• Dec 2, 2012
As far as we're aware, there isn't another motorcycle in the world – especially one with a sidecar and two-wheel drive – that comes straight from the factory with a wooden oar. As in, for paddling. Which is why the flat-orange-painted Ural Yamal Limited Edition is so great.

As printed on the handy-dandy oar:

In case of emergency:
If you are reading this then you have wandered out too far, and the ice didn't hold – we're very sorry. In an effort to make it back alive, you may want to follow these survival tips:
  • Abandon all hope – it will help you focus
  • Detach sidecar, jump in, and then paddle like heck
  • Rescue your dog – they're better at finding their way home than you are
  • Should you find yourself sinking, use your seat cushion as a flotation device
Tongue-in-cheek, for sure. We love it. We especially appreciate the fine print below:
  • Ural cannot be held responsible for global warming
  • Water damage not covered under warranty
  • This vehicle is not a boat, nor is the paddle or any part of the motorcycle intended to be used as a flotation device.
  • Survival may depend on other factors. Your wife was right, who goes fishing in winter?
Now what we've established that the Yamal comes with a paddle that isn't to be used for paddling, there's one logical question left: Where might the rider be paddling anyway? Good question: Ural says the word Yamal "means "the end of the Earth," and is "a peninsula in Russia known for being nothing short of inhospitable, barren, and perpetually frozen." It's also the name of an ice-breaker that operates in the Arctic Circle just north of Siberia.

In addition to the oar, also included in the Yamal package are dual fog lights on the sidecar, weather-proofing on the bottom of the sidecar tub and the fenders. Oh, and a scary tooth decal that mimics the actual Yamal ice-breaker. See the gallery above, and scroll below for the press release.
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The 2012 Ural Limited Edition is here: The Ural Yamal

REDMOND, WA (November 26, 2012) – IMZ-Ural, the Siberian manufacturer of motorcycles with sidecars introduces icebreaker-inspired limited edition Ural Yamal – the only motorcycle equipped with an oar.

Yamal, which translates as "the end of the Earth," is a peninsula in Russia, known for being nothing short of inhospitable, barren, and perpetually frozen. It is also the well-known icebreaker that spends its time conquering the frozen Arctic Ocean, just north of Siberia – and a perfect namesake of this year's limited edition from Ural.

Russian icebreakers are heavy, rugged, and focused entirely on their mission. Though their purpose may not always make sense, these vessels are unique in every way, and when speaking to the right people-absolutely necessary. Ural motorcycles are much like this strange genre of sea-going vessel: durable, dependable, and able to conquer what typical motorcycles cannot.

The limited edition Yamal is spec'd with its own double hull-of sorts-much like the boat: 3M coating is used to weather proof the lower portion of the sidecar body and the fenders for additional protection. The Ural Yamal is painted flat orange-to be easily spotted anywhere. Its sidecar is fitted with dual fog lights to defeat the long nights as you travel from waypoint to waypoint. Both rider and passenger comfort is enhanced with the addition of accessory fairing and windscreen. On demand two-wheel drive, knobby spare tire, and hand guards round out the mission capability of the Yamal.

An impasse may come in other shapes and sizes beyond weather and topography, so Ural throws in an oar with tongue-in-cheek emergency instruction to double as a defensive tool or your last hope of survival on thin ice... you never know. Add the unforgettable menacing teeth and you get yet another one-of-a-kind limited edition from Ural – a motorcycle that sure beats the norm.

The 2012 Ural Yamal Limited Edition -the only motorcycle equipped with an oar.

