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!
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!
This week Mihai and his family visit Cappadocia in central Turkey. With an ideal climate and sprawling landscapes, this is one of the world’s most popular places for hot air ballooning.
Mihai’s son, Vlad, with the perfect view of Turkey from the 2,000 feet above.
Cappadocia is home to Turkey’s “fairy chimneys”, pointed rocks formed from volcanic ash that rained across the region millions of years ago. Today, many consider these rocks good luck with some measuring over 130 feet tall!
After the balloon ride they were off to visit friends and scout for tomorrow’s adventure!
Photos by Meghan Rose
Last weekend over 350 motorcyclists joined the New England motorcycle charity ride to honor children battling brain tumors. This year marked the largest ride to date, with all donations going directly to cancer research.
The crew at Ural New England organized local riders helping make this year’s ride the largest yet!
Ural owner’s gave young cancer survivors and their families a ride up front in the sidecar, complete with police escort!
This year, riders helped raise over $54,000 for research!
Want to join the fun?
Sign up for Ural New England’s Fall Rally here!
We headed down to Portland for the 1st annual Stay Wild Expo, a 3 day event at Portland’s World Forestry Center celebrating all things adventure. They hosted surfboard shaping workshops, guided hikes, motorcycle ride to the coast, surf contest, a maker’s market and so much more!
We were able to hang with the amazing crew from Ural Portland, answer questions about the bikes and give sidecar rides through the Forestry Center and Rose Gardens.
Shaper Studios giving a surfboard shaping lesson in their mobile workshop!
Shoutout to Tilt for keeping us fueled over the 3 day event!
Half way through the Expo the beer garden’s hand truck got 2 flat tires. We offered to help with the resupply.
“Are you sure? Each keg weighs like 170lbs?”
“That’s it? Sure, throw in 2!”
Outdoor lounge area with Kodama Zones.
These sisters brought their parents back to our booth about 4 times for more photos.
Special thanks to the entire staff at Ural Portland for the help.
See you next year!
Photos by Mihai Barbu
Mihai rode his 2WD Gear Up with his favorite co-pilots to explore the Caucasus Mountains, Black Sea beaches and some of the world’s most breathtaking back roads.
The trip started, like most, with a few hours of highway. Their sidecar was packed camping gear, spare tire, 2 passengers and his son’s toy sword; after all, you never know what you might encounter.
Soon Mihai and his co-pilots arrived in Ushguli, Georgia. Ushguli is Europe’s highest village sitting at 7,190ft. It’s home to just over 200 residents who brave 6 months of snow a year.
The adventure continued as they quickly discovered some amazing mountain roads just outside the village.
Charge! Mihai and his son Vlad tackling puddles with 2WD.
These mountains are rarely visited by tourists, making the trip free of lines and kiosks. It’s just the ride and pristine views.
The roads winding through the Caucasus range can be difficult to navigate but luckily they’re in relatively decent shape.
Afternoon picnic before setting up camp, drying off after puddle jumping.
Day 1 in the books! Time for a well deserved night under the stars.