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New Year, New Adventures: Ural AirThursday, January 10th, 2019
New year, new adventures! This year’s Limited Edition Ural Air encourages riders to explore further… on the ground and in the air. The inspiration behind this LE was to open Ural riders to new experiences, and see their adventures from a different perspective. It also reflects our fascination with blending Ural’s classic design with cutting edge technologies.
What’s over the ridge? What’s just beyond your campsite? What obstacles lie ahead after a big storm? When the trail ends or nightfall is looming, the rider or passenger becomes a pilot, sending out their eye in the sky to determine the best route or quickest escape.
Experience Something New
A specially designed compartment opens on the nose of the sidecar, revealing a DJI Spark drone. The drone controller is firmly attached to the sidecar with custom made RAM Mount. The sidecar passenger, turned navigator, can use the Spark’s video capturing technologies to gain the bird’s eye view of the path ahead.
A truly unique design. Only 40 units have been made world wide! With this new design you’ll be sure to turn some heads while on the trail. Feel safer when off-roading in new areas with the drone to help guide you. This bike is certainly built for dual riders more than any other Ural. Take this year by the horns and go beyond where you have before!
Spark is a mini-drone that features all of DJI’s signature technologies, allowing you to seize the moment whenever you feel inspired.With intelligent flight control options, a mechanical gimbal, and a camera with incredible image quality, Spark empowers you to push your creative boundaries. Make your own videos and show off your skills to your friends using the drone.
The drone itself is not the only part of this LE that brings together Ural and modern technologies. The drone compartment is made by Stratasys. It’s a perfect showcase of the advantages of direct digital manufacturing solutions. The door is activated by a push-button located under the nose of the sidecar tub and lifted by strong gas shocks.
Using a specially configured RAM Mount, the drone’s controller is held firmly in place. The sidecar passenger turned navigator can use the Spark’s cutting edge video capturing technologies not only to assist the pilot but also to capture and share the unique experience.
Check out our website to see more specs and the Air that we have in stock!
History of UralWednesday, March 14th, 2018
The Pact that Jump Started Ural
On August 23, 1939 the Soviet Union and Germany signed the Molotov/Ribbentrop Pact or the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact in Moscow, but it didn’t mean tensions between the two countries were lessened. Stalin began planning and preparing for when this pact would no longer be in play. He only needed time to prepare his army who were tremendously ill equipped to be at war with Nazi Germany. The biggest concern at the time was to defend their country from invasion. To do this, Stalin needed to enhance his army by giving them modernized equipment. Ground troops and Special Forces were priority. Stalin had seen the devastating effects of the blitzkrieg on Poland and he knew mobilization was the key to victory. The current state of their vehicles were unreliable and did not suit their needs anymore. They needed something new in which they could rely on.
With a pact like this no one was sure when it would end or be violated, the urgency of the situation was sensed by everyone. Discussions began on what type of motorcycle to use for their reconnaissance team and other mobile troops. It needed to be able to handle the rough terrain of the countryside and be able to carry at least two people. Two people on a bike so one could shoot on a gun mount if they came under enemy fire. They decided that BMW’s R71 would suit their needs. This could be difficult seeing as BMW’s factory was in Germany. Surprisingly, to show that they were upholding their end of the pact, the BMW factory sent drawings and molds of the bike. The Soviet Union also purchased 5 of the motorcycles from Sweden and had them smuggled into the country, one of which survived and is on display in IMZ-Ural factory museum. When the 5 BMW bikes arrived, Soviet engineers set to work taking them apart and then reverse engineered the entire bike. Finally, in 1941, the samples (called the M-72) were given to Stalin, who approved the project for immediate mass production where 9,799 M-72’s would be manufactured and used over the course of the war.
In 1941 Nazi Germany attacked, just as Stalin knew they would; and with their attack came a new serious problem. Most of the Soviet Union’s key industrial factories – who were supplying them with military weapons and vehicles – were within range of German bombers, even in Moscow. Stalin ordered an evacuation and relocation of all the factories.
The M-72 factory was transferred into a small trading town called Irbit in the Ural Mountain Region. It had been a key player in trade until the Revolution in 1917. Once the M-72 factory moved it continued production of the military use vehicles even after the war had ended. Later, the motorcycles manufactured in Irbit became known as Urals and the manufacturer was called Irbit Motorcycle Works (IMZ). In early 1950’s a factory in Ukraine took over military Ural production, IMZ continued to make their motorcycles for both military and civilian use, but in early 1960’s they were solely making Urals for civilian use. Between the switch of military production between IMZ and Ukraine factory the M-72 line was sold to China in 1957, and would later make their own version called the Chiang Jiang.
Win a Limited Edition Ural BaikalThursday, March 8th, 2018
We are excited to announce that our Limited Edition Ural Baikal will be offered in a giveaway at Mohegan Sun. We are excited that Mohegan sun reached out to us for this special opportunity to showcase one of our motorcycles in their casino.
From February 1st – March 30th only at Mohegan Sun you can enter to win a 2017 Limited Edition Ural Baikal. For every day you swipe your Momentum card at a kiosk you get an entry into the grand prize giveaway on March 30th. Double your entries on March 30th between 6am and 4pm when you swipe your Momentum card! Right now, you can see our bike on display at Mohegan Sun.
For more information follow the link below:
A big thanks to Mohegan Sun for providing us with great photos of our bike on display.
Have some fun over the next couple months as you continue to heighten your chances of winning this beautiful limited edition Ural!