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  • Jul 14th 2012 at 10:01AM
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We're in love with the Ural line. The bare-bones bikes have a rugged, no-fuss appeal, but they're also pricey. There's good reason for that: most of Ural's products are hand-built by master craftsmen. Take the video below as proof. Visitors to the Irbit, Russia facility responsible for constructing the bikes recently got to see just what goes into stitching a sidecar together. There are no robots swinging panels around or making precision welds. Just one guy, some metalworking equipment, and a little patience.

The gentleman in the video manages to assemble the sidecar in just under four minutes. That's a lifetime in manufacturing, but well worth it in our judgement. How many items in your care were assembled by skilled hands? How many will be around in 10 years? How about 30? If our experiences with Ural are any gauge, this robust sidecar is in for the long haul.

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      Smooth Motor
      • 3 Years Ago
      He should be good at it. The design hasn't changed in 50 years.
      Soul Shinobi
      • 3 Years Ago
      Song is Swervin Remix Instrumental by Clams Casino, in case anyone was wondering.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This probably was done by PR people for Ural. I have visited the plant and it is a miracle anything drivable comes out of the factory. As another reader noted, spot welds are less than super-strength. The old guy working the jig looked pretty nervous with all the handlers jumping around in the periphery of the video. Vodka for all!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      The use of a craftsman is wonderful - when he doesn't come to work sick, or after an argument with the wife or boss. I recently bought a hand-made, British exhaust system for my Triumph Bonneville. It sounds great and fits properly, but looks like it was built by a high school shop student: computerized robotics have their place.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the idea of Ural bikes but I don't think I'd like to own one yet... It's on my list near owning a Royal Enfield or Genuine Stella. Looks nice but how often would I chose it over one of my other bikes?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I bought one earlier this year. It has been great so far. It isn't for everyone, but it is a blast to ride. You can't be an anti-social person in you own one. You will be stopped everywhere to answer questions about it. This is commonly known as UDF (Ural Delay Factor). Looking forward to many more happy kms.
      Carbon Fibre
      • 3 Years Ago
      All hand labor should get paid 4 times as much to these craftsmen.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      They have been making the bikes and sidecars the same way for generations. It looks like they have it down to a science. Robots would only make sense if they produced 100,000's of these bikes a year, which they don't. Anyway, the company has been in decline for sometime now. Probably won't be around much longer.
      • 3 Years Ago
      15k too much for a Ural side car outfit? Maybe. Or consider for what I paid for my used Ural rig I could almost buy a Harley sidecar. Just the sidecar no motorcycle attached. Is there a comparison in quality. Absolutely not. If I had to keep only one motorcycle for the rest of my life. The Ural would be it. I thank the old gentleman who built by side car. The robots can self interface with their rear input ports.