Mr. Cob, Tours the USA on a "Ural Solo Bike"

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Mr. Cob, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy All,

    Some of you folks may remember that in 2008 I toured the USA on a brand new Ural "Gear-Up" a two wheel drive-camo colored sidecar motorcycle. On that rip I rode over 17,000 miles and if memory serves me correctly I covered 37 States and stayed with many ADV riders and Soviet Steeds riders who had answered my call for hosts.

    This summer I'll be doing the same type of ride but on the "Prototype" Ural "sT". This bike is a hand made one of a kind that was built to prove the concept and to figure out how to best put a production model in the works. The first load of production "sT's" are due to hit the States in very late July-early August. I'll be doing this ride to promote the bike at the dealerships that are on my route, I'll be giving a presentation at some of the dealerships consisting of a photo slide show and talk about my many Ural-a-ling adventures.

    I'll start this ride report with some photos of the bike as it was going through its growing pains, I was the first real test rider to take the bike out and give it a real trashing, this resulted in many changes that were incorporated into the prototype and now in the production bikes.

    This is a photo of the bike when I first rode it almost a year ago.
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    At this stage the bike was pretty rough, rattle can paint and a mix-match of parts that Sergey the Master mechanic had put together just to get a rolling test mule. In these photos the bike had the same exhaust system as do the sidecar rigs. As you can see the mufflers hang quite low, after my corner carving this was to change.
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    The dash was hand made from sheet metal, Sergey has no power tools such as metal cutting saws, or metal forming brakes, punch presses or other sorts of equipment used to fabricate such items. He has a drill press, a bench grinder and small welder, all of this work to include building the heat shields on the mufflers, building the brackets to hold the rear disk brake, the passenger peg-muffler hangers, the dash assembly, the rear disk mounting plate, etc was done with simple hand tools and the few power tools I listed.

    To watch this man work and build things from nothing is one of the most enjoyable and educational things I have ever had the pleasure of participating in. Here's some shots of the dash.
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    Sergey hand made all of the mounting components used in this disk brake assembly.
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    It was after riding the bike from Redmond Washington, IMWA headquarters up to the crest of Snoqualmie Pass and back that the NEED for an up-swept exhaust system was made clear by the deep gouges, scrapes and dents in the bottom of the mufflers from riding the bike hard in the corners. I purposely pushed the bike past the limits allowed by the low hanging mufflers to drive home the point that the bike had more handling potential then the stock exhaust system permitted.
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    When I returned I talked to Ilya, the President of IMWA and Sergey and told them that we had to do something to get the mufflers up off the ground. In the following photos you can see how using string to hold the mufflers in-place, Sergey figured out a way to mount the mufflers using brackets made from old passenger foot pegs, pipe and flat stock laying around the shop. Here Ilya looks over the proposed pipe system.
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    Here Sergey has built the muffler hangers.
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    This photo shows the heat shields Sergey made.
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    Here Ilya and Sergey look over the project thus far.
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    Here's what the new pipes look like from the rear.
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    The finished up-swept pipe system.
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    After the pipe were built the bike under went much more tinkering, different shocks, different spring rates in the front forks, different tires and wheels, seats, handle bars, etc. This is what the bike now looks like, sorry for the bad photo I took a photo of the bike on the IMWA web page, I didn't think to take a photo of it before I started the work of setting it up for the up-coming tour.
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    OK its time for dinner, I'll continue this a bit later showing some of the changes I have made to power my GPS, heated gear, mount the tank bag and saddle bags etc. Once all the prep work is done I'll take it for a shake down ride and post to this ride report. Stay tuned. :deal
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  2. Just GO!

    Just GO! Countersteer it.

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    Motorcycling at it's finest...........................:thumb





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  3. nwgs

    nwgs solarfied

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    Mr. Cob gets pissed off every time I call him an American hero.


    I carry the burden of his anger with the pride of friendship.

    Ride safe and true Dave..:thumb
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  4. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy All,

    This is the list of confirmed hosts and arrival dates from when I leave from IMWA headquarters on July 15 till I arrive at the big Ural rally being held in New Hampshire at the end of July. THANK YOU to all who have offered to share their hospitality with me while on this tour. As the tour progresses I'll up date the list of hosts and arrival dates in different parts of the country.

    Leave IMWA at 9:AM, July 15th.

    List of Host's, nearest town

    (1) Jay, ADV. "Sasquatch" Arrive July 15th.
    Boise ID


    (2) Jack and Barb, Ural Dealer, "ReCycle" Full fluid change, no event Arrive July 16th.
    Ralston WY

    (3) Morgan, SS. "wyowillys46" Arrive July 17th.
    Lead, SD

    (4) Silas Hooker Arrive July 18th. Will stay another day, leave morning of the 20th.
    Laporte MN


    (5) Jenny, SS. "Double Barrel" Arrive July 20th.
    Orr-Greaney MN


    (6) Bob, SS. "Redflasher" Arrive July 21st.
    Coon Rapids MN


    (8) Bob, Ural Dealer, "Scoots4u" Arrive July 22nd. NO EVENT
    Lakemoor, IL

    (9) Anne, ADV. "Cuddles" Arrive July 23rd.
    Howell MI


    (10) Terry, Ural Dealer, Crawford Sales Arrive July 24. WILL HAVE EVENT
    South Lyon, MI

    (11) Dan , ADV. "enduro0125" Arrive July 25th.
    Orchard Park, NY

    (12) Fran, ADV. "BK.RD.RNR", Poughquag, NY Arrive July 26th.
    Poughquag, NY

    (13) Mike, ADV. "Twilight Error" Arrive July 27th.
    Jewett City Ct


    (14) Chris Harris, SS, "BOUNTY HUNTER" Ural-BMW shop Arrive July 28th. WILL ATTEND RALLY
    Manchester NH


    On the last Ural Tour, my hosts sometimes had a gathering of some sort so that those who lived nearby or who offered hospitality could get together meet and socialize a bit. THIS is up to the host, some folks have the room and time to hold a gathering others don't. Contact the host to see if this is practical for them. Stay tuned. :D
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  5. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    like the bikes but with the gas mileage at 35 mpg I never bought one. Hope one day they do what royal enflied did and build a new , old style engine that is updated.
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  6. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    They just did :deal

    Good luck Mr.Cob
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  7. YnotJP?

