Originally Posted by bokad
Well, this has been fun!
Lots of personal attacks.
Lots of blah blah blah.
Very little of people actually explaining how the Ural is not one of the most unreliable new production bikes sold in the USA.
Lots of people complaining that it's not nice to say Russia has bad quality control.
Very little of people showing that it doesn't
Anything new to add or can we wrap this drama up?
No personal attacks from me, but I will keep defending the two Urals that I've owned. I've been around wrenches for almost 40 years and have rebuilt car and bike engines, trannys and everything else. I know junk and decent stuff. Both of MY Urals have been decent machines that haven't required any fixing or "tinkering" in many thousands of miles.
If I were to go by forum problems I'd be afraid to buy anything ever made including BMWs.
I am sorry to hear that the Ural hasn't worked out for the OP. If I were to plan a trip like that I'd probably pick a lightweight two wheeler. By his ride report description it sounds like any sidecar rig would be frustrating on those hills and traffic. For that matter, that trip by any means would find me wishing I'd picked another place to see. Too much rain, people, traffic and filth for me.
Best of luck on a better ending to this trip.