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Old 04-11-2012, 09:30 PM   #1
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The Ramblings of a Uralogist- A cross country ADVenture on three wheels



"You have that look. What did you do?" My bride of 25 years knew "that look". She wasn't giving me grief when she said it. She knew that I'd been on the hunt for a Ural Gear Up for a while. She saw the change in mood that I was trying to hide while I figured out how I was going to tell her.
"I found a Gobi Gear Up. I just made the deal."
"Where is it?' was a logical enough question that came next.
"Seattle."
"How much is it going to cost to ship?" was next.
"I'm not shipping it." Now that might not be too bad if you lived in Portland or SanFrancisco. We live in Upstate NY.

This was 115 long days ago while the wind and snow blew outside the window. It was 115 days of spending way too much time on ADVRider, Pashnit, and SovietSteeds. It was two trips to AAA for maps, too many ride reports read for ideas, questions to forum members, and off road maps ordered for far off states.

During that time she decided that I needed supervision. Actually I asked her to come. We have put together plans for a trip like I'd never imagined I would ever do. Yesterday we flew into Seattle. We stopped at our hotel and while Julie checked out Pike Place I continued on to to see the bike that I'd purchased from a stranger 115 days ago. He simply was working too many hours for him to justify his new purchase. I had the sent a few boxes of gear and supplies for the trip and the bike ahead of us. It was all waiting along with the bike. The bike had barely been ridden since he bought it. It was better than advertised and well farkled. I was thrilled.
We went over the bike, said our goodbyes, and I was off. Since I was so close to Ural headquarters in Redmond, WA, I had to stop by their new building. Again I met some of the nicest people.
Not much for ride report pictures at this point, but stick around for the next month or so and we'll go over passes in Washington with 15-20 feet of snow on each side, down the Columbia River Gorge, ride down the west coast, see Big Sur, maybe Yosemite, Death Valley, the Mojave, Moki Dugway, Arches, Bryce, Zion, Moab, upper New Mexico, the Smokies, Blue Ridge Parkway, and who knows what else in between. No plans are set in stone here. The weather might dictate some changes along the way.
I have a SPOT2 locator. Friends, family, and some forum members have asked that we put up a shared link, so here it is:
http://share.findmespot.com/shared/f...8Hnt9BuyqHuMCY
The first couple hits are from the airports.

Here's the place that brings these odd machines over from Russia.


With a little luck I can post some more pictures tomorrow and every now and then as we work our way home.
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Old 04-11-2012, 11:04 PM   #2
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On my first ever posting on ADV may i be the first to wish you all the best for your trip. Thats the way to shake down a new bike! Good luck, have fun!
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Old 04-11-2012, 11:52 PM   #3
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Glad to heat that everything is going as planned, big brother!
How does Julie enjoy the new bike?


Say hi to Ol' Piney for me!
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Old 04-12-2012, 05:51 AM   #4
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I didn't realize they came into Redmond. I was just in Redmond last night...
Good luck on your trip.
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:09 AM   #5
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Thanks for the well wishes Nik.
Hey there, hi there, ho there Kiwi Paddler! Thanks for the email with details for today's ride. Looks like it should be great.
Julie was plenty comfortable in the old Ural and this is just the same except we have it loaded down pretty well. We are both impressed with how this little 750 can pull it all. I'll get a picture of all our stuff on the hotel cart later. I don't think I could fit it all in a small car.
Scott, Seattle seems to be the epicenter of Uralistas. You should get to a dealer just to try one out. I never considered one until a year ago and now I'm on my second one and having a blast. It's not very much like riding a motorcycle, but it sure is fun. Besides, it's nice to have your loved one comfortable on a long ride. Julie says that none of our previous Goldwings could compare. (1200,1500,and 1800)
Let's see where today brings us...
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:23 AM   #6
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Julie even got into the ADV spirit of things and posted a food shot! I was impressed.
This was just before we loaded up to leave Pike Place.



A couple tourist shots of Seattle. The Warwick Hotel was a pretty nice place with good parking and a great view of the Space Needle.

