In many ways, motorcycles are just better than cars. They’re smaller, nimbler, easier to park, require fewer resources to build and maintain, and offer super car-beating performance combined with fuel economy figures that even some of the most fuel-efficient small cars can barely match. Despite all these clear advantages, however, there is one continuous, ridiculous question ever rider eventually gets asked: What do you do when it rains?
Most riders respond with a cavalier “I get wet.”, but the Ural-riding Russian bikers in the video, above, are not most riders. And, if you doubt that, just watch the way these hard-assed Russian bikers jam their sidecar hacks through a raging, flooding river in the video, above.
What is a Ural, and Why Do Russian Bikers Have Them?
Based primarily on WW2-era BMW technology, the Ural was produced in Irbit, Russia throughout the cold war. Much like Porsche’s 911 or the Harley Davidson V-twin, the Ural was continuously developed, and is now known as one of the most durable, go-anywhere vehicles in the world. That, and the bike’s hardcore cold war image, have made it a favorite among serious Russian bikers.
The sidecar rig on the Ural is more than just a place to put people, parcels, and power plants …
… it actually carries a (fully removable) diff and axle, which sends power to the outside wheel. That 2WD traction is a unique feature to the Ural, and plays a big part in our heroes’ survival up there.