Ural motorcycles lives up to its moniker, as the “SUV of motorcycles” as it transports the rider to places or areas, which one can only dream to reach. The 2010 Ural Patrol is made in Russia and it is well suited for ice, snow, mud, sludge, dirt, wet, and sand riding because, with the flip of a lever, it can switch easily from single to dual wheel drive. The 2010 Ural Patrol is a sidecar motorcycle and the experience of riding it is just so different, simply because when adding a third wheel it enhances the driving experience.
The sheer beauty of the Ural Patrol is that it is simple, very durable, and also bulletproof. Its competence is enhanced with the facility of locking the two-wheel drive with a lever which helps the rider traverse rough terrain and travel on any surface condition. With the different high-performance superbikes available in the market today, wherein the displays are heavy, the Ural motorcycles have a very modest look and are definitely very different from the other brands and models. The Ural Patrol does look very macho and rugged, and it is a captivating sidecar motorcycle.
There are enough intrigues and tales when tracing the history of the Ural range of motorcycles. The company was initially started by the Communist government in Russia. The name Ural was derived from the Ural Mountains in Siberia, when the factory was moved from Moscow to Irbit by Stalin during WWII. The Ural motorcycle’s side car was devised out of farming equipment and then it wasn’t designed for any recreation but more so to help navigate rough terrains. Before the USSR ceased to exist, about 130,000 motorcycles were manufactured every year. All the components like bolts and pistons were made in-house. After the fall of the USSR, the domestic market consumption reduced, and the company underwent many changes. Currently, the IMZ-Ural group functions as a U.S. corporation registered in Washington State; it acts as the parent company for the factory located in Irbit, Russia, where Ural motorcycles are manufactured.
The basics of the Ural Patrol are the same as other Ural motorcycle models. The controls are lighter, and the engine more responsive. Ural's underpinnings are low-spec and gives good durability. It has an air-cooled, overhead valve, 745-cc, horizontally placed, twin-cylinder engine that produces 40 hp at 5600 rpm and 38 lb-ft of torque at 4600 rpm. The motorcycle’s power can be started either via electric or kick start, and it yields about 26 to 33 mpg. It has a dual-disc dry clutch with a four-speed transmission with reverse, which shifts power to the rear wheel by the shaft drive. The front suspension and rear coil-overs have Sachs shocks, and the front brakes are fitted with full-floating Brembo discs and mechanical drums at the rear wheels. The Ural Patrol’s simple air-cooled, boxer-style engine is fitted with international components like Brembo brakes, Domino grips, Sachs shocks, Herzog gears, and Keihin carburetors to improve its performance and reliability. The recommended maximum speed is a stable 65 mph.
Some of its advantages are its unique combination of three wheels and a two-wheel drive that can take you just about anywhere. The sidecar is good for cargo as well as a passenger option. Also it has a no-frills approach with a cushy single seat, an upright riding position, and the steady throbbing of the boxer motor.
To buy, ride, and love the rugged, classic Russian motorcycle sidecar, Ural Patrol is one that is borne out of an acquired taste. It is perfect for an adventure buff who loves the thrill of driving in difficult topography, dirt roads, and rough terrains. Its distinctive advantage is that it is great for the outdoors, and so, for all this and more, Ural Patrol fits the bill.