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Old 08-01-2005, 02:15 PM   #1
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GearUp Uraling as a passenger with Mr. COB

Here's the story. As soon as I found out Mr. COB had a spiffy new Ural GearUp I raced over and begged a ride. He said something like "well I'm pretty new with this thing, but lets go!" Loaded up some ammo...
er, not really...


For the dainty I won't post here, but for the required FYYFF shot go here:
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Mr. COB, being a new Ural sidecar owner, decided to try out some rough roads with a guinea pig, er.. passenger, me. I heard "haven't tried this before" more than once. I held on tighter when I heard that!


Heading out on the Russian Road near Granite Falls on a Ural Gear Up. Passenger view.


Road climbs to a nice viewpoint.


An then, "steeper than it looks" along with "haven't tried this before"!


Nice narrow roads through the trees. Passenger ride was remarkably comfortable even on really rough stuff.


Uhh...uhhh...uhhhhh...yeeeesssss... the-e-e ri-i-i-ide got-t-t-t buuuuum-py at times.



See that puddle in the distance? Mr. COB decided to park in it, spin it up and fling some mud. We found out what happens when you suddenly get good traction on slippery conditions in a sidecar. Lets just say a) The Ural and we survived just fine and b) I had to pick out a lot of brush from my sidecar... wish I could have captured it on video ;-)



Fun roads


All of a sudden we were being abducted by aliens! However, the Ural, being so primitive, kept on running and we escaped.


Zipping throug the forest! It's pretty damn fun as the passenger.


Other than one projecting root that went into the sidecar crash guard and hung up the entire rig (had to back up while extracting it) the Ural plowed through everything. Sometimes the 2-wheel drive had to be used, but mostly not. With no rear differential, you have to be careful where you use the extra sidecar drive wheel.


Headin' back after a fun ride!


Dave, thanks for an excellent adventure!
-=Clif

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Old 08-01-2005, 02:55 PM   #2
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Hmm... this is much like watching some dude get to nail a hottie in a porn!

Those things sure look fun.
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Old 08-01-2005, 03:03 PM   #3
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Great report!

I want a ride, too....
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Old 08-01-2005, 03:18 PM   #4
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Looks like a lot of fun.

Sat in a Ural at one of the bike shows here in DC... I don't think I fit very well. My right foot had a hell of a time getting into postion with all the engine and structural bits on that side of the bike.

Regardless of how *I* fit on 'um - they still look fun as hell to thrash off road. I bet the other dualies do a double take when they meet ya on the trail!
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Old 08-01-2005, 03:30 PM   #5
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Looks like a lot of fun.
I bet the other dualies do a double take when they meet ya on the trail!
It definitely gets a lot of interested looks! Except for really narrow trails, the Ural sidecar can handle stuff that woud be really hard on anything with just two wheels. Snow comes to mind. I was constantly suprised by how easily it went over some really tough stuff. Damn, now I want one!
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Old 08-01-2005, 08:49 PM   #6
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Great pics Cyborg. You and Mr. Cob are going to have to stop posting pics. Must...not....buy....one.....

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Old 08-01-2005, 09:32 PM   #7
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OMG - dont let Mully see these pictures.....

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Old 08-02-2005, 08:49 AM   #8
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Old 08-09-2005, 01:22 PM   #9
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Howdy Cyborg,

I just got back from my Idaho road trip so this is the first time I have seen your report, good job on the write up

What Cyborg failed to mention is that I scared the livin shit out of myself when playing in the mud hole I was totally unprepared for what happened when we reached the far end and the bike got traction. The rear tire had spun up to a good speed while in the mud, when we hit solid ground it got traction and the front wheel climbed into the air the rig jerked violently to the right and into the brush, darn near throwing me over the handlebars, I hung on and rode it out till we came to a stop At which point I almost felt a need to relive myself Of course not wanting to excite my passenger I made like it was not really that big of a deal as I slipped the rig into reverse and backed out of the brush and onto the road again

Thanks for riding along Cyborg, it was a learning experience for me and I hope an enjoyable jaunt in the country for you
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Old 08-09-2005, 04:16 PM   #10
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Of course not wanting to excite my passenger I made like it was not really that big of a deal as I slipped the rig into reverse and backed out of the brush and onto the road again

Thanks for riding along Cyborg, it was a learning experience for me and I hope an enjoyable jaunt in the country for you
Yep, was fun and good thing I had full armored gear on during your brush expedition. I don't get ruffled easy, and I didn't encounter anything too extreme in the sidecar seat. It was pretty comfortable in fact.

