The 2009 Ural Red October is a limited edition motorcycle with a side passenger car. Ural based the design on its 749cc flat-twin combo, which is popular for its WWII styling. Ural, however, has made several changes for the Red October. Perhaps most importantly, the original motorcycle had 19-inch wheels, but Ural replaces them with 18-inch wheels to give the Red October better handling on the road. Ural also made some aesthetic changes. The round headlamps evoke retro sensibilities, while the hammer and sickle logo printed on the metal toolbox recalls the manufacturer's history, while referencing the popular ""Hunt for Red October"" movie.
The 2009 Red October isn't really intended for consumers, as no more than 30 of them were ever manufactured. Releasing the machine is more of a marketing strategy than anything else. The 2009 release was intended to coincide with the October Revolution of 1917 and the 20th anniversary of ""The Hunt for Red October,"" starring Sean Connery. Despite its marketing connection, it would be a mistake to simply shrug and chuckle at this motorcycle. It offers excellent performance and design, even when compared to Ural's other highly sought-after motorcycles. The company has essentially created a hybrid that takes some of the best elements from past and modern motorcycles. Considering that the manufacturer only plans to release 30 Red October motorcycles, Ural enthusiasts interested in such limited editions will clamor for their own. With such limited production, only die-hard fans are likely to get their hands on one. The joke among motorcycle enthusiasts is that releasing such a small quantity will inspire a ""hunt for Red October.""
Those lucky enough to find a 2009 Ural Red October for sale can choose between a wealth of optional accessories that they can add to the bike. The Ural Adventure Package offers significant modifications, including high-mount exhaust, a rear bumper that has a skid place, a front bumper with a similar skid plate, and an off-road bench seat. These additions might take away from the motorcycle's WWII retro look, but it could also make it more suitable to modern riders who want to temper the appearance for leisurely rides. After all, no one wants to have an octogenarian vet mistake him for a Russian soldier. Considering the bright red painting and Russian design, the bike absolutely screams ""Commie,"" and for many buyers, that's part of the bike's allure. Considering that Ural only needs to find 30 people who find the references interesting, the company shouldn't have any problems unloading this rather interesting vehicle.
As a one-off, the 2009 Ural Red October will certainly appeal to motorcycle enthusiasts and collectors who have an interest in history, as well as in hitting the road with a reliable vehicle beneath them. In a world where motorcyclists tend to fall into certain categories (hogs, sports bikes, etc.), the Ural Red October offers an exciting opportunity for riders who want a different kind of flash.