The Ural Sidecar Motorcycles FAQ

Click on any of the following questions to see the answer. If you find the answer to be incomplete, or you have a question not covered in the Ural FAQ, then please use the Quick Contact form and send us a note. This Ural FAQ is a living breathing document, so it will continue to change and we will update items as we encounter them. Thanks!

Final drive oil level should be checked with the dipstick treaded in.

2014 Urals will be available for purchase at dealers across the country in February, 2014.

The EFI Ural will compensate itself at different elevations.

75″ long, 24″ wide and 18″ tall

From  700lbs for Ural T to 730lbs for Gear Up. Find detailed specs here.

Retro and M70 – 1,140lbs, other sidecar models – 1,325lbs

Approximately 600lbs. Please make sure that your full loaded Ural does not exceed maximum permissible weight as outlined in Technical Specifications. Also make sure you use tire with appropriate load rating. Please remember: the heavier the load on your motorcycle is, the harder it will be on the powertrain to maintain the cruising speed and you should expect lower fuel economy and shorter tire life.

A well maintained carbureted Ural should average around 30MPG. Of course the more cool stuff you add to your Ural to personalize it, or the more supplies you bring—as you ride across country—will adversely affect your bike’s fuel economy. An EFI Ural (2014 model year and on) has significantly better fuel economy, somewhere in the range of 31-37 MPG depending on riding conditions.

It depends on your riding situations. Stock Duro HF 308′s are fine for most on road, and light off road, applications. For a rougher off road experience, and better lasting tire there is the Duro HF 307 and the Heidenau K 37′s. For strictly street riding there are many choices such as Avons. The main thing to remember is the tire has to have a hard sidewall with a 650 lbs. or better weight rating.

If you have a trusted local dealer, in your area, who is willing to go through our pretty straightforward warranty process, you can have work done with them. Have the shop of your choice contact us through our quick contact form or via e-mail warranty@imz-ural.com.

Yes, we offer an additional one-year warranty for newly purchased Urals, please contact your dealer for more details or read more about the extended warranty here.

Yes. Warranty stays with the bike regardless of how many times the ownership changes/or how many people own it. If you are buying a previously loved Ural please fill out the New Owner Form.

No, we do not offer such a trailer here in the United States.

Yes, please have your Ural dealer order a new one if needed, and file a warranty claim.

Yes, your Ural comes with the touch up paint, unless it’s a powder coated model (i.e. Ural T). Read more about why we powdercoat.

Yes—when available—from any authorized Ural dealer.

Pre-2013 Urals were painted in European RAL codes, not all RAL codes have a cross-referenced code to USA paint. Any quality auto paint shop should be able to paint match your bike color

Starting 2013 and on we have been using Sikkens™ paint. Please contact your dealer to obtain the Color Map code for the paint of your Ural.

Interstate Battery # YTX20L-BS

Wal-Mart Battery # ES20L-BS

Odyssey Battery # PC545

The recommended battery for a 1996 Ural kickstart only is an Interstate # 12N9-4B-1.

A good place to start researching rider training is at Evergreen Sidecar/Trike Training, or check our sidecar safety page under the support section of our website.

Believe it or not a sidecar training manual does exist! You can find the color version here and a black and white version here. There is also a free resource on our website in Support section: How To Ride Ural 

Minimum: a pair of spark plugs, clutch cable, a COMPLETE set of throttle cables and splitter, at least one rubber carb manifold, 1 rubber inner tube, a tube patch kit, tire pump manual or electric, small jack, a roll of electrical tape, a roll of duct tape, a bunch of wire ties, a COMPLETE tool kit, some 14 gauge electrical wire (10 ft), fuses, credit card and towing insurance policy never hurt.

Check the blog as well, we’ve shared many long distance stories, and the authors often share their personal insights and experiences.

UDF: Ural Delay Factor. The Ural Delay Factor is the delay you’ll experience whenever you take your Ural out in public. Regardless of your intent, where you’re headed, or how much time you have, you’ll lern to add in 10-15 minutes minimum to cope with UDF.

