My Ural (Mis?)Adventure, so far.......

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by jwaller, Aug 13, 2015.

  1. jwaller

    jwaller Been here awhile

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    Well, I gotta get the bike in to the dealership for them to replace the odometer under warranty once they get the new one. Perhaps I'll get them to take a look into this issue before it gets to be something really bad. The bike's still under warranty, for another 8 months or so. With the luck I've had so far, getting warranty work of some sort done every couple months, I want everything gone over quite well before the warranty expires.
  2. jwaller

    jwaller Been here awhile

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    Once the warranty has expired, I'm really thinking of selling my Ural. It's got 8 months left on the warranty at this point. Maybe I should start trying to sell it now. I had some other issues come up with my house and now I won't be able to afford to fix anything that breaks on this thing, and you know things definitely will. So I should just offload of it. Can't see paying for and keeping a bike I can't afford to use when someone else might be able to enjoy it.

    Things were good for the foreseeable future when I originally got the Ural. But sometime after getting it, my A/C went out. Not really a big issue in many places, but for a reddish brick house in Texas, a working air conditioner is non-negotiable. And then the water heater blew up causing all sorts of damage. In short, I'm still paying for the Ural, about $300 per month. Then I'm paying $600 per month for the home repairs. That's an expense I wasn't really thinking about whenever I bought the Ural. So, it's payday to payday right now. When the warranty expires on the Ural, I'll have no way to cover the expenses to keep it on the road if something should break. With the way things have gone with this bike, it's always just a matter of time before the next failure of some sort. If the house we moved into only a couple years before getting the Ural hadn't had its issues and I had the ability to build up a savings or have extra expendable funds every month, I would keep the Ural. I like it despite its reliability issues. I must be crazy.

    I need to either just sell this thing out-right or maybe trade it in on something more likely to be reliable and problem free. Something with lower operating costs as well would be nice. If you end up seeing me post up in the flea market, that's why.
  3. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    Rest assured that all the problems you've had with this bike will stop once you sell it. The new owner will enjoy many years of trouble-free riding. --Murphy's Law, Section 8, Rule 3.
  4. jwaller

    jwaller Been here awhile

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    Oh yeah, I know that. I know if I sell it, someone's going to get a broken in and well sorted bike that will be all it's supposed to be. But if I keep it, it will be a bloody disaster. I was born under a bad sign.
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    brstar Long timer

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    That you were born was a good sign so don't knock it.
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  6. davide

    davide Been here awhile

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    Sorry to hear about your house unexpected bills. If you enjoy owning the Ural, 8 months is a fair amount of time for digging deep into it to get it as sorted out as possible. If, on the other hand, you are starting to dread the next fix, it might be time to unload and file it away under the "Had fun, been there, done that, life goes on..." heading.
    Had the same inner conflicts with my Meridien Triumphs and a couple of VW buses. It can be a labor of love to own them, then when the flame fizzles out, you just want to go free of these burdens for a while. In the end, they are just objects, the lifestyle doesn't change (for me) depending on what's dripping in my driveway.
    There will always be another one available after enough time has gone by and the memories of the aggravations suffered fade enough to only remember how fun it was...
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  7. jwaller

    jwaller Been here awhile

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    So it snowed today. I took my Ural to work instead of a Triumph for the security of the third wheel even though the odometer hasn’t been fixed yet. At a point about two miles from home, I look at the speedometer and it’s spinning round and round the dial. I stopped for gas and the speedometer stopped at 80 mph. It started spinning again once I got back on the road. The needle broke and is fixed at about 10 mph. My bike needs an exorcism.

