Monday, March 23, 2009

2009 Ural Gear-Up Sahara: For real men (and women) only...


Forget big-piston USD forks, leading-link forks are what a real man's motorcycle must have!

Pics: MotoFlash

The last time we wrote about Ural here at Faster and Faster, it was in the context of a book review – American Borders – where Ms Carla King tells her story of how she rode around the United States on a Russian-made Ural sidecar outfit.

That was back in 2007, and it seems Ural haven’t been sitting around twiddling their thumbs since then. The company has just launched a brand-new model for the US market – the Ural Gear-Up Sahara. What, you don’t believe us?! No, really, this isn’t from 1959, it really is a brand-new machine…

The Gear-Up Sahara is actually a limited edition variant of the regular Ural Gear-Up and only 18 units of this sidecar outfit will be made. The whole thing weighs 335 kilos and is powered by an OHV, air-cooled 749cc boxer twin, which produces 40 horsepower and 52Nm of torque – enough to propel the Ural to a top speed of 95km/h. The machine is priced at US$13,949 plus taxes, which actually makes it rather expensive!

Built at the Irbit MotorWorks Factory in Russia, Ural machines are supposed to be indestructible though perhaps not as reliable as contemporary Japanese and European adventure tourers. Still, if you think bikes like the BMW R1200GS, Moto Guzzi Stelvio, KTM 990 Adventure and Yamaha XT660Z Tenere are too ‘soft’ for you, the Ural Gear-Up Sahara just might fit the bill. Heck, with the sidecar driveshaft engaged, you actually get a 2WD motorcycle with the Ural, and that’s more than the Japs and Euros can say for themselves. Plus, if you really want to indulge those Indiana Jones fantasies, we suppose you’ve got to have those spare canisters, spare wheel, shovel, extra lights, luggage rack and medicine kit…

More details at the Ural website here

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where is the road test by Wallace & Gromit?

Jace said...

this thing looks like it's from the 1940s! wonder who'd ride it these days? living out an indy jones fantasy is one thing, being stuck with an unreliable, stone-age machine when you're out in the wild, miles away from civilisation, is something else altogether. no, I'll take the r1200gs

Anonymous said...

Note that the 2WD on these lack differentials and as such are unsuitable for use on pavement. Also you're getting a fourth generation of a second degree knockoff, and as such these bikes are pretty maintenance intensive.

Still, cool idea. Who doesn't want to be Indy for an afternoon ;)

Anonymous said...

I've been riding a Panther outfit for years and you're never short of somebody to talk to. Why conform to the norm, ride an outfit like the Ural they are great fun. Good luck to them.

Anonymous said...

I've been riding my Ural Gear-Up for 2 years on L.A.'s streets. Completely reliable, DIY maintenance. Added new pipes, rejetted the carbs and it's freeway friendly at 65-70 mph. Chicks dig it.

Anonymous said...

if you don't know what you are talking about, don't say anything at all. I am a Ural owner... Jace, what you refer to as a stone age machine is actually very practical in it's own way... It is still made that way by the original factory for a reason, so that when you are in the "wild", with your handy might i add huge toolkit, you can fix it yourself! Can't say that about the BEEMER. Ural has been improving their models yearly, and they listen to their customer's ideas and complaints with quick action/ response. Can you say that about BMW or your Honda?