I’ve always had a soft spot for Ural sidecars. Yes, they’re relics from a bygone age, and their reliability is hotly debated in online forums.
But they’re also practical and charming, like the old ‘Series’ Land Rover parked next to the Moto Guzzi in my garage.
There’s little point in hot-rodding a Ural for speed, and the aesthetics are on-point from the start. But Queensland man Peter Adams has built a sidecar rig we couldn’t resist showing. It’s designed to transport his Boxer dog ‘Argo’ and a surfboard.
Peter started his career in boat building, and then moved on to the design and manufacture of light aircraft. So he knows his stuff when it comes to engineering.
The surfboard rack mounts are made from cold-drawn 4130 chromoly steel,
a left over from an airplane project. The racks themselves are removable, and made from stainless steel—all the better to resist corrosion in the sea air.
They’ve been rebated to take the beech strips, which are bonded in place and separated with a flexible urethane.
Other mods are compact LED blinkers, bar end mirrors and a mount for a Garmin GPS on a discreet, dedicated arm between the bike and sidecar.
Anyone else fancy taking the dog and surfboard down to the beach?