2011 Ural T Review


The Ural T is a budget-friendly, stripped down, functional and affordable sidecar motorcycle with a unique history. In 1940, the Soviet government acquired the design for the BMW R71 motorcycle from Germany, and produced their own M-72 model, which was completed in 1941. Also knows as Cossack motorcycles, Ural motorcycles were originally built for use by the Russian Army, and were therefore designed to endure harsh climate and rough terrain. They had rugged construction, good handling, exceptional loading capacity, and simple, easy-to-fix mechanics so that they met military standards. Now a privately owned enterprise, IMZ-Ural is one of the few sidecar motorcycle manufacturers in the world today, exporting its classically designed sidecar and solo motorcycles to a host of countries. However, the Ural T is not famous without just cause.

The 2011 Ural T is equipped with a 749-cc, horizontally opposed, air-cooled, two-cylinder, four-stroke engine that produces 40 horsepower at 5600 rpm, and 38 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. This reliable and proven boxer style engine is at the heart of every Ural motorcycle. However, Ural has had to break away from their all Russian supply chain for the sake of dependability of their products. With front and rear suspension manufactured by Italian supplier Sachs, an ignition system by Ducati Energia, full floating disc brakes by Brembo, and twin carburetors and alternator by Keihin and Denso (both Japanese), the Ural is well equipped for modern roads and safety standards. Built tough and focused on utility, the Ural T has two overhead valves per cylinder, a dual-plate dry clutch and four-speed transmission. The sidecar frame and the motorcycle are built to work together. For example, the steering mechanism would be too quick on the motorcycle without the sidecar. With the sidecar, however, it makes turning a breeze. This offers convenience to both riders.

Marketed by the company as a fun and adventurous motorcycle, the one-wheel-drive Ural T model forms a major proportion of their sales. Ural has also been boasting of a significant increase in the number of young customers lately. With classic looks, reminiscent of the original WWII era model, the 2011 Ural T is bound to attract attention and make a bold statement. The Ural T is only available in matte black powder coat that is supposed to be very durable, and comes with a two-year, unlimited mileage warranty.

New For 2011

  • Aluminum rims, which previously came only with the Patrol and Tourist models, are now available on the Ural T model as well.
  • Upper fork bolts are now made from aluminum.
  • The tonneau covers are now made from tough Cordura fabric.
  • The Ural T model is now fitted with Duro tires.
  • Indicator lamps now have a round shape.
  • The trunk now has locks to keep cargo secure.
  • The Ural T now comes in flat black with a maroon pinstripe.

2011 Ural T Specs

  • Model: Ural T
  • Engine Type: 749-cc, air-cooled, two-cylinder, four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.07 inches x 3.07 inches
  • Compression ratio: 8.6:1
  • Valve Train: Overhead valve (OHV)
  • Induction: Air intake
  • Ignition: Full electronic CDI
  • Transmission: Manual, four-speed, with reverse
  • Final Drive: Shaft
  • Fuel Capacity: 5.0 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 26-33 mpg
  • Brakes (Front): Single full floating disk, four-piston caliper from Brembo
  • Brakes (Rear and sidecar): IMZ mechanical drum
  • Suspension (Front): Leading link with Sachs hydraulic shock absorbers
  • Suspension (Rear): Sachs hydraulic shock absorbers
  • Wheelbase: 59 inches
  • Rake: 23 degrees
  • Trail: 2.4 inches
  • Seat Height: 32 inches
  • Curb Weight: 730 pounds
  • Tires (Front): Road tires, four inches x 19 inches
  • Tires (Rear): Road tires, four inches x 19 inches


  • Silver trim for the Ural T model is now available as an option.

Key Competitors For The 2011 Ural T

  • Triumph Thruxton
  • Triumph Scrambler
  • Kawasaki Vulcan 900 SE
  • Moto Guzzi V7 Classic
  • Triumph Bonneville T 100