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Ural - Star Wars inspired special edition
From a factory far, far away; nestled in the Ural Mountains, comes the Dark Force. Standard equipped with Lightsaber®, LED lighting, and fully blacked out to hide you in the shadows.
Inspired by the world of Star Wars®, we created a motorcycle that lets your inner child explore the dark side with little damage to the real world balance of power. Come to the dark side...we've got sidecars!
- High visibility LED headlight
With a sidecar and trunk you'll have enough room for all your favourite gear (or droids) during your next ride.
The Dark Force has a 2.9 cu ft. trunk, providing a secure and water tight space for your extra gear.
Each Dark Force comes standard with one (1) extendable 3' Lightsaber® mounted to the sidecar. Easily accessible and totally secure, ready to battle the unknown.
New Edition from Ural perfect for campers
"We took our Gear Up and prepped it for camp, introducing the Sportsman Package, Camp Wandawega Edition."
Ural featured in Bloomberg Business
Ural - Limited Edition MIR model
This year we are taking you to the outer space – the place where 20 years ago a joint Russian-American space mission Shuttle-Mir began an era of unprecedented cooperation and explorations. No wonder we felt a little nostalgic about that spirit of friendship and bridging the differences. We thought what better namesake for our 2014 Limited Edition and thus we bring you Ural MIR!
MIR comes in a brilliant orbital white with fine metal flake and finished with blue pearl clear. The result is a glowing white Ural with hues of blue that shift with the light - a perfect paint job for your intergalactic mission.
A solar panel serves as a battery tender and accessories power source.
If your mission requires more storage capacity, the panel can be swapped with the included sidecar nose luggage rack.
To defeat the darkness of space we’ve fitted the sidecar with dual high-intensity LED lights...
...and a custom tonneau cover that uses reflective insulation and can be used as a rescue thermal blanket.
In order to reduce rider fatigue due to wind pressure and turbulence, we equipped the MIR with windshields for the rider and the sidecar co-pilot..
The next comes the wrench. Travel in deep space is filled with the unknown, so we’ve secured an emergency repair wrench onboard, complete with an embedded QR code for very special “when all else fails” emergency repair instructions.
2014 LE Ural "МИР" - the only motorcycle that comes with the solar panel, the wrench and the Lev Andropov’s problem solving method.
Total built for US: 20
Special Features: Rider and passenger windshields, dual accessory front mounted LED fog lights, spare tire, solar panel, sidecar nose luggage rack, custom tonneau cover with thermal lining, accessory wrench, “MИР” LE badging, on demand 2WD.
Landing at dealers’ nationwide: November 2014
Reserve your MIR on our website or call your local dealer.
New Ural Special Edition model on the way
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Ural nears milestone sales figure in US
Ural sales are up
Ural US retail sales results for Q1 are in and they're up 11% up from last year for the same period.
No specific numbers were reported for Canada except to say that sales in Canada "are on fire."
Ural featured in Target's Canadian launch
Target, the big box retailer of all things home, clothing and in some cases grocery, for the first time ever has opened stores in Canada. To promote this fact, they launched a tv campaign Sunday night during the Oscars broadcast and what was their domestic vehicle of choice? You got it… Ural.
Plenty of scenes from across Canada make it into the ad. You might want to turn down the sound on this one though!
Watch the entire Target Canda Ural commercial here:
Ural sales are up - again!
2012 was a record sales year for Ural. 2012 bested their previous record set in 2006.
Sales are up in Canada as well, though specific numbers were not provided.
Stay off the roads - unless you've got a Ural
In other Ural news US Retail sales are solid 28% up from last year, new enthusiastic and professional dealers got on board, the factory has been continuously increasing efficiency, and worldwide sales are up.
2013 units just started hitting dealers this month. Ural focused on improving the bikes for 2013 with no major updates.
