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!
Destination wedding in Europe? Let’s rent a Ural.
That was the exact thought that Weston and his wife Mallori had when they received their invite. Ural riders at home in California, they couldn’t resist the idea of exploring the South of France and Western Italy on their favorite adventure mobile.
Mallori piloting from Verdon to San Remo Italy. We loved the unexpected treasures on roads where you have know idea what lies around the next bend.
Never ending lavender fields in the south of France, we’ll need to come back one day to see them in bloom.
On the Mediterranean island of Corsica. This place is incredibly beautiful and we can’t wait to spend more time here exploring on our next trip!
About half way through the trip my camera completely fried. Early morning cell phone shot while riding through Italy.
Curving, winding and rainy roads in Italy