Ural Motorcycles, a Russian manufacturer of motorcycles with sidecars, is launching its 2014 model lineup. The new Urals feature electronic fuel injection, disc brakes on all three wheels, a hydraulic steering damper and dozens of other upgrades–the biggest package of improvements in 10 years.
“For many years we were watching other manufacturers launching new models after new models every year. So two and a half years ago we decided we needed to do something more significant than changing the color combinations. It’s not to say that we didn’t change the color combinations for 2014, as a matter of fact we did. But we also made the bike lighter, faster, more responsive, more fuel efficient, better in handling and braking,” said Ilya Khait, Ural President and CEO. “New Urals maintain our signature classic charm, ruggedness and unpretentious character. At the same time, performance-wise these bikes got closer to what riders expect from a modern day motorcycle.
“We know that a large number of people like the idea of a classic motorcycle with a sidecar but the well-known quirks of previous generations’ Urals stopped some of them from exploring it further. With the introduction of the new Ural we’re hoping to get another chance.”
Ural’s 2014 lineup includes three models: the Ural T ($12,399), the Patrol ($15,399 one-tone, $15,599 two-tone) and the Gear-Up ($15,999). The first motorcycles are expected to hit dealers’ floors early February. Ural has also organized a demo tour, which kicks off in February with stops in Salem, Oregon (Feb. 8); San Diego, California (Feb. 15); Sacramento, California (Feb. 22); and Santa Clara, California (Feb. 23). The full schedule is still growing, and updates along with full specifications and other details about the 2014 Ural lineup can be found at imz-ural.com.