• Jun 5th 2009 at 8:28AM
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Ural T sidecar motorcycle - Click above for a high-res image gallery

Those interested in hearkening back to the old days of motorcycling can probably find exactly what they're looking for at their nearest Ural dealership. The Russian motorcycle maker has just introduced its newest model, which is called simply the Ural T, and it appears to be a solid step backwards towards basic sidecar transportation – and we mean that in the best way possible.

Powered by the same 40-horsepower air-cooled Boxer-twin engine and four-speed transmission (with reverse) as the rest of Ural's line, the T should prove to be a sufficiently entertaining steed and should be equally adept traveling on anything from meandering country roads to dirt roads and anything in between.

We're big fans of the matte black paint scheme (though if parked in our own garages, the bike would likely lose the contrasting maroon pinstriping) as well as its low $9,999 price tag. By far, though, the most intriguing part of Ural ownership would surely be the riding experience. As our good friend Basem from About.com found after taking a spin on the Ural T, piloting a sidecar outfit can be an eye-opening experience. Click past the break for the official press release.


New Ural "T"- an offer from Russia you can't refuse

Thrifty chic is in and the Russians get it!

Ural, the little Siberian motorcycle manufacturer is bringing a new model called the "T" at an unbeatable $9,999 price tag (hitting the US dealers this June).

Famous for its rugged and military looking Sahara and Gear-Up models, the company is now offering a sleek matt black urban sidecar motorcycle, equally suitable for everyday commute, an elegant Saturday night outing, or a relaxed back-roads weekend.

"We tried to distill the essence of Ural to one lean and clean package - a functional, affordable sidecar motorcycle with a touch of style and a promise of great adventure" , says the company website.

"Ural T comes across as an honest, utilitarian, and thoroughly enjoyable ride" – Basem Wasef, the first journalist to ride the "T" says in his review for www.about.com

Ural is the only motorcycle company which offers factory ready sidecar motorcycles. All Urals are powered by a 750cc "boxer" engine and have a 4-forward/1-reverse transmission. Several models are equipped with an engagebale 2wd system. MSRP ranges from $9,999 to $13,999

Urals are assembled in Russia with the high quality components from such well-known manufacturers as Brembo, Ducati Energia, Sachs, Herzog, Denso, Keihin and others.

The limited production of Ural motorcycles is mainly sold in North America, Europe, Australia and Japan.

For more information visit www.imz-ural.com

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I rode in one of those as a kid. Pure awesome.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Loud and clear :-) Vsyo yasno.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Gah... I was replying to Kitko. Damn Autoblog reply system.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would like it without the sidecar but the hipster doofus crowd should love it. Not a fan of boxer twins (looks, sound) but I do appreciate the overall look of this bike. Looks awesome in pictures but I am guessing it will look very small in person. Those tires are tiny.

      $10k - 16K is not a cheap but fitting a niche company producing in small numbers. This is a unique bike, not some run of the mill Shadow.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is one nice bike
      • 6 Years Ago
      And he's drifting... how awesome is that Steve McQueen (The Great Escape)!
        • 6 Years Ago
        "And he's drifting... how awesome is that Steve McQueen (The Great Escape)!"

        McQueen and Bud Ekins rode Triumphs in the Great Escape that were touched up to look a bit like the period BMW's (unless you actually know what they look like). The Triumphs were the only bikes at the time that were powerful enough to perform the stunts they wanted. It also didn't hurt that Ekins owned a Triumph Dealership.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Holy throwback...that bike reminds me of the ol' Enfield Bullets
      • 6 Years Ago
      Too expansive at 10k USD.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is awesome!

      You definitely will stand out in the crowd with that bike.

      Whatever happened to sidecars? Not very popular these days huh?
      • 6 Years Ago
      In Estonia is little island Kihnu, where everybody drives Ural or Dnepr.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I took one for a test ride and they are stupid fun, but kind of confusing to turn. To go left you lean like normal, but to go right you have to actually steer. I especially like the ones that have the drive shaft that connects to the side cars wheel.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ural is pure garbage. I have one of the previous models and i hate it. The most unreliable thing in the planet.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I have to concur. With a whopping 40 hp on an all cast-iron and steel bike, my '94 was a dog... when it ran... which became increasingly infrequent until I finally gave up and eBay'd the darn thing. Being kick-start only didn't help any either.
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