Being so close to Iraq makes me look closer for articles from the "war zone". Apparently, before the invasion by the US of Iraq, the military had ordered some 1500 Ural motorcycles from Russia.
The military needed the motorcycles for their high mobility.
But Saddam never got the motorcycles for his army, so now they're being sold off.
Optional extras that can be bolted on are armored plating, machines guns, and I'd presume areas to stock bombs.
If you're in the market for an Ural 650cc and sidecar, and don't mind grey as your color of choice, contact the Iraqi administration.
Cost: About $3,500.
|An Iraqi warehouse employee maneuvers a 650cc Russian-made Ural motorcycle at a depot in northern Baghdad April 6, 2004. The once-feared Saddam Fedayeen militia and the Jerusalem Army paramilitary force ordered the Urals just before the U.S. invasion of Iraq as part of a defensive strategy that relied on high mobility but was scarcely implemented. By the time they arrived, say officials at the state-owned General Vehicle Company, Saddam had been overthrown and the rugged combination motorcycles with sidecars had to be sold off. Photo by Chris Helgren/Reuters|
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