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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Kristof Granit, Jul 15, 2011.
Thanks for the reports!
Great reading. Your English is pretty easy to follow.
I don't know one Russian word, except 'no' and couldn't type it if I tried.
One thing I'm interested in is why do you get stopped by Police so often? Almost every day?
I haven't been stopped by Police in maybe 30 years.
Well, hopefully they didn't stop me every day
You have to take into consideration:
1- The two rides from Irbit 2850km+3621km without license plate...
2- I don't know the figure for 2012 but in 2010 only 20 Ural were sold in Russia and many times I have been stopped only because I was on a new Ural...
3- Even do there is more and more "speed cameras", there is still some policemen along the roads and when they saw something "new" in their area they like to see it closer
4- Only once I have been stopped by an "unfriendly" policeman, but most of the time we talk about the Ural...
October 26th - Daily ride on the seaside and the vineyards:
Man I love your RR ! I have wanted a ural for along time , I want the camo paint . And I need to come party you guys !!!!!!!
And your friend Nickolia I need that leather vest !! hell yes !!!!
From your post #73: (quote) "First on a forestery track, difficulty level? For the Ural: zero but for our friend with the FZR not so easy to stay on the track due to all the stones..." (end quote)
The 'Gear Up' might be the better bike on tougher roads but the 'Retro' sure is a sweet looking bike. It makes perfect sense to have both. Sided bikes couldn't hold my attention very long, something this report has cured. And what a motorcycle the Ural is. Not many can at the same time radiate ruggedness and grace.
Overall a great report. Seeing Russia so close up really is an eye-opener. Lots of hidden treasures, natural, cultural and human alike, to be discovered. Reports like these strengthen my resolve to visit the land.
There are monstertrucks and there is this megalobikuklodon which will eat them for breakfast, every day.
This country really is full of surprises. For your efforts to let us in we cannot thank you enough. Please, do enrich us with more reports.
You mentioned the factory's outturn of Ural's in 2010 was barely 20 units. Does that imply the motorcycles are built solely to order and to the special requests of the buyer? Just wondering. Live long, ride strong
There is a misunderstanding, I mentioned 20 units sold in Russia for 2010 not the total production.
Interview with Ilya Khait:
For 2011 they increase the sale by 39%
Russia, Black Sea, November 4th - Ural Retro:
Nice reports. Would love a Ural but dont think I would be able to afford to keep filling up the petrol tank here in the UK
Thanks for the clarification, the link and... the bonus pictures.
I spent the last nights reading up on Urals. Stuffed to the brim so to speak.
Even (or is it through) the 'not so good' stuff convinced me to take the next step. I'm to contact some people to get a real life meeting, might even get a test ride.
Thanks for the introduction to the Ural and I wish you good luck with and many more satisfying kilometers on your motorcycles.
What the heck is that ? Never seen a frost heave like that, is that what it is ?
Just a small piece of that:
First video: "Don't drive at night"
The new ride:
Monday 22nd I started a new ride, around 2000km and this time with the Retro.
There was no handlebar kit at the shop when I get my Garmin so I used the support of the previous GPS and I will manage to hold it with rubber bands (...)
There is "two places" on the ride where I prefer to have the GPS to find the road, so I will not use it permanently.
04.22 Novorossiysk/Stavropol - 540km
Initial plan was to stop at Armavir, I went in town then I decided to get back on the main road and to continue...
The weather was not so good with some rain, hopefully not too much trucks in front of me...
04.23 - Stavropol/Elista - 270km
Today, no rain but a very strong wind (face)... Yesterday no time to sleep on the road with a lot of curves, today I should say that in comparison it was a little bit boring with a lot of long long straight lines... sure that with the wind in the back it will have been more funny.
Some pictures on the road and at Elista, Republic of Kalmoukie.
04.24 - Elista/Volgograd - 340km
In fact the distance between the two cities is around 280km but I went to the memorial then back to the center.
Rain for all the ride... and sun in town this evening...
Well tomorrow it's a day "off" and I stay in town.
Friday back on the road to reach Rostov.
