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Motorcycles Give Russians an Easy Ride

12. October 2009 by Daniel 0 Comments

In a country known for having vast tracts of land covered by poorly paved roads or no roads at all, you wouldn’t think motorcycles would be too popular. But it is the case in Russia.

Since World War II, motorcycles have played an important role in moving people and equipment across Russia’s wilderness areas as well as in cities.

IMZ Ural is one of the most prominent Russian motorcycle manufacturers today. The company has its roots in World War II, when the Soviet Union created commissioned motorcycled for use in the Red Army to fight the invading Germans.

Specializing in “heavy motorcycles,” many Ural models include sidecars and are designed for trudging through areas of rugged countryside. Along with the Ukrainian Dnepr motorcycle company, Ural’s were marketed in the United Kingdom in the 1970’s as “Cossack motorcycles.”

Today, many Russian women, as well as men, have developed an affinity for the two-wheeled vehicles. It’s not uncommon to see Russian women cruising along on a on a motorbike for sightseeing journey or to run errands with a companion in her sidecar. Despite their cost, many Russians manage to purchase a bike for their own necessity and enjoyment.

Whether you’re a Harley enthusiast, or simply enjoy zipping through the streets of your town on a Vespa scooter, it is likely that your Russian bride will share in your love of the open road.