URAL Motorcycle & Sidecar Outfits
Based on the Russian army’s M72 motorcycle outfit, which was in turn developed from the BMW R71, Ural motorcycles & sidecars have been built in the Siberian town of Irbit since 1942. By the 1960’s production of military outfits had moved to the Ukraine and the Irbit plant was dedicated to civilian machines. In 1992 it was privatised and since then has focused on export markets, the biggest of which is the USA, followed by Europe.
Watsonian became official Ural dealers for the Cotswolds and West of the UK in January 2015.
Generation EFI was introduced into Europe at the end of 2014. Electronic fuel injection replaced carburetors, disc brakes replaced drums and hydraulic steering dampers were fitted across the range as standard. There are five models in the range with sidecars fitted on the left.
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Are sidecars with a driven wheel available?
It is no longer permitted to sell sidecars fitted to the right hand side of a motorcycle in the UK, which means that Ural outfits with a driven sidecar wheel are only available in markets where people drive on the right. The drive for the sidecar wheel is taken from the shaft on the right side of the rear wheel, so it will only power sidecars fitted on the right side.