IMZ Ural Motorcycles

Some people who enjoy motorcycles are born with a significant measure of lemming blood. This is evidenced by the suicidal power levels of the motorbikes they spend their hard earned cash on. Others of us who enjoy motorcycles are just not endowed with lemming blood coursing through our veins. We like to enjoy our ride and then head home for a quiet and civilized port and cigar afterwards. Some of us like to have fun, and like to be alive at the end of the fun to enjoy the memory of it.

So the IMZ Ural motorcycles are probably not for those who are looking for a lemming like near death experience – or worse. The IMZ Ural motorbikes are for the stay alive and enjoy the port and cigars fraternity. So I guess that’s why I like them.

BMW’s classic motorcycle of the thirties and forties the BMW R-71, was adopted by the Soviets and neatly copied, with some Russian improvements, to become the Dnepr M72, and later it became the IMZ Ural M72.

(Picture courtesy wikimedia.com)

(Picture courtesy wikimedia.com)

In copying this design the Russians created an excellent, utilitarian motorcycle and side-car combination that would go pretty much anywhere and would go there as quickly as any normal human being might desire to travel. The bike features an optional driven side-car wheel on two models making this bike a “two wheel drive” go anywhere machine.

You will find IMZ Ural’s website if you click here.

IMZ Ural’s models that features the optional sidecar with driven wheel are the “Gear Up” and the “Patrol

The IMZ Ural Gear Up with driven side-car wheel. (Picture courtesy IMZ Ural)

The IMZ Ural Gear Up with driven side-car wheel. (Picture courtesy IMZ Ural)

The models with conventional single wheel drive are the “CT” and the “M70 Retro”.

IMZ Ural M70 Retro. (Picture courtesy IMZ Ural).

IMZ Ural M70 Retro. (Picture courtesy IMZ Ural).

These Russian motorcycles are for those of us who enjoy on road and off road motorcycling, and for those of us who find that motorised transport into your favourite hunting spot is preferable to using a horse, because horses have a mind of their own and sometimes they do things we’d rather they didn’t, like having a nice roll in the grass whilst your favourite hunting rifle is still in the saddle scabbard. So with rifle and camping kit packed into the side-car of your IMZ Ural Gear Up or Patrol with their engageable two wheel drive there aren’t too many places you won’t be able to go, and to get there with enough gear to make your hunting trip just as close to “glamping” as your imaginative packing skills will allow.

Early production drawing of the wartime Ural M72 (Picture courtesy ural.cc)

Early production drawing of the wartime Ural M72 (Picture courtesy ural.cc)

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