• Mar 27th 2009 at 8:59AM
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On the surface, it would seem that Ural's brand of rugged sidecar motorcycles has absolutely nothing at all to do with delicate Gzhel-style ceramics. Regardless, the American branch of the classic Russian motorcycle maker has commissioned a unique take on their bread-and-butter Tourist model that's painted up in a white and blue motif inspired by Gzhel pottery.

The artist responsible for the Ural Gzhel is Svetlana Zyryanova, a Ural employee that spends the majority of her working career painting the company's two-wheel drive Desert-style camo Gear-Up models. Zyryanova reportedly chose the paint colors, developed the design and painted it all up in her spare time. We'd probably opt for something along the lines of the company's more sedate Patrol model, but this was an impressive undertaking to be sure.

Ural plans to put this one-of-a-kind bike up for auction on eBay Motors on April 3rd at noon EST. The winning bidder will be able to pick the bike up at his or her nearest dealer. Along with the bike itself, the sale will include a bottle of Russian Gzhel vodka and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Irbit Children School of Arts in Russia.

[Source: Ural]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      The rumors are that Ural is launching new model. They call it "T".
      1wd, painted matt black with maroon pinstripes. $9,999 MSRP!
      No official confirmation as of yet, as well as official pictures, dates of availability and such.No info on the company website www.imz-ural.com.
      Pictures (sort of "spy") can only be found only on Internet.
      Take a look: http://www.crawfordsales.info/ural/touristTPictures.html
      Very sexy, very clean and subtle bike. I just love it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      These things are so unusual but kind of cool. They remind me of the BMW R90.

      The new Gear-Up Sahara model looks really nice.

      I think i'd have me one soem day. Me being Russian helps too.

      Check these pics of the Gear-Up Sahara on FasterandFaster.net


      • 6 Years Ago
      Heh, I think the house I grew up in had the same pattern on the bathroom tiles.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I know a guy with one of these. Its such a cool bike. And I love that the sidecars wheel has a driveshaft that connects to the main drive wheel, so the bike (trike?) has 2wd. He says parts are real easy to get for it also.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The bike looks cool as hell BUT the paint job is horribly ugly. Give me a one in flat black and I'm happy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Springtime for Hitler" - The Motorcycle!
      • 6 Years Ago
      ""It's nice to see that the German design and engineering copied right after the WWII lives on.""

      Ural has continually evolved their boxer design since the 1950's. It has very little in common with the original BMW design today other than the basic layout.

      • 6 Years Ago
      It's nice to see that the German design and engineering copied right after the WWII lives on.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, the paint job is so... 70's - in a good kind of way.
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