Advice on Buying New 2012 Ural Retro

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Bar None, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    Took my first ride today on a hack today. It was a new just put together Yamal and was it fun. Big mistake on my part as I am definitely going to get a Ural now.
    I am considering at a 2012 Retro, a 2012 Yamal, or a 2013 T so far.
    I sat on the Retro and drove the Yamal and both fit me well. (5'11 215 lbs)

    Does anyone know what upgrades are coming on the 2013s? Dealer says he can get a 2013 in early January.
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  2. MartyL

    MartyL Been here awhile

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    Though decision... The factory hasn't released the changes for 2013 as of yet. To clear out current inventory Ural is offering an extra year of warranty if you buy by the end of the year. I think maybe another conversation with your dealer is in order for your final decision. I like the Yamal, I like the Retro, The, "T" isn't a bargain if you are planning on adding a spare tire, windshield, rear rack, etc. Those add ons will cost you more bought separately than just getting a Tourist IMHO. With the salt by the beaches in Florida the Yamal undercoating may be the way to go. Which rig felt more comfortable to you when you sat on it? The Retro will handle a little better on the street than the taller Yamal. If your planning on off road use, 2wd is nice to have. I wish I had to make these kind of decisions.... Whoo! Hoo!!!:clap
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  3. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    MartyL,
    Thanks for your input.

    Extra year of warranty on the Retro but not on the special edition Yamal.

    I'm not that keen on the spare tire or windshield. I kinda like adding farkles myself as I get used to the bike.

    I just test rode the Yamal but sat on the Retro but both were short time sittings. I'm going back tomorrow to study the hacks some more.

    Some mentions of 2013 upgrades (changes) from the European dealers meeting on
    http://www.sovietsteeds.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=25015&start=165
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  4. Blue Ridge Wheeltor

    Blue Ridge Wheeltor Been here awhile

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    Don't know if I can explain this properly, but will try. The Retro has a polished look, the others have a rugged utilitarian look.
    Sort of like the Grand Cherokee VS the Wrangler. The GC will probably do everything the Wrangler will do, but the Wrangler looks just as good covered with mud as clean. If you like to polish your bike, stick to paved roads, and keep it clean, the Retro is good. If you like the back roads, mudholes, etc the others will handle it well and you won't feel guilty leaving it dirty.

    With all its' nooks and crannies, Urals are hard to detail. I have a Patrol and usually keep it clean but sometimes wish I bought a Gear Up. That occasional scrape in the paint can be fixed with a paint brush, and just adds character.

    Either way, see Gene in Holopaw. The difference in dealers makes all the difference in the world. He's worth the trip
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  5. SmellyGoatBoy

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    Yamal, hands done. Remove the fairing if you want to, it's still the best all around deal I've seen. Wish I'd of held out... But I love my 2012 GU all the same.
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  6. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    Thanks for the guidance.
    Heard nothing but great things about Holopaw but would like to buy local in Naples Florida if possible.
    We will have to have a mini Ural rally in WNC next summer if I get a Ural.
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  7. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    Smelly,
    Why hands down on the Yamal? The dealer in Naples has one left.
    BTW, I use to have some SmellyBoyGoats but got tired of worming them so off they went to the butcher.
    Thanks,
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  8. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    Well, I bought the 2012 Ural Yamal today and will pick it up tomorrow so I guess I am now a hacker.
    Will document the purchase with photos tomorrow as per ADV rules.:D
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  9. retroone

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    :beer

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