2014 Ural Demo Tour

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Bar None, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. Bar None

    Bar None Long timer

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  2. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    im going to go to the san diego one on the 15th.......

    ive got clearance to buy a new bike from SWMBO, and ive got it narrowed down to a couple, mainly a ural, and a new dyna

    i want to love the ural, but am going to test ride to see if its something that hooks me. it will be my sole mode of transport, so the maintenance schedule kinda worries me. im a mechanic, i work on old cars all day, dont want to spend the evenings wrenching too. i like my vehicles to be more gas, oil, and go type.
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  3. on2wheels52

    on2wheels52 Long timer

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    Ten years ago I owned a Dyna for a year.
    I found out later my friends had made bets on how soon I would get rid of it :rofl
    I did try to like it.
    Jim
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  4. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    well, i am on my 5th bike, inside of 3 years...... trying to find a keeper. haha.

    1992 r100gs.... lemon, rode it 5000 miles
    2005 vstrom 650.....i didnt get along with, too high strung, rode it 3500 miles
    1986 bmw r80, loved it, it went south, wife said no more $$ into it. loved that one, rode about 7000 miles
    2013 triumph bonneville..... back crippling rear suspension, rode about 6500 miles
    2012 vstrom 650..... much better than the 05, but still just not quite right for me, current odometer of 6400

    new bike is going to happen about june.

    eta: i also bought a 1982 r65, that a friend wanted to buy, so i sold it. and a 1999 ttr250 to try out some desert riding, alas, im not quite cut out for dirtbiking anymore after taking a 15 year break.
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  5. deeve

    deeve DumbA$$

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    Im thinking a Ural may not be for you...they do require a bit of regular maintenance. Kind of like love and care...:D The are very simple and basic machines, even with the new FI. They are fun, quirky and very very unique. Owning one is nothing like owning any other motorcycle.
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  6. High Octane

    High Octane Adventurer

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    I had a 94 Ural. 2 months, not for me. Maybe I'll have a new one some day but for now I'll stick to my '82 cb900 hack rig.
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  7. Wolfgang55

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    Aside from a nearly all steel built machine the 94 is no where near the 2014.
    The visual affect is still there. People will still cross the street to talk or take its pix.

    Most Urals will not let the rider down if the rider doesn't let the Ural down.
    Learn the machine, not just how to ride it.

    It is the most riding fun on or off the pavement for us.
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  8. Hookalatch

    Hookalatch Born Under Bad Sign

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    I am seriously considering going to the event in Roseville. I wanted to comment about the Dyna. I had a 2003 FXDX- their "Sport" model. At the time I also had a BMW R100GS and had recently purchased a R1200GSA. I thought I would never sell any of them.

    I sold the Harley but loved it for the engine and overall quality. Amongst the Harley crowd you are the oddball if you don't modify your ride. I was able to easily build a dynoed 100hp 105lb/ft torque at the rear wheel engine. It didn't leak a drop of oil, started immediately, and never broke or gave me any trouble while I owned it. It was also obnoxiously loud in order to make that kind of power and it handled terribly with little ground clearance. I wouldn't get another one but only because my preferences run a different direction but I think they are great bikes.

    Chuck
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  9. Mista Vern

    Mista Vern Knows all - tells some.

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    Thanks for the heads up! I see the one in Salem, OR is tomorrow and it happens to occur in the middle of a big snow storm. Perfect! :clap

    Now, the trick is, will I be able travel the 30 miles to get there? :lol3


    Edit: just called there and no one knows if the demo stock will even show up. I told the guy to just unload the bikes and pilot them to Salem. :D
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  10. camaroz1985

    camaroz1985 Been here awhile

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    Hope they will add one close to me. I'd like to see and try the new '14s
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  11. Zeid

    Zeid Adventurer

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    Probably going to go to the one here in Phoenix.

    I saw the big huge clusterfudge of a thread bashing them here, but didn't want to post there as it seems to have died months back. The thread talks about how unbelievably unreliable they are out the door and what pieces of crap they are, yet many people say they are not at all like that.

