2010 Ural Patrol T Test Ride — Popular Mechanics

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2010 Ural Patrol T Ride

Ural’s Patrol T sidecar combines back-to-basics with modern components and a two wheel-drive powertrain. Exactly how We piloted the three-wheeler through snow to find out.

Once a government-issue workhorse of Russia, Ural’s rugged sidecar has evolved from an appliance to the steed of choice for Western recreational thrill The cult of off-road sidecar may be a small niche, but their for traversing seemingly impassable is infectious. Attacking moonscapes Death Valley, Moab and Canyon, these hearty revel in the simple pleasures of up their hacks with clicking their two wheel-drive gear, and hopping, rocking and their way through topography would make a traditional skulk home.

The Specs

The of the Ural brand is steeped in intrigue to script a political with allegations including of Hitler providing Stalin sidecar blueprints before War II, and another of Russians reverse-engineering from BMWs smuggled Sweden. But beyond the impenetrable is a 21st-century company that is hard to reshape its perception in the world.

This much is certain: the fall of the U.S.S.R. Ural out as many as 130,000 motorcycles per in a Soviet-style factory where integration reigned supreme. every component was manufactured from bolts and rubber to pistons. But without the Darwinist of capitalism in place, build (and subsequently reliability) unchecked.

The Russian domestic vaporized following the dissolution of and a management buyout in 2000 parts and established lines of between consumers and the factory for quality control. In its current the IMZ-Ural group operates as a corporation registered in Washington acting as the parent company for the in Irbit, Russia, where are manufactured.

The transformation from to boutique manufacturer has merged rudimentary air-cooled, boxer-style with modern components at improving serviceability and reliability. brakes, Domino grips, shocks, Herzog gears and carburetors are just a few of the parts make up the Patrol T’s international build sheet. As Madina Merzhoeva explains, The from seven years ago are years away from Urals.

Ural’s underpinnings are low-spec to ensure durability, as evidenced by traveler Hubert Kriegel, who has the last six years traveling the aboard his Ural, or American Dave The Wrecker Hooker, who the manufacturer find weak in their design by reporting when his Gear-Up-nicknamed Canyon for one maneuver which resulted in a inversion-suffers mechanical failures in the

The $12,399 Patrol T lacks of the adventure-oriented amenities found in Urals, such as a spare and accessories like a shovel Mr. Hooker advocated after his rig was offroad), but the basics are essentially the An air-cooled, overhead valve, horizontally opposed twin-cylinder produces a humble 40 hp at 5600 rpm and 38 of torque at 4600 rpm.

The can be fired up with either an or kick start, and yields 26 and 33 miles per gallon. A dual-disc dry meets a four-speed transmission reverse, diverting power to the wheel via shaft drive. The wheel can be driven when the pulls a small lever to the final driveshaft, and the two-wheel-drive operates directly, without a

A leading-link front suspension and coilovers feature Sachs and front brakes utilize Brembo discs and mechanical at the rear wheels.

The 2010 Patrol T includes a two-year warranty with unlimited

The Ride

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If you’ve ever modern European or Japanese throwing a leg over the Ural T may trigger a rude awakening. up-to-date components abound on Russian ride, rough fit and details are signifiers of its Iron Age The boxer-style engine starts up an innocuous exhaust note and a timbre that has inspired riders to slap on a cheeky that reads Loud Save Lives.

Dropping the shifter into first and out the clutch reveals an uneventful curve, not to mention a tendency for the rig to towards the right when the is twisted. The phenomenon is perfectly for sidecars-it’s a peculiar handling that enables drama-free turns, thanks to the added of the sidecar tire when it additional load. But right are potentially hazardous, leading to of control-and in extreme cases, a

The right-turn effect is mitigated a passenger occupies the bench (which is covered by a tonneau not in use). As we learned during our ride, a sack of river also works as an effective

With a maximum recommended speed of only 65 miles per the Ural Patrol T is no rocket But the stability offered by its three-wheeled inspired confidence when we over 100 miles out of Seattle on 5 and encountered deteriorating winter that sidelined big rigs, cars to don snow chains and in near white-out conditions. We miss the tire-spinning horsepower of motorcycles when we finally the highway at Mount Baker, our Urals through snowdrifts and the limits of low-speed traction.

Hearty German-made Heidenau is available for Urals, and some fanatics even equip rigs with studded tires. But our stock, street-rated didn’t leave us stranded we reached for the two-wheel-drive lever sits to the right of the rear Riding through snow is a sensation, one that throws you thought you knew about out the window; despite our best to insulate against cold, directly through the thick, stuff resulted in moisture our boots and soaking our gloves.

the Patrol T remained stoic our hooligan-inspired endeavors; donuts, and figure-eights through the snow accomplished with ease, and a few times did we need to dismount and our rides out of exceptionally thick Though the two-wheel-drive function intended for tarmac, it adds a bit of traction when it comes to conditions like snow or once we abandoned our winter for the interstate ride back to it took a quick flip of the to disengage two-wheel drive.

The Bottom Line

The Ural T’s charms lie not only in the areas of its elementally nostalgic or its head-turning looks, but also in its capable offroad abilities. of dual-purpose touring bikes the BMW R1200GS and Kawasaki KLR 650 may bemoan the to lean into turns and the weight of the sidecar rig, but for looking for a fresh way to seek Ural’s Patrol T offers a and viscerally direct way to tackle the outdoors.

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