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The term Cossack motorcycle can apply to any number of motorcycles, made in Russia or the European East Bloc countries. Some are based on the design of the 1938 BMW R71 sidecar motorcycle. Examples include the Ural or the Dnepr. "Cossack" was also the brand name applied to all Soviet motorcycles by SATRA in the 1970s.
Adolf Hitler gave a lot of factory machinery to Stalin, including the BMW motorcycle factory equipment, in exchange for access to natural resources as part of the Economic Pact of 1939. See IMZ-Ural for details.
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