2017 Ural Australia

Ural upgrades 2017 sidecar fleet

The 2017 range of Ural sidecars have received some electronic upgrades, cosmetic styling improvements and some striking new colours including Terracotta Metallic.

We caught up with Ural Australia spokesman Mat Hodge while in Walcha last week and he showed us the new Ranger in Terracotta Metallic he had just put together from the packaging crate.

Mat Hodge of Ural Australia
Mat Hodge of Ural Australia

He has promised us a test ride soon and says they are keen to take their product to as many motorcycle shows and events as possible to remind riders of this interesting option.

Mat says they recently attended the Ulysses AGM in nearby Wauchope and he was surprised by the amount of attention they attracted.

“Unfortunately, they are not front of mind when people think about a new bike,” he says.

“One guy told me he had just bought an adventure bike and wished he’d thought of the Ural.”

Mat says the off-road capabilities of the Ural outfit was one of its main attractions.

They don’t have the high seat of adventure bikes, won’t fall over like adventure bikes and can negotiate treacherous conditions with ease and without having to be a highly skilled rider.

However, Mat says they do host off-road training days on their property halfway between Walcha and Uralla in central NSW when there is enough demand.

We followed Mat for a while to get some photographs and he apologised that the bike may hold us up, but his outfit seemed content to travel along at highway speeds.

Mat says they sell about 50 outfits a year. The cT costs $21,780 plus on-road costs and the Ranger is $23,760.

Spokeswoman Clare Mailler says the cT offers a lower starting price with the option to accessorise to suit your needs wile the Ranger is “equipped with all you need for long-distance travel and getting off the beaten track”.

Updates for the 2017 Ural range include:

  • Electronic speedometer with built-in indicators

    2017 Ural Australia
    New speedo
  • New wire harness with combination relay and fuse box under left side panel
  • Handlebar switch for sidecar spotlight
  • Handlebar mounted parking brake lever, replaces rider side lever

    2017 Ural Australia
    New parking brake
  • New 2/3 seat, replaces tractor seat on cT model

    2017 Ural Australia
    New seat
  • Enduro Bench Seat fitted to Ranger model
  • New sidecar seat with extra storage space under the seat
  • Updated Tonneau covers
  • Numerous redesigned and improved internal components
  • New colours available in premium metallic colours with improved finishes

Ural Australia currently have an end-of-financial-year sale with up to $2400 off 2016-plated models.

  1. There are 50 countries with left hand driving. Includes Oz, NZ, UK, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, 10 x south African countries, Japan, NG, Malaya, Singapore, a couple of S.American countries and a smattering of West Indies & Pacific Is. Not a small market = 2 billion population. That’s a fair sized market for LH2-wheel drive.

  2. I concur with Graeme. Australia needs the 2-wheel drive for off road. The 1300lb weight will get you stranded in the sand off the beaten track. Expensive? Do a trial costing and test the market with a demo one at shows.

  3. When they come with two-wheel drive like in all the countries that drive on the wrong side of the road, I’ll buy one.

    1. Hi Graeme,
      I believe that’s because they have to swap the chair over to the other side for Australia and other countries where they drive on the left.
      Swapping the drive mechanism as well would probably make them too expensive.

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