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Ural Gear Up Outfit

Words: Spannerman Pics: Dewar


“Climb every mountain,

every stream,

Follow rainbow.

‘till you find dream.”

My current dream is straightforward: I want a hot girlfriend and a Retro. The girl might be a too high but, with a around $18,000, a Ural is certainly achievable. If I get the outfit, the girl will follow…


The Ural story is a bit of a head-spin, by European standards. The Soviet got the design and production techniques for the BMW R 71 in after Germany and the Soviet had laughably signed a non-aggression

Relations deteriorated quickly so to sure it could actually the outfits, the Soviets acquired a of R 71s from Sweden and commenced them.

The original IMZ-Ural factory was built, appropriately, in an brewery in the remote town of in the Ural mountains where it have been considerably for the Germans to destroy.

In a diplomatic still practiced today, the ‘gift’ of the sidevalve R 71 was made in the knowledge that the superior BMW R 75 was already nearing domestic

The soviets called their R 71 the M-72 and, over the of the World War II, almost 10,000 produced and saw service in troop ambulance work and reconnaissance. The were defeated partly by the use of own technology.

Ural has now been for over 70 years. Critics say it had 70 years of development but one year of 70 times. While this is unfair, changes have glacial. A switch to an overhead-valve occurred in the early ’60s in 2003, a new crankshaft with a … saw capacity increase 650 to 750cc. More recent have seen the use of a disc a better alternator and better

Despite the slow pace of a claimed 3.2 million Ural have been sold.

arguably, has never had a proper of Urals until New England-based Jon recognised the marque’s potential. the decline in popularity of outfits the ’70s and ’80s, importing is still a big call. The current production facility has around 150 and can produce 1200 outfits a 

Half of them go to the US, a third to and Jon has single-handedly turned Australia and New into the third-biggest market.

are 250 Ural outfits currently on roads and 60 were sold in There are dealers in every with multiple dealers in NSW and as for marketing, Jon says word-of-mouth is now the job for him. Owners love and are spreading the message.


Urals were designed before computers and reflect no design features. CAD has allowed to make bikes strong in primary plane of operation but in areas where strength needed. It’s why modern hit in the side will almost be insurance write-offs.

Reflecting the period of their design, Urals are strong on all and, as a result, are solid and A claimed dry weight of 335kg a problem for a three-wheeler, though, as aren’t lean angles to tax the Chassis-wise, they operate the same as a car does.

Contemporary models have been the bike with different schemes and accessories. The Retro we’ve had the pleasure of testing, has some significantly different

Unlike other models the exception of the 70th Anniversary which we haven’t seen in yet), the Retro has 18in and a standard telescopic front rather than the more leading-link type. The smaller allow for different tyre (our Retro was fitted Heidenau tyres from and lower gearing which, seems to have improved top

Ural recommends a top speed of but the Retro was comfortable at 120km/h and untaxed on a few occasions when its was reading 130km/h. The Siberian Team coaxed 117mph out of a 650 model at the 2001 Bonneville Trials.

MT took the Retro to the Supers at Phillip Island for the first time ever riding a Ural, I wasn’t the traffic up. Slowing down was too: the Brembo front and linked rear and sidecar drum brakes are effective.


The Retro has a solo (although a pad for the rear rack to a pillion is a modest $115.50) was just a tad short for my 6ft 3in (190cm) Other models have seats. It wasn’t in any way uncomfortable for our roundtrip but may have become an with extended ownership.

With the title ‘Retro’, expect some references to the The ‘matte olive’ colour made it look ancient the very beginning and I was asked at petrol stop how old it was. If you to be even less conspicuous,‘drab is available.

It feels and looks an old bike from the rider’s There are no digital displays or for traction control and ABS. you get exactly what you can see: a an odometer, indicator switches and switches.

The ignition key sits in the binnacle and our bike had ‘on’ and positions written in biro.

neutral, turn the key on and press the button. If you had to pick an unlikely of electronic ignition, it would be – but that’s Ural’s supplier and the never failed to fire on the touch.

Part of this is down to the Japanese Keihin and a big battery being fed by a giant Denso 55A/300W alternator.

You push an outfit around you can a solo so the Ural has a reverse You can select it with your but it’s just as easy to down and do it by hand.

Okay, now out of the driveway and ready to rock.


Let the light clutch out and you’re away. The gearbox as you change into first for most riders, it will with every gear Norm Orchard (see claims if you put your foot both the heel and toe parts of the change lever, you can achieve a shift.

I can count the times I got it right on one but Norm has done 80,000km on his and is a more reliable witness.

Ural Gear Up Outfit

a sticker on the tank that turning either left or on an outfit can be dangerous but, you get the hang of it, the rig responds well to input. A little bit of  acceleration left-handers and a little bit of brake right-handers soon sees you in the twisty bits.

Suddenly having fun. The chair starts to lift predictably in and you can lean on the chair wheel in The skills become second soon enough.

The Retro’s is strong from low revs, as expect from its 78mm x bore and …. It claims to 29.4kW (40hp) at 5600rpm and 91RON unleaded with its 8.6:1 compression ratio.

consumption isn’t a strong but, as Norm says, you buy one to save petrol. Eight per 100km isn’t unusual but at with a load and a head-wind, it can get to  Tank capacity is 19lt.

We to stuff Sonia, my pretend hot in the pictures with this into the chair so we could put the cover over her and sneak her the World Supers but, yoga being one of her skills, it work. It was vaguely erotic, watching her try. Right up, she loved the comfort of the chair and happily have stayed in it all

There’s a spacious boot a spare wheel attached will fit on the front, back or The extensive toolkit gives you assistance you might need and is the most comprehensive kit in any current bike. There’s even a and a shovel. The recently released model trumps this by an oar…


we returned the Retro to EuroBrit in Guido rode it while I on his GSX1100. He never moves on bikes but I watched him glide to the middle of the outfit in left-handers to the sidecar wheel lift. It was a of grace and beauty and great to from behind. He was having fun if you get the idea of sidecars, that fun is to you in prices ranging from to $19,000, depending on the model wild Yamal is $20,000). I one.


“I first saw a outfit at the Sydney motorcycle and it was love at first sight, though I’d never ridden an before.

“I bought a ‘Tourist’ from a maitland (NSw) and rode it towards Newcastle, at the prospect of having to turn to get home to Adelaide. when I arrived at the beach I had no choice and turns no longer hold any

“In 40 years of riding, I’ve had so much fun.

“I bought the in December, 2009 and have now up 81,000km. The final drive up at 25,000km but was replaced under It failed again at 65,000km but I speak highly enough of the and support offered by ural

The spline on the clutch wore out at but, again, parts available, inexpensive and backed up by service.

“The engine been touched and seems to get as the miles pile up. “I’ll to decide soon whether to buy a new before the EEC forces fuel and ABS to be mandatory. I enjoy the simplicity of the models and, in many of the I ride, ABS would be a nuisance than a help.

“whether a new bike or my current model, I’m with the Russians.”

– Norm


Rod Chapman stole the Ural one night to give his son, his first sidecar experience. liked it so much he asked, than return home, if Rod and he just “keep going”. As Paget said in the Spannerman in #267, “my grandkids love

Ural Gear Up Outfit
Ural Gear Up Outfit
Ural Gear Up Outfit
Ural Gear Up Outfit
Ural Gear Up Outfit

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