Russia, how I pick my new “Ural Gear Up” and went back home…

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Kristof Granit, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. ducnek

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    Fantastic!
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  2. enfielddnepr

    enfielddnepr Been here awhile

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    i'm curious, i am quite familiar with russian bikes, why the ural gear up, which has its quality issues despite recent building, and not a dnepr MB?
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  3. Kristof Granit

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    Quality issues??
    Reliability of an Ural on 3500km:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=16372855&postcount=104

    Why not a Dnepr?
    1- I leave in Russia. I can drive from the factory to home without "registration number" I am not sure it will have been possible to cross the boundary without a plate number...
    2- As far as I know the Dnepr factory is closed.
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    klick on the bike's image then you have the price in rubles
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    1st September in Russia, first day of school, that's what you can see in all Russia:
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    04/09/2011 - Water +23C - Air +27C
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    Russia, the cold, the bears,... but in the south:
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    It's time for me to go back in the north so no side no reports for some weeks...
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    To be followed in October...
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  4. going south

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    Oh man this RR is so cool! It really makes me want to retrace your steps...
    Keep it coming :clap
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  5. LoneStar

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    NO QUALITY ISSUES WHATSOEVER! :deal

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    Thanks Brat - great report and look forward to more reports from you when you can ride
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  6. Kristof Granit

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    Novorossiysk - Moscow - Novorossiysk (+3000km)

    10/19 -- D1 - Novorossiyk / Rostov on Don by Azov -- 515km
    First step on a road that I know except the small hook by Elizavetovka, a small country village where you can see some side: a farmer going to his cows in Ural, another Ural in front of a house and finally a IZH in front of a small shop.
    Then I continue to Azov and Rostov.
    Except the sides didn't met any bike during the journey.
    Leaving this village, a police check point in health is a kind of "foot bath" for cars but with sawdust, control routine, out of curiosity more than anything else.
    Nearly half of the journey with rain and the rest sun so I was able to dry a bit before I stop at the hotel for the night. (1500rub).
    Due to the weather few pictures.

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  7. Kristof Granit

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    10/20 -- D2 - 20/10 - Rostov on Don / Voronezh - 545км

    Start along the Don for a few kilometers before joining the M4. Many work in progress on this "highway" there are still some portions with 2 lanes but big improvement since my last visit in 2009.
    Anyway the 4 lanes has never been and will never be the breeding ground of the Ural.
    7C it was a little "cold" especially without the windshield. But today no rain.

    So yesterday I saw three sides today just a IZH front of a house and still not see a motorcycle on the road ...
    That night the hotel is a bit more expensive: 2000rub but the room is heated and the restaurant is open.
    I still have 500km to reach Moscow, but instead of joining the capital on Friday night and take the shower (rain announced) I will make a detour to Ryazan. This allows me to leave the M4, take a short 380km stage quietly and Saturday I would join Moscow it's 180km from Ryazan.

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  8. Kristof Granit

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    10/21 -- D3 - Voronezh / Ryazan - 388км

    40 km on the highway and soon after the only toll gate on the M4 I left the highway to reach Lipetsk and Ryazan.
    Beets season start, I got paint on a few kilometers, there were just a little drizzle not enough to clean the visor and gloves were dirty too
    So I have to stop after few kilometres to clean the visor.
    Fortunately the finish was on a dry road.
    No control today and I have seen one motorcycle when entering Ryazan.
    Hotel indicated by a friend who lives in this city, 3600rub, it's actually an apart-hotel with a beautiful view over the city.

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  9. Kristof Granit

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    10/22 -- D4 - Ryazan / Moscow - 230 km

    Start around 7:30 and crossed smoothly the city, firstly because it is a Saturday morning and the other from the hotel not difficult to find the right road because it was straight out of the city.

    There are about 180 km from Ryazan and Moscow but between the two hotels and a visit to the Bike Center this gives 230km, very cool this morning but dry 1C.
    Good road on this route almost 40km of 2x2 lanes and the freeway.
    Police control this morning and for the first time he asked me not only the insurance certificate but my passport ...
    He wanted to watch but not for him I turned the pages, notice must be awfully physiognomist as having kept the helmet and the hood,

    Not too much traffic to get up to my hotel, 3200rub night, it is located in a sports complex, I would do pictures tomorrow.

    The best time of day, there are two in fact:
    - Visiting a shopping center with retailers of parts for bicycles, scooters and motorbikes.
    - Handshake and small talk about the Ural with Alexander "The Surgeon".

    To return to the Ural parts, the centerlocated at the metro Sokolnikov, looks more like a bazaar with stalls depending on the brand.
    Found 3 shops selling Ural parts. One that did not have filters, the second low quality filters and the last was closed, it was only 6pm and 8pm indicated the panel, the neighbour told me the owner just left, so I phone and she came back to open his stand. ..

