Last week was the legendary One Moto Show and our local crew from Ural Portland was there all weekend riding in with a gang of local Ural owners. Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed the show, see you next year!
Photos by Ural Portland
Next sure you’re in Portland make sure to visit the crew over at Ural Portland for all your sidecar needs!
Curated tours, unforgettable experiences.
Urals are one of the most unique ways you can experience a new destination.
Insider’s Experience in Marrakech, Morocco treat guests to an unforgettable vacation experience with expert knowledge and curated sidecar tours.
Guests can choose to arrive to the outskirts of Marrakech by hot air balloon where the Insider’s crew will pick them up for door to door service into downtown.
They’ll take you along quintessential Moroccan back roads to discover it’s breathtaking natural beauty.
Tour guides offer expert navigation through the winding streets of Marrakech. With a labyrinth of alley ways and winding streets, Urals provide tourists with an up close view of the bustling city center.
Insider’s also offers luxury camping experiences, set under an incredible desert sky.
Photos originally published by Le Figaro.
Join us at Union Garage in Brooklyn, NY this Saturday, 1/14 at 7PM, for a live multimedia presentation by the intrepid adventurers of “leavinghomefunktion.” Their bikes will be on hand, fresh from the road, and their pilots will be here to tell us about their trip. We’ll have some light fare and cold refreshments. (Shoutout to Sixpoint for sponsoring this event!)
In the summer of 2014 a group of art school classmates set out on an improbable journey. With freshly minted motorcycle licenses and scant collective mechanical experience between them, the odds seemed stacked heavily against them as they plotted an overland route from Germany to New York City—heading East to get to The West.
The effort would be monumental—including engineering a pontoon system to drive their bikes down a 1,600km stretch of river in Russia, navigating a maze of visa requirements, and surviving years of exposure to the elements.
Please do register if you’re interested in making it. Space is limited and we’re charging $10/ticket for this one – with all proceeds being donated to the group’s Patreon.com crowdfunding site.
And if you need another reason to attend, we’ll be using registrations as raffle tickets for door prizes. One lucky attendee will go home with our limited edition Ural Burn bag, a $380 value. Plus we’ll be raffling off other assorted swag.
As they’re *just* wrapping up their trip they still have gigabytes of photos and videos to process, but here are a few snippets of what they’ve experienced so far. This first clip is from the famous Road of Bones in Russia, and the second shows the ingenuity that helped them navigate 1,600 kilometers of river by Ural.
Adventuring together for years, this Belgian couple decided to take their travels to the next level.
They decided to ship their Ural Gear Up to Cape Town South Africa and ride over 10,000km up the Western Coast to Dakar. Let the adventure begin!
Packing prep for months on the road.
Bike being crated and prepped to ship from Belgium to Cape Town.
Their last photo at home before heading off.
Bike arrived safe and sound, now let’s ride!
Field breakfast, the sidecar makes for the perfect prep area while off the grid.
Gas stop at the local village.
UDF (Ural Delay Factor) is very real, especially when traveling abroad 🙂 Prepare for the occasional crowds!
To make their way up the Congo River they hitched a ride with the local fishermen.
Upon arrival they realized there was no crane available to unload their bike. The boat crew quickly jumped to action and had the bike back on solid ground in record time.
The Gear Up’s on-demand 2 wheel drive was perfect for the African roads and mountain trails.
All smiles after finding a quick detour!
Success! After nearly 4 months on the road they successfully pulled into Dakar. Their bike traveled over 10,000km (6,000 miles), most of them off-road through every type of terrain imaginable.
Next stop Marrakesh Morocco!
Be sure to follow more of their adventures on Instagram at @africaoverland!
Tell help raise money for the Movember Foundation, Progressive MC and Ural teamed up to create the ultimate mobile barbershop. Led by the team at Nine Yard Designs, the sidecar has been converted to accomodate a barbershop chair and boot shine station that pulls out from the bike. After your done, slide it back in and hit the road!
Come see this bike along with new 2017 models at the New York Progressive Motorcycle Show, Dec 9-11th!
This year we’ll be at both the Long Beach (11/18 – 11/20) and NYC (12/9 – 12/11) Progressive Motorcycle Shows!
In addition to having some of our newest bikes, we’re also unveiling a very special custom bike made for Progressive’s on-site barbershop, Flo’s Chop Shop!
Every year we invite our customers and fans to come work the booth with our team! If interested in joining the fun, contact us here!
Tomorrow, October 22nd, the factory in Irbit is celebrating its 75th anniversary.
A few days ago we received an incredible birthday gift. A very special group of international riders, young artist friends from Germany, Cyprus and Estonia visited us here in Redmond and spent a few days sharing their stories, laughter, hardships, and enormous love for life and their machines.
We get a lot of visitors that swing through our office this was one of the most energetic, impressive long haul travelers we’ve met yet.
Meet Elle, Anne, Johannes, Kaupo, Efy, Simon, and Nadine aka Leaving Home Fuktion!
2 years on the road around the world, on old 650 Urals, through some of the most grueling terrain, they set out to experience life unabridged. They plunged in with no cushion, relying on their own endurance, wit, and kindness of ordinary folk across countries, cultures and borders. They learnt Russian by reading the original 650 manual “every night before bed”.
A collection of artists, it was evident that they knew how to learn and solve problems on the fly as soon as they rolled up to our loading docks. Their bikes were nothing short of amazing, we felt like we were on the set of Mad Max.
While crossing the infamous Road of Bones, they weren’t sure if they were going to make it, at one point even rationing their food to 1 meal a day per person.
Then something happened that made it “feel like Christmas” according to the group.
They discovered support truck from The Long Way Round, the famous Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman motorcycle documentary.
Completely abandoned, it was still somehow filled with tools and supplies. Just in time for their beaten bikes, the crew gutted the tool chests, allowing themselves to fix their bikes and keep going.
After they arrived we brought in the bikes to look them over and make some repairs, everyone here grabbed their tools and started working alongside our chief mechanic Sergey.
It was obvious that they had learned the intimacies of their bikes while on the road.
After 2 days of wrenching they were eager to continue on their journey. First they’ll head east towards Montana, then south to Salt Lake City. The plan is to continue onto Mexico before looping back up and ending in New York in December.
Follow Their Progress on Facebook.
Contact us if you’d like to host them while here in the states!
Our factory was born in the midst of the Siberian winter in 1941.
The small town of Irbit on the western slopes of the Ural Mountains became an unlikely hub to supply motorcycles for the war effort.
The first motorcycles were sent to the front lines in February of 1942 and used in the Battle of Stalingrad.
During the war, 9,799 M72’s served in reconnaissance and dispatch detachments in addition to helping evacuate the wounded from battle fields.
As the war ended, the factory adapted to the growing post-war need for practical transportation.
The factory continued producing motorcycles with sidecars, building over 3 million units.
These military machines transformed into the functional vehicles of choice for ordinary folks and young families.
Today we carry on the legacy, building the best Ural yet.
To celebrate we’re offering up to $1,000 of new Urals!