2014 Urals Get Upgraded & Go On TourWed, 29 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800
For 2014 Ural has equipped its line-up of two-wheelers and sidecars with some very modern componentry. Ural models now enjoy the benefits of electronic fuel injection (EFI), disc brakes (on all three wheels) and an hydraulic steering damper. Ural claims the motorcycles have received “dozens of other upgrades,” but did not provide details as to nature of those upgrades.
“For many years we were watching other manufacturers launching new models after new models. So we decided we needed to do something more significant than changing the color combinations,” says Ilya Khait, Ural President and CEO. ”It’s not to say that we didn’t change the color combinations for 2014, but we also made the bike lighter, faster, more responsive, more fuel efficient, better in handling and braking – closer to what riders expect from a modern day motorcycle.”
2011 Ural Gear-Up Sidecar Review
To celebrate the upgraded Urals the company is hosting a west coast Demo Tour during February for consumers to check out and ride the new models. Participating dealers include:
Feb 8 – Raceway Ural, Salem OR
Feb 15 – San Diego BMW, San Diego, CA
Feb 22 – Sacramento Ural, Roseville, CA
Feb 23 – Triquest Motorcycles&Sidecars, Santa Clara CA
“We know there is a large number of people that like the idea of a classic motorcycle with a sidecar but the well-known quirks of previous generations’ Urals stopped some of them from exploring it further. With the introduction of the new Ural we’re hoping to get another chance,” says Khait.
MSRP for 2014 Ural motorcycles starts at $12,399. The first motorcycles are expected to hit dealers’ floors in early February. For more information about Ural or the Demo Tour check out www.imz-ural.com.
By Tom Roderick
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