Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Lakehills, TX, USA
I actually owned one for a couple years. Great fun when it was running but it was ancient technology. They have upgraded them somewhat over the years, 750cc now, up from 650, and made a few more improvements.
The Ural story has it that the Russians took a WWII BMW apart and reverse engineered their factory. They have producing them ever since, mostly for work on the farms. One of the sidecar models (the only reason to own one at all would be for the sidecar) has two wheel drive (sidecar wheel is driven as well, directly from the rear mc wheel.)
The funnest aspect was taking it anywhere and seeing the crowd that gathered, all thinking it was an ancient BMW! I had more than one compliment on the restoration job I'd done on it! When I told them it was actually a 1998 model, they were dissapointed.
Just old, clutchless and clueless