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This is the 2010 Ural ST, the production version of the prototype we rode last September. What’s changed since then? Well the ST remains a sort of plain and simple ur-motorcycle that’s equally capable on-road or off, but, per our recommendation, Ural’s given it a little more dirt capability with more aggressively treaded tires. They’ve also changed the seat to either a single, sadle-type item or, if you need to carry a babushka, the stock seat from the company’s sidecars. Colors too: red, green, black or tan.

Don’t miss our Ural ST Review or our Ural ST Film.

via About Motorcycles

  • tom

    Yup those tires are sure aggressive.
    They look like knock-off from my ’69 Honda Cb 350

    Cutting edge I tell you. Good thing they listened to you’re recommendations.

    Otherwise they might have put a ribbed front tire on there.

  • Glenn

    Wow, I’ll take one in desert. A ST vs. Scrambler test would be a good read, I think.

  • W

    You might carry babushka on back, I carry подруга. For babushka – sidehack only.

  • Charlie

    Wes, is the Ural so bad it’s good? I’m struggling to dislike the Sahara

    • Wes Siler

      Check out the review linked above, we loved it.

  • Charlie

    Thx…it’s an interesting option, a downscale Scrambler or V7 Classic.

  • Ammerlander

    Nice, I hope they bring it to Europe.
    I wouldn´t call 7000$ cheap, but it´s less than I had expected.

  • ebbTIDE

    WANT. I’ve been dreaming of a Ural patrol while building my motorcycle fund. Now I have to have a sT in Sahara with a saddle! It’s perfect for riding around here (the Pacific Northwest) with lots of logging roads that need exploring, crap weather half the year and twisty roads.

  • PhillyGuy

    I find myself strangely attracted to this bike? That look and history, with modern components? That’s pretty freaking cool.

    • LittleMac

      It has 2 modern components – the front Brembo brake and the rear disc.

      That being said, I prefer the hack version. It is way more unique and very cool. I would love to have one for running errands, but 10k is a little steep for a bike that has recommended top speed of 65mph. Still cool, just not a great value.

      The solo is like an uglier and even more archaic version of a Sportster but without the HD baggage. I don’t think that is a bad thing. (Of course, I like them both for what they are, and don’t disparage them for what they are not.) Granted one is not ridding logging roads on a Sporty, so comparing the two on anything other than some familiar looks is unfair to both.

      The engine plumbing is rather obtrusive looking but the vintage military look are very cool. Great way to live out a pent up “Great Escape” fantasy.

      I think there needs to be some sort of entrance exam to validate one’s “look” for the appropriate level of irony before purchase. Don’t want to dilute the image with a bunch of wanna be Eddie Vedders in Biltwell 3/4 helmets. This may prove to be a tough look for many to pull of with any sort of authenticity. (I kid, relax angry internet posters)

  • Jay Allen

    The Denso knockoff alternator looks like it came from a Geo Metro, but I too love the Desert

  • Peter

    Urals come with their fair share of frustrations, but a huge upshot of these bikes is that you can very easily learn how to maintain and repair them on your own. Dealer support is sufficient, it’s possible to be on a first name basis with the US side of the company, IMWA, and the look is great.

    There is a lot more on there than just the Brembo brakes, but this isn’t the place to go into the litany of changes.

    Nobody buys a Ural expecting a ‘superior’ product. You buy a Ural because you’re trying to get away from the unapproachable nature of many modern machines, because you don’t feel the need to go super fast, because you want a vintage style boxer that still comes with a warranty…

    And that doesn’t even get into the sidecar aspect of it.

    (’08 Patrol owner)

  • Ray

    I’ve had my ’96 650 since ’98, running hard on dirt roads, in the woods and pavement (trying to keep up with a BSA Gold Star to Laconia), doing donuts and flying the chair with my kids in it. I haul rocks and firewood in the tub, and I regularly take it out mid-winter (in Maine) to keep my snow riding skills tuned. It’s a stout and smooth bike, it doesn’t shake itself apart and has about 10 inches of ground clearance all around. I’ve only replaced the clutch throwout rod and once I had a bad spark plug. Clutch plates were repaired by peening back into shape as per manual. Carbs need tinkering, but that’s about it, and it will take a lot to strand you. Parts available at auto parts stores, takes a lawn tractor battery. Makes my Shovel FLH look high-tech by comparison. Utterly utilitarian and user-serviceable. Accessible all around. 8Gs is way too expensive, but it does have crucial improvements: brakes, rims, telescopic forks, starter button, 5 speeds (though no reverse). I’d buy a sidehack used and convert it to solo with salvage parts, and you’d still have the tub to play with.

    • LittleMac

      I thought the engine was mounted differently in the side hack version; somewhat off center to distribute weight.

      I too would prefer the hack version as I feel that is the whole point of a Ural.

      To me it loses its niche without the tub.

  • Ray

    That being said, it would be fun to run around with one of these too, and I could always strap the old tub onto it. I’m tempted to say the engine is positioned identically – but I’m not sure…. Not a bad bike for several people to ride across Asia – swap parts to keep a few bikes running… I’ve also seen up to R80 and VW motors shoehorned in.