Monkey Business: 2012 Ural Gear-Up

Retro is in and if you want a retro Brit bike you can look to Triumph and its retro-look Bonneville or if you prefer some Italian, Moto Guzzi has its V7 II.  If you want German however, you need to look east to Mother Russia and Ural.  Find this 2012 Ural Gear-Up in Albany, OR for $10,000 via craigslist.

In the early 1940’s the Red Army laid down a set of requirements for a motorcycle and sidecar after witnessing the effect of Blitzkrieg on Poland.  It was found that the German BMW R71 best met the requirements.  A couple of R71’s were purchased from Sweden in late 1940 and were reverse engineered into the M-72 motorcycle sidecar and was shown to Stalin in early 1941.  Interestingly, the M-72 is still manufactured in China today.  This current Ural Gear-Up is a descendant of the R71 and M-72, powered by a BMW toaster-esque two cylinder 749cc boxer.

Imported by IMZ-Ural America, located in Redmond, WA.  Urals have a small but dedicated following among adventure bikers in the U.S.  This Gear-Up model is the top of the line, featuring a switchable drive mode between 1 wheel and 2 wheel drive.  It also features a beefy frame and rear swing arm suspension able to cope with poor Russian roads.  Pity the original buyer went with the boring grey vs. the camouflage paint scheme.

This bike has about 7,800 km on the clock and had the full service at 5,000 km.  It’s all stock with the exception of the sidecar windshield and has a new battery.  Not unexpected as bike batteries expire quickly when they sit around.  No word on whether this bike has the optional gun mount.

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Gianni is Daily Turismo’s Pacific Northwest correspondent.  He likes even numbers of wheels.