If not a lighter, slimmer version of the Gear Up, what could the Ural Gear Up Air be? A $17,999 launch pad for a drone! That’s what! The latest limited edition Ural to be announced from our Russian comrades (the Americanized ones in Redmond, Washington at least) is the Ural Gear Up Air, a brand mashup from none other than: DJI, a popular drone manufacturer; Ram Mounts, a manufacturer of mounts of all sorts; and Stratasys, experts in the 3D printing and manufacturing landscape. The cool thing about paying $18k for a drone launchpad, is that you also get a fun sidecar motorcycle out of the deal. Essentially a rolling Russian command post for your surveillance drone!
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.
Setting out on a motorcycle trip can change a person – I’m sure some of you probably already know that. Many of us take long trips on our motorcycles for that exact reason. We need to refresh our outlook. To remind ourselves of the simple and beautiful parts of life that all too often get overlooked. When I left my home on a sweltering Tuesday in late October, I knew I wouldn’t be the same upon my return. I welcomed that fact wholeheartedly. With a full tank of gas and a friend by my side, I left the person I was at that moment behind and focused on the road ahead.
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.
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.
I’m really anxious to drive the new Slingshot Polaris recently launched. With 170 horsepower in a 1725-lb package with side-by-side seating and an open top, it promises to deliver a fun factor unlike almost any other machine currently in production. But it’s not a motorcycle.
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.
When it comes to newly pressed Russian-made motorcycles imported to the United States, there’s Ural and then there’s Ural. Renown for its rugged line of sidecar models, specifically the 2WD Gear-Up and Patrol, Ural also manufactures the lesser-known Solo sT. Sans sidecar, the Solo sT is the only two-wheel counterpart to the variety of three-wheelers in Ural’s 2014 model lineup.