2010 Ural ST: Initial Report

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The brand new Ural ST is the bike Ural engineers always wanted to build. Can a motorcycle conceived during World War Two still prove relevant today? We take it to the Cascade Mountains in Washington to find out and are more than a little surprised by the answer.

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Initial Report: 2010 Ural ST

  • fearnow

    I want to love this bike. A seriously old-school standard in the see-through-the-frame/not-much-plastic-or-fake-number-plates tradition.

    but is it worth 8k? Is this a bike one can live with or is it a clunky bitch that you fight with?

  • http://cohobot.blogspot.com coho

    I like it. I’d ride it.

    $8K really is an awful lot, but if that’s what Ural needs to get for it to stay open and keep building neat lookin’ motorbikes with on- and off-pavement ability then $8K is what it’s gotta be.

  • http://www.bikeexif.com Chris Hunter

    Those images are stunning. Beautiful colors and focus. Good work, Grant.

  • Sidehackern8

    Oh man, this is bad. There isn’t another new bike out there that I want, but your description of it and it’s rugged Teutonic beauty just made me drool on my keyboard.

    Part of the reason that it works well on the dirt is the same reason that the BMW based twins often outrun more powerful twins in vintage sidecar racing, the torque curve and power delivery is more linear and less peaky, so the power gets to the ground instead of spinning the tire.

    Now the question is, can I get one with a solo seat, a luggage rack, and metal panniers with rear crash guards?

  • http://twitter.com/greatistheworld will

    The world needs more standards.

    Any more elaboration on the “better off-road than the GS” tweet?

    • Sidehackern8

      The physics of it pretty much explain that, lower center of gravity and not as heavy. Though, you’d absolutely destroy the exhaust on things that the GS would take on without a problem. The lack of ground clearance and clearance between the front tire and the fender really limits things to “soft roading” I would think.

    • http://Http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      It’s a question of ease of use and confidence over outright ability. The GS, with its ground clearance and long travel suspension will clearly go places the Ural won’t. But, within the ST’s range of capability, its lower center of gravity makes it far less intimidating, easier to use and, yes, more fun. And that’s on slick tires.

  • IK

    Ground clearance on standard Ural is 150mm against, I believe, 185mm on GS.
    Get high exhaust for Ural is not a problem, and if you want higher front fender, it wiil take around $150 and maybe one hour of labor.
    Can you believe we’re seriously comparing $8,000 motorcycle from Siberia to $15,000+ monster from Bavaria? Pinch me!
    Grant, Wes, we want the Film!

  • wyatt

    having been a ural owner i do like the bike but it has serious issues in the price versus performance value . i say this because the importers continually raise the price while not much improvement in quality or features. a few years ago a ural with a sidecar was 10 to 11 k. im my opinion 8 k for a solo bike ural is just way to much money. look for a used rig and you will truly get a nice sidehack rig for half of the list price. so i would have another because i do like them but thay have low performance and antiquated design that needs much improvement to justify the price of new ones. just my humble 2 cents worth.

  • Chris

    Your writeup and photos remind me that I sometimes take for granted that I get to ride these mountains every day. Nice work.

  • jcodyb

    Not to take away from such a cool looking bike, but may I inquire as to what camera/lenses Grant shoots with? Very dreamy and awesome and I’m bored with what I get out of my 5D.

  • jcodyb

    ah, leica m8, cool.

  • Sidehackern8

    Hey Wes or Grant, do you think it would be possible to get knobbys under that fender, it looks like it would be close?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      It’d depend on the knoblieness of the knobbies. A fender change wouldn’t be rocket science though.

  • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

    Well, sorry the review’s disappeared. Different systems and all that.

    Great bike. The rest of Ural’s 2014 changes (fuel injection, diff wheels etc) should be hitting the ST this summer, so keep that in mind.

    • CB

      That’s cool, I got a lot out of your Ural sidecar reviews and the buyers guide. It was the 9/10 rating that made me dig into it further. I had wanted a sidecar back before I had ever ridden a motorcycle, but now that I have I realize that I’m a two wheel kind of guy. I was actually remembering the old Wolf when I found the ST in the buyers guide.

      As far as the upgrades to the 2014, that’s what I was hoping to hear! I’m willing to wait it out for the upgrades. As much as I love a carburetor, I love fuel/engine efficiency more.

      I’m working on getting a hold of a dealer and getting the ball rolling on a 2014, but it’s turning out to be really hard to buy a specific Ural in Canada. The dealer network seems to be slowly growing, but my nearest one is a Harley dealership that seems to have no interest in helping me out. Every time I think I’ve got a dealer on the line, I seem to hit a wall. You really have to work for your Ural in rural Newfoundland.

    • CB

      Just got this from Mike at Ural Canada:

      “Good day,

      Unfortunately the Ural sT solo is not Transport Canada compliant and can’t be imported into Canada.

      Thank you for your interest in Ural.”

      Utter heart break.