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URAL Brand History
IMZ is a Russian manufacturer of motorcycles which had multiple factories in Moscow, Leningrad and Kharkov. However, due to the German attacks during the World War II, all the facilities were moved to Irbit and Gorkiy. IMZ's history began in 1940, when the Soviet Union was preparing for the German military attacks.
Thousands of M-72 motorcycles were produced, most units going to the Russian army forces while during WWII almost 10000 M-72 bikes were delivered to the troops. After the war, the production of the M-72 continued and in 1950, the parent company created no less than 30,000 motorcycles.
Even if at the beginning the Ural was supposed to be a motorcycle for military use only, in 1950
the company rolled out several Ural bikes addressed to the citizens of the country, the Ukraine factory being the main plant responsible for their production.
In 1953, these bikes were distributed all over the world, becoming famous under the name of Cossack motorcycles. Four years later, in 1957, the M-72 production lines were sold.
The Ural motorcycles are equipped with four-stroke air-cooled flat-twin engines, a four speed gearbox with reverse gear, shaft drive, two disc dry clutch, spring shock absorbers and drum brakes, being mostly used in the Russian tough areas.
Although they are manufactured mainly for the Russian market, they can also be seen in various countries around the world, including Australia, Britain, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Germany, Egypt, Iran, South African Republic, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and the United States.
The 90's brought some changes inside the company, because it easily turned into a joint stock company named "Uralmoto Joint Stock Company". 40 percent of the company was actually owned by executives and employees through grants and 22% was retained by the government. The same organization lasted till 2000 when the company was entirely revamped in order to make the motorcycle manufacturer a more important presence on the market.
Latest News about URAL
This Ural could easily inspire the makers of the next zombie apocalypse horror movie. Even though it still needs some zombie-repellent upgrades, this sidecar Ural is an excellent starting platform. The MV750 went through a careful restoration process, with engine rebuild and all the parts cleaned, brought up to s... Continue Reading →
It's indeed heartening to see an old bike manufacturer such as Ural upgrading their machines and becoming more active as far as advertising is concerned. Retro as they might be, Ural sidecars need not be actually built with outdated technology. And since adding fuel injection, much better suspensions than wha... Continue Reading →
It's always great to see a bike manufacturer which is very serious about the machines, but who can also find funny ways to promote and sell motorcycles. One of these manufacturers is Ural, and here's their “32 Black Fridays” special sale. This limited time offer runs November 29th through Dec... Continue Reading →
The NHTSA issued the recall campaign number 13V507000 for a number of 273 Ural motorcycles potentially affected by a rim problem. According the the NHTSA, 273 bikes, models 2012 Ural Gear-up, Patrol, Patrol T, Tourist, and Tourist T motorcycles with sidecars produced June 2, 2012, through October 25, 2012 may have... Continue Reading →
Ural will announce the 2014 model year bikes in early December, during the North American Dealer Meeting. According to Ural's newsletter, the 2014 EFI (electronic fuel injection) bikes will be introduced to the public and we're expecting a full list of changes and upgrades, line-up structure, new colors... Continue Reading →
Even if multiple studio photos of the all-new 2013 Ural Gaucho Rambler Limited Edition have leaked days ago and we were quick to show them to you, Ural now unveils some more, alongside some tech specs and the price tag. By all means, these new pics are a bit warmer, aren't they? The Gaucho Rambler design was ... Continue Reading →
Jeff Yarrington of Saint Motor Company is definitely not your average bike builder: he masters the metal working in almost magic ways, and we bet you'll be amazed by his Tesla business card-bike. However, when ti comes to adding radical character to a bike, Jeff is equally skilled without huge welding jobs invol... Continue Reading →
Little does true creativity on boundaries, and this video is a great way to prove it. We've seen quite a lot of makeshift machinery coming from Russia, and some of it was really hilarious. However, this Ural/Dnepr-powered DIY ATV looks really cool, despite the fact that it's still a long shot from the pr... Continue Reading →
Yesterday we reported about Ural having prepared a new member of their Limited Edition bike series, the Gaucho Rambler. Even though Ural mentioned they will unveil the bike in twoo weeks, we got our hands on the first leaked pictures. Juts like we expected, the Gaucho Rambler is a very neat and tidy sidecar motorc... Continue Reading →
Ural announces they will soon unveil the new Limited Edition machinery, a very cool yearly habit, by all means. The 2013 bike is called the Gaucho Rambler, and is scheduled to fully break cover in two weeks. As it Ural bikes themselves are not already a head-turner wherever they show up, the manufacturer decided t... Continue Reading →