    To get to the bazaar I took the subway, the bike was at the Bike Center, I was dressed like on the pict at Ryazan :)
    But a little cleaner as yesterday I used the large bath to wash my equipment...

    ps: At the Bike Center it was the evening of the BMW Club for the end of the season.

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    Stuck by BMW and a VMax: :)
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  10. mesputnik

    mesputnik Adventurer

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    It's good to see a Gear up being used for the purpose for which it was built. You put some knobby tires on that bad boy, and there ain,t too many roads you can't ride...But, carry a winch:lol3:lol3
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  11. Kristof Granit

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    D5 - 10/23 - Moscow

    Pictures done near the Hotel (www.hotelvelotrek.ru):

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    D5 - 10/23 -- Moscow end of the bike season 2011.

    Parade in town after 6pm, well: Moscow+night+rain+heavy traffic= you have to keep your eyes open...

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    Gift from my friend Andrei:
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  12. Kristof Granit

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    D6 - 10/24 -- Moscou Voronezh - 481km

    7am departure and arrived 4pm at the entrance of Voronezh after 9h on the road ...
    Two or three light rain but nothing too serious. Little bit cold, 3C to 5C

    Tonight I take the comfort of a good hotel (5400 rub) and a massage to warm up a bit.
    Already driven 2305km from the start and I still have 1000km to get home

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  13. Kristof Granit

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    D7 - 10/25 --Voronezh / Rostov (Bataisk) - 569km

    Departure 7.30 of Voronezh and arrival around 17.45 at Bike Post out of Rostov I have about 380km to complete the course.
    Nice day today, cool in the morning between 5C/7C but dry up and then 12C in the early afternoon with bright sunshine.

    In the photos you can see the difference between the 4 channels and 2 channels, particularly unpleasant to ride on it, I have got the feeling that each wheel follows a different direction of the other 2 ...

    On my way to Moscow I passed in front of this complex "Bike Hotel" hotel + restaurant + bar + spare parts for American trucks, but I didn't saw it... Today I stop and took some pictures.
    I should admit that without the sun and if it was colder I would stop there for the night but given the good weather I preferred to continue.

    At the Bike Post, I ask if they knows a hotel nearby and they indicated me the "Kartodrom" at 500m.
    It is brand new and there must be one or two guests that night. The price is 2500rub. There is the WiFi without internet access ...

    Whether the Bike Hotel or Kartodrom I'm not sure that's the kind of "images" you have in minds about Russia...

    ps: Met some frenchs on the way, coming out of Voronezh I see a camper registered in France who leaves a station, I think "certainly a retired couple on a ride", I did not stop because I suspect they are going faster than me and effectively a few miles away they are behind me.
    While I try to show them my "BZH" (Brittany my native place) which is on the right wheel, they flash the headlights and stop, I do the same and then they come up to me in English they ask me "What we had a puncture? " I laugh because not only the are not retired but youngs(*), and I explain my action in French ...
    (*) French musicians on tour in Russia and they were going to Rostov ...

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    "Bike Hotel":
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    "Newly open Kartodrom":
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    Didn't cover the Ural but he start at the first time...
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  14. Kristof Granit

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    D8 - 10/26 -- Rostov (Bataisk) / Novorossiysk - 389km

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    This summer when I passed near the farm complex, a plane was spreading but I have just stop for a photo at the paddy field, today I took the time to do these photos:
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    This one don't fly and the one of this summer went for maintenance:
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    I start my at the "Kartodrom" and I finish close to the "Tankodrom":
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    Home sweet home, picture on the beach, with the central Marina behind:
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    Final mileage for this ride:
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    Little ride of 3263km
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  15. DavePave

    DavePave Been here awhile

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    Outstanding ride report. Enjoyed it. I felt like I was right there with you.

    I think I will go buy a Ural.
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  16. Kristof Granit

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    Closing the season with a little ride, Day 1+Day 2= 729km
    "Novorossiysk Krasnaya Polyana Novorossiysk -- D1 (303km)
    December 13 - Start: 8.00am -- Finish: 6pm Kilometers: 303km
    Weather: Sun +12C

    Why 10 hours for only 300km?
    Well by car from Novo to Sochi it's around 5 hours. Lot of cars and the worst: trucks. One miss a curve early morning and went done the talweg, rescue were still at work a few kilometers after one was almost inside an house...
    6 places with half a way and traffic lights due to repair on the road, last year there was a landslide and no road until they remove the rocks and "secure" the place. To prevent such landslide the drive piles and built retaining walls.
    Even with a good car, whatever the season, you get "tired" after this road: up&down - turn left/turn right, low speed, road in bad condition.

    Then in Sochi I make a first stop at the central marina, then a second close to the church and I went to the tea plantation. There was two roads after the "factory building", the first goes to the "old" plantation then from the top I can see the green plantation, went down and go up, I was lucky the gate was open to the track so I have the pictures I wanted: after the Ural on the paddy fields the Ural on the Tea plantation.

    Just before the entrance of a village I have been overtaken by a X6 M, very nice sound, the funny think is that 90km after I was just behind him... I was even suprised myself because I stop a lot of time to take some pictures but maybe he stop also a lot of time to refuel :lol:

    Not far from the administrative area of Sochi I have been stop by the police, I know I wasn't speeding (don't laught), I haven't cross a white line either, so I suspected that as usual "pure curiosity" bingo... The policeman ask me:
    Do you have your documents? Yes
    They are ok? Yes
    Well, he hesitate, then can I see youre driving license? Sure, I just pick my documents and was ready to open the folder to show him but he say: It's ok no need...
    And of course we start to talk about the Ural, the specifications, the price, my country, ...
    At the entrance of Sochi there is still a Police check point, in many place they have removed, so either you have to stop when they install the pannel or just go slowly. I stop and when I restart I clearly hear: "Au revoir" in french...
    I didn't recognise my previous policeman so I suppose I just make a radio call to inform them...

    More fun with the police:
    At one traffic light I was the first, in fact I was following the others cars but the light was red they continue I stopped (good boy) so I was at the first place, then came a police car with the siren and the flashing lights, she overtook all the cars and trucks behind me but due to the overcoming traffic she stop close to me.
    Green light:
    I let him go first (good boy) the driver didn't put the sirens but was with the flashing lights on, I was just behind for a few kilometers, the road is narrow a lot of curves...
    I was smiling (bad boy)
    - when a Mercedes, crossing the white line, mean on the opposite lane, as pull quickly in front of the police car, not sure I will had pull so quickly if I was opening the road.
    - also to see the interrogations of the others drivers: a police car with flashing lights and an Ural behind, usually it's a big german car :lol:

    After the center of Sochi I went to the tea plantation, decide to follow the first road after the "factory" but it was the old plantation, nice view, I can see the new plantation not far, so just some pictures, went down then up again and I was lucky find the gate open so more pictures in the middle of the tea plantation.

    Buy some tea at the factory store and went to an hotel near by.

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    "Novorossiysk Krasnaya Polyana Novorossiysk -- D2 (426km)
    Start: 9.00am -- Finish: 9pm Kilometers: 426km -- D1+D2: 729km
    Weather: Sun +12C

    So, after some pictures at Adler on the sea side, including the buildings for the JO, I went to Krasnaya Polyana, As you can see on the picture no snow, at this level. To find the snow you have to go up using the cabins. I quickly try some access road but each time there was a security guard: "no tourist", access only with a badge for cars and truck working on site...
    Ok it will have been "nice" to try the K37 on the snow but in the other hand, I have got a nice weather for this little ride, so maybe next time.

    Nothing special today, some guy with Supersport bike were having fun a few kilometers after Sochi in a up&down - left&right section.
    I have been stopped twice by the police at checkpoints.
    - the first was as usual curious, but he check the bike document and my driving license, then looking at the picture, he ask me: "You sure it's you?" As usual I kept my helmet... We laught then I wish me a safe journey.
    - the second, not curious for the Ural but for my documents: driving license, bike registration, insurance then he ask me my passport. So this time I remove my helmet and start to give him all except my passeport, I hold it and saw him the pages...


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    So for me this little ride is the end of the 2011 season, Monday I have to go to work far away.
    I will clean the Ural tomorrow, then let him in the garage till mid-January.
    Then back at home I will open the 2012 season :lol:

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  17. Kostopraff

    Kostopraff Been here awhile

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    Я был там в тот вечер:evil:rofl:clap
    I have been there in that evening at the ending of bike season of BMW club
    Шикарный отчет! Прекрасные фотографии! Как себя чувствует Урал?
    Beautiful travel! I like your photos very much! How is Ural runing?
    my travel by black sea
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  18. Kristof Granit

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    " I like your photos very much!"
    Thank you very much.

    "How is Ural runing?"
    Answer here: "Ural reliability?"
    http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=17606092&postcount=132
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  19. Tall Mike

    Tall Mike TAT Rookie (planning!)

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    Very nice RR! :thumb :clap
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  20. Throttlemeister

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    What an excellent way to get your new Ural. Neat to see the flags flying in the factory, I recognized a few, Cuba, US, and Canada stood out easily. Guess they show support for their trade partners:clap

    Viva Russia I have to get over there on a bike, the scenery is unreal:wink:

    Keep up the good work with the ride report!
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