    YnotJP? Long timer

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    Dave? 3000 miles, 13 days, 12 traveling days, 1 rest day, Prototype bike, Old, old man, no wonder you haven't said anything about your returning trip.

    Good luck, and I know you will enjoy every minute of it.
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  8. ugly pumpkin

    ugly pumpkin upgu

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  9. danielson

    danielson Adventurer

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    That Ural could be fitted with a 1000cc Twin Hatz Diesel, that should up the mileage to ~100mpg. Performance would probably be better than gas motor

    Top stuff Mr Cob
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  10. RAAD

    RAAD with Pierre LaCarve

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    I'm in... looking forward to following this trip. Ural looks great.

    Raad
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    Glued to every detail.

    The last ride was exceptional, have no doubt, this will be colossal as well.
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  12. NomadRip

    NomadRip Always a n00b

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    Along for the ride again. :wings
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  13. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Nice bike Mr. Cob. :thumb

    Have a good trip on it, you lucky guy.

    Q~
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  14. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy All,

    Yesterday and this morning I was doing some prep work to the bike before the LONG ride, I didn't like the handlebars that were on the bike, they put my wrists at to much of an angle so I swapped them out for some old style Ural bars.
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    Next on the prep list was doing a bit of wiring, I made up some fused pig tails that were hooked directly to the battery to power my GPS and the heated gear. Here I am ready to solder one of the wires, I learned long ago to SOLDER all wire connections, not doing so cost me a very expensive full on Drag Racing 331ci Small Block Chevy engine back in 1974 but that is another story for another time.
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    I had to dig through my box of old GPS mounts to scrounge up this setup, it works I'll see if it will hold up to the vibration of the long haul. I have had trouble with the Ram Mounts not being able to support the weight of the GPS if they are used at an angle, in this application I don't have any choice the short connector between the GPS mount and the handlebar ball mount is at all most a 90* angle. Look close and you see the remote Heat-Troller control velcro'ed to the lower left inside of the windscreen.
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    Now it is on to securing all the wires to the tank bag that go to the Heat-Troller, that is velcro'ed to the inside of the windscreen. I have the wires setup so that when I take the tank bag off all the wiring just un-plugs from the power source and stays secured to the tank bag, much easier then dealing with loose wires every time the bag is removed.
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    Some shots of the bike with the saddle bags and tank bag in place.
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    Inmate "Questor" will be stopping by for a visit in a few minutes so I guess I had better get myself semi-presentable. Stay tuned. :D
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  15. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy All,

    In my thread over in Jo Momma, where I asked for those interested in hosting me whilst on tour to PM me,

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=593442

    I posted a bunch of map photos showing where I would be going and the locations of all who had offered their hospitality.

    This map has about 2/3 of the potential hosts on it, I just haven't had time to up date it and probably won't as its use is now past. Those who have offered to be hosts don't be concerned if your name isn't showing on this map I have saved all the PM's and will be using them to pick hosts a the ride progresses.

    The pink tags are Ural dealers that I will be stopping at along the way.
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    My trip will start from IMWA headquarters in Redmond Washington, from there I 'll travel across the northern part of the country, then go down the east coast, from Florida I 'll wander back west across the southern part of the country before heading up the west coast towards home. With luck I'll be home sometime in early September. Stay tuned. :D
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  16. nwgs

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    *bump*
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  17. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    Looking forward to meeting you and riding with you at the NH rally, Mr. Cob.


    :lurk
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  18. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy All,

    Man what a day, spend most of it trail packing, laid out what I wanted to take, cut that in half, then cut it again and I probably still have to much stuff. Let me tell ya packing the sidecar rig for a long trip was MUCH easier, getting everything you need into a couple of saddle bags and a tank bag is something I haven't done for a quite a while.

    Tomorrow I'll take a shake down ride with everything packed to see how the bike handles and if I have to redistribute some of the gear to better balance the bike, like I said its been a long time since I have packed a bike with this much stuff. Its times like this that it would be nice to have one of those little computers, stuffin the 17 inch Macbook Pro into the saddle bag is one of those things that is best left to someone with a longer fuse then I am equipped with. :wink:

    Have you ever figured out "WHY" just before you leave the all the insurance policies are due, cars left at home need an oil change and Donna wants me to put a new battery in the Ural sidecar rig so she can ride it while I am gone. I guess its par for the course, I have been dealing with getting a new transmission in the truck, they have to swap out the torque converter, put one in that had to high a stall speed for towing. Oh and the zipper broke on my riding pants.......................yup its been one of those days, its a good thing I am leaving soon I NEED the road therapy BAD. :deal
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  19. eddie98

    eddie98 Been here awhile

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    if you come thru Atlanta, Ga shoot me a PM
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  20. Krashdragon

    Krashdragon Been here awhile

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    Whew... in addition to all the other threads now I need to read in JM...
    good you posted here, otherwise I wouldn't have a clue you're doing another ride.
    There are only about lebenty leben million riders in Texas, but when you get close I'll try to send you a pm... just to take a pic of the famous Mr Cob...:clap
    And we do have some good BBQ here...
    Take care, you're being watched! :rofl
    Mary aka Krashdragon, a bit south of Ft Worth....
    Oh, and have fun!
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