As far as we’re aware, there isn’t another motorcycle in the world – especially one with a sidecar and two-wheel drive – that comes straight from the factory with a wooden oar. As in, for paddling. Which is why the flat-orange-painted Ural Yamal Limited Edition is so great.
As printed on the handy-dandy oar:
In case of emergency:
If you are reading this then you have wandered out too far, and the ice didn’t hold – we’re very sorry. In an effort to make it back alive, you may want to follow these survival tips:
- Abandon all hope – it will help you focus
- Detach sidecar, jump in, and then paddle like heck
- Rescue your dog – they’re better at finding their way home than you are
- Should you find yourself sinking, use your seat cushion as a flotation device
Tongue-in-cheek, for sure. We love it. We especially appreciate the fine print below:
- Ural cannot be held responsible for global warming
- Water damage not covered under warranty
- This vehicle is not a boat, nor is the paddle or any part of the motorcycle intended to be used as a flotation device.
- Survival may depend on other factors. Your wife was right, who goes fishing in winter?
Now what we’ve established that the Yamal comes with a paddle that isn’t to be used for paddling, there’s one logical question left: Where might the rider be paddling anyway? Good question: Ural says the word Yamal “means “the end of the Earth,” and is “a peninsula in Russia known for being nothing short of inhospitable, barren, and perpetually frozen.” It’s also the name of an ice-breaker that operates in the Arctic Circle just north of Siberia.
In addition to the oar, also included in the Yamal package are dual fog lights on the sidecar, weather-proofing on the bottom of the sidecar tub and the fenders. Oh, and a scary tooth decal that mimics the actual Yamal ice-breaker. See the gallery above, and scroll below for the press release.