Well, we finally did it. We got ourselves a sidecar motorycle. Not long after the purchase, we were ‘flying the chair’ and cruising the streets in our our new-to-us 2010 Ural “Red October” sidecar motorcycle. Just a quick heads-up: you’ll probably be seeing this machine in many of our future pics n’ posts; we can’t stay off of it. This is gonna be fun…
Our graphic design biz is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2013, so what did we do to celebrate? We added a Russian-built, 750cc sidecar to our fleet. We’ve been eyeballing Urals for a decade, watching the company improve the innards and upgrade their motorcycles’ performance along the way. Aside from the positive mechanical evolution, it’s the vintage looks and nostalgic qualities of this mostly-metal rig that oozes cool.
We’ve been met with the expected gawks, questions and comments from onlookers. It’s fun. It’s what we’ve been doing for years when we spotted sidecar motorcycles in the wild. Our kids love it, too. (I currently have a waiting list for who gets to ride next.) For both adults and kids, the passenger experience could be likened to riding in an amusement park ride.
As lifelong two-wheeled motorcyclists, controlling the sidecar required adaptation; no surprises there. Or maybe the surprise was how quick and easy it was to manage. It’s fun learning the new body inputs required to ride smooth or the inputs to throw it around. It’s also neat that running errands and going for ice cream can be a blast on something that has beast-of-burden origins.
This is just the beginning of what we anticipate to be a fun chapter in our motorcycle travels. We don’t have any plans to explore South America, no plans to ride deep into Alaska, but we don’t think adventures have to cover umpteen miles or span many months to be epic. Stay tuned as we share more about our Ural experience.