Please send your USPS mailing address to emissary@imz-ural.com and we’ll send you a stack of flyers so you can deal with UDF more efficiently when you need to.

In case you need to know:

Emissary Program: The Emissary Program was born out of the need to deal with the UDF by your felow, or soon to be fellow, Uralistas. By having brochures or cards—supplied by the Emissary Program— on-hand, you’re able to expedite the process, get people interested, and minimize UDF.

Yes, it can be ordered through any authorized Ural dealer.

No. In this situation, you would have to order an adapter kit from a sidecar specialist.

Yes, but it can be rather expensive, please contact your authorized Ural dealer for more information.

Technically it is entirely possible to remove the sidecar from a Ural. But you need to understand that the handling dynamics of a two-wheeler and a three-wheeler are completely different and each requires different designs. Ural sidecar models are specifically designed to offer the best sidecar handling.

If you are interested in riding solo, then perhaps you should check out the Solo sT.

Yes. The Solo sT is available for order at your local Ural dealer.

A Ural solo is designed to be ridden as a solo and we do not recommend adding a sidecar. You can’t attach our sidecar without a significant amount of modification to a solo unit. For example, we would suggest changing the telescoping forks for leading link forks. Metal tabs that hold the sidecar struts would have to be welded onto the frame, adapters would need to be made, the rear brake would have to be changed back to drum—as a disc brake are not designed to withstand the strains of the addition of a sidecar unit—nor does it have a parking brake which is required by law.

Think about it, you might figure it’s worthwhile just adding a sidecar model to your stable. The Ural T, for instance, is a great value …

We usually recommend 80-100 lbs placed in the passenger footwell of the sidecar.

Yes, give us call and we will give you the 10 cent tour.

At this time we do not provide such assistance due to the complexity of export/import rules and processes in each country.

Unfortunately, IMWA does not have resources to assist customers in individual importation into the U.S. Due to the difficulty (read: red tape), and the time required—with regards to importation and certification of individual bikes—this is something we are unable to help with.

We know it’s a tempting idea, but the answer is nyet. It has to do with importation and registration regulations across the US/Canadian border. When in Canada, buy from a Canadian dealer and when in the US, well… you get the idea.

The short answer is no. The long answer is that Ural motorcycles are not on the approved list for permanent importation from US to Canada. All Urals imported into US meet US safety requirements and all Urals imported into Canada meet Canadian safety requirements. So it is unfortunate but at this time we do not have available resources to assist customers with individual permanent importation of Ural motorcycles from the US to Canada.

 

 

 

We don’t organize factory tours, but here is a company that works closely with the factory and provides tours; Ural Expedition and Tours.

Websites such as Russian Iron, SovietSteeds, etc.

Simple!

On a VIN that starts with *X8J* the 10th digit indicates the year. If the 10th digit is a letter, then: A=2010, B=2011, C=2012, etc.

No, the machine guns were becoming incredibly hard to import, making the mount unnecessary. But honestly, we phased it out, as interest waned.

There are no plans to build factory Cross-bike, however our European colleagues came up with a Cross-type sidecar which can be installed on any Ural except  Retro and M70 models. You can order this sidecar set up from your dealer but do expect fairly long lead time and a pretty hefty price tag.

These are no longer being produced.

That’s one question we love to answer. As usual the devil is in the details. For instance, the price of a Tourist model has increased from $5,995 in 1993 to $11,799 in 2012. Equipped with a calculator, you will easily find that the price increase did not exceed 3.5% annually. Adjusted for inflation it’s not shocking at all.

The Ural of today is light years away from what it was as recently as 2003, not to mention the earlier models. Brembo, Herzog, Keihin, Denso, Sachs, Marzocchi, Ducati Energia, SKF – these are just a few names of component suppliers we use to build Urals. All of these parts encounter tariffs coming into Russia and then there are tariffs on the bikes going out. Not to mention transportation costs on said parts and bikes, etc.

We are tempted to go on, but we’ll just stop with Ural T. It has a price tag of $10,499 and we have increased the price only once since the model’s introduction in 2009.