The Ural Tourist is a Russian sidecar rig that many of you are familiar with, nothing fancy, but an interesting, durable and fun ride if you like sidecars. Svetlana Zyryanova works in the Ural paint department and, among other things, applies camouflage paint spots to Urals heading out of the factory for sale around the world.
In her spare time, Svetlana’s an artist and some folks might not appreciate the skill of a factory painter. She decided to take on a project of painting a Ural Tourist in the Gzhel tradition, a 14th century Russian pottery style also found on blue-patterned fine porcelain. It’s a way to show off some of the talent of the folks that build these bikes. She chose her own paint, created the design and transformed this Ural on her own time. This is definitely not camouflage!
While this Ural may look like fine porcelain, the paint is clear coated and perfectly able to be shown off as the owner rides down the road. They’ve put it up for sale on eBay and Ural will deliver the bike to the dealer closest to the winning bidder. Also, the factory will donate 10% of the proceeds from the sale of Ural Gzhel to the Irbit Children School of Arts to support the local arts program in Irbit.
Some Urals are purchased for the express purpose of heading off road, I have to think this one may not see very many fire trails.
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