2013 pricing is now up on website in Models section. There are a few increases, particularly on T models, so for some it might be a good idea to call your dealer to see if you can still grab any of the 2012 remainders at 2012 prices. The extended warranty and special financing are still on through Jan 2nd.
Happy Haulidays from Ural
Hey - if you had a Ural you might actually be out riding today despite the ice and snow that will be appearing now that it's officially winter in Canada!
Warmest wishes and a sidecar full of gifts to everyone this holiday season!
May all of your families and friends (and pets!) have lots of fun to share and special memories to keep.
We wish you more smiles, good times and easy riding!
Love always from all of us in Redmond and Irbit,
The Team at Ural
Ural sales are up again - and other news
In other Ural news:
Chuck (Schram) our dealer recruitment man is bringing more players into the game. Jon (Bekefy) has been putting together some incredible marketing exposure for us. Our parts guys are working non-stop. Factory is getting ready to increase production for next year to meet the growing demand in all of our international markets. We even nailed an awesome partnership with retail financing company FreedomRoad Financial. Read more on that below with pretty cool special that's running this month!
Our 2012/2013 Dealer Meeting takes place in just a few weeks, and we're all busy here preparing Powerpoint presentations and information on what Ural is doing, and what we hope to accomplish in 2013.
New Ural t-shirts will soon be available. This was the design we chose for the Rally and we decided to make enough so that we could offer them for retail this fall. We'll send a note once they're available, but when they are you'll be able to order the shirt from your local dealer.
The artwork pictured here will be on the front of a grey t-shirt with the round Ural logo on the left sleeve.
Ural news from Irbit
Ural sales in the US are keeping consistent 25% increase for the first 1/2 of the year over same period last year.
Sales are strong in all of their markets around the world as well. Europe, Australia, Canada, Japan and Russia are all up from last year. The growing demand naturally puts pressure on the factory to increase production.
Ural motorcycle build - sneak peak into the factory
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The 'Ural' Ice Run - Northern Siberia to the Arctic Circly
Here's a brief overview provided by the site:
2,500km across the frozen Siberian wilderness on old school Ural motorbikes to the only town in the world sitting on the Arctic Circle. The Pioneers Run was a propper adventure like no other which saw 11 brave, foolhardy teams complete the mammoth undertaking.
The Ice Run will begin in the birth place of the Ural - Irbit and end in the North Siberian town of Salekhard, the only town in the world built on the Arctic Circle. How you get between these two points is up to you.
In summer the only way to get to the northern end of the River Ob is on a boat or an aeroplane. But luckily for 6 months of the year Siberia is colder than a snowman's gonads and squashed under several metres of ice and snow. Then the only way to cross this icy wilderness is by a network of ice roads. These little transportation wonders are paths of occasionaly flattened snow that snake over and alongside the frozen rivers.
If there is particularly heavy snow, the ice roads can become impassable. They also move each year, depending on the climate, and at a certain point they melt and you fall in the river. All this means navigating your way to the finish line will be some of the most excellent fun in the world.
Be sure to check out their website HERE.
Ural's new website
Over the next few months you should watch for Ural to continue to add new content and categories to the site. One interesting thing they're going to be doing is featuring project bikes from all over the world and showcasing all their past limited edition models. And oh, there's a blog too , so be sure to check it out
Here's the LINK.
Halifax International Motorcycle Show brings motorcycles to downtown
The Halifax International Motorcycle Show is kicking-off their inaugural gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts at the Cunard Centre on February 17-19, 2012. Industry leading motorcycle manufacturers and accessory products will be on site and under one big roof.Major manufacturers and dealer representatives will be there to answer your questions and provide you with an opportunity to throw a leg over the latest machines or try on the latest gear.
With 45,000 square foot of column free floor space the Cunard Centre sits on the scenic Halifax waterfront with big bright windows overlooking the harbour. The event and venue offer up a powerful mixture of salty sea air and visual stimulation. Anticipated attendance is expected to approach 20,000 and draw attendees from all the Atlantic provinces and beyond.
