IMZ Ural 750 Sportman

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A was probably the most uncharacteristic that I might have had I asked my friends for their Nevertheless, it made perfect to me at the time and still does, perhaps I might have things a little differently.

the why:

I ride all year and been used to having as my main means of getting since my first one. I moved to Estonia, with its more aggressive winter it became clear that my would suffer. Likewise, our to get a dog once we got here and our desire to travelling by bike also a radical rethink.

In addition, as our to South America on a GS taught me: I am not a off-roader, especially two-up so it makes that safer.

despite using it all year, I this bike as a trip chosen to take us (my wife, our to Siberia and hopefully to Africa

Hence the idea of a sidecar was Winter riding is far more than on two wheels, and travelling a dog (now dogs) is also

The exact model is a Ural (“Patrol” in the States) 750 from I’m no expert on the Ural evolution but in the 2000s (I think), the motor was from 650 to 750. Then in 2005 the factory started in foreign components to raise the of their bikes (which had legendary in its absense).

This on my bike a Nippon denso Herzog gearbox, Japanese German pistons, Keihin CVK KN filter, Brembo 4 pot caliper and disc front brake and a ignition module. The general is that these bikes are now on a par the BMW airheads in terms of reliability is pretty good. It came a sidecar screen (removed and a spare wheel and rear ) both removed. It also from a an electric start and a

Presently the former is not working, but the is so easy to use I’ve not felt the to deal with the problem. at its best.

The ride:

Riding an other than the controls, no resemblance to riding a solo so, despite 18 years in the saddle, I was a and I felt it. Suspension is either or harder, but the rubber tractor are surprisingly comfortable. Handling a certainly a Ural, is strange and mean that your speed will drop

Like all Urals this benefits from a reverse but, in addition (and a reason for me choosing this rather than building an myself) it has a engagable sidecar axle, effectively making a 2WD machine when the terrain it. This makes a huge in difficult conditions


expect much from 2 valve 750 boxer twin. It about 35 bhp which it uses to the 350kg dry weight of the Ural. it does have good of torque considering and that the difference. The biggest disappointment for me is the economy. The absolute most I achieved is 45mpg or 10km to the or 10litres to the 100km, but this is by no typical.

35-40mpg is more like it, in town. Luckily, to manage the a cruising speed of 45 mph is ideal and happens to be the most comfortable for me. This might seem slow on a solo but with a it is a very comfortable speed and in the of Ted Simon and Grant Johnson: the you ride the more you see.

These are very easy to work on. However, that is half the issue. I have been spared any major but they can go wrong and if something awry it is best if you have mechanical understanding.

Fixing may be forward, but diagnosis is not always (especially for me). The only failure that was not down to my ( aggressive off-roading in sand a clutch, a failed fording … it, a disc lock a disc. I know, I know. ) was a hall sensor on the pick-up All it really needs regularly is an oil and change, valves checked and balancing. The only downside is the oil needs changing every miles.

When your touring can seem very frequent.

Despite the pictures and image, bike is no natural off-roader. roads, fine, forest fine, but more technical and it suffers. Ground clearance is but let down by narrow 19” tyres and placed exhaust cans.

the first gear is too tall. it only takes you to about 18 but when you think the bike reaches 60mph, it starts to tall. Getting moving in conditions requires a few revs and clutch clipping: that has cost me a clutch.

The ideal is to use the engines low down and just keep the engine it keeps chugging along after you’d have it to stall. Knobbly tyres on the help enormously.


For reasons (money/time) our touring has limited so far but one thing is immediately luggage capacity is low. The has a boot, that looks but really is about 1 and a half the size of a decent motorcycle so not much. However, at a steady 45 a 250 miles day is feasible and you’ll had time to enjoy the scenery.

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Not strictly part of a review as these are all things I felt I to do to make this bike the I want it to be so perhaps relevant all the

On the bike:

• Carbs rejetted as are lean from the factory.

• Removed airbox (dreadful and replaced with individual filters mounted on DIY intake

• Deeper oil sump.

• Power

• Battery switch

• Sheepskin covers

• 2 -1 high profile system (design stage)

• Two sockets

• 20 litre jerry can made

• Folding spade made

• Wooden base for the

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