Hammarhead Solo Cross

With for philosophy “to build elemental motorcycles outside of the plastic-encrusted mainstream motorcycle industry and to honor the taut lines and lean form of the past iconic motorcycles”, James Hammarhead is again imposing its own “repurposing” style, but this time starting from a brand new factory motorcycle. A 2010 Ural sT!  James explains that this Hammarhead Solo X (read Cross) project began when the Ural sT was released in May 2010.  When he saw it, he immediately fired off an email to Ural to see if we could get one to customize. He was attracted to it because it’s a very basic motorcycle that he felt he could turn into an even more elemental while very functional off road riding motorcycle.

Although the Ural sT is very simple, James stripped the bike further.  The instrument cluster was removed and a new headlight was selected to swallow all the electrics. The correct handlebars were found hanging in the shop and these were fitted out with basic switchgear and internally wired.  The bars are capped with Oberon bar end LED turn signals, the matching mirrors were left in a shop drawer. The ignition switch was relocated under the seat and the speedo mounted to the transmission. The deeply valance steel fenders were replaced with alloy units that were re-arched to fit the 18 inch wheels. Much of what was needed to protect the bike off-road was available from Raceway Services They provided crash bars, skid plate and the awesome high pipes.

James went back to the BMW R75 for inspiration regarding the intakes. To replicate the tank mounted air box of the R75 rig, he cut the bottom out of the Ural in tank tool box.  A pass through air box was formed in the tank that could accommodate two conical K&N filters.  The exhaust and intakes required a slight re-jet of the stock carbs but otherwise no other change. When the winter weather breaks, James first outing with the bike will be a deep stream crossing at a farm just outside Philadelphia…. Just looking forward to getting drenched. Hammarhead Industries.

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4 Responses to “Hammarhead Solo Cross”


  1. 1 Sportster Mike Feb 18th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    It looks like James has done a good job – and set up the bike the way he wanted. I wondered why the high level pipes and he is going swimming!!
    Most of the Urals I have seen in England have had to be rebuilt / rewired by the owners anyway so why not start from scratch?
    Nick name for them here was ‘Urinal’ mind…

  2. 2 Derick Feb 18th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Interesting makeover.

  3. 3 IK Feb 18th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    @ Sportster Mike – more on the same here: http://hooniverse.com/2011/02/15/hammarhead-industries-introducing-pier-18-and-the-solo-x/#more-42885

    “At first glance the Ural sT looks like it should be a nice retro vibe street bike but once ridden in the dirt the shocking universal potential is revealed. Maybe because its design dates from a time when paved roads were not a given.” Despite the aging design, he was impressed by its build quality, handling, and ability to be ridden aggressively–an attribute he’s improved on with the Solo X.

  4. 4 Chief Waldo Feb 21st, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Outside of the rear fender and seat, it looks pretty good.

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