Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: They neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Stalin in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.. Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: They neither toil nor spin; and yet I say We always thought sidecars were for lazy old fat guys. Turns out there's no need to wait that long. Pushing a hack to modest speeds is more physically draining than riding a streetbike fast, and it requires equal concentration. There's nothing like drifting into the oncoming lane of a busy arterial intersection to crank your pupils right open. And that's entertainment. Feeling jaded by $10,000, 100-horse bikes? Try a $13,000, 40-horse, 2WD bikeosaurus. Riding a Ural-to the store, to the mountaintop, to the symphony with your sweetie, to the middle of nowhere with your dog wearing goggles-may not convert you to a babbling sidecar proselyte, but it will expand the way you look at motorcycles. "What kind of sh*t is that?" you might reasonably ask. The good kind. Ivan would approve. More fun than a barrel of inebriated monkeys with more anti-hero cool than Steve McQueen reincarnated to lead Revenge of the Nerds, it's the 3-foot tool roll of adventure riding. Crank it up with the button, or use the kick lever if you feel nostalgic. The Ural perches there, panting away like a puppy with a ball, slyly inviting you to go play outside. Listen to those valves tick. Are they counting down your dead-end life, or calling you to seek your misfortune? Excuse me for a moment. I need to find out for myself. Ural Tourist Price $11,999 Engine type a-c opposed-twin Displacement 749cc Compression 8.6:1 Transmission 4-speed forward, 1-speed reverse Claimed horsepower 40 bhp @ 5600 rpm Claimed torque 38 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm Frame Steel double-cradle Front suspension Dual Sachs shocks with adjustable spring preload Rear suspension Dual Sachs shocks with adjustable spring preload Front brake Brembo four-piston caliper, 300mm disc Rear brake IMZ drum Front tire 4.00 x 19 Uralshina Rear tire 4.00 x 19 Uralshina Seat height 30.9 in. Wheelbase 59.0 in. Fuel capacity 5.0 gal. Claimed dry weight 739 lbs. Contact www.imz-ural.com Vacuum petcocks cut off the Keihins when they've had enough to drink. Kampai! Just like a tank bag, the Ural trunk carries a weekend's worth of clothes. Unlike a tank bag, it'll stow a pony keg, too. Just like a tank bag, the Ural trunk carries a weekend's worth of clothes. Unlike a tank b « | 1 | 2 | 3 | View Full Article By Jack Lewis, Shasta Willson Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!