Total built for U.S.: 50

Availability: Now

MSRP: $14,250

For more information on the 2012 limited edition, please visit the Yamal web page at: http://www.imz-ural.com/2012-yamal-limited-edition/


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      Lucky Vanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      In Soviet Russia motorcycle is boat.
      Brex
      • 2 Years Ago
      That oar you're referring to that used for paddling is called a paddle.
      stratosrally
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd carry an inflatable boat on the luggage rack... Thanks for the free paddle, guys!
      sinistro79
      • 2 Years Ago
      They are the Audi of motorcycles.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool - and creative marketing. We get the US Coast Guard breakers in Puget Sound for service, etc. While potent and more flexible, they aren't quite as bad a$$ the ex Soviet nuke breakers.
      Toronto St. Pats
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Harley-Davidson of the East. Or is Harley the Ural of the West? Either way both offer the same marketing ploy (along with Triumph to some degree): 1. Vintage styling (because fake old is cool) - check 2. Crap quality (gives it character lol because it's manly to repair your pos at the side of the road) - check 3. Charge stupid money (for an under-engineered unreliable piece of garbage to give it fake value) - check
        k.naz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Toronto St. Pats
        1) Again, two different bikes. Harley is a cruiser, Urals were reverse engineered BMW M71's used for field duty by the military to go off-roading in harsh terrain, which a Harley cannot do. 2) It's vintage because it's survived the test of time, and especially the Siberian winters we've all come to hate, if it's not broken, why fix it? 3) They don't charge stupid money for it, in Russia a Ural is worth anywhere from pennies to $10k for a brand new one, and yes, models that have been lying around for the last half century still work. It's not under-engineered because it's engine is like a Kalashnikov, it will keep going no matter what and will never break down on you (which a Harley will)
        AngeloD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Toronto St. Pats
        Since when is Triumph "under engineered" or "over pricced" or pushing "crap quality"? Triumph has some of the best reliability and quality rankings in the industry, as does H-D for that matter. Triumph puts out Sports bikes and Sports Tourers to rival anything from Ducati or BMW, and matches the best from Japan. And exactly how is the New Bonneville under engineered?
        aaron.kohn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Toronto St. Pats
        Hell, I'll bite. I own a Triumph and a Ural. 1. It's not 'fake old' if you're never changed it. The only companies pushing 'fake old' are Honda, Star/Yamaha, Suzuki and Victory. 2. As for the Triumph and HD build quality - this isn't the 90s anymore. They're as well built or better than most brands in the segment. I'll give you Ural build quality...though repairing by the side of the road is important for many folks. I'd also argue that of all the motorcycle brands in the world - Ural is the only only one that listens to it's customers and makes changes every year based on their feedback. 3. Not sure the last time you bought a new bike, but I'd argue Triumph is a value brand. Again, i'll give you a pass on the Ural, but when you sell 700 bikes per year in the US - it's not like you have the economy of scale. However...try and price out an sidecar for a typical bike or trike conversion...all of a sudden the Ural seems pretty reasonable and is far more capable (2WD and reverse). Just my $0.02
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Jeff Zekas
      • 2 Years Ago
      Traditionally, Ural motorcycles have been unreliable and poorly built (Russia isn't known as a leader in quality control)-- such cool looking bikes-- best idea: buy a USED Ural, and install a BMW motor in the frame! Of course, you'll still have the shoddy welds and poor construction- but at least your engine will be reliable!
        AngeloD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeff Zekas
        No, you're about a decade out of date. Ural has substantially upgraded the valve train, gearsets, electrics, brakes, etc. year by year. They're not the clap-traps they used to be.
      Soccer Mom
      • 2 Years Ago
      I puzzles me why this outdated and poorly-made BMW replica has a cult following? It was popular in Russia for the same reason 50's car are still popular in Cuba - there were no alternatives.
      turbomonkey2k
      • 2 Years Ago
      Spend the extra money and get the Morgan Trike. It's cooler in every measurable way.
      BLS
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was looking forward to this bike since I saw the teaser on their website. This bike is an homage to the Yamal Icebreaker. I have to say I am disappointed with the execution. The weather proofing should come 2/3 up the side car and the mouth should be on the black for contrast. To me this is a crappy decal package like the Ford Ranger Splash and not a special edition like the Mustang Bullitt.
      Jeff Zekas
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here is more about Ural reliability problems, from an actual owner, not a PR flak from the importer! http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=794963
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