The Meandering Geezer in Idaho

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Metalcarver, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. Spokan

    Spokan 9.8m/s^2

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    I'm pretty sure that is why the Pilgrims created Thanksgiving. If it wasn't the way they worded it; it should have been.
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  2. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker

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    I thank everyone for their good wishes and thank you for being on this journey with me. A very happy Thanksgiving to all (Americans) and best wishes to the world. Rubber side down and we press on, regardless.
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  3. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister

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    Happy Thanksgiving to you Metalcarver and MetalcarverWife. I hope you have a wonderful day.
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  4. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker

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    Happy Turkey Day!

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  5. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker

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    Backyard prowling.

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  6. thirsty 1

    thirsty 1 Rider

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    Shot Put the Turkey Eh... new helmet for the new bike. Happy Thanksgiving Dave!

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  7. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker

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    Gobble gobble kkkkkk Katoom!




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  8. thirsty 1

    thirsty 1 Rider

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    Sold the old r75/5 airhead and bought a toy I can flog the woods with!
  9. Shady Pass David

    Shady Pass David Been here awhile

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    What are all those propellers doing?..Keeping the earth going round?....I miss the view without them..Haven't seen the electric bills going down...Oh well....
  10. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker

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    The problem is that they are breeding. Gonna have to go back and look at old pics and see. Commie plot.

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  11. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker

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    Shoot. I've seen you flog German gear before. Oh. Wait. They speak the same lingo in Austria too.

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  12. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker

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    Yes, They ARE breeding. Everywhere.

    In the 1970's I worked on a breeder reactor in the Arco desert. Maybe I'm responsible.
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  13. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker

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  14. bomose

    bomose Long timer

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    May have to get me one !
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  15. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker

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    Happens all the time!


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  16. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    Kind of a cool hat. :-)
  17. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker

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    2017 Slide Show.
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  18. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker

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    Got 50 more magpie ADV stickers coming and still have a bunch of THAG stickers.
  19. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker

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    Ural 1 year review.

    I bought my 2014 Ural Gear Up used a bit over a year ago. This was about 6 months after a stroke that stopped me from riding on two wheels. I put over 8,000 Km ~ 5,000 miles on it and maintenance so far has been minimal. Oil and tires. Changed from the street style Duro 308 to the Duro trials style 307 about midway and will need to change the pusher tire in a thousand miles or so again. I ran it out of gas once and the fuel pump lost it's prime. Had to pay fool's tax because in trying to run some gas through the pump I broke a plastic nipple on the left throttle body and was immediately stopped. Didn't realize it in the bush but there's a quick disconnect on the side of the fuel pump, but well, now I know...

    After reaching the 10k Km mark everything really started working smoothly. Shifting is more precise and the engine quieter. Kind of a saying among Uralistas that the owners do the final machining. Unsettling if you are used to Japanese bikes, to change the oil and see the metalflake texture swirling in the used oil. The engine is a push rod OHV and really sounds busy above 4k rpm but you get used to it. Power and performance is OK below 50 mph. It will hold 45mph on steep highway grades but you might be in 3rd gear. Same with headwinds. Above 50 mph it's like pushing a big sheet of plywood flat. You would have to double the horsepower (41) to get much more performance. On the few freeway stretches I was on I could get to 60 -65 mph so it wasn't too scary but Idaho freeways are 80mph and the big trucks are going 75. At that speed on a hot day the engine gets very hot so I have an auxilliary oil cooler that I will be installing over the winter. Same with high altitude back country, not a lot of air to keep the cylinders cool. Took it up as high as 11,000 ft (3300m)and the fuel injection kept the motor running smoothly. If you are going up a back road that requires you to be in second gear and you have to stop, you are going to have trouble getting started again. First gear is just way too high for mountain country. If you are going up a hill that requires first gear and you have to stop, you are just going to have to back down and try again. Lots of things are bolted together so it pays to check rattles. You have to keep an eye on things more than most modern bikes. The best comparison I have is to a 1968 International 5/8 ton crew cab I used to own. It was built hell for stout and would rattle and crash all the way down back roads. It was made from pieces from every manufacturer on earth. And it just kept going. With a bit of help. I could give it a tune-up with a screwdriver and small wrench. Adopt the same mind set and you'll do fine on a Ural.

    Oh, and it's a blast. You take a much bigger tent and you eat like royalty. I never rode motocross, or aspired to, so gravel, sand, and mud were distinctly unpleasant on two wheels. Now I just put it in 2wd and keep going. Just putting along, in the middle of nowhere, happier than a pig in poop.

    The following link shows my travels on the Ural. Way too much pavement but weather and time factored in. It should open up a page in Google Maps. If you hit the download icon you can save it to your computer and it will load in Google Earth. Be sure to switch to satellite view and you can zoom in to see ruts in the road. Yellow lines are paved roads. Orange lines are dirt roads. Once you've loaded it in to Google Earth you can save any of the individual tracks and save them as .kml files. Then take that file to http://www.gpx2kml.com and convert it to gpx for your gps.

    Map:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/15XJ22KqC3LwBcPVuK4xUOQ0JHjG0v_7Q/view?usp=sharing

    Ride reports for the individual Ural trips start HERE:
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  20. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker

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