Ural: The Kalashnikov of motorcycles
This is a beautiful motorcycle-sidecar combination in Kitsilano. I knew there was another motorcycle-with-sidecar in the same area, but it didn’t look anything like this one—or so I thought. But check this one out first.
As I said, not all that far away is this other motorcycle with sidecar. It’s nothing like the first one. In the first place, it’s grey rather than red and…
Actually, they’re darn near identical. Sure the red motorcycle has fancier shocks but those sidecars—paint jobs, and detailing, aside—are identical.
The modern company, IMZ-Ural, and it’s sidecar motorcycle, are both direct descendants of a Soviet program during World War II to reverse engineer the late 1930s-model BMW R71 sidecar motorcycle.
To make things even weirder, by the 1970s, there was a Chinese knock-off of the Russian knock-off of the original German BMW motorcycle. I’m thinking, now I know where they got all those motorcycles ridden by Nazis in the Indiana Jones files. Click the images to enlarge them.