2015 - 2017 Ural Patrol
Back in the day, a horse and sleigh took you over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house. Today, it’s a two-wheel-drive, all-terrain Patrol from Ural. This street-legal adventure motorcycle is comfortable as a touring bike, but is as off-road capable as its brother, the Gear Up.
Who would have thought you could have so much fun with a sidecar? Of course, the folks at Ural do. Anyone who owns one of these awesome sidecar bikes knows what "UDF" is: Ural Delay Factor. It’s that extra 15 minutes you have to add to your trip’s time estimation anytime you leave the house on one of these because inevitably, people are going to want to talk to you about what you’re riding.
Continue reading for my review of the Ural Patrol.
2015 - 2017 Ural Patrol
Engine:OHV air cooled 2 cylinder 4 stroke “boxer” (flat twin)
Designed with touring as the primary intent, the Patrol comes standard with a spare tire that replaces any of the three tires on the bike, and includes passenger comforts such as passenger grab handles and footrests as well as rubber mats in the sidecar and trunk. With ample space to carry a passenger and with plenty of room to spare, you can handle weekend getaways or trips to the grocery store without strapping stuff to your bike.
New from 2015 is the H4 headlight and housing along with a redesigned rear brake pedal. New from 2016, the Patrol has new weather stripping for the trunk to better keep your gear dry. For 2017, the Patrol sees a few creature upgrades including better seating, extra storage under the sidecar seat cushion, a new electronic speedometer, a foot-activated reverse that replaces the old hand actuator, and spotlight controls on the handlebars.
The Patrol is the only bike in the Ural lineup that comes standard with a sidecar, windshield and cordura apron. Peruse the accessory catalog for luggage racks, flood light, bumpers, rollover bars, and yes, even a machine gun stand kit and ammo canister.
Frame construction gives the Patrol an overall length just shy of 99 inches with 6.8-inches of ground clearance – fairly respectable as far as bikes go. The sidecar, however, pushes the width out to 63.6 inches, which puts it into small-car range and takes up most of a standard U.S. lane, so no lane splitting on this baby.
Seat height isn’t as important, since you aren’t holding the bike up, but the 32-inch high saddle does provide a good vantage point for negotiating traffic, and it will help your situational awareness when you start to get crowded.
Ural used its rather unusual and curious IMZ leading-link front fork with external coil-over shocks to support the front end. The rear of the bike gets a pair of adjustable Sachs hydraulic shocks, and the sidecar gets a single Sachs shock.
The 19-inch aluminum wheels laced with steel spokes mount Duro HF-308 road rubbers and floating NG brake rotors. A four-pot Brembo caliper binds the front wheel with a twin-pot Brembo caliper on the sidecar. The rear brake is an HB big-bore, single-piston caliper with an integral parking brake.
New from 2016, the Patrol has a stiffer shock that’s less likely to leak. Also, they’ve added a hydraulic brake switch and modified wire harness for better reliability.
The 749 cc, air-cooled, twin-cylinder flat-twin engine cranks out 41 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 42 pound-feet of torque at 4,300 rpm, which sounds odd but what can I say, boxer engines are torquey. This is a ’square’ engine with an equal bore and stroke of 78 mm, and the compression ratio trends towards the low side of the spectrum at 8.6 to 1.
A throttle body modified in 2016 with electronic fuel injection handles the aspiration and fuel induction to deliver a somewhat lackluster 31 to 37 mpg, which coupled with the 5-gallon fuel tank, gives it a range around 155 to 185 miles.
Redundancy is safety, especially when off the beaten path, and the clever Russian designers gave the Patrol both an electric starter and a kickstarter for those times when the battery goes kaput, or when you want to show off by getting ’old school’ and kicking her to life.
The four-forward, one-reverse gearbox, with a shaft final drive, handles power transmission. A shaft also goes to the sidecar wheel, and you have only to flip a lever to engage the hub and tackle off-road terrain or snowy conditions with traction and capabilities that you can only get with two-wheel drive.