With the top motorcycle manufacturer product lines represented this event is the first of its kind east of Quebec.The show has attracted a lot of industry attention and support in this first year. Kawasaki Canada chose the event as one of the few venues to bring their national tour. They will be showcasing the hottest 2012 models like the supersport ZX-14R, KX450F motocross, cruisers from their revered Vulcan ine-up, street/touring, dual-purpose, and off-road motorcycles.
Event organizer Tim Leslie indicates,"Halifax is the gateway to Atlantic Canada, and its largest city. There's a vibrant and active motorcycle culture here, which makes Halifax the perfect location for a world-class motorcycle show. We're excited to be bringing the best the motorcycle world has to offer to downtown Halifax and already making plans for next year!"
With motorcycles from all the top brands, this event will be the first, and only, opportunity to see many of these machines in Nova Scotia before they appear in dealerships in the spring.There's going to be some rare models too that you might not otherwise get a chance to see at all except in the pages of a magazine. Motorcycles like the limited production Norton Commando 961. With production of this bike limited to 200 models they're sure to be very rare. Zero Motorcycles is sending some of the first production 2012 electric motorcycles in Canada to Halifax to be displayed at the show.
Aside from all the special interest motorcycles, enthusiasts of every level will find something to surprise and delight from new 2012 models and the latest in accessories to unique touring destinations. Cruisers, sport bikes, off-road, trials, touring, sport/adventure touring, even 2WD sidecar motorcycles - there's going to be something for everybody.
Whether you are a seasoned veteran motorcyclist or just somebody with a passing interest there will be something to excite you at the Halifax International Motorcycle Show.
Halifax International Motorcycle Show
February 17 to 19, 2012
961 Marginal Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Friday, February 17, 2012: 5 pm – 8pm
Saturday, February 18, 2012: 10 am –8 pm
Sunday, February 19, 2012: 10 am – 5pm
- $10 in advance at the show website(www.TheRealMotorcycleShow.com)
- $15 at the door
Free parking all weekend (Friday after 4PM).
News from Russia. New Ural's coming
No word on if any of the only 30 M-70's or 10 M-70 Solo's produced will make their way to Canada. Not likely I'd guess. Too bad if so.
Ural came up with the idea for these motorcycles two years ago, but saved it for the anniversary year. They studied archive photos, carefully chose the paint, searched for the right material for tonneau cover, and recreated the first IMZ badge.
Grant Ray from HellForLeatherMagazine.com came out to Seattle and took the M70 sidecar and solo for a test ride...of course to try it out in the snow! The result? Ural is Ural. Proven once again. It wants to take the path less traveled even in 1WD, low clearance, 18" tires, most street friendly Retro model configuration. Read full article on HellForLeatherMagazine (it's a paid subscription publication, but the guys at HFL graciously agreed to reopen it for a few hours).
Fall and winter seasons are the best for Ural. And not only for riding in the mud and snow, but also for finding great deals on 2011's. Read on for details.
What's new for 2012? The answer in short is: bikes will have some changes, small but the ones that make life easier for maintenance and just in general.
It's been a huge year recruiting new dealers and the biggest Ural Dealer Meeting in Ural history that took place in Redmond last month. Check out the US and Canada dealer map.
The last but not the least, Ural Rally Day was a lot of fun and a huge success! See photos and more on www.nationalrallyday.com
Ural - Sales UP and new Canadian Dealers named
Ural have also announced a few new dealers across Canada. Here's three - in no particular order:
SWM Adventure Motorsports
3041 Lakha Road
Kelowna, BC V1X 7W1
Mile 1 Recreation
12 Allston Street
Mt. Pearl, NL A1N 0A4
25 Boul Des Hauteurs
St. Jerome, QC J7Y1R1
Ural has some great sales numbers in October
In global terms the 2WD models continue to be a major portion of sales but the T-series bikes (Ural T and Patrol T) are becoming the second largest segment. Canadians still seem to like the 2WD models best.