    With all the improvements on the new 2014's do you folks think they will be unreliable pieces of equipment? I see it as an adventure motorcycle, but a adventure motorcycle needs to be reliable enough for an adventure.
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  12. Bar None

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    I've only had mine for 14 months and 12,470 kms with no problems (knock on wood) except for the possible cracked rim recall so I can't say too much.

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/sJ66lAyc-Yp86iXv8BNdK2vAnO462cOpmvhpyOCGDFo?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-yY0uKlh5o-c/Uvj9PpcEAbI/AAAAAAAAN78/3nBmH74V5kA/s800/0210140825-01.jpg" height="600" width="800" /></a>

    Breakfast meet up this morning attended by five Urals.
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  13. UralNorm

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    My 4 year old '09 Ural has covered 107,000km all over south east Oz, and I am getting it ready for a 5,000km adventure ride next month. My '10 Ural has clocked up 41,000km. With a bit of regular TLC these bikes are good for anything.
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  14. Wolfgang55

    Wolfgang55 Long timer

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    I CAN SAY, Urals are fun. No matter the year, no matter the condition.
    For some reason even doing the regular need for basic up keep TO the full dead stop along side the rd has it rewards. They are very fixable & w/ basic knowledge of hand tools a rider can dive in & learn along the way. I take a lot of notesÂ….

    The real thing that keeps Ural growing is the support found in groups like Soviet Steed & Iron Horse & there are others too. These guys really take alot of the risk out of owning a Ural. Personally I don't trust the so called wonderful warranty nor the selection process of who gets coverage or not.

    Where as the members/owners of Urals will & do come to help each other.
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  15. Bar None

    Bar None Long timer

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    Demo rides at Ural Holopaw,FL March 16th and also now March 17th.
    I hope to be there on the 17th. He has two 2014's in stock or did anyway.
    http://holopawural.com/

    From Gene at Ural in Holopaw,FL
    "IT SEEMS AS IF EVERYTHING HAPPENS AT ONCE. WE HAVE SIDECAR DAY AT DAYTONA FLEA MARKET THURSDAY MARCH 13th ( TOMOKA FARM RD JUST SOUTH OF HWY 92 ). HOPE TO SEE SOME OF YOU THERE. IMZ IS HAVING DEMO RIDES SUNDAY AFTERNOON & MONDAY ALL DAY ( MARCH 16th & 17th ) IF BIKE WEEK HAS NOT USED YOU ALL UP COME ON BY FOR A RIDE GENE FROM HOLOPAW"
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  16. mikejjmay

    mikejjmay Been here awhile

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    Can someone with Ural buying experience help me out here? I called y dealer today about getting a new 2014 ural T.

    He stated they are selling them at MSRP, but they have to add $999 onto any ural, cause that is what ural charges the dealers to get them from the motherland.

    Can anyone confirm this, or is this another money maker for the dealer?

    That does include setup (the $999).

    Is it unreasonable to expect to pay straight MSRP?
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  17. FLYING EYEBALL

    FLYING EYEBALL out of step

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    Freight and setup are pretty standard for new motorcycles...not sure why folks think they shouldn't have to pay them for a Ural.

    Want to pay less?

    There are plenty of nice used Ural's out there.
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  18. mikejjmay

    mikejjmay Been here awhile

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    I understand it is normal, its just not normally a thousand dollars, so I was asking if this is standard for Ural across the board, or if each dealer determines their own.
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  19. FLYING EYEBALL

    FLYING EYEBALL out of step

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    What if you find a dealer that's 1500 miles away that will wave the fees?

    Is it worth having it $hipped to you?

    How much would you spend to ride it home?

    Have you owned a hack rig in the past?

    You gonna finance? How much is a grand over 3-4 years?
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  20. mikejjmay

    mikejjmay Been here awhile

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    1500 miles is a bit much, bit I would travel a few hundred miles to save a grand

    Ive done cross county fly and rides for hacks before, so no worries there.

    Yes i have owned 3 (never a ural though)

    Yes I will finance. A grand over 3-4 years with financing is obviously more than a grand, cause you pay interest on that grand the life of the loan.
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