First Times Ride: Ural Gear-Up from Russia — Los Angeles Times

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Ural Gear-Up
Ural Gear-Up

First Times Ride: Gear-Up from Russia

The Gear-Up is a Russian-made motorcycle a sidecar. It looks like a of the siege of Stalingrad, because it is. The dates from World War II, the Russians were confronted on the by a German sidecar machine by BMW, and decided to build one of own.

The BMW spawned decades of and now results in sleek street such as the F800GT .

It’s fun to ride, or drive, or ride in.

But it’s also a brute durable, heavy, difficult to The handling is stiff, and requires muscle. The engine is noisy, and the makes a sound like a bag of clubs being dropped an elevator shaft.

But it’s also the most motorcycle I’ve ever

The Gear-Up, one of several models the company builds and exports to the States, has many helpful The storage compartment will two helmets and two jackets plus luggage. There’s also a storage area big enough for and a wallet.

A side jug could be for carrying extra gas or water, for the label that says, for gasoline or water.” So vodka?

The bike feels so much Soviet-era farm equipment you expect to learn that it can plow a furrow for planting or can make its own fertilizer.

It doesn’t. But it come with its own shovel.

The is extremely comfortable, my passengers all It’s also what all the attention. And there’s a lot of that.

I been out and about on some machines, but I’ve never anything that attracted people than this

Riding the Ural is like on parade. Everywhere I went stopped me to ask questions and take A lot of them also asked me if could have a ride.

Oh, to be single and riding a Ural!

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The modeled on the BMW boxer twin, is and clunky — like a locomotive from early in the Revolution. It’s attached to an clunky four-speed transmission, and to a rear wheel.

Or wheels . One recommended for off-road only, the Gear-Up into two-wheel

Ural Gear-Up

And because it’s a three-wheel and incredibly wide, it also has a useful lever that it into reverse.

The bike around town, and on the freeway Unlike some big motorcycles, no speed at which it suddenly to feel breezy and smooth. It feels like that.

At any the handling is stiff and athletic, and a lot of muscle.

And riding around with no one in the sidecar presents challenges. Ural veterans about the “fun” of making a right turn and having the lift up off the ground. This is “flying the chair.”

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If motorcycles sold by the pound, this be one of the great bike bargains. The weighs in at 739 pounds, dry — heavy for a 749cc machine.

But no one this bike for its performance They buy it for a special Ural and the chance to be the first and last on blocks to own one.

The Gear-Up for just over $14,000. Urals are cheaper. In fact, the Solo, which does not a sidecar, costs $7,999.

But what’s the point of that? The is what makes this an unusual and exciting ride.


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