Ural Opinons

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by snapperhead, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. snapperhead

    snapperhead Adventurer

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    I am seriously considering the purchase of a new Ural with 2 wheel drive, Gearup or Patrol T. Would any Ural owners please share your thoughts about their bike such as; problems, spare parts, build quality, reliability, and overall ownership experiences. I would also like to hear the positives of Ural ownership.

    I sold my BMW 1150 GS last year and I am currently awaiting the delivery of a new Yamaha Super Tenere. The Ural has alway interested me and I can now afford to have 2 bikes in the garage.

    Thumbs up :thumbup or thumbs down [​IMG] how has your Ural been to you?

    Thanks - Snapperhead
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  2. windmill

    windmill Long timer

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    I have gotten more enjoyment from my Ural than all the other bikes I have owned combined. It is also my only transportation. You need to accept it for what it is and what it does. It is a step back to a slower, simpler time and all that implys.
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  3. FirstPath

    FirstPath Long timer

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    Buy it. Period. It slower, needs you to be an active owner (valve sets, oil, attention to nuts and bolts) and is as fun as all get out.

    The new bikes are the most reliable as ever and if maintained correctly will bring you miles and miles of enjoyment. Buy it. Cross the country on back roads and enjoy it!

    Scott in Shoreview
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  4. Sam Simons

    Sam Simons Been here awhile

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    What they said.....Many of the earlier Urals are worthy of owning......but the newest examples are the most reliable(and they should be,for the $$$). These machines are from a country known for harsh weather,poor road network and occasional owner maintenance;
    and have survived pretty well despite those circumstances;therefore,if they 'croak' over here,it's operator error/ignorance more times than not......
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  5. fyr

    fyr iRoast Coffee

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    I jonesed for one for a number of years.
    Bought it this January. Have put on 1300 KM's and not a hiccup. I use it for work, comute, groceries and for giggles. I do my own work on it and you have to be a participant. Tighten, check, verify- Ride.
    It sucks gas, it goes slow and damn, i wouldnt have it any other way... DO it, You'll enjoy it:clap
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  6. msblu79

    msblu79 Adventurer

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    I have lived in the northeast for 40+ years and from Nov. to Mar. I usually didn't ride much and winter was the worst time of the year for me, miserable not being able to ride. Then came the Ural Patrol 2WD last Oct. and I had a blast breaking it in and riding in the cold weather with it. I rode almost everyday and had the best winter fun that I can remember. I get out in the country 2 wheelin' as often as I can and ride it everyday to work, etc. This bike has been the best thing to happen to me in a long time and helps maintain my sanity year round now. :slurp
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  7. drbike

    drbike Been here awhile

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    Happy happy happy, go for it. Year round fun. Go for it.
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  8. mgmuellner

    mgmuellner Adventurer

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    I recently bought an 06 patrol. This thing is much too much fun. I went through all the maintenance over the past couple weeks & it was very very easy. Put on 1200km over the past couple weeks & so far I have no complaints. That is apart from people wanting to talk about the bike that is since I'm somewhat antisocial.
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  9. roscoau

    roscoau Been here awhile

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  10. lemieuxmc

    lemieuxmc Banned

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    You'll meet people, that's for sure. Sidecars are great fun as long as you recognize the limitations and pitfalls. If you have the coin, a new one is great.
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  11. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    My '05 Ural is easily the most fun vehicle I have ever owned. It does require some frequent but simple owner involvement, but that is part of the pleasure for me. It is not fast, but that does not limit the fun. Secondary 2 laners and dirt are its natural habitat. Parts are not terribly expensive compared to other bikes and are easy to get via the internet. Although you cannot take it's reliability totally for granted, mine has not given me any noteworthy trouble. For those who have had trouble, Ural stands solidly behind their warranty and goes far to make things right.

    As long as you are at least an amateur shade tree mech (or willing to become one) and don't expect to run it 75 mph on the freeways all the time, you'll most likely enjoy it.
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  12. ivel_86

    ivel_86 Chair Ranger

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    Well I felt the need to pipe in. My Indian (though it's in a bunch of pieces at the moment) gets very neglected. I love the GU. It is more fun that I have had with any other bike. Though there are several negative stories out there, I have had a great experience with mine and don't regret it one bit! Good luck. I hope you enjoy it very much and that you take lots of pictures.
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  13. planzman

    planzman commie bike rider

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    I bought my 2010 GU used back in Dec with 6400 klicks on it. The Previous owner road it on the eastern half of the trans am trail, so it was used in a more agressive offroad maner than most GU And Patrols. It now as 10,250 klicks with out a hickup. Of course i am an adventure poser! And have only ridden on tame things like paved or gravel and sand roads.

