Recently, I logged more than 1000 miles on a Ural Gear Up. Many of those miles were spent on pavement, however, some of the most fun I had was riding it off-road. Bouncing the big three-wheeled machine through dirt trails and over rocky stream crossings was a blast. Something I didn’t have a chance to try while on the Ural, though, was riding on a frozen lake, or frozen anything for that matter.

The closest MO got to the frozen fun below was former editor Tom Roderick’s time spent playing in the snow near Ural’s U.S. headquarters in Redmond, WA, which you can read about in the link below.

2014 Ural Gear-Up Review + Video

Thankfully, Motul and Ural teamed up to ring the new year in right with a little ice racing in the Russian capital of Moscow. Complete with Christmas tree obstacles and snowmen passengers (which I am guessing had plenty of weight for ballast) riders slid their Urals around the frozen track for some light-hearted fun. Check out the video below for all of the action.

Now we just need to figure out how to get an invite for next year.

  • JWaller

    Ha! You logged 1000 miles on a Ural? How many man hours did you log working on the damn thing? My Ural is like a century series fighter jet, requiring more man hours of maintenance than it logs “flight” hours. Still, whenever it is running, you’re right. The thing’s a blast to ride off road. I like riding with a group of dual sport riders I go out with about once a month. The sidecar is great for carrying extra gas, water, tools, extra everything. And it’s a good thing to have around in case someone goes down and needs an immediate extraction from the middle of nowhere.

    I got to ride my Ural to work in December under the most unusual of circumstances: a few inches of snow on the ground and ice on the road just outside San Antonio. People looked at me like I was crazy. I stopped for gas (and a shot of hot coffee to warm ME up) and then two guys walked into the gas station saying, “Whoever that is, he’s a REAL biker, to be riding in this shit!” They didn’t realize I’m just a pansy-ass math teacher without the sense to know better than to ride in the snow.