1997 Ural


1997 Ural Pictures
The sleek fairing might look at home on a 1980s sportbike, but other components of the Ural appear more out of date and strictly functional.
The sleek fairing might look at home on a 1980s sportbike, but other components of the Ural appear more out of date and strictly functional.

The Russian-built 1997 Ural motorcycle was largely based on BMW motorcycle components appropriated by the Russians as spoils of war.

The 650-cc, overhead-valve, horizontally opposed twin puts out about 35 horsepower, and closely resembles a BMW engine design -- of the 1940s.
Earles-type forks are also reminiscent of BMWs of long ago, as is the powered sidecar wheel.
No, the speedometer isn't wildly optimistic; it's calibrated in kilometers per hour, not miles per hour.

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