2010 Ural sT Solo Motorcycle Review — Riding Impressions of the Ural sT…

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Ural Retro Solo
Ural Retro Solo

Ural’s sidecar-free ride the standard bike establishment

The brand is synonymous with and their attempt to dabble in the motorcycle market proved with 2003’s Wolf according to one Ural spokesperson, the wasn’t genre-focused, and tried too to blend in with America’s landscape.

Enter 2010, and is once again trying hand at the traditional two-wheeled This time, they’ve to their roots by divorcing T model of its sidecar and sticking to the basic, utilitarian character. the sT— which is short for solo T—

We spent a day riding the motorcycle in to find out.

The Goods: Look, Ancient Tech

Priced at $6,999, the 2010 sT retains the same basic as the back-to-basics T model. but ditches the Power comes from an boxer-style 745cc twin can either be kick or electrically and it’s great to see this extinct feature on a contemporary The twin-carbureted mill produces 40 and 38 ft-lbs of torque— not quite figures, but nonetheless oomphy to make burnouts possible.

A dry clutch mitigates power the engine and four forward while exhaust is routed stainless pipes. Front are single disc, 4-piston and a single-disc, 2-piston Brembo at the Though Ural experimented Paoli front shocks, chose telescopic 40mm and outsourced a custom made, fork brace for added

Dual Sachs coilovers preload adjustability comprise the suspension.

A right view of the sT.

Photo © Basem Wasef

The sT’s $6,999 starting is exactly that; options can boost the price closer to like the Triumph Bonneville and the Moto Guzzi V7 Caf- ($8,990), though it’s by the $6,395 Royal Enfield Classic C5 EFI. There’s no for Flat Black paint, but Green and Sahara cost an $195. Gloss Black, Woodland Green, Maroon, or Red add

Upswept stainless pipes (as on our test bike ) come in at and various chrome trim $105. Want two-up not just a single tractor-style It’ll cost you $200.

A center stand adds stainless engine guards up the by $125, a set of passenger handles $60, and a mini windshield $115. Our sT tester came in at almost a thousand bucks the base price.

Swing a Leg and Ride: Real Simple, Honest

Modern Urals no consist entirely of Soviet-era fabricated within the walls of Irbit factory. Though the steel frame and BMW-style are still manufactured there, the sheet is a rather international including switchgear by Domino and by Brembo (Italy), carbs by and alternator by Denso (Japan), and by Herzog (Germany.)

But all those familiar components make the Ural sT feels on the contrary, swinging a leg over 441 lb (dry) bike takes you to a bygone era. The tractor is sprung but firm, and your fit snugly on the pegs in order to those previously mentioned carbs. Ergonomics are otherwise with an upright seating and a slightly forward tilted body posture.

The view the saddle is spartan. apart an analog speedometer flanked by lights. there’s virtually no on display.

The twin-cylinder engine the usual torque reaction when it’s revved at a that is, when you twist the the bike shifts slightly to the because the engine’s reciprocating is horizontally opposed. It’s a normal phenomenon also by BMW’s and Moto Guzzi’s powerplants. If anything, the trait character to the bike’s already textured personality, which clanking engine valves and a that evokes Steve 1963 classic film, The Escape (which in actuality was a disguised as a BMW.)

A cockpit view of the sT.

Not long splashing through puddles and the rear tire. I parked my and enjoyed the full Russian by chowing on delicious pelmeni and borscht soup at downtown Caf- Yarmarka. But when I to my Soviet steed, it fired up an ear-achingly high idle just wouldn’t settle.

Fiddling with the ride-by-wire (metal wire, that is) a jammed spring in the carb, and it finally eased idle to normal; 900 rpm never sounded so A return throttle wire might have eliminated the

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