The free market giveth and the free market taketh away. Previously, the Irbit works needed that many workers because it made nearly every Ural component in-house, from fasteners to grips to pistons. With the end of Communism came the ability to outsource parts. And within the last five years or so, the incorporation of better components from outside vendors has led to not just the survival of the Irbit plant but also to a greatly improved Ural. Now all Urals get Keihin carburetors, Ducati electronic ignitions, Denso alternators, Sachs suspension, Brembo brakes, Domino switchgear, precision-cut transmission gears and shafts from Herzog, hardened valve seats, etc. All Urals now use readily available standard-size seals and bearings, another huge step. Even the handlebar clamps are standard diameter now, so you can plug in your bend of choice.