An interesting bit of Ural demographics is that they've seen a two-fold increase in the number of younger customers this year. With every sixth customer now being 35 or younger, Ural is proving that quite a few new generation riders these days are choosing simplicity, functionality and fun over ever-growing hp's and cc's.
They also successfully completed the required emission re-testing for EPA certification.
And now for some 2011 model news:
All 2011 models will have this:
- Aluminum rims on all models (that means that not only Patrols and Tourists but all other models including Retro and sT will have perfectly round rims made from high-grade aluminum alloy)
- Standard (factory installed) Duro tires
- Trunk locks on all (sidecar) models (no, we didn't forget to fix sidecars seat back)
- New tonneau covers and aprons made from Cordura fabric
- New round indicator lamps
- Quite a few other smaller changes (such as upper fork bolts made from aluminum , improved high strength final drive ring gear bolts and more)
2011 Patrols now come in additional standard colors (which you've already seen on our site HERE) - orange with silver stripes (Ural calls it Orange Russian) and blue with white stripes (Baikal Blue is the nickname for this one):
Interested in more Ural news? Check out all out Ural news HERE.
New Ural colors on the way!
Update: (Nov 9/10) Not only are the colors new but there's something else a little different on these new Ural's. A stepped bench seat. It's listed on the accessories page of Ural's website but not as a new item. Haven't seen that before. Maybe I missed it though.
Ural Canada Sponsors Canada’s Greatest Dirt Track Race
NOTE: We've received word from Ural Canada of a special offer to Ural owners who make it to the event;
"For the Ural riders that make to this event, Ural Canada will give them 2 free oil filters if the send us a picture of themselves with their rigs at the race or if they send in the ticket stub to us."
Send your email to: email@example.com
Ural Sales are UP!
2920 Idylwyld Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7L 5Y6
Phone: (306) 933-2100
Ural bits "made in Nova Scotia"
Kottwitz Werke have been machining Retro reverse shifter knobs for the United States and Europe and spot light knobs which are usually for Ural Gear-Up unless a spot light is mounted as an accessory on one of the other sidecars.
The original Retro knob is made half of wood which looks very good already but could crack over time being exposed to the weather. The Kottwitz produced unit is solid aluminum and very close to the original shape - just a little bigger to to give a better grip and hand feel.
Reverse Shifter Knobs headed for the US:
Reverse Shifter Knobs headed for Europe:
If you're interested in seeing a little bit of the effort involved in the making of a Ural Retro Knob - check out the video. It's a pretty big chunk of aluminum and machining time. Watch for the interesting packaging at the end and the man who makes it all happen:
Ural new model enhancements
1.1. Rocker arms with needle bearings. The new rocker arms use needle bearings - the design similar to most modern bikes. This reduces friction between rocker arm and rocker arm shaft improving valve train efficiency and longevity. This also increases horsepower and fuel economy.
1.3. Camshaft with rear needle bearing.The standard rear brass bushing has been replaced with a new needle bearing. Reduced friction increases horsepower and fuel economy while providing better performance at higher RPM.
1.4. Machined (smoothed) intake and exhaust ports of the cylinder head. By flowing the intake and exhaust ports the heads can more efficiently move fuel at higher RPM's and increased horsepower.
1.5. Redesigned alternator adapter. The new design of the alternator adaptor provides better oiling to the seal preventing premature failure while also preventing bearings from overheating and failing.
New polymer material instead of rubber for flexible U-joint. The strength and durability of the coupler is increased due to using new polymers in place of the original rubber. The new coupler is 40% stronger and can sustain heavy loads with minimum distortion.
3. Sidecar frame
Flexible front prop (same as rear prop) - offers more options for sidecar alignment. You now have the ability to adjust the sidecar alignment at both mounting points on the frame. This allows you to set sidecar angle, ride height, and toe-in adjustments more easily.
