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Two-Wheel Tuesday Review: Ural Solo sT

For a company has been producing the same virtually unchanged, since the 2010 Ural Solo sT all the things motorcycling stands risk, uncertainty, freedom. But qualities aren’t exactly the of most solid business If the Solo fell flat on its it might spell the end for IMZ-Ural’s 70 dream.

Can a clone of a pre-war motorcycle go Solo?

In a word, DA! of being hopelessly obsolete, outclassed by modern competitors, the points out a stark fact should be more of a wake-up to the big boys of the two-wheeled world an ice-pick to Trotsky’s brain: the Solo sT has no competitors . Expensive, specialized bikes like G/S bikes or more single-minded like a Kawasaki KLR simply the generalist the Ural is, which can do for less with little in the way of

You’re looking at the last of the utilitarian motorcycles – a bike so so understressed by what most roads could throw at it I’m half-tempted to trot out the zombie-apocalypse Ural invited me out to their Washington headquarters to sample the this past week, and the weather cooperated and the Solo disappoint.

If you think they’ve this out of sheer unsophistication, wagon-cart parts out of pig-iron in crumbling Caucasian forge, be wrong. Ural’s dipped the same high-quality parts that feed most of highbrow manufacturers, and they’ve up with a simple and reliable that those other can’t seem to replicate. provides excellent 295mm units up front, and 245mm units out back.

They provide excellent, braking with no surprises. the 40mm Marzocchi telescopic forks and the Sachs shocks progressive springs out back a remarkably supple ride. It me a bit of how a Range Rover handles on the – good dampening but enough to take a hard jolt breaking a sweat, and perfect for as a road-n-trail rig.

Denso mean you won’t be pushing the when it rains, either.

Of it would all fall apart, taking your grandparents to a show, if the old and the new didn’t mesh together. But even your would agree that the 745cc boxer twin, pushrod OHV and a pair of Kehlin carburetors, is a fantastically tractable Torque is the name of the game: the pulls smoothly with no although terminal velocity is low.

While 40 HP and 38 ft-lbs of torque seem like a lot, the compares favorably with 865cc parallel twin (58 HP and 50 of torque) or a Moto Guzzi v-twin (48 HP and 40 ft-lbs of torque) – and of those bikes feature fuel injection. The wide-ratio is well suited to the engine’s delivery, and despite the shifter’s I was always able to engage the I was looking for.

I’ll that out of habit I sometimes for a fifth gear, but the bike need one at all. That said, no bike out there a Royal Enfield or a Rebel 250 is to have much trouble up, but that’s not the point. And “slow for a is a relative term – freeway and passing is completely adequate.

I found the low center of gravity to be in general, but there is a wobble 65 mph that was disconcerting – the thin tire seemed nervous, anyone familiar with of the ’70s will be right at Perhaps a longer wheelbase and rubber is in order in the long Another quibble was the two-up seat on my solo tester. I the tractor-type saddle found on the model to be more comfortable, your … may have a opinion.

I’m 5’10″ and was plenty despite cramped footpeg necessitated by the sideways protrusion of the but the long-legged may want to think some sort of highway peg to stretch out some.

I’d say there is here for a new genre – something a JDM and a scambler. I’d call it a utility – quite capable of handling a road or a gravel track. a rugged, well-built bike, and points out it’s almost metal, so it seems like you beat on a Solo quite for quite a few years – as any bike in continuously since 1941 be.

Strap a tent to the back and along a shady lane, up a service road, and toss a in the lake. Just like more well-known sidecar (more on that next you have a whole host of for modifying the Solo to your Ural’s “a la Carte” program you simply select what (opens a PDF file) you want on Solo, and they put it together at the and ship it over to the East where it gets transported to local dealer.

While that takes it keeps inventory and overhead allowing the Solo to be competitively – the base model starts at Ural is committed to testing and their offerings, so expect loyal customer base’s to slowly be integrated into Solos (at least, within admittedly tiny R-D budget).


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