Back in 1997, an unusual motorcycle appeared on the front page of the Bristol Evening Post. Unable to afford a costly traditional sidecar, bus driver Alan Iles of Bedminster opted to build his own, using a bathtub. Twelve years later, the 1959 650cc BSA is still going and has been ridden all over Europe to […]
Ural Releases the Limited Edition Yamal
What’s orange and black and comes with an oar? Ural’s limited edition 2012 Yamal. Why is it the only motorcycle to ever come with a factory installed oar. It’s named after a boat, of course.
The NS Yamal is a nuclear-powered Russian ice-breaker that’s sailed to the North Pole, the twelfth ship to do so. The ship gets its name from the Yamal Peninsula, an inhospitable region of northern Siberia known for reindeer husbandry. The peninsula consists of permafrost and is surrounded by frozen seas. In the local vernacular, Yamal translates to “end of the world.”
Like the ship, the sidecar of the Ural Yamal is constructed with a double hull and grimaces with the same toothy grin as its floating namesake. The fenders and the bottom of the Yamal’s sidehack also feature weather-proofing for additional protection. Ural painted the Yamal bright orange to make it easily seen (presumably overhead by low-flying rescue planes). The Yamal also comes equipped with additional lighting, a spare tire and hand guards.
No word from Ural if the Yamal will float in the case of it breaking through thin ice, but don’t count on it. As for the oar, it can either be a weapon for warding off an animal attack, or as an after dinner toothpick for a well-fed polar bear.
For more information about Ural and its sidehack models, check out our review of the Ural Gear-Up from last year.
Dimensions (LxWxH): 101.6″ x 66.9″ x 43.3″
Seat Height: 30.9″
Road clearance: 5.9″
Dry Weight: 739 lbs
Recommended max speed: 62 mph
Engine: OHV Air-cooled, 4 stroke, opposed twin cylinder
Bore & Stroke: 78×78 (mm)
Compression Ratio: 8.6:1
Rated HP @ 5600 RPM: 40
Rated Torque @ 4600 RPM: 38 ft-lbs
Fuel System: Carbureted, dual Keihin L22AA, 32mm
Clutch: Dry, dual disk
Alternator Max Output: 55amp, 770 watts
Starting: Electric & Kick starter
Transmission: 4 forward, 1 reverse
Final Drive: Shaft drive
Recommended Fuel: 91 Octane Unleaded
Tank Capacity: 5.0 gallons
Front Brakes: Brembo with full floating disk
Rear Brakes: Mechanical drum
Sidecar Brakes: Mechanical drum
Ignition System: Full electronic C.D.I.
Front Suspension: Leading link w/Sachs hydraulic shock absorbers
Rear Suspension: Sachs hydraulic shock absorbers
Wheel Size(front, rear, and sidecar): 19″
Wheel Type: Aluminum, steel spokes, cast alum. hubs
Miles per Gallon: 26-33 mpg
Trunk Volume: 2.9 cubic ft
Color: Flat Orange with black 3M undercoating in key areas
Special features: Rider fairing and passenger windshield, dual accessory front mounted fog lights, handguards, knobby spare tire, accessory paddle, “Yamal teeth” decal, LE badging, on demand 2WD
Warranty: 2 years parts and labor, unlimited mileage