4. Replacement of the chromed parts
Complete exhaust system, handlebar, rear and front fender clips, passenger grab handles, sidecar bumper, turn signal steams, push road covers are now made from 304 grade stainless steel.Stainless steel is stronger and more durable than chromed steel and will not rust.
Small parts formerly chrome plated are now covered with polished hard chrome or powder painted.
5. Wheels: Aluminum rims
Aluminum 19" rims are installing on Patrol and Tourist models starting container 195 (shipped 12/31/2009). Rims made from 7050 aluminum alloy and have reinforced central channel. These rims are manufactured to higher tolerances and utilize a specific design for sidecar applications.
6. Retro Marzocchi Front Forks 42mm telescopic forks and low front fender for Retro.
Oversized front forks provide a more stable ride and better control with a sidecar. The 42mm forks have less side deflection and twist than the original 36mm forks and use better oil and dust seals.
7. Powder painted body parts (gas tank, fenders, sidecar body, side panels etc.) for Tourist-T and Gear-Up (main color) models.
Ural puts an end to some Internet rumors
Now the official clarification, from the horse's mouth:
1. PK IMZ has tax debt. As of November 1, 2009 the amount was 10.5 mln rubles ($350K). This debt accumulated at the end of 2008-beginning of 2009, during the peak of the crisis when the factory stopped building bikes due to the drop in demand.
2. As of today, January 20, 2010 PK IMZ tax debt is 7.9 mln rubles ($280K). IMZ is negotiating with the regional government authorities on obtaining a payment plan for this remaining amount. The reason and purpose for negotiations is to keep the lined up reserve $$ for more useful projects including R&D rather than paying out the tax debt at once.
3. Today, January 20, the newly elected Governor of Sverdlovsk region is paying a visit to the factory and during the meeting with factory management they will be discussing this question. Another issue that will be discussed with the Governor - is providing the factory with a way to import foreign components under temporary importation terms. This would allow the factory not having to pay enormous import duties and taxes for goods that upon assembly of motorcycles immediately get exported. Unfortunately, current customs regulation is not manufacturer friendly (duty runs up to 15-20% on imported components, non-refundable) which forces IMZ management to look at and consider options of moving the assembly outside of Russia.
In conclusion - the factory is working and very busy, motorcycles are being built every day to catch up with the demand that's again running ahead of supply. If everything continues as well, this year we plan to get back to the production level of CY 2008.
News from Russia - Ural on the move
Ural ST (without sidecar) not coming to Canada
It replaces the Ural Wolf cruiser which was never really a big seller in Canada.
So no big surprise then when asked if the Solo T was going to make it to our shores - the answer was "there are no plans to bring in the SOLO T at this time."
Some (reported) facts about the SOLO T, just in case you're still interested:
- The leading-link front forks are gone and replaced with 41mm Marzocchi telescopic forks.
- New triple clamps put the front end rake at 26° with a trail of 70mm (to lower the stance)
- Front brake disc, four-pot Brembo calipers and braided steel line are shared from the T
- No steering damper
- Softer Sachs shocks in the rear.
- 460lbs (dry)
Ural'a'ling wth Lois and Vince Pryce
It's inspired by Ural-ling adventures across the beautiful country... the "Come Ural with Me!" tune by Lois Pryce and Austin Vince. Video (and "sing-along") by: Mike and Alanna Clear (Going The Distance).
Lois Pryce is also regularly known through her motorcycling exploits as "Lois on the Loose" while Austin was one of the crazy adventurers that made up the Mondo Enduro team.
"Come Ural with Me!"
If you're interested in reading more about either of these motorcycle adventurers maybe you'd like to pick up their books?
Ural - Special Canadian editions
The olive drab Patrol, which is a full spec Patrol and includes all the goodies, and another very special model - a Patrol with the Ural T colors (matte black with a red pin-stripe).
Canadian customers get the full spec Patrol with it's engagable 2wd but with the color of the T-model from the US. The US "T" model is a stripped down model that removes many accessories and isn't a 2wd model.