New from 2016, the Patrol has a new starter motor, compressible fiber-aluminum gaskets to seal exhaust head pipes and a redesigned oil deflector for the breather. Also added, there’s also a fuel sensor baffle in the fuel tank.
MSRP on the Patrol is $16,499 — a whoppong $900 over last year —and comes in Green Metallic or Burgundy Metallic. If none of those colors makes you happy, you can custom order your Patrol in any color available in the 2017 Ural lineup.
Still not happy? Your dealer can help you choose among available colors from previous model years. These custom colors will set you back $1,000 for solids or $1,500 for two-tones. While you’re making a wish list, the factory also offers a blackout option; for an additional $1,000, get the engine, gearbox and final drive blacked out. You can also have the outside bottom of the sidecar and the inside of the fenders undercoated for another $600.
Ural covers your new Patrol with a two-year unlimited mileage warranty and offers a third-year extended warranty for $850. Don’t have a dealer near you for warranty work? No problem. Ural is happy to work with a shop you trust that is willing to go through the warranty process so you can get your warranty work done locally.
My husband and fellow writer, TJ Hinton, says, “Cool looking machine, like something straight from a WWII movie! Even though you lose much of what makes riding a two-wheeler so much fun, this ride is fun in other ways, so it’s a fair trade. If you buy one, give yourself plenty of extra time when running errands because you will surely be accosted by admirers at every stop.”
"I think if I had to pick one bike and that was the only bike I could ever have, it would be this one. It’s a tourer, but off-road capable. The sidecar would let me take care of errands — grocery trips, taking the dog to the vet, pick up the dry cleaning, etc. — and it has enough cargo space to pack up and go for the weekend. The Burgundy Metallic is my favorite color. Yeah, I can see me riding this."
|Engine type:||OHV, air-cooled, two-cylinder, four-stroke “boxer” (flat twin)|
|Valve per cylinder:||2|
|Max Power:||41 horsepower at 5,500 rpm|
|Max Torque:||42 pound-feet at 4,300 rpm|
|Compression:||8.6 to 1|
|Fuel system:||Throttle body EFI|
|Starting:||Electric & Kickstart|
|Speeds:||Four forward, one reverse|
|Primary drive (rear wheel):||Driveshaft|
|Final drive ratio:||4.62|
|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:||2.5X19 Aluminum rims with steel spokes|
|Tires:||Duro HF-308, 4.0×19 inches|
|Front brake:||Four-piston fixed Brembo caliper with 295 mm floating NG rotor|
|Rear brake:||HB big bore single piston integrated floating caliper with 256 mm fixed NG rotor|
|Sidecar brake:||Two-piston fixed Brembo caliper with 245 mm floating NG rotor|
|Engageable sidecar wheel drive:||Yes, driveshaft|
|Overall length:||98.8 inches|
|Overall height:||54.3 inches|
|Overall width:||63.6 inches|
|Seat height, (unladen):||32.0 inches|
|Ground clearance (unladen):||6.8 inches|
|Dry weight:||730 pounds|
|Alternator:||Denso, Peak Output 40 Amp @ 14vdc, 560 Wt|
|Battery:||FAYTX20HL (12V, 20A)|
|Spark plugs:||NGK BPR6HS|
|Fuel grade:||91 Octane, unleaded|
|Fuel tank capacity:||5.0 Gallons|
|Reserve, gallons:||approx. 1|
|Estimated fuel economy:||31-37 mpg|
|Estimated range:||155-185 miles|
|Recommended max cruising speed:||70 mph|
|Max permissible weight:||1,325 pounds|
|Trunk volume:||2.9 cubic feet|
|Warranty:||Two-years parts and labor unlimited mileage.|
|2016:||Green Metallic, Grey Metallic, Burgundy Metallic|
|2017:||Green Metallic, Burgundy Metallic|