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Forum: Hacks 05-20-2014, 11:28 AM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 398,092
Posted By bokad
Maintenance and repair are two quite different...

Maintenance and repair are two quite different words.
Forum: Hacks 05-20-2014, 10:35 AM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 398,092
Posted By bokad
Interesting read. But wishful thinking. ...

Interesting read.

But wishful thinking.

"Maintain a Ural, tinker, fiddle, get to know it and it will be (as mine has been) stone reliable. It will get you home – always."

Statements like...
Forum: Equipment 05-08-2014, 01:54 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,890
Posted By bokad
Oh lord! Does anyone have a site or explanation...

Oh lord! Does anyone have a site or explanation in plain English for the myriad options in the ginormous Held product line?
There seems to be many many wet and cold options but without a clear...
Forum: Hacks 04-30-2014, 02:01 AM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 398,092
Posted By bokad
This! :thumb I never understood the "I...

This! :thumb

I never understood the "I bought a mass produced machine that looks identical to all the others and now everybody comes and talks to me and that makes me happy" line.
Forum: Hacks 04-24-2014, 07:17 PM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 398,092
Posted By bokad
About 25% of that years entire production... ...

About 25% of that years entire production...

It's always excuses and redirection with the Ural crew. Whenever there is a problem with Urals they say "look, other bike have problem too!"

Yes,...
Forum: Hacks 04-24-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 398,092
Posted By bokad
Another reason to NOT get a Ural. Rims that...

Another reason to NOT get a Ural.

Rims that fall apart after 2500 miles.
Isn't that dangerous?

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=946026
...
Forum: Hacks 04-24-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 398,092
Posted By bokad
Ilya, easy and direct question. I think it's...

Ilya, easy and direct question.

I think it's applicable since reliability has been a frequent topic in this thread.

As the Head Honcho of Ural, what other brands of motorcycle do you feel the...
Forum: Hacks 04-24-2014, 06:09 PM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 398,092
Posted By bokad
I suppose it all depends on what is compared to,...

I suppose it all depends on what is compared to, right?
I think the comparisons to a new GS custom rig are unfair as the GS is a big ol high horsepower machine. A comparison to a smaller more basic...
Forum: Hacks 04-24-2014, 05:53 PM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 398,092
Posted By bokad
(1) When you guys want to talk about 'vintage'...

(1) When you guys want to talk about 'vintage' and 'history' and the 'the story' then you're all about Urals 70 year history. But when it comes to talking about reliability or anything else then you...
Forum: Hacks 04-24-2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 398,092
Posted By bokad
FYR brought up the 70 year history and "must be...

FYR brought up the 70 year history and "must be doing something right". That's what I discussed, the 70 year history of sales.
Forum: Hacks 04-24-2014, 05:18 PM
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Views: 398,092
Posted By bokad
Definitely I was fooled. Willing accomplice...

Definitely I was fooled. Willing accomplice even. I read the dissenting views, ignored objections from my friends that had Ural experience. I wanted to believe. I loved the idea of the Ural. ...
Forum: Hacks 04-24-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 398,092
Posted By bokad
Seriously, I don't read it to people's words as...

Seriously, I don't read it to people's words as it will go poorly if I try to guess things they didn't write. He said "russians abandoned motorcycles". Period. Full stop.

I do see a fair...
Forum: Hacks 04-24-2014, 04:59 PM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 398,092
Posted By bokad
Exactly, you've never been Russia. News flash,...

Exactly, you've never been Russia.
News flash, there are very many well off Russians with disposable income enough to buy expensive toys.
But when they have $16k to blow they don't waste in on a...
Forum: Hacks 04-24-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 398,092
Posted By bokad
Which part of what I wrote was misinformation? ...

Which part of what I wrote was misinformation?

Beemerchef is a long term, well known sidecar traveler.
He did switch to a Ural about a year ago.
He did get rid of his Ural recently saying that...
Forum: Hacks 04-24-2014, 04:46 PM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 398,092
Posted By bokad
If you found your BMW boring perhaps you could...

If you found your BMW boring perhaps you could ride it to more interesting places and do more interesting things with it. That you saw so many farkled wannabes is more indicative of what you do with...
Forum: Hacks 04-24-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 398,092
Posted By bokad
I visit Russia a few times a year. I see plenty...

I visit Russia a few times a year. I see plenty of motorcycles being used and bought there.... but not Urals. So... I don't know what you mean by saying that Russians have abandoned motorcycles. ...
Forum: Hacks 04-24-2014, 01:53 PM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 398,092
Posted By bokad
Their target market is ageing and eventually...

Their target market is ageing and eventually ending their riding careers. Their 'base' is disappearing. The people taking their place were raised with less tinkering in the garage and greater...
Forum: Hacks 04-24-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 398,092
Posted By bokad
In hugely declining sales for the last 20...

In hugely declining sales for the last 20 years...

There's been a total of ~3.2 million Ural motorcycle made over the years.

Last year they made.... wait for it.... ~1000 !!!!
About 20 of them...
Forum: Hacks 04-24-2014, 12:45 PM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 398,092
Posted By bokad
I'm at least as eloquent as Homer Simpson at your...

I'm at least as eloquent as Homer Simpson at your mom's (or my mom, whatever) wedding so there!

Hell, I wish I'd cut and run on the Ural earlier like RR did. I was just stubborn. Took over...
Forum: Hacks 04-24-2014, 12:32 PM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 398,092
Posted By bokad
Ilya! Good to see you here and...

Ilya!
Good to see you here and participating.

Perhaps he didn't present himself to you under his ADV handle?
All I know is that he's a long term and well respected member of the sidecar...
Forum: Hacks 04-24-2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 398,092
Posted By bokad
Neither of the examples I gave were riding two up...

