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Old 08-19-2008, 09:01 AM   #1
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New-to-me Ural Deco

Hello, all --

I am new to the hacks forum, though I have been hanging around advrider for a couple of years. I got home Thursday from a big ride that included the Pacific Coast Highway and WestFest and found a note to call a buddy who used to be a Ural dealer and who still works on rigs here in Abbeville, SC. He knew I was intertested in a sidecar outfit and knew of one for sale in the county.

To make a long story short, I essentially bought this '97 Ural Deco while standing in my driveway after getting home from WestFest and while waiting for my wife to get home from work. I hadn't even been in the house yet.

It has been sitting for quite a while -- since the previous owner died as a result of an auto accident. I'm told that this Deco was the first black-and-cream one off the assembly line. The deceased owner had also bought the last black-and-cream Deco off the line. That's his widow's ride, and she is hanging on to it.

Here it is as I first saw it Saturday. (I had already bought it, essentially. )




Here it is yesterday on my buddy's trailer before he dropped it off at my house.






In my back yard yesterday. The first time I ever sat on a sidecar rig was for this photo, so I have a steep learning curve once we get this thing going.


I had some soap and the hose out to get some stickers off, so I washed the sidecar itself a little and hosed off the rest of the rig.


It is running a total-loss electrical system -- no alternator -- which should be good for 300-500 miles between charges. (I'll use a deep-cycle marine battery.) I may go the Nippon-Denso alternator route later. It does have the Mikunis with the infamous compliance fittings, but my buddy has some replacement fittings for me. I may go the Pekar carb route eventually.

I am excited to join the ranks of sidecar owners. I hope that I can soon join the ranks of sidecar operators.

It's in my car shed now, waiting for me to get the tank and carbs off for cleaning. That may be a few days since my high school students return from summer break tomorrow, and I really need to get my classroom ready.


All the best,
Chris
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Old 08-19-2008, 07:28 PM   #2
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hey chris,welcome!!
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Old 08-20-2008, 02:57 PM   #3
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you left the horn on!

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Old 08-20-2008, 06:30 PM   #4
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Nice Ural and M715 too! Can I have the M715?
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Old 08-21-2008, 10:52 AM   #5
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Nice Ural and M715 too! Can I have the M715?
Thanks. I'll make you a deal on the M715.

All the best,
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Old 08-21-2008, 10:54 AM   #6
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you left the horn on!

snoid,

I'm undecided about the horn. I have it and the fringe off now, actually. Maybe I should run a poll about the horn.

All the best,
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Old 08-21-2008, 04:25 PM   #7
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snoid,

I'm undecided about the horn. I have it and the fringe off now, actually. Maybe I should run a poll about the horn.

All the best,
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KEEP THE HORN!!!
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Old 08-21-2008, 06:16 PM   #8
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Great Find Chris

Good bike to learn on too.

Enjoy the Journey - albeit at a steady pace

I like the horn on it too
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Old 08-22-2008, 07:47 AM   #9
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Thanks. I'll make you a deal on the M715.

All the best,
Chris
Keep me in mind if you end up getting rid of it. I haven't the funds right now but would really love to have an M715 next year (and a CJ3A, and a vintage Utility Wagon, and a early Waggin' Ear, and a MB, and and and ...) What kind of resto or work does it need? A runner or not? Thanks!
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Old 08-22-2008, 09:17 AM   #10
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fringe no,

horn yes!
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Old 08-24-2008, 11:10 AM   #11
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Have fun and take it easy learning to ride!

It's really not as hard as many people make it out to be!
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Old 08-28-2008, 09:36 AM   #12
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Sharp lookin' hack! Congrats!
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:35 AM   #13
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there is 1 of these on craigslist for $3500, he told me he would take $3200
http://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/mcy/849477612.html
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Old 09-26-2008, 11:12 AM   #14
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Old 09-26-2008, 11:50 AM   #15
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Thanks for all the kind words.

I've been enjoying the Deco Classic. It's fun learning to ride it.

A few weekends ago, I travelled to my in-laws' summer place in Hendersonville, NC, then headed up to the Blue Ridge Parkway on some fun roads (64 to US 276 to BRP to NC 215 for those of you who know the routes in that part of NC and may be curious).

Hangin' in Hendy.


On the Parkway.



On NC 215.


I did about 500 miles that Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with no problems. The rig got lots of thumbs ups and waves, and I had several conversations about it. It was a fun trip.

This pic is from sometime later near home, after taking her through my favorite local water crossing.


All the best,
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