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Old 04-12-2012, 06:26 AM   #7
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Here's Julie in the beast! All loaded up and ready to see some mountains. Windmill gave me a scenic route to follow. Little did we know or understand what "The pass is clear." meant.
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Old 05-16-2012, 02:47 PM   #8
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Here's Julie in the beast! All loaded up and ready to see some mountains. Windmill gave me a scenic route to follow. Little did we know or understand what "The pass is clear." meant.
She knows how to travel. The blanket makes it even better. Now, a nice book and a cup of hot cocoa and she's all set!
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:32 PM   #9
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She knows how to travel. The blanket makes it even better. Now, a nice book and a cup of hot cocoa and she's all set!
don't forget some good old fashioned ear muffs too!!
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:29 AM   #10
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As the Burl Ive's snowman would say, "Tell me when it's over!"

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Old 09-24-2013, 08:50 PM   #11
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As the Burl Ive's snowman would say, "Tell me when it's over!"

Read your ride report yesterday filled with wonderful pictures; today it is laced with billboard substitutes out the yang-ying....
Is is my computer or did some 'happen'?

Also searching for a link/site you recc: push (something) pushkin, pushpin?
dot org dot com. sigh.
Not finding it in the verbiage.
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:06 AM   #12
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Read your ride report yesterday filled with wonderful pictures; today it is laced with billboard substitutes out the yang-ying....
Is is my computer or did some 'happen'?

Also searching for a link/site you recc: push (something) pushkin, pushpin?
dot org dot com. sigh.
Not finding it in the verbiage.
Thanks for pointing that out. When I saw it I also wondered what the hell happened. I searched Photobucket and found that there were enough views this month that it exceeded the free bandwidth they provide. It will recycle on the 4th of each month. (The monthly anniversary of me opening the account.) I had a paid for Pro account with them back when we took this trip because I exceeded it almost daily. Until my next adventure I will leave the account as it is and have to deal with this occasionally. I do wonder why it suddenly got popular a year and a half after the trip. Thanks for the heads up, Tom
edit- as for the "Pushkin" I think you meant "Pashnit.com" It is a great MC forum for pictures and trip planning on the west coast.
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:07 AM   #13
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Just finally decided to read your report, not sure why I waited this long but it seems to have gained new popularity!

In 2000, I bought a '98 Ural that started life as a single but didn't sell. The dealer ordered and paint matched a side car and I loved it (yellow and black!) But the '98 was not near the trouble free vehicle that the new ones are, kept me busy keeping it going even though it was always little things. My wife however, did not like the side car, said it sat too low and was very noisy. Now that I approach 70, and just sold off my KLR, I'm thinking about retirement and what I will do for the single bike that old age is going to require (three wheels I'm afraid due to bad legs/feet).

I rode my WeeStrom to AK this summer but I think it will have to go. I will truly hate to part with my 2009 FJR1300AE but that may have to go as well. So why not a Ural? After reading of your trouble free trip, I'm thinking I might just go that route when the time comes. BTW, I have a T-shirt that proclaims "World's Fastest Sidecar" from back when they set a record at Bonneville. I wore it this past Saturday and two people stopped to ask if I owned one, that they were considering a purchase!

Anyway, ride well and hope to see another report from you (here's the link to my RR on the AK trip if you are interested)
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...ghlight=Mcruss
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:23 PM   #14
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Hi McRuss, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I still say it was the best month of my life.
I can report over 20,000 KMs on the rig without issue. I recently bought a very nice air cleaner lid from a Uralist that posts both here and more so on Soviet Steeds. His name is Windmill and the reason I bought it was to address the only thing Julie didn't care for and that was the massive intake drone- especially when under heavy throttle. Windmill's design routes it over to the left side. It is quieter overall and MUCH quieter for Julie. Funny that you should mention a few of your bikes. We did another 70 miles or so on seasonal roads on the Ural just yesterday. Today I ran 120 miles of errands on the FJR. Two very different beasts for sure. Tomorrow I pick up my new to me KLR. Seems we have a bit in common. I'll be reading your AK report starting tonight. Thank you for the link.
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:31 AM   #15
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Nothing like a well farkled machine.

It looks like you're having a great time already- I'm jealous; makes me miss my own trip! Keep the photos coming.- especially the ones of Mom in the sidecar.

Love you guys!

I love Mom's plaid blanket- so dignified! She still needs goggles, a flap hat and a plaid scarf, though.

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