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2017 Ural Ambassador - Coolness Factor = 83.3%

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri May 05, 2017 1:54 pm

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In honor of our 75th anniversary we’d like to introduce our newest limited edition, the Ural Ambassador...

Inspired by the extraordinary world travelers and storytellers who chose to brave the adventure and explore the world by sidecar. Our Ural Ambassador is the envoy of good will, a perfect vehicle to connect with people from all walks of life, explore foreign terrains and start a conversation with perfect strangers no matter where the road takes you.


75 years of ups and downs in world affairs couldn’t change one thing – the iconic Urals keep circling the globe, bringing out smiles, creating special bonds and reminding us that adventuring together is better. Here’s to all the Ural Ambassadors already out there, exploring, connecting and sharing the Ural story.


The Ambassador is dressed in elegant bronze metallic colorway with blackened powertrain and new smoked glass rider and passenger windshields to protect both riders. Equipped with 2WD, it can take you through the roughest routes.






2017 Ural Ambassador www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

On-Demand 2WD


Universal Spare Tire & Luggage Rack


Bronze Colorway


Black Jerry Can


Black Engine


Utility Shovel


Sidecar Bumper


Tool Kit


First Aid Kit


Toolbox Gas Tank


Enduro Bench Seat


Sidecar Accessories Panel (Phone / Tablet Charging)


Tan Sidecar Cordura Tonneau Cover


Rubber Floor + Trunk Mats


75th Anniversary Badges


1 Year Rever Premium Membership






2017 Ural Ambassador www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Total Built for US: 25 units





2017 Ural Ambassador - www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $16500 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $ See Dealers for Pricing in CAD


Engine and Transmission
•Displacement, cc: 749
•Engine type: OHV air cooled 2 cylinder 4 stroke “boxer” (flat twin)
•Valve per cylinder: 2
•Bore and stroke (mm x mm): 78 x 78
•Max output (hp): 41 @ 5500 rpm
•Max torque (ft-lbs): 42 @ 4300 rpm
•Compression: 8.6:1
•Fuel system: Throttle body EFI
•Starting: Electric & Kickstart
•Clutch Double-disc dry
•Transmission type: Manual
•Speeds: 4 forward 1 reverse
•Primary drive (rear wheel): Driveshaft
•Final drive ratio: 4.62
•Engageable sidecar wheel drive: Yes, driveshaft

Physical Measurements
•Overall length, inch.: 98.8
•Overall heights, inch.: 54.3
•Overall width, inch.: 63.6
•Seat height, (unladen), inch.: 32.0
•Ground clearance (unladen),inch.: 6.8
•Dry weight, lbs: 730

Electrical
•Alternator: Denso, Peak Output 40 Amp @ 14vdc, 560 Wt
•Battery: FAYTX20HL (12V, 20A)
•Headlight: H4
•Spark plugs: NGK BPR6HS


Chassis
•Front suspension: IMZ leading link fork
•Rear suspension: Double sided swing-arm with two Sachs hydraulic spring shock absorbers, 5x adjustable
•Sidecar suspension: Single sided swing-arm with Sachs hydraulic spring shock absorber, 5x adjustable
•Wheels: 2.15X19 Aluminum rims with steel spokes
•Tires: Duro HF-308, 4.0×19?
•Front brake: 4-piston fixed Brembo caliper with 295mm floating NG rotor
•Rear brake: HB big bore single piston integrated floating caliper with 256mm fixed NG rotor
•Sidecar brake: 2-piston fixed Brembo caliper with 245mm floating NG rotor

Misc.
•Fuel grade: 91 Octane, unleaded
•Fuel tank capacity, gallons: 5.0
•Reserve, gallons: app. 1
•Estimated fuel economy, mpg: 31-37
•Estimated range, miles: 155-185
•Recommended max cruising speed, mph: 70
•Max permissible weight, lbs:1325
•Trunk volume, cubic ft.: 2.9

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•2-years parts and labor unlimited mileage.

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Re: THIS WEEK: 2017 Ural Ambassador - VOTE NOW

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri May 05, 2017 1:55 pm

New from URAL for the 2017 model line. Very, very, limited edition of 25.

- Could you see yourself in one?

- Have you ever rode a URAL either as a rider or passenger?

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Unread post by blues2cruise » Fri May 05, 2017 3:23 pm

I like the bike for its uniqueness and cargo capacity...just don't like the price. In Canadian dollars it's very high.
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I like the bike for its uniqueness and cargo capacity...just don't like the price. In Canadian dollars it's very high.
Very high... but you do get a Russian Utility Shovel! Think of all the uses for it, like cooking eggs over a campfire!

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Re: THIS WEEK: 2017 Ural Ambassador - VOTE NOW

Unread post by faded sun » Fri May 05, 2017 11:15 pm

Awesome for:
1. They are only making 25 of them, a real collector's item
2. A spare freakin' tire, on a freakin' motorcycle.
3. The whole "go anywhere" ethos these bikes inspire. Have you seen those crazy Russians crossing rivers on these things?

Will have to try riding one sometime.
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Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Sat May 06, 2017 9:16 am

UnCool.
I just don't get the niche this thing is trying to fill. If crossing rough terrain on a rugged, compact platform is your goal, get a four-wheeler. Or three four-wheelers for the price. If your goal is off-road motorcycling, get a dirt bike. Or three, again. And if you want a collector's item straight outta the history books, get a die-cast model and make the engine noises with your mouth.
And my entrenching tool goes in my backpack on all road trips already, so even the Ruskie shovel has no appeal.

