in aviation during the 1902-1905 period. Curtiss "hydroplane" aircraft went on to effect the progress of aviation around the world including the development of deck takeoffs and landings which led to aircraft carriers.