I bet you were surprised to see the word “racer” standing next to the word “Ural”, so did I when I first saw the photos of the project I’m about to tell you of. Please meet a Ural racer built by a talented customizer Jeff Yarington from Maryland, USA.
According to Jeff, this Ural bike was bought in russia by some American who lived there and later shipped to the US. It wasn’t used much, so when Jeff became its owner this motorcycle had only about 200 miles on it, so Jeff didn’t had much trouble restoring broken parts or something like that and was able to focus his efforts on customizing process solely.
He wanted to built a bike that would be low and long at the same time and we all see that everything went according to the plan. Here is how it was made.
The first thing the author decided to rebuilt was the gas tank. He took a new gas tank from XS650 and reshaped the tunnel part to make the tank sit lower on the frame.
The next step was to make the base of the bike a bit longer, so Jeff changed the angle of the front fork as it’s seen on the photo.
The last major step was to rebuilt the tail of the Ural together with the seat. A new café-racer style tail and the gas tank form an awesome straight line that goes from the front part of the bike to the tail and I believe this line is one of the main elements of the general design here.
There were also some minor changes to the Ural like replacing a standard handlebar with custom wing-style clip-ons, which are not the clip-ons but are parts of the top triple tree (check the image), replacing standard carbs with downdrafts ones, changing the head- and tail-lights, implementing an unusual way to install the exhaust tubes, but to my mind it’s the choice of the color that made the design of this Ural racer complete. This dark-olive, or whatever this color is called, makes the look unusual and eye-catchy, but not eye-searing.
I’m not sure if all you guys liked this custom Ural, but I know for sure is that I’m not the only person to like it: the author took the first place in the Metric Cruiser Full Custom class during the Timonium Bike show in Maryland in 2011.