Ural Yamal, the Bike at Sea [Photo Gallery]
If you know one or two things about Ural bikes, then you're familiarized with their capabilities of reaching places that seem impossible targets. The Yamal bike got its name after the nuclear-powered Russian icebreaker which prowls the Northern seas and keeps them clear for nautical traffic.
The bike is a sidecar model, painted in the same bright reddish orange of the proper Yamal, and just like the ship has its hull painted in a special 3M polymer, the underside of the sidecar got the same treatment.
The sidecar also has an attached oar with instructions telling you how to get to safety in case the ice breaks underneath you: detach sidecar and use the oar to navigate away, or use the cushion as a flotation device. While this is obviously a very funny way to advertise a limited edition bike, we can only hope nobody will try to float the Ural Yamal.
Oh, and one more nifty remark: the sidecar sports the same sharp teeth grin of the icebreaker, for an even closer resemblance to the mighty ship. And if the Yamal bears the same heritage Ural has been getting us used to for all these years, then it's a bike sworn to get you anywhere... and you can also repair it quite easily in case something goes wrong.
❐ Check out the Ural Yamal photo gallery