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Three-wheel Russian Contraption

07/13/2013 03:00:00 AM EDT

Saturday 13, 2013

This story back to pre-World War I, when the had signed a non-aggression pact the Nazi government of Germany. At the time, the Red Army was attempting to a new military motorcycle that meet the demands of a Russian They chose to build was essentially a BMW R71 motorcycle. Through intermediaries, the Red Army purchased BMW R71s and reverse engineered the

A plant was built in Moscow to the new military motorcycle. Shortly production had begun the Germans Russia. It was decided that the motorcycle with sidecar was too to be produced in Moscow where the feared the Germans could

The factory’s machines were onto trains and shipped to the Ural mountains in Central where it was all put back together and into a new home, which was an brewery. During World War II, the factory in the Urals produced 9,000 of these rugged

In the 1950s, the Red Army moved on to design for its military motorcycles, yet the factory continued to produce the old BMW R71 for civilian use. In much of the the roads are bad or simply non-existent, and the R71 with its tough metal and two wheel drive could just about anything. all over Russia continue to use the as their primary mode of and in later years the motorcycle-sidecar named the Ural has been to the U.S. barely changed its 1939 design.

In recent years the engine has given some important to deal with U.S. and a number of components for the motorcycle been sourced from manufacturers like Ducati and I’ve been following the of the Ural for some years and these recent upgrades made the Ural a more transportation option. This weekend I decided to have an up look at a Ural, simply out of

After going online to a dealer, I learned that the one was in Boxborough Massachussetts, not far from I jumped in the car Saturday morning and east.

The dealership was modern and well kept. As I walked the front door, a Ural roaring around the corner its rider and a sidecar passenger. having owned a BMW for seven the sound of the Ural’s horizontally twin cylinder engine very familiar. I went and met Fernando the sales manager, and he me the various models. One that had caught my eye was a lightly used two drive model with a lot of

It had been owned by a very fellow and he had added some quality touches to the unit. It was an olive green that gave it the military look. I knew it, I was introduced to Ted, a recent Russian immigrant who was the and tech guy for Urals at the dealership. Ted’s English was passable, we understood the language of motorcycle, so was no problem.

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He even liked my Russian watch and told me he has several and was a in the Russian Army.

Ted explained all of the on the Ural, which included foot and hand shifters, and the part, a reverse gear. He the rig around the dealership with me in the a couple of times, and then let me the bike while he rode the The controls felt familiar, but the handling was unlike anything

Three wheels do not act like two or so it takes time to fully the handling dynamics. However, read a lot about sidecar over the years, I felt at home. Even with a low 65 mph top speed, you can get into trouble a sidecar rig if you don’t know you are doing.

Long time motorcycle like myself are known to difficulty remembering what are riding at the time, and a sidecar rig be compared to a motorcycle because it not handle like one.

my test ride, I wanted it. Fernando and dealership owner and I could not agree on a price and I home with no commitment. I do happen to have a nice 750 in the garage, and a small fiberglass rig that I purchased a couple of ago and just haven’t gotten to having set up yet.

Well, it’s time. It may not be a contraption, but I’ll bet it’s as fun.

Arlo Mudgett Morning Almanac has been over multiple radio in Vermont for nearly 30 years, and can be in at 92.7 WKVT FM Monday Saturday mornings at 8:35 a.m

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