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Old 05-29-2012, 04:34 AM   #21
The Byronic Man
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Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Northeastern CT
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Well, there's no accounting for taste.

I went in with my eyes wide open. I read/researched about them for many months - mostly regarding mechanical issues (not by reading mods and accessory threads). I fully expected my Ural to be less reliable and require more dirty hands and owner involvement than a conventional, modern bike and that was a large part of why I wanted one.

I have been surprised, actually, that my '05 has required less wrenching than I had anticipated - and I don't particularly baby it.

It sounds like the OP was expecting a Honda-like experience. If that is the case, no wonder he was disappointed.
"You wouldn't be riding a motorcycle if you weren't an optimist."
- Matthew Crawford
2005 Ural Tourist, 2000 Kawasaki W650
IBA #23064
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