    Dashing through the snow....
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  8. jwaller

    jwaller Been here awhile

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    A new speedometer/odometer came in for my bike. I'm going to drop the bike off at AF1 in Austin sometime this afternoon and let them deal with exchanging the old part for the new. Maybe I should have them look into the right head and check to see if it is still making metal filings and if so, to diagnose and fix the issue.
  9. jwaller

    jwaller Been here awhile

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    I put my Ural in the shop at AF1 last Saturday for the speedometer to be replaced. I asked them to give the bike a good look-over since it's still under warranty and getting the bike to a shop is a bit of a PITA, as driving in Austin always is. Better for them to make sure all is good now so I won't have to go back in short order. I told them about the metal filings in the motor oil and all that. I also told them that starting the bike has become difficult. Got a call from them this morning letting me know that the speedometer has been replaced but that they found the starter has a tooth missing and a bad bearing. So now I'll be waiting for that part to come in. Another week at least wasted with the Ural stuck in the shop. I could replace the starter myself, but I guess it's best for the dealership to do it for warranty work. Plus, I really don't want to be using the bike with a bad starter. I don't want the bad gear on the starter to mess up the teeth on the flywheel, just in case I can't get the bike to start with the kick-starter.
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  10. jwaller

    jwaller Been here awhile

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    Anyone interested, I just put my bike for sale in the flea market. Once again, it's not because I don't like the bike, it's just that I've got too many bills and the note on the Ural is a luxury I just can't afford right now. My hope is that I've gone through and broken everything on this bike that can break and some lucky person gets a bike that is reliable and provides years of riding enjoyment.
  11. davide

    davide Been here awhile

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    Glws! I read your posts with interest and you are a true Ivan in my book, whether you have the rig or not!
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  12. Siorc

    Siorc Tiger Shark

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    Thank you for sharing your experiences, this has been a great thread.
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  13. TurTal

    TurTal Been here awhile

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    I feel sad for the man who was almost a Uralista

    He had signs of being one of the great legends to be forever immortalized in the Ural world

    But alas he was defeated by the mighty beast and like so many before him he will now be eternally relegated to be with those known as......"The Others"

    The Uralistas are an elite group of rugged individualist and it is very difficult to become part of and stand with these men of adventure

    My greatest horror would be that I could not measure up and proudly call myself a Uralista......I could not bear the shame and only death could remove the sting of failure

    It is with a heavy heart that the TurTal must say goodbye to the man who almost made it

    God speed on your new journey which hopefully will be much easier and full of cotton candy and unicorns and fluffy pillows and soft furry kittens and things that are not difficult and that things will be so easy that even a little girl could work her way through it









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  14. cycleman2

    cycleman2 Long timer

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    Good luck on your sale. Hope things work out OK.
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  15. Bar None

    Bar None Old School Dude

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    Hey TurTal,
    How long do you have to own a Ural and how many km riding on a Ural to become a Uralista?
    I have 5 years of ownership (two Urals) and about 50,000 km? :dunno
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  16. TurTal

    TurTal Been here awhile

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    Technically you need 10 years min ownership and at least 200000 logged miles to be a Uralista




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    Bar None Old School Dude

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    Thanks, I probably won't make the years of ownership and certainly won't make the distance traveled requirement.
  18. jwaller

    jwaller Been here awhile

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    Well, the bike ain't selling, so for now, I'm still a (low mileage) Uralista. I don't want to sell it, but kind of need the money. Selling the Ural makes the most sense, but someone else has to want this bike, and I'm not going to sell it to someone who doesn't have an idea of what they're getting themselves into. I'll make sure they read this entire thread before I sell it to someone. With that, there's probably enough on here to send any sensible person looking elsewhere. I'm trying to sell my house and downsize as well. If the house sells before the Ural, the Ural will no longer be for sale.

    Right now my bike is in the shop because of the speedometer and odometer going out. They got that replaced under warranty. I asked them to look other things over since the bike is still under warranty and I want to fix whatever may need fixing before the warranty expires. They found the starter had a bad bearing and teeth missing on its gear so they ordered a new one. The dealership closes up today for the holiday and won't open again until January 2. So the bike's going to have a brand new starter also. Just about the only components on the bike, not sidecar, which haven't been replaced are the final drive, the right cylinder, and the frame. Everything else has been replaced since last march.
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  19. Sidecarjohn

    Sidecarjohn SidecarJohn

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    How about the handlebars ?
  20. DavePave

    DavePave Been here awhile

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    TurTal, did you ever further investigate a DR 650 sidecar project?

    You know a DR with a Dunlop D606 on the rear can go anywhere (with a winch), just like a Ural (or any other sidecar). Besides everyone knows DR sidecar rigs are the one and only MacDaddy.

    I too, am less bored now, thank you. Merry Christmas !!!
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