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Cool As: Customizing a 63-year-old Ural in Siberia

Cool As: Customizing a 63-year-old Ural in Siberia

Made in Siberia: A customized 1954 IMZ Ural M72
You find custom builders in the most unlikely of places. A month ago, we featured a bike from Hong Kong for the first time; today, we’re showing our first custom from Siberia. It’s a little different to our usual fare, but bear with us.

This rather stylish little bobber-flavored Ural chop comes from the small but well-equipped workshop of Roman Molchanov, who lives in Novosibirsk—the third biggest city in Russia. It’s about 900 miles (1,500 km) east of Irbit, where Ural motorcycles have been made since 1941.

Made in Siberia: A customized 1954 IMZ Ural M72
Roman’s Ural is a little younger than that, but not much: it’s an IMZ M72 built in 1954. The M72 was a reverse-engineered version of the late-1930s BMW R71, hence the similar-looking cylinder heads with eight visible boltholes on either side.…

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