Xclusive Review: Ural M70 ridden. Warhorse untamed …!!

Not sure on how many of you  have really heard of this motorcycle- the Ural M70. If a motorcycle could be judged solely by its ability to attract attention, then it’s the Ural M70. technwheelz.com got a chance to experience the motorcycle!!

Owning a Ural is not for everyone. This is the character’s character bike.

Ural M70
Ural M70

Make: URAL

Model: M70

Motorcycle owned by:  Sanket Shanbhag

 

Ural M70
Ural M70

Technical Specifications

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

 

Ural M70
Ural M70

Ride Quality

  • The vintage styling and enhanced on-road capabilities of the M70 wins heart over.
  • The Ural M70 is one of the most road friendly motorcycle.
  • A four-piston fixed Brembo caliper on the front wheel and HB big-bore single-piston caliper on the rear wheel provide stopping force for this mad-fun machine.
  • The frame boasts a longer wheelbase and sits closer to the ground, making it the fastest and best-handling model available.
  • Equate it to driving a massive SUV after getting out of a little hatchback !!

 

Ural M70
Ural M70

The Powertrain

  • The 749 cc OHV air-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke “boxer” engine pairs with a five-speed (four forward, one reverse) manual transmission.
  • The air-cooled, 749cc flat-Twin remains essentially the same pre-WWII design.
  • The motor almost has characteristics similar to a dirtbike, with a huge kick of power as soon as you drop into the next gear.
Ural M70
Ural M70

Build Quality

  • Old school design. Designed for reliable service over rough terrain
  • Contemporary components like a Marzocchi fork, Sachs shocks, aluminum rims and a Brembo front brake do their duty to modernize the motorcycle.
  • Essentially a 70-year-old evolution of the original.
  • Parts largely made of steel and aluminum, foregoing the acres of plastic found on most modern bikes.
Ural M70
Ural M70

How much to pay:

  • For a new bike: Rs 9.00 lakh* (Direct conversion)
  • For a used bike: NA*
  • Insurance: NA*
  • Servicing: NA*

(* The prices are indicative)

 

A bit of history

MZ-Ural is a Russian maker of heavy sidecar motorcycles.  In 1939, the Russians knew that war with Germany was imminent, so Joseph Stalin ordered the Soviet military to prepare in all possible areas, including the ground forces that would be defending the Soviet Union against invading German panzer tanks, storm troopers, and special forces. Key to the ground war were motorcycles, particularly those with a sidecar, since they could carry up to three soldiers and a variety of gear.

A meeting was held at the Soviet Defence Ministry to devise a motorcycle that would be suitable for the Red Army. After lengthy discussion, the BMW R71 motorcycle was found to closely match the Red Army’s requirements. Five units were covertly purchased through Swedish intermediaries. Soviet engineers in Moscow dismantled the five BMWs, reverse engineered the BMW design in every detail and made molds and dies to produce engines and gearboxes in Moscow. Early in 1941, the prototypes of the M-72 motorcycle were shown to Stalin who made the decision to enter mass production.

Located in the Ural Mountains—originally to avoid Hitler’s Blitzkrieg—the “URAL” was built for the military only. In the late 1950s, the KMZ plant in Ukraine assumed the task of supplying the military, and the Irbit Motorcycle Works (IMZ) focused on making bikes for domestic consumers. In the late 1950s the full production of the plant was turned over to non-military production. In 1957, the M-72 production lines were sold to the People’s Republic of China. The M70 can be said as a modernized M72.

Since 1998, the company has been in private hands, which led to significant upgrades across the lineup.

Technical Specifications

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 (Nm): 56.94@ 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

 

Physical Measurements

  • Overall length, mm: 2403
  • Overall heights, mm: 1356
  • Overall width, mm: 1582
  • Seat height, (unladen), mm: 749
  • Ground clearance (unladen),mm.: 125

 Ural M70

Electrical

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

 

Ural M70

Chassis

  • Front suspension: 40mm Marzocchi telescopic forks
  • Rear suspension: Double sided swing-arm with two Sachs hydraulic spring shock absorbers, 5x adjustable
  • Wheels: 2.5X18 Aluminum rims with steel spokes
  • Tyres: Heidenau, 4.0×18”
  • 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
Ural M70
Ural M70

Others

  • Fuel grade 91 Octane, unleaded
  • Fuel tank capacity, 21.95 liters

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