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How Good is the Ural Gear-Up With 2WD Off-Road?

 See how the battle tested Ural performs off-road in the dirt, mud and snow.

Published on 04.18.2014
Motorcycle.com testing the 2014 Ural Gear-Up 2WD off-road in deep snow.

Ural built its reputation over decades of being used on the worst roads of the former USSR. The Ural Gear-Up is the 2WD model that is able to lock the rear wheel and sidecar wheel together on-demand for incredible traction off-road. But can a vehicle that was designed in 1939 really perform impressively off-road compared to modern standards?

We spent some time pulling together the best Ural off-road driving videos we could find online to see how good a Ural Gear-Up 2WD really is. The compilation video shows how it performs in the mud, snow, hill climbs and water crossings so you can see for yourself its full range of capabilities.


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While the Ural Gear-Up may not be the fastest off-road vehicle, it can definitely handle some rugged terrain. You also get the stability of 3-wheels in low-traction conditions (kind of like a quad but much cooler), which can be important if you are getting up in age and picking up a heavy Adventure Bike is looking less appealing.

A Ural may not be as agile off-road as a standard Adventure Motorcycle, but it does look like a lot of fun.  And hey, even your passenger can take a nap while you ride. If you bring your dog, he can get all the fresh air he needs without getting a stiff neck sticking his head out of your car window. For $14,099 USD there are many nice motorcycles you could buy, but none would be as unique or stand out from the crowd as much as a Ural.

Author: Rob Dabney

Rob Dabney started a lifelong obsession with motorcycles at the age of 15 when he purchased his first bike – a 1982 Honda MB5. Through his 20’s and 30’s he competed in off-road desert races, including the Baja 250, 500 and 1000. Eventually, his proclivity for exploration led him to dual sport and adventure riding. Rob’s never-ending quest to discover what’s around the next bend has taken him on Adventures in Mexico, North Africa, Europe, and throughout the American West. As a moto journalist, he enjoys inspiring others to seek adventure across horizons both near and far.

Author: Rob Dabney
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