Hi guys, I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to post pictures, diy instructions and purchasing tips because you'll never know how many months I spent on this site waiting for that one day when a used Ural would pop up in my area (NYC). Well it finally did, and I'm proud to say I own a 2006 Patrol in Woodland Green. I'm not really one for forums, but precisely because you guys helped me out so much, I'm going to put in the time to keep you updated on my experiences. At 26, I may be the youngest Ural owner amongst you guys, but I am f*cking thrilled with my purchase. ---------------------------------------- On heated gear: I bought this Ural in Conneticut 2 days after the big one (that Noreaster that ended in over 3 feet of snow) and having little to no experience riding in winter, some of you guys had me scare sh*tless. I brought heated gear with me, but found that with a pair of textile snow pants and jacket, layers made it so that I was TOTALLY fine riding for two hours back to NYC. So I promptly returned my First Gear jacket liner. I really don't see what all the fuss is about. On flying the sidecar: another thing you guy had me scared sh*tless about was flying the sidecar. Riding back to NYC meant that I'd have to go solo on a highway with pretty hard turns. I found that leaning my body on right turns prevented the car from ever flying, and it really has been a non-issue ever since. On stuff breaking: everything seemed fine this past month as I tested out my new ride, but I have to admit, something fell off... After a thorough inspecting of the hack, the one item I missed was the nut that hold down the luggage/cargo rack and the spare wheel. It took almost the whole month before winding down a quiet road in the upper west side of Manhattan and then it happened. The luggage rack fell off. I immediately stopped and looked back. There came a white POS putting along and somehow the moronical driver didn't see the large object on the ground. SPARKS!!:eek1 The metal went flying. I thought I was instantly in to having to replace a $150 item. But just as many of you have also said, the Russians build their stuff to last (even if they break down hehe). Picked it up, bent some metal back into place and voila! I was back on the road. I ordered the replacement nut from UralNE (which was also where my bike came from). It made me laugh when I opened the package up to find a "brand new" piece that looks like it's been through 50 adventures. If there are any more questions, I'm happy to answer them, and I'll definitely keep posting my experiences. Once again, thanks so much for everything guys. From what you guys posted, I felt I knew the bike so well that I wasn't surprised at how comfortable I was riding it with no previous experience. Love the attention, love sitting upright, love putting around as opposed to blasting away at dangerous speeds. I leave you with a picture from yesterday morning in NYC.