The 2010 Ural Gear-Up with its engage-able sidecar drive shaft is a definite crowd pleaser. With its twin, air-cooled four-stroke engine and military looks, the vehicle is perfect not only for rough terrains but also for maneuvering through woods or even deserts. It’s interesting World War II styling oozes retro charm and the vehicle is also packed with an array of useful features like a true reverse gear and a ""stop with ease"" Sachs suspension.
Perhaps the usefulness of the 2010 Ural Gear-Up is best illustrated during off-road tours as it has the ability to blaze over any outdoor obstacles with ease. Hence, despite its clear military usefulness, the vehicle is also apt for other “peaceful missions” like hunting or fishing. Off-roaders mostly prefer the Gear-Up to full-size trucks as it has the ability to navigate through narrow roads where the latter can’t access. The vehicle is also a very tough contender for the ATV market. Apart from being a trail-ready motorcycle, the Ural Gear-Up offers increased storage space with its on-demand side car drive.
The roots of the Gear-Up model are deeply entrenched in the military past of the Ural motorcycle family. Similar to its cousin, the Ural Patrol, the Gear-Up’s development history is linked to the Soviet military during World War II. To facilitate mobilization of communist Russia’s Red Army against the invading Germans, a motorcycle model was reportedly planned based on the 1930s BMW R71 sidecar bike. For this, five-units of BMWs were secretly smuggled to Russia and dismantled in Moscow by Soviet engineers. Every detail of the new motorcycle was then designed by reverse engineering the BMW versions. Soon after, the company produced thousands of models per year in its factory with every component being in-house manufactured. Today, Ural is more than a communist Russian government-issued transport module but has evolved as an exclusive heavy side car motorcycle for thrill-seekers.
One of the most alluring features of the Ural Gear-Up is its powder-coated finish which enables it to withstand all weather and riding conditions. The 2010 variant is available in two camouflage paint schemes: forest and desert. However, one can also select from a range of other shiny shades from the Ural lineup. Overall, the bike has a long life with low maintenance as they are shaft driven unlike some other chain-driven bikes. The vehicle also has a true gear-driven reverse which is not powered by the starter as with most motorcycles. To allow effective sudden braking, all three wheels on the bike are fitted with brakes. The front wheel features a full-floating Brembo disc brake while the rear wheels are fitted with IMZ drum brakes.
As mentioned above, the 2010 version has an on-demand accessory, the sidecar drive made of solid steel. This easy-to-enter-and-exit add-on is particularly useful for those who need that extra space to accommodate their belongings for their off-road trips. It is also useful as a storage space for hauling passengers or groceries. Owing to the Sachs swing-arm suspension on both the sidecar and the bike, riders can easily withstand any bumps or grooves in the road. Moreover, to get through rough terrains, the required traction is provided by a shaft drive that operates the sidecar wheel. Overall, the dry weight of the 2010 version is 738.5 pounds which is still slightly less than other motorcycles in the heavyweight cruiser category although quite large for its four-stroke twin engine.