Here’s one of the best reviews of a Ural Gear-Up that I’ve seen yet. Great motorcycle if you’re into this sort of thing.
My problem with the Ural is that I want one bad, but can’t justify the cost yet. Motorcycles are simply to much enjoyment in and of themselves. Add a sidecar and it changes everything. A Gear-Up simply isn’t going to cut it for a long distance bike. I’ve seen them on the highway and they struggle at high speeds.
What i would like a Ural for is it’s on/off road capabilities. An ATV is a serious purchase and you can only use it off-road. I don’t have land to enjoy one on, so that means I’d have to trailer it(another cost) everytime I wanted to ride it to one of the many miles of great trails in the area. There’s no need for all of this with a Ural and it can transport 3 people.
Why not just buy an on/off road bike for the trails? Camping gear is tough to carry on them and they too fall shy on performance on the road.
The other plus about the Ural is that it’s probably the last vehicle sold in the U.S. that is not a complicated nightmare to work on. This thing is simple, but this is also a shortcoming. Because the engine is so simple, it is severely lacking power.
Sadly, the people that would enjoy one of these most, probably don’t even know they’re out there. The Ural answers many of the reasons that some do not ride motorcycles: I can’t carry anything on it, the insurance is to high(it’s cheap for a Ural), health issues make it tough for me to handle a motorcycle, etc. These people don’t follow motorcycles close enough to even know that the Ural exists.
- Retro Russian Import Lures Older, Easier Riders (nytimes.com)
- Ural, Motorcycles For Specially Interested (retrorambling.wordpress.com)
- Review: 2010 Ural Patrol T takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’ (autoblog.com)