2011 Ural ST Review


Ural has been making motorcycles for most of the last century, starting before World War II and continuing through to today. The company is best known for its side-car motorcycles with two-wheel drive. Like most Russian manufacturers, they design and build for serious capability and durability and the sT utilizes the company's tried-and-true boxer-style engine, outputting excellent power for its size and featuring the near-bulletproof durability that Ural is known for.

Like all Ural bikes, the 2011 Ural sT (called the Solo outside of the U.S.) is a retro throwback in design with all of the appeal that engenders. The sT is also unique in that it was built not only by Ural designers, but basically started as a design proof using one of their other motorbikes with the sidecar removed. The sT prototype was then shown to and ridden by cycling journalists, Ural motorcycle owners, and motorcycle professionals and then modified per the requests of these valuable sources of input. The result is a motorcycle that rides smoothly, accelerates beautifully, and is as capable as any machine available.

In this price point (below $8000), most entries are low-end machines with limited capabilities and stiff, unforgiving rides. The 2011 Ural sT stands out as it is a capable road rider and it is equally as capable going where many road bikes dare not. Built with the Russian eye towards extreme durability and functionality in harsh conditions, the sT has superb handling and nearly unlimited capability.

New For 2011

  • Slightly enlarged fuel tank for better balance and longer rides
  • Seating options updated for comfort, including the two-seat offset bench and conventional tractor saddle
  • Larger Brembo brakes added for better stopping power at higher speeds Improved optional windshield design for better aerodynamics
  • Like most Ural models, the sT is made-to-order a la carte

2011 Ural ST Specs

  • Model: sT
  • Engine Type: Two-cylinder, four-stroke, flat twin Boxer
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.07-inch, 749-cc
  • Compression ratio: 8.6:1
  • Valve Train: Carbureted twin overhead valve
  • Induction: N/A
  • Ignition: Full electric CDI
  • Transmission: four-speed manual
  • Final Drive: 3.89 ratio driveshaft
  • Fuel Capacity: 5.1 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 47 miles per gallon
  • Brakes (Front): Single floating disc, four-piston caliper
  • Brakes (Rear): Single fixed disc, two-piston caliper
  • Suspension (Front): Marzocchi telescopic fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Double sided swing arm with shock absorbers
  • Wheelbase: 58 inches
  • Rake: 26 degrees
  • Trail: 2.6 inches
  • Seat Height: 29.9 to 30.3 inches
  • Curb Weight: 200 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 3.5 x 18 inch
  • Tires (Rear): 4.0 x 18 inch


Two base color choices can be replaced with one of six optional colors that include flat green, Sahara, gloss black, gloss white, gloss maroon and gloss red. * Fender saddles to match the paint and finish are available for the sT as is a rear storage box for saddle seat models only, fitting over the fender rack * Windscreen with aerodynamic fitting and molded shape for the sT's forks is available, including mounts * Stainless steel tailpipes can be flared with optional replacement fittings for a more street powered look * Quilted leather or vinyl fuel tank cover for cold weather protection and scratch prevention * Heavy, treated canvas indoor/outdoor cover to protect the sT when parked or stored. Optional lightweight dust cover also available * Helmet locks for securely storing helmet(s) when the Ural sT is parked or stored

Key Competitors For The 2011 Ural ST

  • Triumph Bonneville, Bonneville SE
  • Moto Guzzi V-7
  • Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Classic EFI
  • Aprilia Mana 850