My new ride - Ural "Gear Up"

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Mark 42, Aug 14, 2007.

  1. TRKTEK

    TRKTEK Been here awhile

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    Bastids all a ya.....I've been reading this forum and many others about the Ural and hacks in general and my interest is growing.....fuck.....On my way home from work today I pulled into the new Ural dealer here in Kingston and was poking around a desert cam Gear up in the parking lot when the salesman asked if I wanted to take it for a spin, kinda slow, really wierd, wandered all over the place, but how cool......ya pricks....now I want one.....this wont end well.....:clap
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  2. Baldy

    Baldy Site Owner Administrator

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    No worries, you were definitely the trend-setter and got us aware of Urals. When my kids watched your Death Valley videos on Ural's site, they were hooked.

    I had spoken to some of the Ural people a couple of years ago because they were asking about setting up their website and they spoke highly of you.
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  3. Bozola

    Bozola Complete Bastard

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    Sounds to me that you really need a dirt-track, instead....
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  4. vwnate1

    vwnate1 Adventurer

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    So quite whining allready and sign the damned check :deal

    This new bike you're about to buy , will provide the most fun you'll ever have with your pants on , no B.S. :clap SWMBO , Kids & dogs will all love it too :thumb


    I just ran the So. Cal. TT Ride (again) on my old 1994 Ural Tourist 650 Solo , as usual it wheezed & clattered it's way through 1,000 miles of mountains & 112° F deserts in two short days , mostly " On The Pin " the whole time....

    Didn't even use any oil .

    -Nate

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  5. gec343

    gec343 Been here awhile

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    I love my Ural, but just wish I could have had oine when the kids were still home. They are long gone now. However, I do take my grandaughter to pre school once a week. She loves the Ural.
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  6. antsaint

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    Yessir, that GU is off to a good start - environs to match the paint job, always a plus!

    We haven't gotten any of the wee set in there yet. Some of our friends have kids, and one day they dropped by and there was suddenly a band of under-3 monkeys crawling all over the Patrol (it was in the garage at the time). They were having a blast. The oldest plopped right down in the saddle and I showed her how all the controls worked.

    TRK - give in now. You're toast. Just write the check. And get ready for a heckuva fun time.
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  7. tedzap

    tedzap Adventurer

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    Rous44, your post struck a chord with me so I thought I would put in my $.02. Over the years I have looked at the Urals and been interested- but not willing to take the plunge. Whenever I would start to get serious, I would remember an article I read about the guy who bought a Ural and entered the Iron Butt rally. It was a horror story of mechanical failures, and he had to fabricate new pistons out of coffee cans to get home (or something).

    Fast forward to a year ago when I ran into a guy at Burke's Garden (VA) on a Ural and he/it left a different impression. He led me to think that maybe these weren't junk, and that the improvements in recent years were real and substantial. The grin on his face was.

    With renewed interest I started looking into them with more detail, there is a lot of good info on the web. What I came to believe before buying mine last fall was 1. they used to be junk and 2. they are no longer so. In my eyes they could were always a cross between a tank and a tractor, but now they were getting reliable enough to seriously consider.

    I could have picked up a nicely used '06 for a great price, but I decided to step up for the latest improvements. It seems each year they make great strides with lots of enhancements, this website describes not only the changes for '07, but also attempts to describe *why* we are seeing so many enhancements per year. Here is one that compares '06 - '08 side by side, and you can find others.

    It seems that the best improvements started in the mid '00s (maybe 2005) and have continued ever since.

    You also asked questions about the "mission" of the rig, and to be honest I wasn't sure of that myself before taking the plunge. I anticipated it would would be fun to carry the dog around in, get groceries, wander the local fire roads and the blue ridge parkway. I wanted something different and was only hoping that it would live up to my expectations.

    Unlike most of my preconcieved notions, I was more right than wrong. I was right in that it is perfect for all the above situations, I was wrong in how often I would be doing it. I look for excuses to load up the dog and roll, we ride daily.

