In Russia, Ural Ride You…+ Video

We always hear from marketing and PR departments and even journalists about motorcycle industry execs being riders, that they care, and are enthusiasts themselves. That’s normally true in this industry. Ducati CEO, Claudio Domenicali is a fantastic rider, and the head of Two-Wheel Global for Bosch shared plenty of stories about his off-road excursions in Australia. These guys ride. That’s the truth. Now let’s take a look at Ural. 

In the video below, we see Ural’s board of directors doing a fair bit of quality control testing on the company’s vehicles. Because I’m an optimistic realist, I’m going to tell myself that these are really the Ural board of directors, even though that claim hasn’t been substantiated.

According to Ural’s own posting of the video, each year the board plans a trip to truly test the Ural’s capabilities in extremely challenging conditions. I can attest to the how much fun the Ural is off-road. I only wish I could be given free-reign with one of these machines and let loose on trails like the ones in this video. Alas, Ural North America would undoubtedly look down upon me utterly thrashing one of its machines. Once again, it’s good to be the big boss.

Watching Victor, Vladimir, Sergey, Andrej, Egor, Dmitry, Boris, and Anatoly thrash the big sidecar motorcycles over boulders, under rivers, over rivers, and down muddy rocky trails is entertaining regardless of who these folks are.

In the video, our Russian comrades demonstrate five categories of testing :

  1. Water Crossing Test
  2. Bumpy Road Test (hardly a road)
  3. Aquaplaning Test
  4. Acceleration Test
  5. Suspension Test

So, grab the copper mug and your favorite vodka, ginger beer, and lime, mix yourself up a refreshing moscow mule, and enjoy the Russian mayhem.

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A Smorgasbord of Yamaha R3 Performance Parts

Check out this list of Yamaha R3 Performance Parts to pimp your ride. 

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Pulse IPT P.7 Battery

Yamaha R3 Performance Parts

Think your R3 is light now? Check out the Pulse IPT P.7 battery. Measuring just 4.4 x 2.75 x 4.2 inches and weighing just 1.8 lbs., it will drop right into your R3. (The stock battery weighs 6 lbs.) It’s part of a series of entirely new batteries that are the smallest, lightest and most powerful lithium powersports batteries available today. Each one is individually fitted to your bike and has features unavailable in any other similar battery. Full Spectrum Power is the only lithium powersports battery made in the USA.

The new Full Spectrum Power Pulse IPT line of batteries are the first rider-centric lithium motorcycle batteries ever built. Each Pulse IPT has an integrated battery management system for better performance and longer life, a reset button to prevent your battery from being drained, an advanced case design that resists heat, vibration, gas and oil, and a wide variety of other advanced features not available in any other lithium powersports battery. For more information about the Full Spectrum Power Pulse IPT line of batteries, click below.

Competition Werkes Exhaust Slip-On

Yamaha R3 Performance Parts

The Competition Werkes Exhaust Slip-On for the Yamaha R3 replaces the big, ugly stock exhaust with a welded stainless steel slip-on that reduces weight and looks and sounds much, much better. Welding in conical sections of tubing instead of bending the pipe eliminates all the weak points at the inside and the outside of each bend, just like a MotoGP exhaust system. Made in the USA and much less expensive than full systems.

Competition Werkes Fender Eliminator

Yamaha R3 Performance Parts

The Competition Werkes Fender Eliminator gets rid of that heavy and unsightly rear fender and insect-like turn signals. Trim and lightweight, the fender eliminator is hand made from stainless steel and comes complete with modern turn indicators, all mounting hardware and easy-to-follow instructions. Competition Werkes is the originator of the fender eliminator and has been in business continuously under the same ownership since 1984.

Carbonin Avio

Yamaha R3 Performance Parts

Carbonin Avio bodywork is made of carbon fiber reinforced with kevlar and is the lightest, strongest and most flexible bodywork available today. The Carbonin Avio kit for the R3 comes complete with upper and lower fairings, right and left side panels, tank cover, single race seat with raised seat height, seat support and pre-installed Dzus fasteners for easy installation and removal. The kit can be supplied pre-painted with your logos. Fits all R3s 2015-2018.

GBRacing Engine Cover Set

Yamaha R3 Performance Parts

The GBRacing Engine Cover Set for the Yamaha R3 is made from precision injection molded 60% long glass fiber reinforced nylon composite, providing the ultimate in protection. The tough long glass-fibered nylon is a high impact material that is designed to absorb energy without cracking and resists abrasion while sliding. Designed to be installed over your existing OEM engine covers and not as replacement covers. The three-piece set includes an alternator cover, a clutch cover and an ignition cover. Don’t let dirt and gravel get in your motor!


Yamaha R3 Performance Parts

The Galespeed front and rear wheels take POUNDS of rotating mass off your R3, making acceleration and braking much quicker and turn-in super easy. Much lighter and stiffer than the OEM wheels, the front wheel is 3 3/4 pounds lighter than stock and the rear wheel is six pounds lighter than stock. That’s almost 10 pounds of weight removed from the largest moving parts on your motorcycle! Get the advantage you need to win races with the Galespeed Wheel Set. Wheels sold separately.


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No other suspension company has more race track experience than Ohlins, and their Rear Shock for the R3 has all their knowledge built right in. Fully adjustable for compression, rebound, preload and length, the Ohlins rear shock can handle any race track or street situation. Comes with a wide variety of spring options and a setting library is available. Featuring Ohlins’ proprietary single tube technology, a 46 mm piston and a remote, nitrogen-charged resevoir, there simply is no better rear shock for your R3.

Translogic Systems Ltd

Yamaha R3 Performance Parts

Translogic Systems Ltd has developed the most advanced Quickshifter systems available. The QSX Quickshifter systems feature a dual channel interrupt system to allow for fine manual adjustment of interrupt durations of ignition coils or fuel injectors. Without this dual channel feature the quickshift will not be good enough at mid to lower RPMs resulting in very snatchy gear shifts as with other single channel systems. The QSX Quickshifter systems work straight out of the box but you can still set-up the QSX Quickshifter ECU to suit your particular riding style whether it’s softer, slower Quickshifting for lower RPM shifting or faster and crisper Quickshifting for high RPM track use.

Aim Sport Solo 2

Taking your R3 to the track? Check out the Aim Sport Solo 2 GPS Lap Timer. The new Solo 2 is a completely automatic lap timer based on the latest GPS technology from AIM. It receives data from two satellite constellations, GPS and GLONASS, making it much faster and more precise than the previous version. Lap times are calculated every 2/100 of a second. The Solo 2 displays and records speed, acceleration and braking. When the Solo 2 is powered up, it automatically recognizes the start/finish line coordinates of the track you are visiting based on the huge list of world tracks stored on Solo 2’s internal memory and starts sampling and displaying lap times automatically. At the end of the day, you can review all the key information on the Solo 2. All of the GPS and ECU-based data recorded on the Solo 2 can be analyzed with the Race Studio 3 professional software. Graphs, histograms and tables will help you understand your performance at all positions on the track. There is no better device to help you improve your performance than the Aim Sport Solo 2.

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AMA Extends Gratitude to Fallen Service Members on Memorial Day

As we pay our respects to all of our past, current and future military service members this Memorial Day Weekend, for allowing us to enjoy all our freedoms here in the beautiful United States of America, we strongly remind you to be smart and cautious this weekend. Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer, and without question there will be impaired drivers and motorists on the road, so be vigilant and don’t become another statistic. Cheers and God Bless America!


Caution, motorcycle awareness urged while traveling

PICKERINGTON, OH – May 25, 2018 – The American Motorcyclist Association recognizes and appreciates the dedication and sacrifice of all who gave their lives in service to our country and extends its deep gratitude to their families and friends this Memorial Day, May 28.

