If you're planning on going to war, the Ural Gear Up is the bike for you. After all, it's been good enough for the Russians to bring to war since its inception back in the 1930s. Some things changed for the better when Japanese carburetion and electrical were brought into the German/Russian mix. The powerplant is an air-cooled, 749cc, horizontally-opposed, two-cylinder four-stroke engine, with an overhead valve and dual Keihin carburetors.
The front suspension is a leading link fork; the rear is a twin-sided swing arm with a spring preload shock – and even though it sounds like plenty of suspension, they""re famous for their rough and exhausting ride. The four-speed transmission works with a crossover drive shaft, and the two-wheel drive, which also transfers power to the sidecar’s wheel, can be manually engaged. A Brembo hydraulic disc set-up provides stopping power in front; the rear brake is an IMZ drum.
To accommodate this heavy bike, there is a five gallon fuel tank with half a gallon held in reserve. Considering these bikes have been built to go anywhere, they only have 4.9 inches of ground clearance, so don""t plan on taking this bike for many off-road jaunts. However, it is set up to hold 1,344 pounds of whatever you can stack on it. At 101.6 inches long and 66.9 inches wide, weighing in at a whopping 739 pounds, you should be able to carry a lot. The front and rear seats are tractor style, which gives a fairly comfortable ride to both rider and passenger. The sidecar has its own suspension and is reported to have a fairly pleasant ride.
Not known for its amenities, the Ural Gear Up has a speedometer with a trip reset – and that""s it for the instrumentation. With a top speed of 60 miles an hour (and it""s not recommended to maintain that speed for long) the Ural Gear Up might not be the most practical bike out there. They""re not known for their reliability, smooth operation, or fit and finish. However, they are showstoppers, and bound to garner attention wherever you ride.