2019 Gear Up Review

The folks at RideApart.com have reviewed our 2019 model and shared their reaction after a long test ride. “Ural has made yet another one of its great leaps forward with the introduction of a redesigned engine and upgraded fuel injection system.”

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“The first thing I noticed pulling away from Ural HQ was the improved throttle response and low-end power.”

–Jason Marker, RideApart.com

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After you read the RideApart review, click here to learn more about the model changes and upgrades on our 2019 Ural page. Stay tuned for more info and reviews as 2019 quickly approaches!

“You buy it for the style, and to get where you're going eventually while having an adventure along the way.”

Family Sidecar Adventure

Join Jamie Robinson and his family in this MotoGeo video as they embark on a road trip together. They ride our 2WD Gear Up in Rainier White and test its capabilities on and off road while camping, exploring and scrambling in the California hills.

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MotoGeo creates inspirational motorcycle travel stories, spearheaded by ex-motorcycle racer, Jamie Robinson, and his wife Ely. He’s used to two-wheeled adventures, often solitary trips, so the Ural has really opened him up to the possibility of a motorcycle experience with both wife and son.

This Video was shot in and around the santa monica mountains.

This Video was shot in and around the santa monica mountains.

Three up on three wheels

Three up on three wheels

“The Ural is a fun and different way of getting around.”

As you can see in the vid, the sidecar motorcycle is quite utilitarian, a good errand-running machine. But, it’s always ready for a family sidecar adventure! If you want to learn more about our models, check out our 1WD rig here on the cT page or visit the Gear Up page for the 2WD version as featured in this video.

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In the pic above, Ely sits in the sidecar, Jamie is the pilot, and their son is sitting on the rear of the Ural’s bench seat. To follow more of the Robinson’s adventures, tune in to MotoGeo.com.

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2018 #sharethechair Award Winners

Love this happy pic by  @mnnthbx .

Love this happy pic by @mnnthbx.

Our inaugural International Ural Ride Day was a great success and we’re already looking forward to next year! We are grateful for the Ural community who gave rides to hundreds upon hundreds of passengers across the globe. Thank you to all who shared the joy of sidecar life on this special #sharethechair day!

Now, on to the award-winners! Some of these were difficult to choose since all of the participants are winners in our book. Keep scrolling down to see even more pictures of participants sharing the chair.


Superhero Award

The award for most rides given goes to Bear Campbell from Coarsegold, California with 52 passengers on his Ural cT! Congrats, Bear!

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Top Scorer Award

Ural rider, Robin Weber, from the Northwest Territories in Canada is one of our Top Scorers, logging 48 points (just shy of Bear’s total) on a Tourist.

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Funky Passenger Award

Appropriately captioned, “Superhero and his sidecar” this Goldendoodle and his owner, Graham Kier, really earned this award.

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People’s Choice Award

$100 Ural Shop Gift Card: We love that Alma Villalobos of the Chicagoland area was able to provide her son with the joy of riding in a Ural cT sidecar in this #sharethechair moment...and so did the commenters on her Instagram.


Best #sharethechair Story Award

$100 Ural Shop Gift Card: Sure, it started off rainy in Peoria, IL, but that didn’t stop Jake Pitman from setting out to share the chair with a diverse group of passengers. From dogs to kids to people in service to their country and more, this is what riding a Ural is all about!

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There were so many great pictures of smiling people in sidecars that we’re not going to be able to show them all! Here is a sampling of photos that we hope inspire others to #sharethechair next year.

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Had a great day!!! Started out with neighbors and friends and branched out to firemen, EMTs & an unexpecting family leaving McD’s.

Joe Kint, Davenport, IA - 28 passengers


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This was so much fun! I can't wait to give even more rides for next year's event!

–Ural rider in New York who gave rides to 18 passengers


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Share the chair is what the Ural is all about, great fun was had by all.

Brian Reynolds, Rapid City, Manitoba, Canada


Blair Reyburn  from Apple Valley, MN

Blair Reyburn from Apple Valley, MN

Patricia Alonso , Jersey City, NJ

Patricia Alonso, Jersey City, NJ

Doug Davis , Basehor, KS

Doug Davis, Basehor, KS


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This was fun! Thanks. My only concern is that we're 1 year away from the next Ural Ride Day!

