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 |
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