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Rat Bike: The Curious Tale of Nick Heij’s Dnepr MT11

Rat Bike: The Curious Tale of Nick Heij’s Dnepr MT11

Rat Bike: Nick Heij’s custom Dnepr MT11
People come across bikes in the most unusual ways. We see barn finds, family hand-me-downs, and even the occasional generous gift from a stranger.

But this weirdly appealing 1970 Dnepr rat bike has one of the strangest tales of all. It now belongs to Belgian Nick Heij, who lives in Antwerp—some 2,000 kilometers away from the factory in Kiev where the Dnepr was built.

Rat Bike: Nick Heij’s custom Dnepr MT11
Nick takes up the tale: “A Russian guy who was hanging around my local bar asked if I could help restore his bike. He always saw me arriving on some kind of old motorcycle, and that had motivated him to buy a bike as well.”

Nick agreed, parked the Dnepr in his garage, and helped the Russian work on the bike.…

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