Roque Lopez, San Francisco, CA - 19 passengers


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We had a great time. Even a 13 year old wants to by her first Ural when she turns 17.  We are starting them young and keeping them feeling young here.

– Geoffrey Jay, Sugar Creek, Missouri - Gear Up - 37 passengers


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These are the kinds of smiles that keep us smiling here at Ural! Photos by Jessy Johnston, who gave 45 rides on International Ural Ride Day!


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Ural rider Cameron Anderson knows how to share the chair! He gave rides to a whopping 46 passengers in Sioux Falls, SD on his Ural Gear Up.


We’re already looking forward to seeing your pics and stories during the 2019 International Ural Ride Day. In the meantime, we hope you all #sharethechair with your friends, family and maybe even a few strangers!

From France to Austria

Ural Motorcycles and Motul present: A Motorcycle-Diaries adventure from France to Austria. "A la recherche du temps perdu" the story about a slow ride from Wheels and Waves to Austria through fantastic sceneries!

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With the recent announcement of the official lubricant partnership between Ural and Motul, a very special Motorcycle Care custom motorcycle was developed at the IMZ motorcycle plant in Irbit, Russia.

The long, scenic route!

The long, scenic route!

We see our wheels as means to explore the world and to expand our horizons. 

Based on the Ural Gear Up model, with special matte and gloss paint, the red line on leather and rims are easy on the eye. This special trunk design can hold 10 products from the Motul MC Care range. First revealed during Wheels & Waves 2018 Biarritz, France. You can see the product in all its glory at Intermot 3-7th October Koln!

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We are movers.

“You normally don’t find us often hanging out at hip motorcycle events. We do not really bother about the latest trends in chrome bolts nor do we consider ourselves tattoo-addicts, and we do not like to discuss about all the magnificent rides we‘ll probably never undertake.”

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We soon give in to looking around, waving, smiling, taking pictures, reading, eating.

“And when you switch seats to the sidecar, thereʼs a sudden change. Yes, you can assist your driver and hang out, helping to take the corner or anticipate a slide.”

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Ural x Motul

Learn more about the Gear Up and how you can create your own adventure. See the original post at Motorcycle-Diaries and check out the MC Care line of products from Motul.

How To #sharethechair

On September 8th, 2018, the Ural community will be celebrating International Ural Ride Day. Ural owners and dealerships all over the world will invite as many passengers into the sidecar as they can. Some people will win awards for most points and best photos, so read these tips on how to successfully #sharethechair!

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Tip 1: Just Ask

Like one of our Ural ambassadors says (Tracy Getty), “most people are floored that I’d even ask. In other words, don’t be shy, people might be more willing to hop in than you think. For inspiration, see Tracy’s story here.

Tip 2: Be Prepared

Before the big day, fuel up and give the bike a pre-ride inspection. Load up an extra helmet or two and plan a general route. NOTE: Reach out to your friends on social media ahead of time to give them a heads-up.

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Tip 3: No Excuses

Maybe you work on Saturday (Sep 8th!). Maybe you’re coaching a soccer team. Just take the Ural with you and offer rides to your coworkers or your team. Heck, offer rides to the opposing team in the parking lot...that’ll net you a lot of points! 

Tip 4: Have Fun

This may be the most important tip. Who doesn’t like a smiling sidecar chauffeur? Create a lasting memory for your passenger by sharing your excitement with them. Dress up. Be nice. Laugh with your co-pilots!

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Tip 5: Be Safe

This is about growing the sidecar community and having fun. This isn’t a time to be daring or show off your cornering speed. Rides can be short and sweet (and slow) and if the passenger is hesitant, respect that and simply have passengers sit and pose for a picture (which you can collect points for!).

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Reasons Why You Should Participate

Remember the feeling of joy when you first rode in or on a sidecar motorcycle? Share this joy and give people a reason to smile! There is something special about human interaction in this busy and increasingly digital world. Your sidecar is the most amazing way to break the ice and break barriers. Just share the chair!

For every 10 passengers you give rides to, you’ll receive your International Ural Ride Day 2018 Star sticker. Register today!

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Help us spread the word!

Use Twitter, Instagram or Facebook to tell your family and friends. We’re a small company, but we know the Ural family reaches far and wide. Please join us in inviting Ural riders across the world to get out and #sharethechair! (Use this hashtag!)


Let's set a record by giving rides to as many people as we can on September 8th!