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The Ural Yamal – ‘Equipped with an Oar’

Ural Releases the two-wheel drive Yamal

“The 2012 Ural Yamal Limited Edition -the only motorcycle equipped with an oar.”

For those not familiar with Russian landscapes, IMZ-Ural’s new tagline might not make sense.

But the Siberian manufacturer is out to prove the new Ural motorcycle with sidecar is ready for any kind of mission, even if it takes you to the “end of the earth” where oars are needed to break ice.

Ural says “Yamal, which translates as ‘the end of the Earth,’ is a peninsula in Russia, known for being nothing short of inhospitable, barren, and perpetually frozen. It is also the well-known icebreaker that spends its time conquering the frozen Arctic Ocean, just north of Siberia – and a perfect namesake of this year’s limited edition from Ural.

“Russian icebreakers are heavy, rugged, and focused entirely on their mission. Though their purpose may not always make sense, these vessels are unique in every way, and when speaking to the right people-absolutely necessary. Ural motorcycles are much like this strange genre of sea-going vessel: durable, dependable, and able to conquer what typical motorcycles cannot.”

The Yamal’s sidecar, which is attached to the 749cc opposed twin-cylinder engine via shaft drive for switchable two-wheel drive, is designed to appear like a double-hull boat, and function like one in inclement conditions such as thick snow. The bike’s sidecar body and fenders are also coated with 3M material for added protection against the elements.

Only one color is available on the 40-horsepower Ural Yamal – flat orange. Ural says this allows the machine with a “recommended” top speed of 62 mph to be easily spotted anywhere. The Yamal also features dual fog lights, a spare knobby tire and hand guards. An additional fairing and windscreen is available for both rider and passenger comfort.

Then comes the oar and teeth graphic. Ural says: “An impasse may come in other shapes and sizes beyond weather and topography, so Ural throws in an oar with tongue-in-cheek emergency instruction to double as a defensive tool or your last hope of survival on thin ice… you never know. Add the unforgettable menacing teeth and you get yet another one-of-a-kind limited edition from Ural – a motorcycle that sure beats the norm.”

Only 50 of the 2012 Ural Yamal Limited Editions will be built, and they are available now for $14,250 (MSRP). For additional information, click here.

2012 Ural Yamal Limited Edition Specs:

  • 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
  • Displacement: 749cc
  • 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

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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