I know plenty of motorcyclists who couldn’t care less about sports where the players knock some balls around, ultimately scoring in whichever fashion is pertinent. I’m one of them. I’ll watch about any type of sport, as long as it involves some internal combustion and/or two wheels… except NASCAR. Sorry.
We always hear from marketing and PR departments and even journalists about motorcycle industry execs being riders, that they care, and are enthusiasts themselves. That’s normally true in this industry. Ducati CEO, Claudio Domenicali is a fantastic rider, and the head of Two-Wheel Global for Bosch shared plenty of stories about his off-road excursions in Australia. These guys ride. That’s the truth. Now let’s take a look at Ural.
I totally dig Ural sidecars, especially of the 2WD variety, but I’ve found an even more novel sidehack rig – the amphibious Canterbury Belle sidecar boat. Constructed circa 1960, both bike and boat measured about eight feet in length, and could carry two people making the combined capacity four people!
Hubert (pronounced U-bear) Kriegel is a Paris-born, Los Angeles-to-New York transplant who left the Big Apple in February 2005 on a road trip that’s yet to end. Twenty-sixteen marks Hubert’s 12th year circling the globe by sidecar. Hubert’s ridden his Ural to more than 100 countries and circled the globe 3 times. Most recently he visited the Himalayas to ride the highest road in the world.
Santa and his eight flying reindeer got nothin’ on the 2WD Ural Gear-Up. When it comes to smiles per mile on ultimate sleigh rides, I’ll go dashing through the snow on a Ural before any purpose-built, motorized sled, whether fueled by petrol or magic food pellets.