River Crossing In Russian Ural Sidecars

A sidecar isn’t like any other vehicle and Ural sidecars are not like any other sidecars. Watch these 2 tough Russians crossing a raging river. Then explain to me how these completely under water Ural sidecars can continue to run…I guess it’s one of the ways a brand becomes iconic!

12 Responses to “River Crossing In Russian Ural Sidecars”

  1. 1 Russ Mansfield Aug 23rd, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Hope they didn’t cross a river border to Ukraine. These Russians are tough.

  2. 2 BobS Aug 23rd, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Now that is some real badass biking.

  3. 3 richards Aug 23rd, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    How did they keep running when it appears they were submerged??? A sealed “snorkel” intake???

  4. 4 Woody's Aug 23rd, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Very cool! Love the live axle Urals for screwing around in snow, fun to watch this video! As mentioned, seems you’d need a sealed airbox with a snorkle, but I sure don’t see anything out of place. Maybe they ran an air hose up the back of their jackets ☺

  5. 5 BadMonkeyMW Aug 23rd, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    That was awesome. Real world evidence of what that driven 3rd wheel on the sidecar can do!

  6. 6 laurence zankowski Aug 23rd, 2015 at 6:16 pm


    if the side cars are sealed I would think they are running a snorkel to the sidecar, that or they have some type of pre river crossing: connect a compressed airtank ( again in the sidecar ) to carb, setup.

    looks like they are ready for this crossing due to the foul weather gear they have on.

    be well


  7. 7 nicker Aug 24th, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Never had a scooter take that sort-a dunking and keep running….. Wow!


  8. 8 beeman07 Aug 24th, 2015 at 7:33 am

    I love seeing Urals in their element. These bikes either have snorkels for their intakes (I couldn’t find evidence of this in the video) or they are very lucky. That said, the 2013 and older Urals are so old school, that this kind of abuse probably wouldn’t phase them very much. I rode 35 miles on one with a broken ring gear in the final drive. It was LOUD from all the banging, but after replacing the gear the bike is no worse for wear. I wouldn’t dare do that with a ‘modern’ bike.

  9. 9 Reyn Mansson Aug 24th, 2015 at 7:48 am

    One of my clients is a URAL dealer and I can tell you that while the numbers are small, URAL sales in the US are up. There’s a steady interest.

  10. 10 Hillbilly Jim Aug 24th, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Several years ago while at the Indianapolis expo I met the man who owns Ural motorcycles in Mother Russia.He shared with me many videos of sidehacks doing things we definitely do not do here.

  11. 11 Boomer Aug 29th, 2015 at 6:21 am

    I wonder if the 3rd guy made it…

  12. 12 WRXr Aug 31st, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Other than keeping water out of the cylinders, there would be the matter of keeping water out of the engine in general. There are many things which could go wrong with the electrics alone. I’d say good fortune had a part in this crossing as well.

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