• Jan 14th 2011 at 8:28AM
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2010 Ural Patrol T – Click above for high-res image gallery

By most metrics, Ural serves up a portfolio that's rife with oddities of motorcycle design. You'll find no staggering technological advances on board and the company's heavy-as-a-freight-train designs won't be setting any speed records any time soon. Hell, Ural only recently began begrudgingly equipping its bikes with disk brakes in the front and an electric starter.

It should come as some surprise to hear that the company managed to grow its sales by a dizzying 39 percent in 2010. If your eyebrows aren't currently mingling with your hairline at the moment, allow us to throw in the fact that the company's products start at a shave under $10,000 with the Ural T.

That, ladies and gentlemen, ain't peanuts.

What could have possibly sent buyers scurrying to the Russian bikes? Well... we'd like to think it was our glowing near-death review of the 2010 Ural Patrol T, but you never know. Even with its huge jump in deliveries, Ural says that it was hoping to see its figures back to 2008 levels, and that would have required an additional 18 percent improvement.

Congrats, comrades. Here's wishing for an equally successful 2011.



Photos copyright ©2010 Jeremy Korzeniewski


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      • 4 Years Ago
      They started sponsoring the motorcycle photography blog site BikeExif... maybe that helped. But that was probably after their increase.

      An inexpensive clone of an old BMW boxer motorcycle seems pretty solid, if it is built well. Pretty much stone-solid design, and very simple to operate and maintain. One of the few left with factory sidecar options
      • 4 Years Ago
      The motorcycle market as a whole has seen growth. As motorcycles become accepted more and more as both a means of efficient transport and inexpensive (relatively speaking) source of great roadway fun; you see a wider demographic of people looking to ride. The standard/classic designs like the Triumph Bonneville/Thruxton/Scrambler and the Harley Davidson Sportster have been sales success. Additionally the hype has moved from cruisers to cafe racers and rat racer bikes, both of which use the standard style as its base.

      I love that Ural is growing and I hope more of the larger manufacturers start to bring back the standard designs. Especially the Big Four. Some amazing standards came form Japan back in the 60s, 70s and 80s.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agree about Standards. They're comfortable good looking bikes. I'd like to see more of them on the road.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The factory sidecar can be had with two-wheel drive as well. Their ads used to say "if you think a motorcycle shouldn't leak a few drops of oil, this bike is not for you." Too bad they aren't nearly as inexpensive as they were 6 or 7 years ago, when they were practically giving them away.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ural reminds me of Enfield which also makes ancient bikes with loads of character.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Even more ironic: an actual BMW airhead is still more reliable, cheaper, and has a better dealer network (if only slightly).
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was immediately drawn to that beautiful boxer style engine as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does anyone at Autoblog every REALLY check spelling or grammar? It's "disc" brakes, NOT "disk" brakes. Any car/bike writer or enthusiast knows that. Only those more familiar with computers than cars/bikes make this mistake. Autoblog equals amateur hour on the internet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      its also a Russian car audio brand...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw on in person recently, and it is a thing of cold war beauty.
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