Ural Motorcycles, or the Still Living Legends
|   Thursday, August 17, 2017
IMZ-Ural is the only manufacturer of sidecar motorcycles in the world, being one of the oldest manufacturers of these vehicles, whose history began in 1939.
For the Second World War, the Red Army needed a means of transport for land troops. A sturdy bumper motorcycle, which could carry a machine gun on the sidecar, and had two-wheel drive, was the perfect choice instead of the old PMZ-A-750.

The Irbit Motorcycle Factory, IMZ, created the first motorcycle in 1941, the M-72, which is an indigo copy of the BMW R71 German motorcycle.

Ural motorcycles continue to be produced today in the town of Irbit, which is 250 km away from the Ural Mountains. These motorcycles are extremely popular all over the world, from the time of their appearance and up to now over 3.2 million motorcycles have been produced. Motorcycle exports began in 1953, and in 1973-1979 the Urals were sold in the UK under the name Cossack.

Incredible, but now IMZ-Ural sells its motorcycles not only in Russia but also in Kazakhstan, Europe, Singapore, USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, China, Thailand, Chile, India, Indonesia, Philippines , Brazil, Malaysia, Mongolia and Africa! Currently, almost 97 percent of the produced motorcycles are for export. Modern Ural motorcycles have the same classic design that is instantly recognized.

Starting with 2002, they are equipped with a new 745 cubic centimeters engine (41 hp and 57 Nm). The modern Ural can reach a maximum speed of 110-115 km / h, but the recommended speed is 70 km / h, probably because of safety, because piloting a motorcycle with a sidecar is not an easy task.

To improve reliability and to overcome the problems of previous models, most components, starting with wheel bearings and ending with the electric system, have been taken over from foreign suppliers such as Denso (generator), Sachs (dampers), or Ducati (the ignition electronic system).

 Moreover, the tolerances of the mechanical elements (mostly German Herzog components) are smaller, the quality of the assembly is much better and the quality control is high.At the same time, the metal parts are covered with powder paint, which better protects against corrosive elements.

Therefore, these motorcycles have dropped almost entirely components from Russian suppliers, even the fuel system hose (Semperit, Sweden), or the horn (LEB, Italy) coming from abroad! So, the Urals are modern motorcycles with a classic look.

The gearbox is 4-speed. Depending on the market, several models are available, such as the Ural cT, Tourist (called Dalesman in the UK), Retro M70, T TWD, Patrol, Gear Up, Sahara, Sportsman and Ranger.

The first three have traction on the rear wheel, while the other three have two-wheel drive, including the wheel of the sidecar. The 2WD traction can be connected at will, being extremely useful in rough terrain and in winter. Even more practical, the trunk in the sidecar comes with a volume of 60 liters.

Being equipped with German, Austrian, Italian, Japanese, Swedish and American components, Ural motorcycles are not that cheap. In Germany, for example, the Ural cT base model starts at 13,220 euros, the same model having a price of 14,499 dollars in the US. Various accessories are also available, extremely important for travelers around the world, so price can go even higher.
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