“Memorial Day presents an opportunity for us to reflect on the many freedoms we, as motorcyclists and as Americans, enjoy and to honor the dedication and sacrifice of the men and women who gave their lives to secure and preserve those freedoms,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman.

Millions of Americans will use the long holiday weekend to enjoy the freedom of the road, traveling to events, family picnics, beaches and other attractions.

With the increased travel, the AMA encourages motorists to be alert to motorcyclists who will be on the road to participate in AMA-sanctioned events, memorial parades and freedom rides, or simply visiting family and friends.

“Distracted or impaired driving already present a grave danger to motorcyclists, as well as to pedestrians and others on the roads,” Dingman said. “With the roadways more crowded with holiday travelers, we urge extra caution for everyone in an effort to ensure a safe Memorial Day weekend. And we urge drivers and motorcyclists alike to be alert and sober.”

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Eaglerider and Harley-Davidson Make Joint Appearance at Travel Industry Tradeshow

Harley-Davidson joined Eaglerider at the travel industry tradeshow IPW, which Eaglerider attends each year. 

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EagleRider and Harley-Davidson Make First-Ever Joint Appearance at IPW

The Two Companies Were Among 6,000 Delegates from U.S. Travel Organizations

DENVER, Colo. (May 24, 2018) – As part of the growing strategic alliance between EagleRider, the world’s largest motorcycle rental and travel company, and Harley-Davidson, the two companies attended the U.S. Travel Association’s IPW show in Denver this week. IPW is the travel industry’s premier international marketplace and the largest generator of travel to the U.S.

EagleRider and Harley-Davidson are making it more accessible than ever for global travelers to experience some of America’s most iconic roads and destinations on a legendary Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.

“We look forward to participating in IPW every year and we were thrilled to have Harley-Davidson join us this year,” said Chris McIntyre, CEO and Co-founder of EagleRider. “Our companies have been working diligently alongside the H-D® dealer network to launch a first-of-its-kind network of motorcycle rental locations and we were proud to showcase this to the distinguished members of the U.S. Travel Association.”

Throughout the show, EagleRider and Harley-Davidson continued to demonstrate to global travel industry delegates the benefits of the alliance and even provided an opportunity for attendees, riders and non-riders alike, to experience the thrill of motorcycling for themselves on Harley-Davidson’s JUMPSTART™ riding simulator.

In 2017, EagleRider became the Exclusive U.S. Provider of Rentals & Tours for Harley-Davidson. With this alliance, international travelers have more options than ever before to have a truly authentic American adventure on an all-new Harley-Davidson® bike.

“The alliance with EagleRider has created seamless touring opportunities for travelers to realize their dream of riding across the U.S. on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle,” said Anoop Prakash, Director of U.S. Retail Development at Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “Our national network of Harley-Davidson® dealers stand ready to welcome riders from around the world to deliver an unforgettable experience.”

Recently, the two brands reached an industry milestone of activating EagleRider rental locations in more than 100 Harley-Davidson® dealerships throughout the United States, creating the largest connected network of motorcycle rental and tour locations.

The expanded network allows riders to begin and end their two-wheeled adventures almost anywhere in the United States.  Every EagleRider/Harley-Davidson® dealership location can set riders up with guided tours, daily rentals and Club EagleRider membership opportunities.

Through the alliance, EagleRider exclusively uses current model year Harley-Davidson® motorcycles for its Touring and Large Cruiser motorcycle rental segments, equipped with Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Parts and Accessories. Harley-Davidson works with EagleRider to provide rental, travel and tour experiences from its U.S dealership network.

