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Three for the Road

The russian-made ural patrol t redefines what makes a motorcycle cool

By Mike Guy


THERE ARE FEW SUCCESS STORIES in the history of knockoffs, but then few knockoffs are produced in the same factory as the original. The Patrol T is made by Ural, a Russian company that moved into the BMW motorcycle factory after Stalin marched into Germany at the end of World War II. And rumor has it that before that, the Russians smuggled a BMW R71 through Sweden and reverse- engineered it, in the process designing one of the most rugged and enduring, if not exactly the fastest, motorcycles in postwar Europe.

Much to the delight of American moto enthusiasts, the latest evolution of this Russian three-wheeler has finally hit the States. A reassuring departure from the energy drink– fueled Frankencycles that emerge from places like Jesse James’ Monster Garage, the Ural is stylish in an understated, utilitarian way. (Plus its matte olive paint scheme makes it look as though it’s come straight out of Raiders of the Lost Ark.)

Though it has the vintage platform and look, the new $13,999 Ural (as shown here) is actually built from a conglomeration of parts: Brembo brakes, Sachs shocks, Herzog gears, Domino grips, Keihin carburetors. With the pull of a lever, a drive shaft leading to the sidecar wheel engages, making it the world’s only two- wheel-drive motorcycle. Na zdrovie.

2 Responses to “Three for the Road”

  1. radar Says:
    February 3rd, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I checked out the web sight http://www.imz-ural.com/ and the lowest price is $9999.

  2. Rick Stevenson Says:
    February 5th, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Where can I buy the Ural Patrol T motorcycle in the Midwest as close to Oklahoma City?

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