New-to-me Ural Deco

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Land, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. Land

    Land Wanderer

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    Hello, all --

    I am new to the hacks forum, though I have been hanging around advrider for a couple of years. I got home Thursday from a big ride that included the Pacific Coast Highway and WestFest and found a note to call a buddy who used to be a Ural dealer and who still works on rigs here in Abbeville, SC. He knew I was intertested in a sidecar outfit and knew of one for sale in the county.

    To make a long story short, I essentially bought this '97 Ural Deco while standing in my driveway after getting home from WestFest and while waiting for my wife to get home from work. I hadn't even been in the house yet.:lol3

    It has been sitting for quite a while -- since the previous owner died as a result of an auto accident.:cry I'm told that this Deco was the first black-and-cream one off the assembly line. The deceased owner had also bought the last black-and-cream Deco off the line. That's his widow's ride, and she is hanging on to it.:clap

    Here it is as I first saw it Saturday. (I had already bought it, essentially.:evil )
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    Here it is yesterday on my buddy's trailer before he dropped it off at my house.
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    In my back yard yesterday. The first time I ever sat on a sidecar rig was for this photo, so I have a steep learning curve once we get this thing going.:nod
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    I had some soap and the hose out to get some stickers off, so I washed the sidecar itself a little and hosed off the rest of the rig.
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    It is running a total-loss electrical system -- no alternator -- which should be good for 300-500 miles between charges. (I'll use a deep-cycle marine battery.) I may go the Nippon-Denso alternator route later. It does have the Mikunis with the infamous compliance fittings, but my buddy has some replacement fittings for me. I may go the Pekar carb route eventually.

    I am excited to join the ranks of sidecar owners. I hope that I can soon join the ranks of sidecar operators.:lol3

    It's in my car shed now, waiting for me to get the tank and carbs off for cleaning. That may be a few days since my high school students return from summer break tomorrow, and I really need to get my classroom ready.:rofl
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    All the best,
    Chris
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  2. princess jamaica

    princess jamaica OLD DOG-NEW TRICKS

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    hey chris,welcome!!:clap
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  3. snoid

    snoid 100% Okie

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    you left the horn on!

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  4. HPJeep

    HPJeep Owner of a pig iron bike

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    Nice Ural and M715 too! Can I have the M715? :lol3
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  5. Land

    Land Wanderer

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    Thanks. I'll make you a deal on the M715.:evil :D :deal

    All the best,
    Chris
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  6. Land

    Land Wanderer

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    snoid,

    I'm undecided about the horn. I have it and the fringe off now, actually. Maybe I should run a poll about the horn.:lol3

    All the best,
    Chris
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  7. princess jamaica

    princess jamaica OLD DOG-NEW TRICKS

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    KEEP THE HORN!!!
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  8. Pezz_gs

    Pezz_gs Cant ride for crap

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    Great Find Chris

    Good bike to learn on too.

    Enjoy the Journey - albeit at a steady pace :wink:

    I like the horn on it too
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  9. HPJeep

    HPJeep Owner of a pig iron bike

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    Keep me in mind if you end up getting rid of it. I haven't the funds right now but would really love to have an M715 next year (and a CJ3A, and a vintage Utility Wagon, and a early Waggin' Ear, and a MB, and and and ...) What kind of resto or work does it need? A runner or not? Thanks!
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  10. snoid

    snoid 100% Okie

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    horn yes!
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  11. Spicy McHaggis

    Spicy McHaggis Darth Peach's cracker...

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    Have fun and take it easy learning to ride!

    It's really not as hard as many people make it out to be!
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  12. MooseKiller

    MooseKiller Tripod

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    Sharp lookin' hack! Congrats! :clap
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  13. ickie

    ickie 00 Ural Patrol

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  14. Jonniedee

    Jonniedee Been here awhile

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    Covet your white wall tire spats and take care of them - they're no longer available!
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  15. Land

    Land Wanderer

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    I've been enjoying the Deco Classic. It's fun learning to ride it.

    A few weekends ago, I travelled to my in-laws' summer place in Hendersonville, NC, then headed up to the Blue Ridge Parkway on some fun roads (64 to US 276 to BRP to NC 215 for those of you who know the routes in that part of NC and may be curious).

    Hangin' in Hendy.
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    On the Parkway.
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    On NC 215.:clap
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    I did about 500 miles that Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with no problems.:clap The rig got lots of thumbs ups and waves, and I had several conversations about it. It was a fun trip.

    This pic is from sometime later near home, after taking her through my favorite local water crossing.
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    All the best,
    Chris
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  16. Blue Ridge Wheeltor

    Blue Ridge Wheeltor Been here awhile

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    The FART Rally for Urals is the weekend of the 11th (October) in East Asheville KOA, if interested. There should be details on www.sovietsteeds.com
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  17. Land

    Land Wanderer

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    Blue Ridge Wheeltor,

    Thanks for the heads-up. I'm already occupied that weekend with the No Clever Name Rally that our very own Meathead is hosting in Alabama.:clap (I'll be taking the GS or the DR to that, though, not the Ural.)

    I hate it when great opportunities conflict!:becca

    All the best,
    Chris
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  18. SandHog

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    I see it cleaned up real well. It looks great.
    Quite a difference from the first pictures.:thumb
    I don't see the horn.:rofl
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  19. Scott Davis

    Scott Davis Which way did they go?

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    Why is the ralley in Ashville and not up in the sticks someplace? Just wondering?

    SD
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  20. Blue Ridge Wheeltor

    Blue Ridge Wheeltor Been here awhile

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    It's actually at the East Asheville KOA, in Swannanowhere, next to Black Mountain. SPITS is in Abbeville, SC in May and BURP is in Meadows Of Dan in July. CRAP is held somewhere east of Charlotte. The TURD rally is coming up, but not sure where that is. Uralistas have several rallies a year. The FART rally is very loose and unstructured, and everyone sort of goes with the flow. No one seems to have a shitty time.
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