Scanning the motorcycle for sale listings, this Ural sidecar rig caught my eye because it has quite a unique look. According to the description, it was a Kremlin escort and one of only 17 ever made. The model year is 1969, deep in the middle of the cold war, the USSR still existed and you can almost imagine the uniformed soviet police rider looking appropriately serious as he led the black limo through the streets of Moscow.
The fairing is pretty big and probably provides a lot of weather protection, plus the tail section is unlike any I’ve ever seen on a Ural. The seat appears to be made for some serious saddle time.
There are one or two companies in Russia that rebuild Urals and other Russian military vehicles and export them to the USA, this is one of them. The photos appear to be from Russia, though the bike is said to be in New Jersey. The description reads like it was in Russian and run through Google translate because some of it makes no sense, “Disk brakes. Generator – you have 500 cotton” and “Wools chance to become owner this unique, historical Motor cycle is Kremlin Escort.” But, you get the idea.
They’re asking $25,000, but for a serious Ural aficionado, it might be just the thing.
It’s just personal taste, but I like the look of this rig and it seems really clean. I’ll leave it to the Ural experts among our readers who would know whether the 1969 Ural had any serious mechanical issues, but I just thought I would point this out. I’d ride it. I’d take it to bike night, too. Neat.
Auction is over, but there are plenty of Ural Motorcycles for sale all of the time.