How WW II ended may well have been different but for two events. The first was Hitler’s decision to press on with his attack into Russia even in winter. The second was America’s decision to use the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Old Man Winter apart, the Russian victory over the Nazi army also had to do with how their troops moved around. The Ural-T sidecar motorcycle used by the Russians to negotiate the tricky terrain played a key role in their victory.
The Allied Victory Sidecar motorcycle might well serve to refresh memories for people from the older generation. It may also give the younger generation a sense of an era gone by, although in its new avatar, it benefits from modern technology.
This version of the bike has a five-speed transmission, front and rear disc drum brakes and twin hydraulic spring shock rear suspension. It comes with an electric starter as well as a kick-starter.
Priced at $10,000 (£6450), the Allied Victory Sidecar motorcycle has an air-cooled flat-twin 749 cc engine that delivers 40 HP. The motorcycle has a top speed of 65 mph (that’s just over 100 Kmph).
Its fuel tank has a capacity of 5 gallons; on a full tank, the motorcycle can cover up to 165 miles, or around 265 Km. The single-wheel sidecar is detachable, and is made completely of steel.
A padded vinyl seat and chassis-mounted shock absorbers make for a comfortable ride. The sidecar can carry up to 580 lbs (around 250 Kg). The trunk has a storage capacity of 3 cubic feet.
The bike weighs 705 lbs (around 320 Kg). It measures 8.5’ in length, 5.5’ in width (including the sidecar) and about 3’7” in height.