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Old 01-06-2012, 09:58 PM   #6436
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Wired has an absolutely fascinating (if somewhat hyperbolic) artricle on the history and manufacturing of URAL side car motorcycles




full story: http://www.wired.com/autopia/2012/01/ural/?pid=1505

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During the early 1990s, if you presented Ural specie (shown above) at the bakery in Irbit, you’d have received six one-kilo loaves of bread. Operating in a collapsed economy, the company supported its workforce and its town by dispatching crafty employees to trade sidecars, tools and parts for supplies. Ural, in effect, created its own economy.

Similar coupons books were printed for other everyday items. If you wanted something beyond the impromptu economy, you could work out an exchange rate. Bread was the foundation of the economy, however, both because everyone needed it and because the factory received commercial baking equipment as payment for a batch of sidecars. The factory turned out bread so delicious that it threatened the town’s established bakery, creating not a little tension within the community.

Such horse-trading wasn’t confined to Russia. Egypt once paid in bouillon cubes. Everyone in Irbit ate soup for months.

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Old 01-06-2012, 10:07 PM   #6437
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Narration is a bit painful, but kind of an interesting story.



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Old 01-06-2012, 10:40 PM   #6438
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first thing I thought of when I saw that picture was that it looked like a huge Russian copy of an M61 Vulcan cannon

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Old 01-07-2012, 05:23 AM   #6439
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Me too Blake.
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Old 01-07-2012, 06:14 AM   #6440
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I know some of you are into sleds. Check this out.


http://www.zapiks.fr/share/player.swf?file=50284

Here's another view of the same event:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMZpb...eature=related
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Old 01-07-2012, 06:54 AM   #6441
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I miss my Ural That was a really fun, if not slow ride and it was also a fun challenge to keep it serviced and on the road.




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Old 01-07-2012, 06:57 AM   #6442
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That sure is one beautiful motorcycle Marc

The facts about how they make their spokes are just mind boggling.. if not a bit scary.
I want a URAL.. but after reading that article you gotta wonder how the things run at all
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Old 01-07-2012, 07:12 AM   #6443
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That sure is one beautiful motorcycle Marc

The facts about how they make their spokes are just mind boggling.. if not a bit scary.
I want a URAL.. but after reading that article you gotta wonder how the things run at all
It actually ran quite well but only expect about 55 mph out of one after a very long break in. If you look at one get the newest one possible. There have been huge improvements. I think mine was a 2007 and it did have American wiring, Japanese alternator, and Ducati switch gear. It also did still have the Russian wheel bearings that needed a lot of attention. I think in 2008 or 2009 they went with Timken bearings and that was a great improvement.

One thing I did that really helped was put about 75lbs of lead shot under the seat in the side car. It made it where you could still fly the chair easily but you could also go around right hand corners without major fear.

The part time three wheel drive was really neat in the snow. Now the reverse was real scary.

It was a great bike if you just treated it like a 1957 tractor.

There are several people on the board that have them and like me, love them. I would love to have another one someday but it will probably never happen. Come on lottery.

It did like to play in the dirt but I never got a chance to really test it.



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Old 01-07-2012, 08:04 AM   #6444
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I wish I knew you when you had that, Marc....I'd love to have ridden it.
Last hack I rode was an EML on a K100RS back in the late 80's.
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:21 AM   #6445
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Woot!

After a month of negotiations and delays, this finally showed up today. I'll cross post and add more pics in the VW thread.



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Old 01-07-2012, 08:32 AM   #6446
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You move to Australia?

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Old 01-07-2012, 09:11 AM   #6447
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:22 AM   #6448
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You move to Australia?

Yeah and there appears to be a headless guy walking around , WTF
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Old 01-07-2012, 12:01 PM   #6449
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Yeah and there appears to be a headless guy walking around , WTF
Isn't that the requirement to become a Ghia owner
















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Old 01-07-2012, 01:22 PM   #6450
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It actually ran quite well but only expect about 55 mph out of one after a very long break in.
Funny we're talking about Urals. Just yesterday, I was out riding with a friend who recently acquired one. It's his first bike, ever.

We cruised around Boulder County mostly. He's still breaking it in. We rode for about two hours and mid-way through, we stopped back at my house so I could swap bikes. When my wife's 250 Nighthawk is ridiculously faster, you know it's a S-L-O-W machine.

I'll tell him about the 75lbs of lead shot.

And while we're on this topic, can you believe it's been TWENTY years since the Soviet Union disintegrated? Roll the anthem...

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