IZH Planeta Sport
This company started in 1933 in the USSR town of
Izhevsk which is where the name came from, the first three letters of the town
name. IZH did as many Soviet motorcycle companies of the era did, they copied
the technology of other manufacturers and the early bikes from IZH were direct
take-off's of Germany's DWK. After WWII, IZH began producing ISDT racing
versions using regular production parts but in the 1960's made specialized bikes
with winning in mind.
These ISDT inspired motorcycles proved very successful winning gold medals in
international competition for the Soviet teams. The Planeta line started in
1962. In 1971 to 1975 the plant expanded with a modern assembly line and
increased production. This is when the Planeta Sport was introduced using IZH's
own technology and was far removed from DkW technology. IZH continues to produce
motorcycles and are very popular in the Middle East, Far East, Eastern Europe,
Central Africa and South America.