This motorcycle and sidecar is literally "O for oarsome".
Built by Siberian company, IMZ-Ural, the limited edition icebreaker-inspired Yamal is claimed to be the only motorcycle that comes equipped with an oar.
Click photo at left for more views of the well-equipped Yamal.
Yamal, which translates as "the end of the Earth", is a peninsula in Russia, known for being nothing short of inhospitable, barren, and perpetually frozen. It is also the well-known icebreaker that spends its time conquering the frozen Arctic Ocean, just north of Siberia – and a perfect namesake of this year's limited edition from Ural.
The limited edition Yamal is spec'd with its own double hull - of sorts - much like the boat: 3M coating is used to weather proof the lower portion of the sidecar body and the fenders for additional protection. The Yamal is painted flat orange to be easily spotted anywhere. Its sidecar is fitted with dual fog lights to defeat the long nights and both rider and passenger comfort is enhanced with the addition of fairing and a windscreen. On demand two-wheel drive, knobby spare tyre and hand guards round out the mission capability of the Yamal.
Cold temperatures may be its operating scenario, but it seems the team at IMZ-Ural have a warm sense of humour with a tongue-in-cheek warning on the oar.
Printed on the oar is:
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY:
If you are reading this then you have wandered out too far, and the ice didn't hold – we're very sorry. In an effort to make it back alive, you may want to follow these survival tips:
- Abandon all hope – it will help you focus
- Detach sidecar, jump in, and then paddle like heck
- Rescue your dog – they're better at finding their way home than you are
- Should you find yourself sinking, use your seat cushion as a flotation device
Then in the fine print below that is the disclaimer, which reads:
-Ural cannot be held responsible for global warming
-Water damage not covered under warranty
-This vehicle is not a boat, nor is the paddle or any part of the motorcycle intended to be used as a flotation device.
-Survival may depend on other factors. Your wife was right, who goes fishing in winter?
Hard to disagree with the company claim that it is a motorcycle "that sure beats the norm" and there is no need to be up a certain creek without an oar when riding the Yamal.
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