2014 Ural

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by windmill, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. BluByU

    BluByU Been here awhile

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    For me I am happy with my 650T with a /8 under the tank.
    having better brakes would be nice (at least I would be getting away form the pulsating of the warped drums :rofl)

    But at 20 large:eek1 I think I will just keep the old girl alive a few more years
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  2. wyowillys46

    wyowillys46 Tooteling my horn trumpet melodiously.

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    I think it says something about Ural/IMZ that management pays attention to customers (if some of you didn't realize who this was).

    I'm wondering if the oddball seal and other component sizes will be changed to standardized parts. Like the drive-shaft input seal on the FD. Streamlining things like this reduces costs.
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  3. gspell68

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    Putting a newer BMW engine in a Ural would be like puttng a jet engine in a bi-plane!
    Just like the bi-plane would get it's wings ripped off, it'd totally jack up the Ural gearbox/clutch and the current final drives that can barely handle the Ural 750's 40hp as it is. But if you swapped in a Dnepr gearbox and final drive, it might survive...
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  4. gspell68

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    Yep.
    I doubt the general manager of Harley-Davidson comments on here...
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  5. Byork

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    I'm really interested in what the new colors will be. I've got fingers crossed that they keep the OD colors, hopefully without the glossy finish.
    I check every day for some kind of preview or announcement :ear
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  6. 4PawsHacienda

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    Urals - love them or hate them, doesn't seem to be much middle ground.

    If you want one, get one. If you have one you don't like - sell it.

    Kudos to the company for the efforts to respond to the market place and update the RPOS. Getting closer to the 20th century in engineering. I enjoy something I can maintain at home (and sometimes on the side of the road too!). Reverse is sweet and 2wd intriguing, not many competitors there.

    I'm glad I bought one a little while back, it's a refreshing change to the UJM. In ten or fifteen years I'll see how far they've come and think about another one, maybe two wheel drive. Anybody buying one without knowing what they're getting into probably believes politicians are here to help us.
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  7. kd1yt

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    I REALLY like my 1995 650 Tourist, including, most of the times, all of its cranky quirks and foibles, since most of them are user-diagnosable and fix-able with basic tools and low cost parts.

    I take it places I have no business taking a 1WD bike that currently has a back tire with barely remaining inspectable tread, and it thrives on the punishment.

    That said, there isn't that big a market of rider/owners like me, at least that would be willing to pay the price of a new-made quirky 650 (which would be less than the modern Urals but still not cheap). If Ural tried to survive by continuing to produce what it used to produce, it would be the fast lane to oblivion.

    More than a little of the previously low cost of early Urals and spare parts was solely a product of weird twists of history, not actual costs to engineer/ produce.

    I'm a pretty die-hard Luddite in most of the things that I do, but even I can see the benefits of fuel injection and disc brakes on all wheels. There are places that I would enjoy riding my Ural (in denser or faster traffic, or in places where lots of people are pulling in and out) that I don't take it, because my all-drum brakes are more figurative than literal in their response when called on to do anything quickly [I like having drums all around, so that any wheel can go anywhere, but discs all around would give me that).

    I am glad that IMZ/ Ural is doing what it takes to build bikes that will keep it in business, while still keeping the basic core of the machine true to its origins and at a level of technology that can be worked on and customized by ordinary owner-riders (unlike, say, the modern BMWs, which have become Teutonic wet-dreams of horrific overcomplexity utterly opaque to anyone without highly specialized tools and training).

    I can't wait to see a 2014 "in the flesh" even though I do not have the money to buy one and am not sure that I would spend that money on one if I did.
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  8. Audaciter

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    I'm a little disappointed, but only from a financial point of view. I understand that they have to increase the price point to cover the new tech, but I am one of their customers that was already right on the end of the budget, so a few thousand more puts a new Ural out of reach.

    My only hope is that the 2014s will drop the prices of the 2013s.
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  9. roscoau

    roscoau Been here awhile

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    I was hoping for a new bike but I'm in the same boat as you. Then I look at the one I have and conclude life isn't so bad really...

    :rofl
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  10. boyd32450

    boyd32450 Dirt Newbie

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    I have been thinking about that as well. Hopefully you will be able to buy the parts to convert to disc brakes. Its about the only thing I think my new Gear Up needs except maybe a more comfy seat.
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  11. usbp379

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    I'm not big on the price increase. I actually think Urals are too expensive now. If they want to improve things, I think I'd rather see the bike come with some better tires. Ones that aren't bald after 3500km's. Some lock washers that aren't crushed flat after just one use would be nice too.

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  12. Audaciter

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    I have no problem with the current price. You are getting a hell of a lot for what is a similar price for other "Dual sport" type rides, let alone building a rig yourself.


    I just can't push my budget much beyond the 14,000 mark.

    When do the new Ural models hit the floors usually? I'm really interested to see what the 2013 market will be like. Do we expect a lot of people trading in barely used 12 and 13s in order to have th FI and disk brakes?
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  13. usbp379

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    What was the used market like right after the launch of the 750? Was there suddenly a glut of older 650 bikes on the market? What about with the change to Herzog gears in 2007? Did that flood the market with older used bikes?

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  14. Audaciter

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    No idea. I'm pretty new to the Ural game.

    I sure hope so. :D
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  15. usbp379

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    Will fuel injection keep the fuel from running out the right side of the bike when flying the chair for an extended period?

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  16. Audaciter

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    I've read that, yes, fuel injection technology would prevent that, but Ural has created a work around to still allow this fuel leak.
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  17. usbp379

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    Well, I've joked that ural is a Russian word meaning, "make sure you wear good walking shoes" but I guess that's all about to change...

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  18. SilkMoneyLove

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    The way the fuel injection is on my Ducati, there is a fuel return line to the tank from the throttle bodies. The pump is constantly pushing fuel and whatever isn't used by the injectors (obviously over a certain pressure) is sent back to the tank.

    Otherwise the fuel lines would blow off the throttle bodies in a traffic jam with the electric fuel pump running.

    I would assume the Ural has a similar design with some sort of fuel return loop.
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  19. usbp379

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    Well, hopefully Ural will release more info in the coming weeks. I've seen a couple "sneak peek" photos but they don't really show much.

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  20. gspell68

    gspell68 Long timer

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    The bottom line is...well, read your bottom line, literally. If you're not gonna buy one, why would anyone else?!?!?

    If Ural is going to do an upgrade for the export market (because they generally sell fewer than five a year in Russia) then by-gosh, do it right.
    Your OHV 650cc is no faster than the the old flathead 750cc. The OHV 750cc probably ain't a whole lot better.
    For the same money in R&D they spent on an OHV 750, they could've at least come up with a 1000cc bike that can not just barely survive in highway traffic but flourish.

    Look at the Ural motorcycle alone. A Solo costs $7,999, but add a sidecar and make it a Tourist, and suddenly it's a $12,000+ rig!!! So the sidecar is worth more than $5,000?!?!?!
    An 883cc H-D Sportster is the same prce as a Ural Solo, but is ten times the value. The same can be said of almost any entry level Honda/Yamaha/Kawasaki.
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