NB - This picture is the US "T" model Ural and not the Canadian version but it'll give you an idea of the color. Looks great!
See more Ural news HERE.
UPDATE: We received a picture of the "T" colored Patrol model. Feast your eyes!
Ural brings back Olive Drab
We'll have to talk to the Canadian distributors of Ural to see if we're going to get this version in Canada but in the US it's going to come with a suggested retail price of $12,399 USD. The Patrol T has already arrived at several US dealerships and coming soon to others.
Available now at:
Adirondack Ural (Chestertown, NY)
Holopaw Corvette (St. Cloud, FL)
Triquest Motorcycles (Santa Clara, CA)
Ural of New England (Boxborough, MA)
Coming soon to:
Heindle Engineering (Eaton, OH)
ReCycle (Ralston, WY)
VT Cycles (Poland, ME)
Ural Sahara's have arrived!
Ural "T" not coming to Canada in same form as US market
The "T" model as they're getting it in the States will not be coming to Canada.
We'll get a regular spec 2wd Patrol with the "T" model color scheme. A name for the bike hasn't been firmed up yet. It will be a full-featured Patrol and nothing has been removed to bring the price down. Accordingly, it won't have the entry level price.
I'm told that we Canadians seem to like our Ural's with 2wd so the decision was made that we'd go with a different version.
It will have the back rack, and the spare tire and the rims will be powder-coated black to match the paint scheme. They've also fitted a color matched fairing too.
Canadian price will be $15,145.
The Canadian distributor will also bringing some olive green (drab green, the factory calls it) Patrol's too. They'll also be fitted with a color matched fairing.
You should be seeing these new Urals in dealerships very soon!
Lower priced Ural "T" model to arrive in June
UPDATE - We've heard from the sole Canadian distributor of Ural's and contrary to the newsletter from Russia, Canada is getting a different version of the "T". See all the details here.
Shipment of Ural's on the way to North America
Some related and interesting news about this shipment is that it will contain some Ural Sahara's which are a limited edition 'Gear Up' with a special color and different accessories. The Sahara's were a limited edition bike in Europe last year and they're coming to Canada this year.
Here in Canada we had an Arctic Camo special edition color (a blend of white and grays) - that model will be a limited edition in Europe this year. So, we're swapping limited edition models with the European crowd. The arctic camo model will be called the “wjuga,” in Europe which is reportedly a Russian word for “northeast storms in the steppe of south Russia”.
Regardless of paint color, Gear Up's fall into the category of what Ural refers to as "Sports Utility Motorcycles." That's because they've got an on-demand sidecar drive - the only sidecar motorcycles in the world with this feature. When the going gets slippery just flip a lever and you're in 2wd. Snow, mud, dirt, rocks, or rough terrain are no match for this rugged motorcycle. The engine is a well balanced 750 cc boxer engine based on a BMW design. It's an old design, but when it's good - you don't mess with it.
There won't be many Sahara's available so if you want one. I'd say you should get on the phone, or better yet - pay a visit, to your local Ural dealership and put down a few rubles.
Your chance to own a one of a kind Ural
Ural Gzhel was test ridden by a motorcycle journalist and enthusiast Jack Lewis and will be featured in the next issue of Motorcyclist magazine.
The Tourist is equipped with leading link forks, both electric and kick start, electronic ignition, and a roomy trunk. The Canadian MSRP is right around $13,995 which does not include shipping, setup and tax (HST). They come with a warranty of 2 years, and unlimited km. The Tourist does not feature on demand 2wd like the Patrol and Gear-Up models.
Ural plans to donate 10% of proceeds from the sale of Ural Gzhel to the Irbit Children School of Arts to support local arts program in Irbit.
The winning bidder also gets a special souvenir - an exclusive bottle of Gzhel vodka. Jokingly, the folks at Ural even said they'd leave some of the vodka in it!
