Ural Announces 2016 Model Year Changes

Ural motorcycle, 2016 MY 1 photo
Photo: Ural
Ural may be the exponent of retro Soviet Union motorcycle industry, but these guys are certainly not against evolution. Comparing Ural's technological changes to the rest of the industry is a bit like comparing apples to oranges, no matter what people say.
Ural's machines are so different from almost anything else that they have their own world where time flows differently. In terms of absolute tech prowess, Ural indeed seems on the primitive side at times.

Still, analyzing how much these bikes changed during the last two or three years, we'd rather say that the speed of their evolution is greater than that of the rest...

Most likely, this is because of the gap they have to cover, and that leaves so much room for improvements. Even more, given the fact that in this segment Ural has so many choices that have already been tested and proven, it's so much easier for them to choose exactly what floats their boat, making their bikes look more appealing.

No huge changes, but all in all, a hefty list of things that make the Ural better and more reliable

Now, the 2016 model year Ural are not THAT different from the former ones, but they do come with certain upgrades that add to the dependability of these machines.

The most important upgrades we must mention are the introduction of compressible fiber-aluminum gaskets used for sealing the exhaust head pipes, the new starter motor, the new throttle bodies and flanges, and the fuel tank sensor baffle.

Ural also revised the dampeners for increased stiffness and sealing, as well as the updated weather strip for the trunk. It's hard to quantize how much these upgrades will impact the riding experience, but we're fine knowing that things are on the move at Ural. Honestly, we believe that if these machines become too modern, they'd lose their mojo.

Here is the official Model Year Changes list for 2016:

  • New starter motor.
  • Introduction of compressible fiber-aluminum gaskets to seal exhaust head pipes.
  • Hydraulic brake switch.
  • Modified wire harness.
  • Modified throttle bodies and flanges.
  • Gas tank with the fuel sensor baffle.
  • Modified hydraulic dampener with increased stiffness and sealing.
  • New trunk lid weather strip.
  • New design of the oil deflector for the breather for 2WD models.
  • Use of liquid paint on all body parts.
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