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2018 Zero DSR First Ride Review

2018 Zero DSR

Editor Score: 86.0%

Engine 18.75/20
Suspension/Handling 13.5/15
Transmission/Clutch 10.0/10
Brakes 7.75/10
Instruments/Controls 3.75/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 8.5/10
Appearance/Quality 7.75/10
Desirability 8.25/10
Value 7.75/10
Overall Score 86/100

Riding the Zero DSR quickly turned me into a child. Laughing hysterically as I sneaked through traffic and by unsuspecting pedestrians, getting a kick out of the shocked faces on these innocent bystanders was one of the first reasons I enjoyed the Zero DSR, the second involved the R part of its model designation. I came for the ninja-like stealth, but stayed for the claimed 116 lb-ft of torque. Any time there was dirt in sight, a patch of gravel, an unbordered planter in a parking lot, I would bee-line for it, lighting up that rear tire quicker than the aforementioned innocent bystander could shield themselves from the dust. I’d like to say I’m sorry to the man in that car at the Rose Bowl parking lot who endured a large cloud of dust blowing into his open car windows.

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Yeah, I didn’t do anything to elevate the public’s view of motorcycling that day, but I did realize I needed to get the DSR off of the pavement and away from the throngs of pedestrians that so densely populate the LA basin. Somewhere where I could no longer be a threat to clean car interiors and honest Starbucks-going civilians. Why? Because the performance of the 2018 Zero DSR is the little red electric motorcycle on my shoulder telling me to go for it, to do it, and the little responsible white one is nowhere to be found.

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The Future of Motorcycling gets… Future-er

2018 Zero DSR

The 2018 Zero DSR retails for $16,495, and with the accessory Charge Tank fitted to the model we tested, you’re looking at $18,790. Before any federal or state rebates and incentives.

The 2018 Zero DSR has a higher output 775-amp motor controller (compared to the non-R model’s 550-amp controller), paired with an upgraded Z-Force motor with higher temperature magnets (again, compared to the non-R model without the high-temp magnets) which, if you hadn’t already put it together, is fast. Real fast. The claim is 70 hp which is respectable, but the 116 lb-ft of torque is the ringer. While somewhat soft on the initial twist even in Sport mode – programmed this way to prevent loopage – once you get into the meat and potatoes of the throttle and the torque starts building, it does so quick and unapologetically, as if saying, you asked for this, now hold on.

With Sport mode giving you everything the motor has to offer, you can also tone down the performance and boost your mileage by using Eco mode, limiting top speed to 70 mph and reducing torque. Of course, if you find those two modes too far apart and are looking for your own goldilocks setting, there’s an app for that! The third and final mode is the Custom setting which allows you to set your own preferences of max torque, top speed, max regen, and max regen brake via the Zero Motorcycles app on your smartphone. Once connected to the motorcycle, the bike collects the data and changes the Custom mode to the parameters you’ve set. If you switch off the motorcycle and turn it back on and your phone doesn’t connect, the motorcycle will retain the last settings it had for the Custom mode.

2018 Zero DSR

Zero expects the battery to last for the life of the motorcycle, claiming the ZF14.4 in our test mule can travel over 200,000 miles with the batteries retaining 80% of their original maximum capacity. Zero’s 5-year, unlimited mile warranty is also a nice touch.

The DSR only comes with one battery option, which is the 102 V, 14.4kWh (12.6kWh nominal), ZF14.4. You do have the option of adding the accessory Power Tank for a paltry $2,895 to increase capacity by 3.6 kWh. The ZF14.4’s range is claimed at 163 city miles and 78 highway miles (if you maintain a constant 70 mph). Though recently, after leaving the house with a full charge, a 16-mile round trip that included almost entirely freeway miles, saw an 82% battery level upon my return home. That mileage equates to over 80 miles of range at speeds well above 70 mph, assuming the gauge works consistently. As usual, your mileage may vary.

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The small rubber dust cover hide the DSR’s charge port away from the elements.

When it comes time to charge up, the Zero includes a charging cable tucked away into a nice round hole in the swingarm, allowing for easy charging from your typical U.S. 120 V outlets. Charge time from a household outlet is rated at 9.3 hours for a 0-95% charge and 9.8 hours for 0-100%.

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Level up to Level 2 charging capability for an extra $2,295.