    Today i was out in the back yard making left hand turns while flying the chair:clap

    Won't be long fore i am going for something more challenging off road.

    If you are bashfull, or dont like to talk to strangers, then dont buy. The UDF is intense:deal

    I am enjoying this rig more everyday.

    Now the bad news, i got a crack in my tub:eek1 found it this morning

    Pic later
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  14. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    great post
    sorry about the crack
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  15. Tarka

    Tarka Doesn't wave back.

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    Oh Gawd,not this sort of question again.....

    My initial response on seeing these questions is if a person likes the idea of a Ural (or whatever bike,or going to whatever place,etc etc) why can`t and won`t they just go and buy one and find out for themself.
    After all,that`s how we learn and discover things...and if after time something is found to be unsuitable or not to a person`s liking,then just change to something else.

    Anyway,by way of some assistance for someone who clearly needs to ask, here`s my take.

    I own a 650 Ural combo and a 750 Ural combo...as well as nine different solo bikes and my streetlegal quad.

    Out of that selection I ride my Urals pretty much every day.
    I brush snow and ice off my 650 at 5.30am and ride to work...having a laugh there and back.
    Sunny,dry days..perfect for the solos....I most often take one of the Urals out.
    Rallies...shows..holidays...shopping...social visits....I usually take a Ural.

    Anything mechanical can have problems and I`ve had a few but they`ve all been a doddle to self diagnose and cheap and easy to fix myself.

    They are stone simple to service and maintain but you must do this as required.
    Most troublesome Urals are suffering lazy,incompetent or unsympathetic owners....you need some empathy and you have to do regular maintenance.
    Also don`t try and run one all day beyond its comfortable limits.

    Saying that I`ve recently returned from 2,400km of two week`s hard riding ferrying MrCob around UK and Northern France/Belgium on my 750 Ural with no troubles at all.
    Then a week later I`ve just done a 1000km four day birthday trip with my girlfriend on the same bike after commuting all week on it.

    Just a one hour service of fluid changes/valve clearances/brakes adjustment needed to the bike.

    Maybe the best recommendation is this....
    If I could only own one motorbike it`d be a Ural combo.

    If you want one...and have the money...just go and buy one.

    For my positive experiences just look in Ride Reports or here in Hacks for all my Ride Reports in UK and Europe..in all weathers.
    Likewise there are a great many other people`s reports too.
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  16. redflasher

    redflasher Baltika Lover

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    I'm on my 5th riding season. So far, I have spent approximately $30 in repairs on my 06 GearUP. Brake light switch(bad design), spotlight bulb, turn signal flasher, smog hose elbow. Nothing disabling, just irritating little bits. I don't abuse it but I don't baby it either.
    Takes a bit of maintenance but simple to perform.

    UDF is very irritating to me as I am not paid by the manufacturer to promote their products. I've had people call me a liar and worse when I tell them it is not old. So I usually just growl that it is a '42 BMW and then I drive away. yeah, I'm an old grouchy fart.
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  17. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    To the OP:

    If you are nervous about Ural horror stories you have heard or read, keep this in mind. Most of those tales are from the earlier years when Urals could be pretty bad. The reputation persists even though a newer Ural is significantly improved upon. It's sort of like how Harleys got a bad rep due to the AMF years.
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  18. roscoau

    roscoau Been here awhile

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    Because for some people buying a bike is a commitment, not a whim.
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  19. BinDerSmokDat

    BinDerSmokDat Been here awhile

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    I too was apprehensive of all the horror stories of Russian quality control. I bought a 2010 new because I liked the idea of a warranty and dealer support.

    I can happily say I would do it again and if I knew now what I knew then, I'd have considered a well sorted 2006 or newer used rig. The newer bikes are really head and shoulders above previous years.
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  20. Tarka

    Tarka Doesn't wave back.

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    It`s never been a "whim" to me,either matey.

    But I`ve always managed to use my Human Brain,Mark One to read and analyse owner`s reports,ride reports,magazine reviews and technical specifications then add these to my own feelings and judgements from visual assessments and any road tests that I`ve done to know whether or not a particular bike is a worthwhile "commitment" or not.

    I simply sometimes wonder why so many other people cannot or will not do this for themselves.
    Although I suspect it`s one of the curses of the otherwise gift of the Internet as it`s so easy to ask instead of think for yourself.
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