The Russian-made Ural Sahara looks like a beautifully preserved sidecar motorcycle, a barn find pulled from some remote Siberian grain silo.
But it’s actually brand new, and it’s made this way on purpose. Rude, rugged and retro, it may be the fastest way on wheels to get attention and make new friends.
The Ural motorcycle company got its start copying BMW R71 motorcycles for military use in the 1940s, after Josef Stalin decided he wanted battlefield bikes just like the Germans had.
His minions reportedly bought four, through a secret Swedish intermediary, and had them shipped to Moscow. They were dismantled and reverse engineered, and a year later, the...