The sale starts April 3rd, 2009 at noon EST.
- For full details from Ural on the sale of this one of a kind Tourist check out a section of their site dedicated to it - here.
- For more Ural news check out CMR's "Ural" category.
North American Ural dealership lists
It's a handy refernce if you've got a Ural and plan to do some adventure traveling - as Ural owners are prone to do. Click on the pictures for a larger version.
Here's the Canadian list - in no particular order:
Here's the US list - in no particular order:
Ural parts distribution moves to Michigan
For full details of many of the changes made in 2008 check out our February posting about the Russian motorcycle maker.
The move was a big win from a logistical standpoint and brings them closer to the ports where their products arrive from the factory in Russia. This translates into savings for Ural owners and purchasers.
David George - the so called "Ural Parts man" had this to say about the move:
In addition, most of our dealers and service centers are located in the eastern or central states. The money saved on shipping alone was enough to justify the move. How does this benefit you? Lower shipping costs have resulted in many prices being lowered, and the savings have been passed on to you, our customers - Ural owners.
The move was an enormous undertaking, requiring thousands of hours to count and pack every nut and bolt in inventory. Huge crates and boxes were stuffed with nearly every motorcycle part imaginable, enough to fill more than two freight trucks.
Even though the warehouse was operational January 2nd, 2009 - sorting, organizing and stocking continue even now under the management of Shelley Crawford.
Our goal is to improve our parts distribution network; and with new dealers and service centers coming on board every month, we are trying to make it easy to find quality service and the parts you need to keep you on or off the road - wherever your preference would be.
Photo courtesy Ural website.
News from Irbit - Ural Sidecars most popular models.
No big surprise, it seems like Ural faced some challenges in 2008 - just like everybody else. Ural faced their own unique blend of difficulties though. It's certainly not all bad, they had many successes and sales were pretty good considering the economy and all the changes happening at Ural.
Here's a quick hit of some interesting Ural facts for 2008 and things to look forward to in 2009:
- Sold 904 motorcycles worldwide in 2008. 99% of these sales were sidecar bikes.
- Canadian Distributor, Ural Canada sold 90 units in Canada which is slightly lower than the 2007 numbers.
- In the US, 460 motorcycles were sold to dealers, which is 8% less than in 2007. Over 80% of these bikes were motorcycles with the sidecar drive - the record figure for 2wd unit sales in our history.
- Forest green Gear Up was the most popular model in 2008 with over 200 units sold.
- Second most popular model was the woodland green Patrol.
- increased productivity at the factory by finalizing the number of outsourcing projects, eliminating waste and increasing production efficiency.
- Reorganization and, personnel reductions took place to improve the health of the factory.
- 210 people working at the factory, almost three times less the number in 2007.
- Just 5-7 years ago Ural was almost 100% built at the factory from basic materials. Almost all the components were made in-house, from every engine part to shocks, rims, seats, rubber parts, nuts and bolts.
- Today, almost 90% of components and semi-finished products (casting, forgings etc.) are outsourced both domestically and overseas.
- 2008 saw a continued focus on improving quality and reliability. The folks at Ural think that the reputation of Ural is now far behind 'actual' quality.
- In the last three seasons, the number of warranty claims per bike per year dropped almost 4 times!
- The new "production" year begins this week.
- The factory was closed during January and part of February.
- All operations - from welding to machining to painting and assembly have moved to the main production building with the total area of 220,000 sq. feet.
- No significant changes will be introduced in 2009 models. But you can expect several running changes, that will be announced as during the year as they happen. These changes will mostly be the result of outsourcing of several components, changes in production processes or changes of suppliers.
- Goal for 2009 is to manufacture and sell about the same number of motorcycles as 2008.
One of the top priorities for 2009 is to resolve remaining issues with parts and accessories supply. Some important steps in this direction have already been taken and more information will be available in the next Irbit Informer Newsletter.
For more information on Ural | Russian Motorcycles check out their website here.