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Old 04-29-2010, 10:49 AM   #1
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Ural Cross for the USA??

Whoa! This thing is AWESOME! I just stumbled across the Ural Cross model just introduced for Europe...



Soooo... Anyone who is 'in-the-know' have any information about this possibly coming to the US? The European website states that for those who have a Ural combination already can purchase the "Cross" tub and swap with the existing tub. It also states that it can be purchased with- or without 2WD...

ANY additional information about this awesome addition to the Ural family is appreciated!
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Old 04-29-2010, 11:33 AM   #2
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Cool news. I would buy one for my hack
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Old 04-29-2010, 12:53 PM   #3
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A tub swap would be in order if that becomes available.

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The introduction of the all new “Ural Cross” sidecar body, developed by the European distributor is truly revolutionary. The “Ural Cross” sidecar has been developed as a result of customer demand in Europe for more focused adventure motorcycle.
Doesn't look good for the good ole USA market.
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Old 04-29-2010, 01:11 PM   #4
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A tub swap would be in order if that becomes available.



Doesn't look good for the good ole USA market.

North America is a big market for Ural. If we make enough noise, we might get them here.
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Old 04-29-2010, 01:35 PM   #5
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Look's a bit half-hearted to me.

I mean they've just stuck an enduro sidecar onto a road bike. Think if they'd have made an enduro looking puller to compliment the sidecar it might be a bit more convinceing.

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Old 04-29-2010, 04:56 PM   #6
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RE:cross

GAWD......where's the sink???
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Old 04-29-2010, 08:46 PM   #7
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North America is a big market for Ural. If we make enough noise, we might get them here.
I hope so. I'd give serious consideration to this over a Gear Up... Let's spread the word and see what we can muster up! Doesn't hurt to ask...
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Old 04-29-2010, 11:52 PM   #8
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Look's a bit half-hearted to me.

I mean they've just stuck an enduro sidecar onto a road bike. Think if they'd have made an enduro looking puller to compliment the sidecar it might be a bit more convinceing.

Similar thoughts here, another dress up job when the bike needs serious mechanical changes to break through into the next level of riders. What's next I wonder, a pink one to tie in with the latest Barbie? A 100% chromed one to try and get riders away from cruisers?

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Old 04-30-2010, 08:15 AM   #9
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Look's a bit half-hearted to me.

I mean they've just stuck an enduro sidecar onto a road bike. Think if they'd have made an enduro looking puller to compliment the sidecar it might be a bit more convinceing.


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Old 04-30-2010, 03:41 PM   #10
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Somthing on these line's. I've seen better photo's of this machine, might av been over on soviet steeds. Would'nt have been too hard for Ural to have made a BMW G/S look-a-like puller. Infact they have done just that in the past (prototype; cant find the photo).

I notice there are alot of Ural chair's being attached to BMW Oilhead GS's (complicated puller). So surerly there's a market for a simple operator friendly enduro outfit.

The Ural Cross in my opinion is neither a road outfit nor an off roader. Just look's .................................................. ...........naf.

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Somthing on these line's. I've seen better photo's of this machine, might av been over on soviet steeds. Would'nt have been too hard for Ural to have made a BMW G/S look-a-like puller. Infact they have done just that in the past (prototype; cant find the photo).

I notice there are alot of Ural chair's being attached to BMW Oilhead GS's (complicated puller). So surerly there's a market for a simple operator friendly enduro outfit.

The Ural Cross in my opinion is neither a road outfit nor an off roader
. Just look's .................................................. ...........naf.
I agree, When I went riding with Mr. Cob, I got to see his rig in action at all angles, I got to tell You it looks right. The Ural cross is a great start, but the exhaust, fenders and headlight need to be changed.

Now I may be incorrect, but as far as I know, at this point the Ural cross is actually being built by a dealer, not the factory.


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Old 04-30-2010, 06:50 PM   #12
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I think my interest in this rig is mainly for the utility portion of this tub. If/when I get a hack, I probably would be carrying more cargo than passengers.
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I am in touch with IMWA to see if the body can be brought into North America
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Old 05-01-2010, 10:40 AM   #14
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I am in touch with IMWA to see if the body can be brought into North America
Sidecardoug, you're my hero!
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Old 05-01-2010, 10:27 PM   #15
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I think my interest in this rig is mainly for the utility portion of this tub. If/when I get a hack, I probably would be carrying more cargo than passengers.
Take the seat out. The Ural tub weighs about 30 KG (guess that's about 70 lb?). Two touratech type boxes weigh about 10KG and an alluminium plate to mount them 2. Ammunition boxes weigh more. By the time you've tied your stuff to the platform you've saved about the weight of a decent meal unless you genuinely will carry less than you would on a Japanese 125.

The tub isn't streamlined like say a Charnwood Meteor, but it's cross-sectional area and drag coefficient make it about twice as efficient as those two touratech boxes with a roll sack and a couple of jerry cans strapped on. Lots of small cubes make a heck of a lot of drag compared to one big one with a hemispherical end.

The tub also keeps your stuff dry, out of sight of any thieving barstewards and can be loaded with a shovel, no messing about with bungees and straps just chuck it in.

Finally, if you need to carry someone, guide, injured person, hot looking hitchhiker, whatever, it's a lot safer (and legal) in the tub, just move your stuff to the racks.

Platform chairs on competition outfits are so the passenger can be fully involved and because saving the weight of a big mac is that important. If you need/want to deliver pianos the platform is of course useful. Other than that, it's fashion over function IMHO.

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