Corporate Runaways: BOS -> CO - 2 dogs in a Ural

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Dachary, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. Merlin III

    Merlin III Lone Wolf-No Club

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    Nice analytical summary.
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  2. charliemike

    charliemike wannabe Adventurer

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    great write up...very thorough!

    Thanks for taking the time.
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  3. SilkMoneyLove

    SilkMoneyLove Long timer

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    Nice trip. Great report.

    I think taking the dogs RTW is nuts, but I am pretty sure that is why they call it an adventure. Good luck to you all!

    Even a Honda can break down in the middle of nowhere. Voltage regulators and batteries don't last forever. The new Urals are so much more refined than the old 650s.

    I can't remember the cost of the power arc but I think it is around $500. Some money, but if it is bullet proof, that eliminates ignition as a problem, so I would do it.
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  4. kitesurfer

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    that report was complete! i've read only a couple RR's concerning Urals. I had no idea they were as bad as you've described. i would not feel secure and safe riding one 50 miles from home much less around the world. but that's just me. good luck and have fun.
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  5. McRuss

    McRuss Been here awhile

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    I thoroughly enjoyed your report. I bought my Ural Deco in 2000, a '98 650 that just didn't sell. It had points ignition and I had two problems with that: once in a downpour water got into the front where the points live and shorted everything out. And once the timing was off and I drove it for a while that way with very poor performance. So I'm with the school of thought that it is an ignition issue. Funny story: I was at a dual sport ride last April and wore my Ural shirt (it was from a time in 2001 when some folks took a Ural to Bonneville and set some records for side cars). A fellow approached me and asked if I owned a Ural. I told him that I had in the past but no longer. He then said "No one but a Ural owner would wear a Ural shirt!" More than one person refered to mine as a Urinal......
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  6. VikB

    VikB Been here awhile

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    I've enjoyed this RR and the RR for the trip down south. I notice you've struggled with the plans to camp more and the reality of ending up in hotels a lot instead. Not everyone enjoys camping. It sounds like a great idea at home, but when you get down to the actual thing hotels are easier in just about every respect. Assuming a hotel is available there are always a bunch of reasons you can use to justify staying in one and not camping. There is nothing wrong with that and no need to feel like you should have camped.

    My only suggestion on the topic is that since you end up in hotels most of the time why not plan for that so you don't feel the pressure to camp or have to justify the choice to yourself each time? You can reduce your bike's load of gear by leaving the camping gear at home or just taking a very limited set of camping gear for the odd time you don't find a hotel. That way instead of not going through with your plans for a lot of camping you'll be doing what you intended.

    Camping is one of those things that some people love and other people don't. If you love it you find ways to camp more and if you don't you look for ways to avoid it whenever possible. Nothing wrong with either way of looking at it. Except if you force yourself to do it when you don't want to and end up with conflicted feelings.
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  7. Dachary

    Dachary Been here awhile

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    Totally forgot to update you guys, because we took our sweet time dealing with it...

    The main problem we had with performance with the Ural was it loosing oomph out of nowhere. Some days our top speed would be 65-70MPH, and others it would be as slow as 52MPH with the throttle full out, no change in altitude, etc.

    Before contacting the mothership for a warranty repair, we completed the 10,000km service (upon returning home from the trip). One of the things called for in this service is to check the timing. We bought a fancy timing light, and it turns out - our timing was off! We adjusted the timing, which was very easy to do, and it's been running great since then. No more power issues - our top speed is consistently 65-70MPH and it doesn't feel "off" like it lacks torque anymore.

    We're still getting very crappy gas mileage - averaging around 21MPG - but at least the performance issue is solved. And even with this performance issue on our cross-country trip, it's been more reliable than our BMWs. It never stopped running. Both of our BMW F650GSs have since had some issues - Kay's battery died, and my front tire has an unexplainable flat problem that we can't seem to diagnose. But the Ural is still running strong!

    (Also, we had the Ural out in the snow for the first time a few weeks ago and it was a total blast! We'd never dream of riding our two-wheelers in the snow, but the Ural does just great... this is really a year-round vehicle. We're expecting to have a lot of fun this winter!)
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  8. Mr. G

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    Try changing the needles to Gossie carb needles from Holland http://www.ural.eu/en/cont.html

    My mileage went from 25ish to consistently over 30. Sometimes I see 33mpg.
    I also drilled the slides and messed with the jetting a bit. All very easy to do. I am currently running 125 main jets and 42 low speed jets with a stock engine other than Dunstall mufflers and a K & N air filter in the stock airbox.

    I make a point to not run my Ural wide open. I can cruise the freeways at 60ish with a lot less than full throttle.

    No engine is designed to run full throttle for long periods of time. Even commercial diesels with a 100% duty cycle achieve that rating at somewhat less than full throttle (often 85% of max rpm's with throttle to spare). If you need to run 70mph with it maybe you should consider swapping in an Airhead R100 engine (but watch out for final drive problems with the extra power).
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  9. Mr. G

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    700 Miles in two days through the CA desert back roads last week. No problems, never missed a beat. 31 mpg on shitty CA high test gas.

    The only problem I've had in 6000 km that stopped me was a flat rear tire which I quickly swapped with the spare. Based on my experience with a Ural (limited to 6000 km but going up daily) they are more reliable than my BMW's and Harley. BTW it's a 2007 Patrol with 10,000 km on the clock now. Not a new one with all the upgrades.
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  10. Blader54

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    Not sure where Poland, NY is, but there's a nice State-run campground at the south end of Lake George, which would be a little out of your way if you were hammering along on I-90 heading for Boston, but i't's nice and within walking distance of Lake George village...and the lake itself is a real jewel. There's another one west of Schenectady a few miles called Frosty Acres and another one just a little north in Glenville. I think you could have stayed in either of these and though that wouldn't address the heat problem.
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  11. masukomi

    masukomi Been here awhile

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    Yup, those are on our To-Buy list.

    We agree. We hate running it full out. We prefer the Ural's natural speed. BUT it's a good way to test how well the engine is running ("mostly open" is pretty hard to replicate with any precision) AND there was no way to get to CO and back in the crappily short time allotted by my employed without running it full out for much of the time. I think we covered this topic a number of times during the thread.

    Our next adventure should be at a much more sedate pace. (Can't wait)
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