Ural Yamal (paddle included)

Rugged Russian adventurer looks like fun but no, it doesn't float...

Posted: 28 November 2012
by Visordown News

Yamal ... for those who like their motorcycling, well, canoe-like

RUSSIAN manufacturer Ural has announced a special 2012 edition of it's 'Yamal' bike and sidecar - and it comes with a paddle. 

'Yamal' translates as 'the end of the Earth,' and is a notoriously inhospitable peninsula in Russia, as well as a well-known Siberian icebreaker ship, deployed in the perpetually frozen Arctic Ocean. Good pedigree for Ural's new adventure motorcycle then, you'd think. 

However, to call this a 'new' bike is taking a slight liberty with the facts. The Siberian manufacturer copied the blueprint for the Yamal just before the start of the Second World War from the German BMW R-71, and the bike has been in continuous production ever since. 

The Yamal has a 749cc opposed twin-cylinder engine with shaft drive for switchable two-wheel drive which generates 40-horsepower, allowing a generous (!) 'recommended' top speed of 62mph.

The 2012 edition is avaliable in just one colour scheme, flat orange. 

The bike/sidecar combination also sports a 'dual hull' design (the bottom of both bike and sidecar are waterproof), and a helpful oar to aid lost travellers across icy fjords. The bike's sidecar body and fenders are also coated with 3M material for extra protection. 

50 Yamals will make it first to the U.S where they will retail at $14,250 (£8,900). No word yet on whether it'll be imported into the UK but with the sidecar on the wrong side, it's doubtful we'll ever see one here. Shame really, with the weather we've been having, Ural could have cashed in...

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They won't be able to officially import it into the UK because the sidecar is on the wrong side.

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 11:18

Does it float?

Posted: 29/11/2012 at 12:44


Posted: 07/11/2013 at 17:42

The Yamal is based on the tried and true Gear Up model, which is available in the UK as the Ranger mode. All of the components that identify the Yamal are available to be purchased separately. So if someone in the UK wanted one bad enough, one could simply convert a Ranger into a Yamal, sans 2WD. But why bother? The Ranger/Gear Up is a great rig in its own right. I do own a Yamal in the US. I chose it primarily for the high visibility of the orange paint and fog lights. I also researched the name origin, and liked the story.

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 17:53

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