In 1941, the Ural Sidecar was created through reverse engineering of the BMW R 75, with for objective to suit the needs of the Russian Red Army fighting in harsh Russian climate and terrain. The first built sidecars were sent to the front lines in February of 1942 and were used by the troops in the Battle of Stalingrad. 9,799 sidecar M72’s served in reconnaissance and dispatch detachments, and were also used to evacuate the wounded from battle fields during the World War II. 70 years later, the sidecar and 2 solo models are still produced with the company (Irbit Motoworks Factory) currently selling all it can make, about 800 bikes a year in 2010. The company still makes the frame, the engine, the transmission, the body parts, and the wheels, but is now sourcing many components from Italian, German and Japanese vendors.
To celebrate its 70th anniversary, the company launched 2 models, the M70 sidecar and M70 both inspired by the ordinal M 72. Both painted in olive drab, the sidecar has a machine gun mount and its tonneau cover is made of canvas similar to the one used on the M72. Just like the original it also includes a spare wheel and shovel. The tear drop gas tank is decorated with a replica of the first factory badge, circa 1956. The motorcycle features a tractor style seat and luggage rack on the rear fender. Each anniversary M70 also comes with a special commemorative plaque. Other features include 18″ aluminum rims, 40 mm Marzochhi telescopic forks, Sachs shocks, Brembo front disc brake, and other modern features. A longer wheel base and lower sitting sidecar make this model the fastest and best handling Ural.
MSRP Sidecar (30 units built): $14,200. MSRP Solo (10 units built): $9,150. Available in the US right now at the following dealerships. Triquest Motorcycles, CA. Marks Custom Cycles, CA. Unique Rides, CO. Holopaw Ural, FL. Moto Italia, IL. Ural of New England, MA. More Than Motorcycles, MD. Cumberland Choppers, ME. Leos South, MN. Xtreme Machines, NJ. Outdoor Motorsports, SD. St. Croix HD & Ural, WI. Ural USA.