Can an Ural be honestly described as "all new"?
|Serious fun, dressed for success|
Prior to December, Ural did a great job of getting me all excited about a certain special edition, and I already had a bit of a thing for these bikes anyway. And then they started tempting me with low, low closeout prices on the 2013 models.
Last chance at a low price on the last year of a model? Tempting, because I don't buy the first year of anything. It's not that I don't want the latest and greatest, it's that I'd rather let someone else find out about the bugs that are going to crop up with a new model of anything.
Cutting edge is fun, but "works consistently" is pretty damn cool too.
Once again, I find myself asking if an Ural can really be described as "cutting edge."
But I digress, let's see some of those sexy new numbers for the new Ural!
|Are you ready for some hot, raw data?|
The engine displacement has stayed the same (749cc), but they have somehow managed to wring a whopping extra one horsepower out of that power plant, bringing it up to a blistering 41 HP on tap for 2014.
They've made a fairly serious increase in the amount of torque available at a slightly lower RPM, it now makes a stump-pulling 42 ft-lbs at 4300 RPM. It's lost 9 pounds, dry weight.. It gets better gas mileage (31 - 37 MPG claimed). Oh, and it has real brakes now: discs on all three wheels.
And for the biggie: the recommended maximum cruising speed has gone from an already smoking fast 65 MPH to a street-scorching 70 MPH.
I'm not buying one, but I am going to be keeping my ear to the ground for reports on how these updated machines treat their new owners.
[Photo and Model Comparison Chart swiped from Ural's website]