    Does the Ural replace any bikes? No and Yes. It still can't roost like my WR450 dual sport, or cover miles like the R11S... but I find myself picking the "50mph" destinations more and more. I probably pick the Ural 90% of the time.

    I have read some people complaining that the top end speed of the bike is too low, that they have no choice but to use interstates to reach the "blue highways". Fortunately these blue roads are all around me and the bike is a great fit. Works for me, maybe not for you.

    My current intentions are to wear this bike out and then buy another. If I felt compelled to thin the herd I would start elsewhere. I have had some break-in and warranty issues- nothing excessive- but I am glad to have the dealer I do. I ended up paying slightly more and travelling farther to deal with someone I trusted, and recommend this approach.

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  8. Mark 42

    Mark 42 Foiley

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    I did whack a semi in the lugnuts on the ferry a couple of months ago...
    They parked the trucks so close together that the lane between them
    was too narrow, and I didn't see that the truck's lugnuts stuck out farther
    than his wheels & tires. Got a nice little dent in the sidecar fender.

    I sprayed some "Italian Olive" colored krylon on it, and no one even
    notices anymore.

    Are you planning to do any rides near Port Orchard this summer
    (Maybe Tahuya)? If so, email me. If I am in town, I probably will go along
    if y'all will have me along.
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  9. Gummiente

    Gummiente Rebel Without A Clue

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    I just moved to SW Ontario from Gananoque in March... could have given you a spin on my '05 Tourist had I known you were interested. Well, anyway, don't forget to join CURD when you get your new Ural. :wink:
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  10. Gummiente

    Gummiente Rebel Without A Clue

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    Don't. Makes the purchasing process much easier that way.

    Here's a link to a list of all the improvements since '05: http://www.uralnw.com/ural/yearlychanges.html
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  11. TRKTEK

    TRKTEK Been here awhile

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    SW Ontatio? where my friend? London? Woodstock? I've worked in Burlington, Brantford, and have had the oportunity to work anywhere the boss had a shop. (Carrier Truck Centres) I now reside in Kingston and blast out to Gan for coffee when the mood strikes me...I will definately become the cheese and join Curd when I become a ural owner....:clap
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  12. Gummiente

    Gummiente Rebel Without A Clue

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    A little north from those two... I'm working in Markdale (Chapman's Ice Cream) and just bought a house in Durham.
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  13. GuzziTriumphEnfield

    GuzziTriumphEnfield Adventurer

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    That's a Wicked bike!
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  14. antsaint

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    Now that's nailing it. I second that, Tedzap. A lot's changed for Urals - they're a much, much more viable bike today.

    BTW, saw you're in Roanoke - that's where I'm from. Maybe I can get the Patrol over to the east coast sometime!
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  15. tedzap

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    I'm sure there are some that will disagree (always great or still crap) but I have a very good feeling about mine. Of the people who have made disparaging remarks, non of them had any first hand experience.


    Or vice-versa. You're welcome anytime. I have been mostly riding in Craig and Giles counties, but am mapping out a ride down to the Mount Rogers area. I have re-discovered the blue ridge parkway, the perfect Ural road IMO. I had gotten away from riding it, it begs to be ridden at 2x the posted speed limit on a two wheeler... and- well, that doesn't seem to work long term.

    We have a military vehicle parade this weekend, running from the Roanoke VA hospital to the State VA hospital. Should be fun!
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  16. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy Mark 42,

    I just this evening got back from Ural-a-ling in the Black Dog rally, I am leaving Friday to ride in the Dirty Face rally and will be leaving near the end of June to do my Ural tour of the USA. That being the case I won't be doing any riding in your part of the country this summer but would jump at the chance to ride with you in the Tahuya area. Maybe you can do some scouting and pick some areas that we can tear up when I ge the chance to get over your way. :deal
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  17. Mark 42

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    I'll have to see if I can break free and do some scouting.

    I hear a lot of it is single track, so It'd be good to check
    some of it out first.

    I'll be looking forward to your pictures again.
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