Possibility Machine: The 2013 Ural Gear-Up Sidecar Motorcycle


| 5/2/2013 10:26:36 AM


Tags: mc dispatch, classic ural motorcycles,

Ural 1 

Was it because of my early association with BMW motorcycles that I was drawn to Ural Gear-Up motorcycle, or was it because a Ural looks like it’s poised to conquer the Sahara? I’m not sure, and it doesn’t really matter. Bloodlines or aggressive posture aside, it’s really the adventurousness of the Ural that’s appealing. The can-do, pioneering attitude that’s ingrained in the American psyche and the urge to see what’s beyond the horizon makes the allure of this boxer-engined two-cylinder machine magnetic.

There’s an unintimidating simplicity and reassuring strength to the Ural Gear-Up. It conveys the sense that one can take it to the ends of the world and, in case of a break down, it wouldn’t require NASA-endorsed hardware to mend.

Ural Gear-Up 3 

In this modern, hyper-connected, over-scheduled, tech-obsessed world of ours, would a Ural really be used to its full capability? Probably not, but the mere fact that it could be is all the rationale I need. Just look at all the SUVs on the road. How many of them actually see true 4x4 service? Only a tiny fraction. But that doesn’t keep them from being the best-selling model/class of vehicle in the United States, despite the rising cost of fuel and a growing awareness of environmental implications.

No, I believe that it’s because of our hectic lifestyle, not in spite of it, that we yearn for tracks off the beaten path, whether achieved or not, and that’s why the Ural is so relevant. It reminds us of simple pleasures, conveys the freedom that all motorcycles do, and exudes adventure and independence like few vehicles can.

anonymous
5/14/2013 10:26:30 PM

It obviously has 3 wheels but when the sidecar wheel is engaged it means that 2 wheels are being directly driven. So Alan and Dan are correct. I should've written 2x3 or 2WD. - JZ


el bandito blanco del mar!
5/13/2013 10:33:26 PM

aren't you all kinda wrong here? only one wheel of a motorcycle gets power, so I believe you actually mean 2x1 (or 3x1 if you include the sidecar), though i'm not really sure WHY you're debating this at all.


tony carlos
5/9/2013 5:37:29 PM

Yup.


alan crane
5/9/2013 1:33:40 PM

Actually, it's 2WD.


dan mcroberts
5/9/2013 12:56:30 PM

Shouldn't it be 3x2?





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