Of course, why spend all that time waiting when you have the option of purchasing the accessory Charge Tank? For $2,295 this upgrade will allow you to use Level 2 (220 V) charging stations while you’re out and about or if you own an electric automobile and have had the system installed. Zero claims the charge is up to 6x faster with the Charge Tank allowing for a full charge in 2.5 hours and a 0-95% charge in 2 hours. It should be noted however, you will have to choose whether you want faster charge capability or more range since you can’t outfit both the Charge Tank and Power Tank to the same motorcycle. Of the two, we’d choose the Charge Tank option. Mainly because the Power Tank adds a nearly 50-lb battery far away from the bike’s center of mass, and also because the Charge Tank is more useful in everyday situations.

A Zero for any (mostly smooth) road

2018 Zero DSR

Riding the Zero is a different experience for sure, but it’s not so different from a typical ICE bike. It doesn’t take long before you’ve forgotten all about the lack of shifting and clutching, though I still find myself reaching for ghost levers now and then. The DSR offers a neutral riding position and a 31.8-inch tall wide seat that is all day (or 70-163 miles) comfortable. Since this is the “dual-sport” model, you get large footpegs that look like they should be on my adventure bike. While the footpegs offer ample grip and surface size, the DSR doesn’t have much ground clearance and could benefit from bar risers if you plan on standing for any amount of time. Keep the off-roading limited to smooth fire roads and you’re in for a treat as the Pirelli MT 60s offer pretty good grip in dusty, gravelly conditions and the torque will have you breaking the rear end loose and looking like Jared Mees around every corner.

2018 Zero DSR

Here we have an upskirt shot of the Zero DSR’s 40mm Showa piggy-back shock and Z-Force® 75-7R passively air-cooled, high efficiency, radial flux, interior permanent hi-temp magnet, brushless motor.

The Zero DSR offers 7-inches of travel from its fully adjustable Showa suspension both front and rear, though with roughly 8-inches of ground clearance, you’ll want to select the curbs you jump off of carefully. Speaking of jumping, I was also told there is a specific technique to jumping the DSR because you can easily break the Poly Chain HTD Carbon belt that drives the rear wheel. As if you needed another reason to stay tame during your off-pavement excursions, those gorgeous 19-inch front/17-inch rear gold- anodized cast wheels probably won’t be up to the kind of hits high-speed off-road riding dishes out. We’ve been unable to weigh the 2018 model, but it should fall in somewhere around the 452-pound mark of the similarly equipped 2016 model we weighed a few years ago.

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Braking components are provided by the Spanish company J.Juan. J.Juan components have been used and tested in Moto2, however, these units don’t quite perform to that caliber. On the front, the DSR uses a single 320mm disc with a dual-piston floating caliper with Bosch Gen 9 ABS tech. Despite having a steel-braided line, brake feel at the lever was fairly squishy, but still got the bike slowed after a firm squeeze. A single 240mm rotor is used on the rear with a single-piston floating caliper. Though they didn’t feel overly strong on the street, the Spanish braking bits were just fine off-road once we disabled the ABS.

2018 Zero DSR

Loud pipes save lives! While the verdict may be out on that one, I did notice while lane-splitting, the last second swerving away from me happened less frequently than when I would come up beside cars on an ICE bike.

On canyon roads, I was told the Pirelli MT 60s provided a surprising amount of grip for sport riding. Of course any tire you put on this torque-beast likely won’t last long whether you’re carving your favorite canyon roads or blasting down the trails, 116 lb-ft of oomph is serious business. But hey! Maybe you’re not as ham-fisted as some of us and you’ll be just fine.

Living With A Zero SR

As tested, our 2018 Zero DSR rings up for $18,790 which includes the $2,295 accessory Charge Tank. That’s a pretty penny, but considering the time and money you save on gas and maintenance, maybe it’s worth it? Many states offer incentive programs to help lessen the financial blow and the U.S. also has a federal tax credit up to $2,500, though 2018 models are not yet eligible. It took me two days with the DSR to start having visions of ownership. Get out and ride one and let us know what you think.


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