Neither of the examples I gave were riding two up or carrying hundreds of pounds of gear. Just guys with their dogs and a normal load. I know you wouldn't want to actually read the situation before...
Forum: Hacks 04-23-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 398,092
Posted By bokad
It certainly says something when an experienced...

It certainly says something when an experienced sidecarist that is SPONSORED by Ural says 'I lost faith in it and I was glad when the sponsorship ended'

He thinks his almost 20 year old GS with...
Forum: Hacks 04-23-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 398,092
Posted By bokad
A bit of follow up is nice and the truth always...

A bit of follow up is nice and the truth always comes out in time... During this thread there were two respected and accomplished travelers who had just joined the Ural camp. One of them was even...
Forum: Hacks 04-23-2014, 08:30 AM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 398,092
Posted By bokad
My experience has been quite different. Things...

My experience has been quite different. Things that are defects they tend to say "oh they all do that, it's a feature" or claim that the vehicle was put to unapproved use.
Additionally they...
Forum: Hacks 04-22-2014, 03:22 AM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 398,092
Posted By bokad
I agree! However, there are literally HUNDREDS...

I agree! However, there are literally HUNDREDS of posts in this thread in which Uralistas are claiming that Urals are just as reliable as any other bike. They vehemently oppose the idea that they...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-23-2013, 04:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,415
Posted By bokad
Incredibly cool! Thanks for sharing.

Incredibly cool! Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Equipment 12-17-2013, 03:31 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 17,223
Posted By bokad
Cold weather performance

How does the Transit suit do in cold weather? I see that there is no option for a liner for the jacket or pants.
I often ride right around the freezing point but not much colder than that.
Does...
Forum: Hacks 12-14-2013, 06:34 AM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 398,092
Posted By bokad
It's nice that in a review...

It's nice that in a review (http://rideapart.com/2013/12/world-exclusive-2014-ural-gear-up-sidecar-review/) that Ural themselves have promoted, it says that all pre 2014 Urals were:

"Riding a Ural...
Forum: Hacks 12-14-2013, 04:27 AM
Replies: 2,633
Views: 398,092
Posted By bokad
Great opportunity for the Ural faithful to...

Great opportunity for the Ural faithful to promote their ride!

"Most reliabe and fixable bike for remote areas?"
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=940475
Forum: Hacks 08-04-2013, 01:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,304
Posted By bokad
Sorting mine (2010 model) took: Replacing the...

Sorting mine (2010 model) took:
Replacing the final drive
Replacing the swing arm
Replacing a few broken brake shoes
Redoing some electrical connections in the headlamp assembly
Having the...
Forum: Beasts 03-01-2013, 09:02 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,287
Posted By bokad
Tiger 800xc. It has looks, price, performance,...

Tiger 800xc. It has looks, price, performance, and reliability. Great bike.
Forum: Equipment 02-26-2013, 08:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 600
Posted By bokad
Aerostich availability in Europe?

I wanted to get an Aerostich Darien setup while I was in the USA but it seems that it can't be ready before I leave (6 week lead time, gaaa!). From talking to Aerostich it seems that they don't have...
Forum: Hacks 02-20-2013, 06:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,334
Posted By bokad
Thanks for the invite to the conversation Cob! ...

Thanks for the invite to the conversation Cob! How is your kool-aid tasting these days?
And if ya can't tell the difference between my argument about paying the price for a new one and getting a...
Forum: Hacks 12-11-2012, 07:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,804
Posted By bokad
Both will work fine. Go for what you like the...

Both will work fine. Go for what you like the looks or the feel of.
If you are tall, the retro seating position will feel more cramped than the regular bike.
The retro also sits a little bit lower...
Forum: Ride reports 11-24-2012, 07:58 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 18,816
Posted By bokad
27 July 2012 -------------- Ubud, Bali ...

27 July 2012
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Ubud, Bali

Last souvenir shopping before leaving the country (gotta take care of some real world stuff then come back). I'm set for halloween. I'm out!
...
Forum: Ride reports 11-24-2012, 07:57 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 18,816
Posted By bokad
26 July 2012 -------------- Ubud, Bali ...

26 July 2012
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Ubud, Bali

I'm going to park the bike here while I'm out of country. I have a couple favorite restaurants and haunts in town, it's nice to be back. Way more...
Forum: Ride reports 11-24-2012, 07:53 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 18,816
Posted By bokad
25 July 2012 -------------- Sape, Sumbawa to...

25 July 2012
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Sape, Sumbawa to Ubud, Bali

I'm impressed with this. In one long two day marathon without sleep I make it all the way from Labuan Bajo, Flores to Ubud, Bali. 3...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-09-2012, 05:53 AM
Replies: 7,658
Views: 6,909,048
Posted By bokad
She really is a great passenger. Balances well...

She really is a great passenger. Balances well and doesn't complain! If I'm ever single again I'll be have to put that in my requirements.
I'm sure missing the Triumph right now...
...
Forum: Ride reports 11-09-2012, 05:20 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 18,816
Posted By bokad
24 July 2012 -------------- Labuan Bajo,...

24 July 2012
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Labuan Bajo, Flores

The desired boat did, of course, not arrive. I can't wait any longer though. There is another boat back towards Bali. It too is late but...
Forum: Ride reports 11-09-2012, 05:07 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 18,816
Posted By bokad
23 July 2012 -------------- Labuan Bajo,...

23 July 2012
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Labuan Bajo, Flores

It's time for a break. I'm going to get the bike to Sulawesi then fly out for a rest and to take care of some things. The boat is supposed to...
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