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Unread post by markdcoco » Sat May 06, 2017 12:36 pm

I like it for sheer nostalgia purposes. Is it a niche market... certainly. So was the BMW GS series 8-10 years ago. Will this thing catch-on like the GS... doubt it. So I will harken back to days of yor when TV was black and white and Vic Morrow was the tough sergeant on "Combat" or old John Wayne war movies or more recently Clint Eastwood battle flicks and you always see someone (German or American) screaming across the countryside and over rough rutted roads in these things:

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Even Steve McQueen slipped in a ride or two on one of these things:

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Pricing seems reasonable for what you get. I've seen "Awesome" votes on two wheelers from Italy that cost twice as much.

Reading through the "User's Manual" which also doubles as the "Maintenance Manual" this thing is constructed so basic that any shade tree mechanic can use the provided documentation with basic tools and keep riding, avoiding down time and high maintenance bills. Unique... absolutely. For everyone... definitely not. Cool... yup.

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Re: THIS WEEK: 2017 Ural Ambassador - VOTE NOW

Unread post by Gummiente » Sat May 06, 2017 2:08 pm

totalmotorcycle wrote:
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- Have you ever rode a URAL...?
Yes. Yes, I have. Owned a 2005 Tourist from new till 2011, founded (and still manage) the Canadian Ural/Dnepr Riders Group (CURD) and worked at an Ural dealership from 2012 to 2015. I'll reserve the rest of my comments until after the voting has completed.

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Unread post by blues2cruise » Sat May 06, 2017 2:13 pm

Love the winter pic.
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Unread post by markdcoco » Sat May 06, 2017 2:44 pm

Thanks for the pictures... wonderful to see the Ural in action. Looks like a great dog.

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Unread post by faded sun » Sat May 06, 2017 10:21 pm

That is one of the most cheerful dogs I've ever seen!
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Unread post by Hanson » Mon May 08, 2017 1:08 pm

•Recommended max cruising speed, mph: 70

That is almost usable on Texas roads where speed limits reach 85 mph, but even 70 mph is a great improvement over previous models. Lots of secondary highways in Texas are posted at 70 or 75 mph.

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Unread post by Grey Thumper » Fri May 12, 2017 7:50 am

It's still just a color and trim variation, but I find it hard not to vote awesome on a Ural. Just look at the thing. It's such a conversation starter.
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri May 12, 2017 8:28 am

Agriculturally Awesome.

Unique. In fact, maybe unique isn't strong enough of a word for the URAL. There isn't anything at all like the URAL (that's new) in today's marketplace. Yes, URAL has fuel-injection and disc brakes now, but they are still assembled by hand and the metal is still (mostly) shaped by hand in Russia. In a world where everything is globally manufacturer and mass produced, this is the complete opposite. Not that that is bad.

Again, it is unique and appeals to any rider looking for something truly unique. Forget about adding chrome to your cruiser or bags to your adventure bike or do-dads to whatnot to stand out, get a URAL.

How do they ride? Agricultural. Yup, that's the word I have for it. I haven't ridden a farm tractor, but I would imagine it wouldn't be much different. Torque so low it will move itself forward on idle (I don't think you can stall it), a suspension so "primitive" (in today's standards) it will have you bobbing around with a smile on your face. And the feeling of "I could ride across that muddy field no problem" or cut across that snowy frozen lake", check.

Have I rode one? Yup. This is me riding a URAL on URAL media day in Texas. What a crazy day. Let me tell you, you haven't lived as a rider till you sat in a hack.
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri May 12, 2017 8:33 am

Awesome photos Mike! Makes you want to go out and buy a dog+URAL combo just for times like that. :)

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2017 Ural Ambassador - Coolness Factor = 83.3%
Featured: May 5th, 2017 - May 12th, 2017
Most popular vote category: Awesome

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The Coolness Factor of the 2017 Ural Ambassador

Awesome (3 points) 9
Cool (2 points) 6
Uncool (1 point) 1
ail (0 point) 0

Total votes: 16

= a Coolwall Factor of 83.3%

Total Motorcycle's Take-a-way: The word unique doesn't go after enough to describe how unique the URAL is. Practical and Impractical. Horribly dated but yet so today's retro. BOHO Chique; Je Ne Sais Quoi (Ok, maybe that's going too far). But what the URAL has, it does it in spades.

Go out and test ride one or jump into someone's URAL sidecar and refuse to get out till they take you around the block. What are you waiting for?!

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Unread post by NorthernPete » Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:00 pm

My brothers "poo poo" out its final drive on the highway. (Not the limited edition one mind you) he was not happy. Lol
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Re: 2017 Ural Ambassador - Coolness Factor = 83.3%

Unread post by Gummiente » Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:59 am

NorthernPete wrote:
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My brothers "poo poo" out its final drive on the highway. (Not the limited edition one mind you) he was not happy. Lol
The mechanic who had to replace it (me) wasn't too happy, either.
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Unread post by NorthernPete » Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:12 pm

Lol. I felt bad since it was a pretty cool bike.
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Unread post by faded sun » Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:25 am

Gummiente wrote:
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I'll reserve the rest of my comments until after the voting has completed.

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Still interested in what else you had to say.
And can't get enough of that dog. Now that is the picture of happiness.
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