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Old 04-24-2012, 02:02 PM   #151
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One question for all the Ural owners. Can you make a single motorcycle out of the sidecar rig? and if you can what is it like to ride solo?
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:35 PM   #152
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I'd ask this on SovietSteeds.com. My strong guess is that they would say no.
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:38 PM   #153
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You can remove the sidecar from the 1wd models (tourist and retro).

Getting the car off is easy, getting it back on straight takes a while. Also, I've heard that only the retro handles well solo due to its normal forks. The earles forks on the tourist aren't meant for 2 wheel operation, not to mention your drive wheel will most likely be worn down to a flat profile making it squirrely in turns.

If you want to ride a 2 wheel ural, look into the sT model.
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:43 PM   #154
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If you want to ride a 2 wheel ural, look into the sT model.
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:52 PM   #155
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Following along with this RR. Looks like a fun trip. I'm glad you got to Yosemite while there was water. The one time I got there, was during a drought year and the water falls were trickles. I was still amazed with the beauty there.

What ever happened to the GoPro footage? Too bad if the guy doesn't post it.

One question for all the Ural owners. Can you make a single motorcycle out of the sidecar rig? and if you can what is it like to ride solo?
Howdy Rusty Rocket,

The correct answer when it comes to the Ural is "yes" and "no", allow me to explain.

On any of the one wheel drive rigs that have the telescoping front forks, YES the sidecar can be removed and the bike ridden as a regular motorcycle.

On the one wheel drive rigs that have the leading link front forks you could remove the sidecar and ride the bike as a regular motorcycle but you really wouldn't be very happy doing so, the rake and trail are all WRONG for use as a stand alone motorcycle.

On the two wheel drive rigs, most if not all have the leading link front end so this would make them BAD candidates for regular bike use, add to this you would have to remove the sidecar drive shaft. In short ANY of the Ural's with leading link front forks "could" be ridden without the sidecar but you would have a very poor handling bike that could be down right dangerous.

Another thing to keep in mind, "IF" the rig had been used for a while the tires would be worn FLAT across their face, this would make cornering BAD as when the "bike" leaned into the corner you would be riding on the "square edge" of the tire. Sidecar equipped bikes DON'T lean, well they can lean until they flip over.

Some of the old BMW's had a leading link front folk that could be setup to run as a solo bike or as a sidecar rig, to the best of my knowledge Ural has never produced such a front fork assembly.
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:01 PM   #156
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Great ride report. If I may ask, where did you get the US decal on your rear fender? Haven't been able to find one!!
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:39 PM   #157
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Great ride report. If I may ask, where did you get the US decal on your rear fender? Haven't been able to find one!!
PM inmate reactortrip, he sells them in the vendor forum. Great gy to deal with and the decals are top notch.
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:47 PM   #158
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Ok, spent last night camping in the desert so I need to catch up before I go to bed tonight.

Before we finished at Bryce we met a newlywed couple that reminded me a bit of my buddy Dan and his darling, sweetheart of a wife Myra. They were about our age and had gotten married the week before. Their honeymoon trip was riding his very nice RoadKing to Bryce Lodge. As we pulled up she asked if she could have a ride in the sidecar. Julie happily said yes and we were off for a putt down the road. After that the four of us got to talking and they are actually thinking of adding a Ural. He had thought about it, a dirtbike, and a Jeep, and now had some feedback from the bride.

Julie and I spent that night at the Bryce View Lodge. Nice place, great price, but the cattlecall breakfast place across the street should be avoided. $35 for a $10 breakfast. My advice is to go down the road.

As usual, the temperatures were great and there was no rain. The ride around Utah was great with only 40 or so miles of gray stone that reminded us of the not so pretty LasVegas area.
The bike is still running 100%.
Here are the shots on the way to Moki Dugway:



































We even got to see some petroglyphs.







Up at Muley Point we met Ian and Sue from the UK. He drove their Mustang out there just to make us off road guys look bad.
Wonderful people that we really had fun talking to. He's a teacher of the American southwest and comes out on extended vacations to really learn about it. My kind of teacher! We ran into them later in town and they even offered to share their room. I had ideas of sleeping in the desert though. I wish them all the best and hope our paths cross again.









I thought my machette was a good match for his leather Crockodile Dundee hat.
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:50 PM   #159
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Enjoying the read. Would you ever go back to a Wing?
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:12 PM   #160
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Then it was on down the infamous Moki Dugway!



















Stopped by Mexican Hat.






And on to the Valley of the Gods. Almost camped in one of the primitive sites there, but I rode on a couple miles more to see the sights and sites at Gooseneck Park.
















Camp Desert Rat at Goosneck:















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Old 04-24-2012, 11:27 PM   #161
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Enjoying the read. Would you ever go back to a Wing?
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Different tools in the toolbox. They are all for different things. I can't knock a Wing. I've had many and they are fantastic machines. They are just not what we need right now. Julie's favorite riding is seasonal roads near our house. Certainly not expressway riding which is one of the Wing's greatnesses. I likely will be selling our GL1800 when I get home, but that was in the plans anyway. My FJR1300 is safe though. Love the machine!
On a side note on the Ural, we've found it the best vehicle of any to go back and get a shot of something. It has a tighter turning circle of anything, or the reverse gets you back MUCH faster than a GL Honda's reverse (assuming it's been triked and you use reverse for such things.)
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Old 04-25-2012, 06:26 AM   #162
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[QUOTE=madeouttaglass;18461881]Kite surfers on the coast.


THANKS for the kitesurfing pics! i'm taking notes :)
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:48 AM   #163
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As we packed up at Gooseneck we met yet another interesting guy. I thought his rig looked familiar when we pulled in the night before. Yup, I had run across some of Brian's RV boondocking material online a year before. He has a pretty good website with lots of boondocking information. http://daily-blog.rv-boondocking-the-good-life.com .
The four corners was the first stop as we said goodbye to Utah.
The ride was a fairly long one yesterday, but most was beautiful. As we rode into Colorado I wondered when it would stop looking like Utah. As we climbed it got more and more green. We rode past the continental divide. I saw the sign out of the corner of my eye and turned around. It was only a bunch of miles later that we climbed a mountain that was much more like what I had pictured the divide to look like.
After a very long decent into Durango we stopped at a McDonald's to get Wifi. As we were going over maps and Orbitz for Julie's tickets home, a very nice man approached us and mentioned the bike was kinda dirty. Ken was the nicest guy. (Ken, if you read this, please email me. We can't find your contact information.) He had recently put a sidecar onto his Harley so he could keep riding.





The Durango/ Silverton train going by McDonald's as we talked with Ken.


Ken. Thank you for stopping by our table. It's things like talking with you that make the trip special.
Julie is talking to a lady that pulled up to ask about Urals. She and her husband were seriously talking about adding one to their stable. Julie's sell didn't hurt the chances.




















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Old 04-25-2012, 09:42 AM   #164
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If you're plans include riding near the Denver Metro area this weekend.....myself and some other Uralisti could come out to meet you and perhaps ride along for a bit.....

PM me if this works for you. Otherwise, Safe Riding.....great set of postings and pictures.
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:54 AM   #165
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Knecht!

What are those strange looking structures just before the welcome to Taos sign?
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