Wednesday, March 19, 2014

You Know What Would Be A Heckuva Lot Of Fun?

One of these:


This is the 2013 model, which retails for a little over $12K. Contrast that with the  Harley Davidson sidecar, which starts around $10K - for the sidecar itself - and you'll see the appeal of the Ural. For a couple grand more, you get a dedicated hack built on a bulletproof design (BMW Boxer) with seating for three. That's me and both kids...

Then again, for the solo retro groove, there's always an Enfield...


So many motorcycles, so little garage space...

That is all.




10 comments:

Robb Allen said...

And, for some of us, a wife who says "no" to a motorcycle.

*sigh*

And it's almost always nice motorcycle weather here.

Dave H said...

I was THIS close to buying a Royal Enfield Military model for my first bike. (Imagine the bike in the picture in OD green, with ammo can panniers.) If the shop had one with a 500cc engine I'd have bought it, but the 250 was just a little small for my needs.

emdfl said...

Got a freied who owns a Ural with the driven sidear wheel. His is done in quasi-WWII German cammo. He has an MG-42 that he can mount on the sidecar for funsies and a trailer that hooks to the back to carry other goodies. Neat rig when it's all put together.
And you can find them for a lot less than the 12K new price if you look around..

wolfwalker said...

The absolute coolest sidecar I have ever seen on a motorcycle was a custom job. Looked home-built, actually. The owner was a paraplegic (I guess) -- certainly confined to a wheelchair, anyway. He had built a sidecar that had an open, flat floor and an access ramp in the rear. Then he moved the entire control suite from the front of the bike to the front of the sidecar, and that was how he controlled the motorcycle.

Borepatch said...

Enfield FTW!

Unknown said...

Here is a lovely specimen I found while visiting Tikrit in '03.
via facebook

My CO and 1sgt had fun mugging for the camera. I believe some of these photos made TIME mag.

Laura said...

don't go Ural if you value your wallet. just don't.

Roger said...

Ural motorcycles are much like Russian firearms. Tough, strong and cobby. Beautiful examples of workmanship, fit and finish they are NOT.They are also a 1950's design with all that that implies.

emdfl said...

Forgot to add that when I was in Beijing in '07-'08 the Chinese version of those things fwas about $3K - sidecar added another $800 - 'course then you had to take the whole rig down the street to the American-run bike shop who - for about another $1K -would replace all the soft Chinese bearings bearings with Timkin bearing.
Shipping it back to the US East coast was around $700 IIRC.

Hjalti said...

You are not that far from a pretty good MD dealer. Small, but friendly.
http://morethanmotorcycles.com/