Ural has been making retro sidecar rigs for years, based on a WWII era BMW, these outfits have a certain charm and appeal to a surprising number of enthusiasts who love the utilitarian machine. Well, they’re introducing a new model, the Ural T, sort of the distilled essence of a Ural, a basic rig at a price of $9,999, that will get you into the world of adventure sidecar riding and give you the opportunity to join the thousands of Ural devotees around the world.
The Ural T is all black with a few red accent stripes, it still has everything you would expect in one of these rigs and loads of options, too. It’s powered by the familiar 40 hp opposed twin with 4 forward gears plus reverse and it has both electric and kick start. The whole outfit weighs 705 pounds dry, which is probably lighter than a lot of full dress cruisers. Drum brakes on the rear wheel and sidecar with a Brembo disc up front and even electronic ignition, so it’s not completely retro. Options include such things as a sidecar windshield and tonneau cover plus that really cool sidecar luggage rack with spare tire carrier, just the thing if you’re heading a little off the beaten path or you just want some of that real retro feel.
These machines are probably not well suited to freeway driving, much more of a leisurely ride on the weekends or even a nice commuter ride if your route doesn’t involve lots of high speeds, great for running errands when you have to pick up a few things and a nice way to take a passenger along who gets to enjoy the comfort of a sidecar while they see the sights in the open air.
Every time I see a Ural I get the urge to head off on some adventure, which is exactly what the folks building them would like you to feel. This new model at $9,999 is a pretty affordable way to get into one, too, so if you’ve ever entertained the idea of putting one of these in your garage, now might be a good time. Check it out.