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Old 08-09-2005, 04:23 PM   #11
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Oh great another rig for me to lust after, always had a soft spot for sidecars.
So how is it on the highway???
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Old 08-09-2005, 04:24 PM   #12
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I can hear Mr Cob laughing his ass off over that little run in. Sweet rig, now if you could get Creeper in that sidecar and repeat that mud hole experience, the laughter would never stop!!

Great pix.....

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Howdy Cyborg,

I just got back from my Idaho road trip so this is the first time I have seen your report, good job on the write up

What Cyborg failed to mention is that I scared the livin shit out of myself when playing in the mud hole I was totally unprepared for what happened when we reached the far end and the bike got traction. The rear tire had spun up to a good speed while in the mud, when we hit solid ground it got traction and the front wheel climbed into the air the rig jerked violently to the right and into the brush, darn near throwing me over the handlebars, I hung on and rode it out till we came to a stop At which point I almost felt a need to relive myself Of course not wanting to excite my passenger I made like it was not really that big of a deal as I slipped the rig into reverse and backed out of the brush and onto the road again

Thanks for riding along Cyborg, it was a learning experience for me and I hope an enjoyable jaunt in the country for you
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Old 08-09-2005, 04:39 PM   #13
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Oh great another rig for me to lust after, always had a soft spot for sidecars.
So how is it on the highway???
Howdy Mr. Annoying,

The Gear-Up, will run "comfortably" on the open road anywhere between 45 and 55 mph. The faster you drive, the more work it is to keep everything going in the proper direction. A lot of how the rig handles and how much work is involved is the condition of the road, a road that has a steep crown on it is a lot more work to ride at speed then is one that is relatively flat.
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Old 08-09-2005, 04:43 PM   #14
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Jurgen must stop looking at Mr.Cob and the Ural threads. Jurgen must stop looking at Mr.Cob and the Ural threads. Jurgen must stop looking at Mr.Cob and the Ural threads. Jurgen must stop looking at Mr.Cob and the Ural threads. Jurgen must stop looking at Mr.Cob and the Ural threads. Jurgen must stop looking at Mr.Cob and the Ural threads. Jurgen must stop looking at Mr.Cob and the Ural threads. Jurgen must stop looking at Mr.Cob and the Ural threads. Jurgen must stop looking at Mr.Cob and the Ural threads. Jurgen must stop looking at Mr.Cob and the Ural threads. Jurgen must stop looking at Mr.Cob and the Ural threads. Jurgen must stop looking at Mr.Cob and the Ural threads. Jurgen must stop looking at Mr.Cob and the Ural threads. Jurgen must stop looking at Mr.Cob and the Ural threads. Jurgen must stop looking at Mr.Cob and the Ural threads. Jurgen must stop looking at Mr.Cob and the Ural threads. Jurgen must stop looking at Mr.Cob and the Ural threads. Jurgen must stop looking at Mr.Cob and the Ural threads. Jurgen must stop looking at Mr.Cob and the Ural threads. Jurgen must stop looking at Mr.Cob and the Ural threads.
Oh and thanks for the excellent-if inticing pics Cyborg.

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Old 08-09-2005, 04:49 PM   #15
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cool story, those sidecars really are the best, I have ridden a Dnieper with a sidecar, same bike I think but without that neat earls fork or the disc brake, did you add that yourself or do they come with it, is the bike still a 650 or did they bump it up, I was working for a motorcycle dealer at the time and he decided to deal in those bikes, they had these weird russian made carbs that wouldn't stop leaking, finally put german bings on the bikes which seemed to fix them, the sidecar was the best piece of the bike, I remember riding on the westside of okanagan lake before it was paved and bouncing up and down generally shaking the hell out of myself, my wife who was like 7 or 8 months pregnant sitting in the car telling me how smooth the ride was
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