This Star Wars-Themed Ural Motorcycle Sidecar Comes With a Lightsaber
Much like mother Russia itself, Ural motorcycles were born in conflict and matured in a Siberian factory. For decades the country—sorry, the company—was marred by inefficiencies rooted in archaic practices and equipment that couldn’t match the output volume and technological advancements of modern motorcycle manufacturers. But damn it if a good old Ural sidecar isn’t an automotive object worth fetishizing.
The first M72 rolled off the line in 1941, and its aesthetic has held since the sidecar-equipped motorcycle transitioned to civilian use after World War II. At first blush, this Ural is just like the thousands that came before it—either timeless or stuck in time—except for a few telling details.
This sidecar motorcycle is strong with The Force, specifically with the Dark Side. The $15,000 Ural Dark Force is painted gloss black all over and has been outfitted to carry a 3-foot extendable lightsaber on board (batteries included). Just 25 will be made, so this thing’s about as rare as a Wookie Jedi.
If we catch a stormtrooper careening across the frame in Star Wars: The Force Awakens on one of these bikes it will be the smartest marketing move the iconic Russian company has ever made. And here’s your homework for the day, Internet: best photoshop of a shirtless Vladimir Putin standing in a snowy wood and holding Kylo Ren’s lightsaber wins our respect and gratitude for life. Just make sure to put this First Order worthy sidecar in the background.
Originally posted here: