1st ural ride, my story & impression.

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by trebornoops, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. trebornoops

    trebornoops Jus'a Squirrel

    Sep 26, 2009
    In "Red Clay" of N.C.
    I took the family dog out for his first trip, for at least 5 minutes he only wanted out!

    I think after he realized, Its supposed to make those noises, he was fine.


    As of right now I do not see the Ural leaving my possession any time soon. Too much fun, I like UDF.

    Getting close to planning a trip, just building trust at the moment.

  2. davide

    davide Been here awhile

    Aug 14, 2006
    Denver, Colorado
    The best way to introduce a dog to a hack is to turn getting in and out of the sidecar into a fun game.
    Start with placing a blankie and a toy in the hack while rig is parked, engine off. Call the dog to jump in and promptly reward him/her with a treat as soon as he/she assumes the correct sitting position for riding.
    Repeat a few times until the dog is on autopilot with entry/exit procedure.
    Then, with dog comfortably settled in the hack, fire up the rig while keeping it stationary. Stand next to hack and pet/talk soothingly to the dog as rig idles. Let it idle for a minute then switch it off and reward the dog if he/she did not panic.
    Repeat a few times and, once satisfied that the dog responds positively to engine noise, slowly circle around, climb on and "pretend to drive..." while talking /praising the dog for sitting pretty. Reward the dog with a treat from the motorcycle.
    Once, you are happy with these results, you can ease it (clunk it) into gear and slowly circle the block at low speeds.
    A harness secured to the hack via a short lead (short enough that the dog cannot jump out, but long enough so that the dog may lie down inside the hack) is good insurance towards an accident...
  3. vetsurginc

    vetsurginc Been here awhile

    Jan 26, 2012
    Parkland, FL
    Congrats! It's a beauty :clap

    I've got 20,000+ k on mine now and yah, the grins just don't stop.

    If you haven't yet, you might want to get David Hough's book on how to ride a sidecar (whitehorse press I think). Has some good techniques for right handers and some cautions on situations I hadn't really thought through (like off camber rights:eek1).

    My son accuses me of liking the wrenching part as much as the riding. It is therapeutic.:p3rry
  4. Rolan

    Rolan Plains Rider

    Nov 3, 2013
    USA Oklahoma
    Congrats on your new ride.

    I bought my Gear Up new back in 2007, its one of the very few things I have bought in my life time that I have no regrets about. I did about a year or research before I bought it. I looked at all kinds of on/off road bikes, the Ural was the only one that could haul all my metal detecting gear and get to the places I wanted to go. I rode it to town today just to go pay bills and pick up a few things. Such mundane tasks are a lot of fun on the Ural, it makes everyone I see smile.

    If you are undecided about getting one consider what your going to use it for most. Compare all the other options that suit the job, and choose wisely.
  5. daydream

    daydream Adventurer

    Jan 9, 2011
    Ormond Beach, Florida
    Don't get wrapped up in torque settings on a Ural. You will wind up regretting it. The lawn mower you traded probably has more technology than the Ural. It is one of those kind of bikes that if you go screwing around trying to make it perfect you will wind up fixing it until it is broken. If the headbolts haven't caused any leaks in 7 years then leave them alone, they like it just fine where they are. It is not a BMW. Having watched videos of them being manufactured I took special notice that no one had a torque wrench in their hand. I did notice a hammer or two though. (Most of us Uralistas say, "if you can't fix it with a hammer, it's probably an electrical problem.".

    Just enjoy and don't push the speed. Much over 58 mph it doesn't not like it and will get even.