Can you tell me something about Urals?

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by buck12ga, Aug 3, 2006.

  1. buck12ga

    buck12ga Buck

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    Do you know anything about them? They are supposed to be a copy of WWII BMWs, or something. Anyone have one. I think the sidecar units look cool in military colors. The two WD ones might make for a good wintertime ride. Anyone?
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  2. Joerg

    Joerg Long timer

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    http://www.imz-ural.com/ ... this is the direct importer for the Urals in the US of A.
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  3. Spanish Bob

    Spanish Bob I dont know where I am.

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    Buck do a search here and you find some advriders uraling, they can tell you first hand.
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  4. darmahman

    darmahman "Illogically Deluded"

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    Here is what I know unfortunately from having owned a new one -



    P.O.S.
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  5. droopydawg

    droopydawg needs a shower

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    Ever thought about a Dnepr kit? I think that is how it is spelled. Half the price of a Ural and you get the pleasure and rewarding feeling of building it yourself. Just as much of a POS as a Ural. I have heard no better no worse.
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  6. gsweave

    gsweave Yinz, blinkers are on, JACKWAD!

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    Yes they are a copy of BMW's Pre War machine's.
    They are a very poor copy.


    Yep, they look cool.

    Yep they make for a good winter rat vehicle.
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  7. Spanish Bob

    Spanish Bob I dont know where I am.

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    you can of course retrofit an airhead engine. less pieces to be shit!
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  8. JohnTM

    JohnTM I suck toes

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    The new ones are actually pretty good. If you are thinking about getting one, make sure you get the newer 750 engine with the nippondenso alternator. Mine's great!
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  9. darmahman

    darmahman "Illogically Deluded"

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    Yea - That way you can spend $8000 + for a P.O.S. like I did.
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  10. Mototrekker

    Mototrekker Adventurer

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    Urals are just fine if you're not too serious. 60 year old design with some modern stuff. Just like the Royal Enfield Bullet. Two wheel drive works in really bad traction situations but steering is comprimised. I just spent a couple of days riding around Mount Hood in Oregon on a Gear Up and had a great time. I own a Troyka and use it for tooling around, Sunday brunch, farmers market etc.. No reliability issues. The people at Irbit, the importers, are a great bunch of people and easy to work with. Their dealer network is comprised of enthusiasts and I've yet to run into one who is not friendly and helpfull.
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  11. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    do you happen to have a link that might tell more about your issues? i'm sure you chronicled it around here somewhere.
    for me, just saying that anything is a POS without some background is worth very little.


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  12. buck12ga

    buck12ga Buck

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    Thanks, guys. Wouldn't it be great of you could buy a modern (reliable), old looking, less than $10,000 hack? I have a bunch of arthritic body parts that make even simple maintenance a difficult chore. I love to wrench on the V-Strom but it hurts. I guess a Ural wouldn't be a good choice, for me. Maybe an airhead with a Ural sidecar, yeah, that's it. I love airheads, anyway.

    Buck
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  13. darmahman

    darmahman "Illogically Deluded"

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    I guess it will be of very little value then - I have never chronicled it and have no intention of reliving that nightmare.
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  14. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    i'm confused. in this post of yours from 3 months ago it seems like you liked your ural enough to not sell it. did something big happen in those months?
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=127725
    i'm wondering b/c i dig them and would like one myself. from all i've read it seems the quality has improved a great deal over the past few years.

    i thought you might've been the guy selling the older one that had a knock he couldn't figure out, but that was ktapply here http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=118340&highlight=ural


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  15. retroone

    retroone Long timer

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    I just sold my 2005 URAL solo. I clocked 22,000km in one year no problems. I still own a 2005 retro/hack that I clocked 26,000km in the same year and no problems. The retro/hack is for sale though. Need room for my new KTM.
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  16. woodgrain

    woodgrain In-Dented Savant

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    I worked at a shop up here in the GREAT WHITE NORTH in the mid 70's which sold both Urals and Dneprs. At that time they were priced at $2500 for the sidehack outfit. Some people thought they were a hell of a deal. Then they had to decipher the russian manuals etc. They were poo then and appently still are , even though they have been updated with Brembo single disc brakes and Paoli front forks and modern carbs. The price up here is four times what it was in 1977. Unfortunately, the quality/technology hasn't increased at the same rate.

    Woodgrain:puke1
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  17. woodgrain

    woodgrain In-Dented Savant

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    I worked at a shop up here in the GREAT WHITE NORTH in the mid 70's which sold both Urals and Dneprs. At that time they were priced at $2500 for the sidehack outfit. Some people thought they were a hell of a deal. Then they had to decipher the russian manuals etc. They were poo then and apparently still are , even though they have been updated with Brembo single disc brakes and Paoli front forks and modern carbs. The price up here is four times what it was in 1977. Unfortunately, the quality/technology hasn't increased at the same rate.

    Woodgrain:puke1
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  18. Big Gorilla

    Big Gorilla Been here awhile

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    Only 500km on it so far, so I can't comment much about long-term issues. Bought from, setup by, and de-chromed at Wagners in Arkansas. Nothing but good things to say about the dealer.
    My primary ride is a R1150 GS Adventure, I bought this for a cool-looking 3rd bike to play around on, having had sidecars on a couple previous bikes.
    I suggest you try a couple other Ural-orientated boards for comments.
    www.imz-ural.com Under Community, check out the WebBoard
    www.russioniron.com
    Or see if can catch MrCobb on this forum, he's the Ural expert.
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  19. hava98

    hava98 behind the Orange Curtain

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    Please do a search for gregbenner's posts in the "Beasts" forum. He just got a DL1000 hack w/a Ural sidecar from Dauntless Motors in WA. That would seem to meet most of your criteria: modern, cheap (close to $15k), reliable, old-looking and just plain cool!! I want one badly. :clap
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  20. Indian

    Indian Been here awhile

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    A friend of mine has an Ural for sale. This is fitted with a 750cc BMW engine and driveline all the way to the final drive.
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