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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by madeouttaglass, Apr 11, 2012.
Awesome ride report!
Thanks folks. It almost pains me to see this thread brought back from last spring. It's six degrees here this morning. I wish I could go back and do it all over right now.
We were out on the Blue Ridge Parkway last Winter looking for enough snow to ski in but ended up walking instead. We heard some noise and looked around to see these folks enjoying the heck out of themselves:
They were two older couples (nearing 70, they said) just out for the day seeing what they could see. All had knobbies on the drive wheels and said they had no issues at all with the six inches of wet snow. The BRP was closed but they had snuck up some fire road and gotten on it for a bit of touring. It was about 25 degrees out and they said they weren't going fast enough to get cold because of the snow. We saw them at about 3:00PM and they'd been riding since about 9:00AM, how cool is that? I hope to still be out fooling around like that when I'm that age (not long to go ).
Cool rides, great ride report.
amazing! I am now thinking a Ural is in my (our) future
Great ride report M8 .. I have just purchased a Ural myself and waitin for it to be delivered I live 125 km east of Esperance Western Australia and hope to have some funn like you & #1 farkle .. cheers an beers ....
I didn't expect this old thread to pop up. You are going to love it KLR650guy. We are still having plenty of fun with ours. 20,000 trouble free KMs and counting. Besides riding together, grocery shopping, and hauling things to the dump, I've also found it handy for carrying a few other things:
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Funny that you should write now as I was just researching the possibility of renting a KLR650 in your neighboring country of NZ.
Well if ever you & #1 farkle decide to get to Western Australia then I have a ural and Klr 650 for you to take off on if you like ..
Btw that canoe I think is a bit big as we would get buster here in Oz for that but what they done know won't hurt them .. Lol ....
Read your ride report yesterday filled with wonderful pictures; today it is laced with billboard substitutes out the yang-ying....
Is is my computer or did some 'happen'?
Also searching for a link/site you recc: push (something) pushkin, pushpin?
dot org dot com. sigh.
Not finding it in the verbiage.
Thanks for pointing that out. When I saw it I also wondered what the hell happened. I searched Photobucket and found that there were enough views this month that it exceeded the free bandwidth they provide. It will recycle on the 4th of each month. (The monthly anniversary of me opening the account.) I had a paid for Pro account with them back when we took this trip because I exceeded it almost daily. Until my next adventure I will leave the account as it is and have to deal with this occasionally. I do wonder why it suddenly got popular a year and a half after the trip. Thanks for the heads up, Tom
edit- as for the "Pushkin" I think you meant "Pashnit.com" It is a great MC forum for pictures and trip planning on the west coast.
Just finally decided to read your report, not sure why I waited this long but it seems to have gained new popularity!
In 2000, I bought a '98 Ural that started life as a single but didn't sell. The dealer ordered and paint matched a side car and I loved it (yellow and black!) But the '98 was not near the trouble free vehicle that the new ones are, kept me busy keeping it going even though it was always little things. My wife however, did not like the side car, said it sat too low and was very noisy. Now that I approach 70, and just sold off my KLR, I'm thinking about retirement and what I will do for the single bike that old age is going to require (three wheels I'm afraid due to bad legs/feet).
I rode my WeeStrom to AK this summer but I think it will have to go. I will truly hate to part with my 2009 FJR1300AE but that may have to go as well. So why not a Ural? After reading of your trouble free trip, I'm thinking I might just go that route when the time comes. BTW, I have a T-shirt that proclaims "World's Fastest Sidecar" from back when they set a record at Bonneville. I wore it this past Saturday and two people stopped to ask if I owned one, that they were considering a purchase!
Anyway, ride well and hope to see another report from you (here's the link to my RR on the AK trip if you are interested)
Hi McRuss, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I still say it was the best month of my life.
I can report over 20,000 KMs on the rig without issue. I recently bought a very nice air cleaner lid from a Uralist that posts both here and more so on Soviet Steeds. His name is Windmill and the reason I bought it was to address the only thing Julie didn't care for and that was the massive intake drone- especially when under heavy throttle. Windmill's design routes it over to the left side. It is quieter overall and MUCH quieter for Julie. Funny that you should mention a few of your bikes. We did another 70 miles or so on seasonal roads on the Ural just yesterday. Today I ran 120 miles of errands on the FJR. Two very different beasts for sure. Tomorrow I pick up my new to me KLR. Seems we have a bit in common. I'll be reading your AK report starting tonight. Thank you for the link.
Ha....these are all funny & weird posts at the same time, and I too am a big fan of both Stroms & FJR's, and I have a friend who has an FJR, and recently sold his Wee...but in order to buy a BMW R1200C (the strange looking cruiser model) that has less than 300 original miles on it.
I'm probably not ready for a Ural....not yet at least....(but you just never know)
Looks like you and the wife had a Great ride!!! Thanks for Sharing!
If you get the chance.......lots of Great riding around 3 Step!!
I enjoyed your most excellent ride report! Maybe someday I'll consider a sidecar so my wife and I can do something similar. Your trip was epic; not only did I learn about some places I need to check out in my own backyard, but also the importance of ride reports and the great people that post them. Thank you!
Just read the whole thread. I have been thinking about a hack, now I'm more stoked than ever! Excellent report!
Good morning guys,
Patrick, I almost made it north as far as your shop again last month. What a beautiful area you live in.
DingWeed, Sorry I missed your email when I was in Moab last month. Next time I will make sure to stay at your place now that know where the 3StepHideaway is.
Sun Ray, While my latest RR is not nearly as good as the Ural ride, it is nice to go back over a trip whenever I feel like it. I just log onto ADV and it all comes back. This year I also benefited from that early RR. I went back to see some of the places I wanted to spend more time at and more importantly- I got to spend time with JCZ , IvanRider, and his wife Becky. I wouldn't have known any of them had it not been for that first ride report. Now they are three real (not virtual) friends of mine. They not only made the Ural trip much more memorable, this year they all took time to personally show me the sights in their own backyards. I do hope to return the favor someday. Spending time with them this March were two of the biggest highlights of this year's road trip.
Ramon- Do it! My Searchtempest parameters started with "furthest away" during my quest for a newer Ural. There currently are plenty of good deals on slightly used rigs out there. Starting the ride in an airplane made it all the more of an adventure compared to leaving home in a truck with a trailer. It did add some risk, but that made the vacation even better. I would do that trip over in a heartbeat.
I received the same card that featured in your post on 5/4/12 (a random hit on this thread). Now I guess I'd better read the whole thing.
I just saw this thread today and read through it. I thought your picture looked familiar.
The funny part is I bought a Ural Gobi earlier this year. May have get out west again now.
Thanks for the pictures and stories.
Glad you liked it. I just can't keep away from there. Here's a pic of the same spot from this past March's "Escape from NY" ride back to the west coast.