Extracts from the GoPro:
Volgograd - Some pictures of the center town:
Went to the car-wash then at the place of the Bike Show (August 23rd), preparation of the territory already started.
Sending this RR link to my friend Yuri who lives in Pavlova and also has a Ural .. I'm sure he be familiar with a lot of your travels ... Great read
Good to see your nice Ural back on the road.
In the last pictures there is one with a WW2 plane on the roof (Yak?). Is it a museum?
Battle of Stalingrad Museum:
04.26 - Volgograd / Rostov - 553km
6am I left Volgograd and at 4pm I was at the "Bike Post" close to Rostov. Initially I wanted to use the "south" road to join Rostov, but my friends in Volgograd told me that the road was in bad condition, if somebody from Volgograd told you that a road is in bad condition better to listen, they are specialists in Volgograd... (it's really a shame to see how are the roads inside the city :x )
So, I start my day on the "north road", already done in 2011, I wanted something "new" and to avoid the M4 Highway and crossing Rostov.
The weather was ok excepted a strong side - wind, I have overtaken by a bike (VFR), then I met him at a gas station we have a coffee and I told him about the itinerary, luckily we were at Morozovsk just before the junction to Volgodonsk and he told me that this section was ok.
So, we left the gas station, then less than 1km we've been stopped by the police just at the junction (Ural effect...), it was a good day: 3 times I have been stopped by the police, always at the check points.
(Monday once: at the exit of a village by a patrol car, Tuesday once: at a check point, Wednesday: zero, Thursday inside Volgograd: zero, Saturday: zero and Sunday: zero, but a 10mn UDF with two policemen's at a gas station)
Even with the controls it was a nice day, good weather and less wind in the afternoon.
04.27 - Azov , opening of the season.
A local club were organizing the opening of the bike season, in a place near to Azov (30km) on the Azov Sea, from the center town to the place we were escorted by the police (one car to open the road and on at the back to prevent the "intrusion" of cars...)
The neighbour of the Bike Post is teh owner of a K750, we went for a short ride to Rostov.
04.28 - Bataysk/Krasnodar/Novorossiysk - 447km
I was staying, "as usual" at he Kartodrom hotel, but instead of going straight to Novorossiysk I went to Krasnodar HD to collect the original exhaust of my "Slim" (Vance&Hines installed two weeks ago), the others parts ordered are still "on their way"...
Close to Krimsk their is a "short cut", this time I took some pictures:
End of this ride: 2340km
Yuri's reply today ...
Thanks you for the links from a forum about travel on southern regions of my Native land.
Specially I have received feelings of nostalgia from photos about Volgograd (Stalingrad) it to me have reminded about cheerful time in the Russian Army and happy day when I would arrive on station Volgograd what to go home.
I wait from you more tempting photos about a motorcycle life and there can be I will find time to come into garage to my friend URAL and too to sweep on it!
Dosvidaniay moi BRAT!!!"
Seems you've shamed him into getting his Ural out at last
There was 3 more ride in 2013 with the Ural Retro:
- June: "Uralgon" near Nizhny Novgorod -- 2367km
- August: "BikeShow" at "Stalingrad" (Volgograd) -- 2360km
- October: "Olympic flame" Moscow -- 3010km
June - "Uralgon 2013'" - (http://www.uralgon.ru)
06.24 - Novorossiysk / Bogutchar 724km
Left at 7am and arrived around 7pm - Have been stopped twice by the police for documents checking. Less than 10km between the 2 controls. Nothing special with the roads, I join the federal road M4 in the afternoon,
06.25 - Bogutchar / Tambov 420km
The "recommended itinerary for Tambov is to continue on the M4 until Voronesh then catch the road to Volgograd, it's "longer" but could be faster if you are not with the Ural
So I decided to use an other option "shorter" and I went by some small roads and villages.
Some pictures of the two days:
06.26 Tambov / Pavlovo 506km
An other warm day. The roads are really in poor conditions for almost half of this section, in some place I can only drive at 20/30km/h no more... In the section without asphalt you can even drive faster because it was levelled and without holes...
They are working in some sections but there is still a huge work to be done...
Some pictures of the day: