Ural Owners

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Andrew2, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. SilkMoneyLove

    SilkMoneyLove Long timer

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    I just see tractors :-)

    Great pics and I love days like that.
  2. CrankyTom

    CrankyTom Adventurer

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    Finally got my first Ural/first sidecar yesterday,a bare bones 2012 Patrol T with just thirty klicks on the clock.Talk about new experiences and steep learning curves!I rode for three hours and about 150 kilometers.
    The first half hour I thought "I'll be lucky if this POS doesn't kill me in the next ten seconds,and if I turn right going faster than 5 kph I just know I'll instantly snap roll left".Adrenaline flowwed like water!:eek1
    The next hour and a half got progressively better as the nut holding the handelbars loosened up and learned to anticipate and compensate for the rigs reaction to nput on the controls.Hmmmm,maybe I'll survive after all.:hmmmmm
    The final half hour actually got to be enjoyable-managed to keep it faairly straight and in the correct lane,got more cofident with right hand turns,and actually used throttle and brakes to help steer-just a little,and just a couple of times,but I'm learning!I might get to really like this after I get some more(Maybe a LOT more)miles logged!:nod
    I'll post a pic as soon as I figure out how
    Tom
  3. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    Congratulations Tom. It sounds like the previous owner scared themselves in only 30 KMs. Damn, I'd think that is what a dealer would put on it setting it up.
  4. CrankyTom

    CrankyTom Adventurer

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    Thanks-That was what the dealer put on setting it up,it was the last one left over from last year.
  5. Hobbomock

    Hobbomock Freewheelin'

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    boxborough?

    i may be responsible for a few of those clicks

    test drove a new one when in the area before driving to Maine to buy a '95

    great rig, try to take it easy on the facial muscles over the next few months!
  6. Thermos

    Thermos Been here awhile

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    Congratulation!!!

    Have fun, and good luck!!

    -T
  7. CrankyTom

    CrankyTom Adventurer

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    Hobbomock-Yup,Boxborough,but you didn't ride this one-it was in a warehouse in NJ.
    Had it out again yesterday,really starting to get the hang of using the throttle and brakes to help steer.Takes a lot of the effort out of it.Practice makes perfect!

    Thermos-Thanks-the facial muscles are going to get a work out,what with smiles of satisfaction from learning new tricks,smiles of enjoyment on good days,and the grimaces of pure fear while learning!

    I'm going to the UralNE rally next weekend-figure it's a great oppurtunity to pick up a lot of pointers from folks that have been at this a lot longer than me.Maybe I'll see some other inmates there.

    Speaking of learning new tricks,im still trying to post pics.One of these days I'll get it right.
    Tom
  8. CrankyTom

    CrankyTom Adventurer

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    [​IMG]

    Still not able to post pic the way I'd like,but getting closer
  9. CrankyTom

    CrankyTom Adventurer

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  10. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    Very nice! I really like the black engine. I wish mine had it.
  11. CrankyTom

    CrankyTom Adventurer

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    Thanks-I like the look of the black drivetrain myself,but it was just coincidence that was what it had.It's supposed to help resist corrosion from road salt etc.
  12. nosbearatu

    nosbearatu n00b

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    So, I hope this is a good place for this question. I am looking into buying a used Ural up here in Minnesota and was wondering if there were any Ural owners on here from Minnesota that have experience with titleing an older Ural with a newer 750cc engine in this state (MN requires engine VINs as well as bike VINs on titles). I see a lot of bikes available in surrounding states with the conversions that are more in my price range then a new bike, but seeing as I have constant problems getting bikes titled in this state I wanted to know what I was getting into.
  13. SilkMoneyLove

    SilkMoneyLove Long timer

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    I'm in WI. We don't track the engine number but I have seen plenty of MN titles. As far as I know, they only track the engine number to try and cut down on stolen vehicles/engines, so as long as it isn't stolen, it should be fine.
    Call up the place you plan to do the title transfer and ask them what they need.
    They may have a form to fill out or require a picture, not sure, but they will tell you.
    Congrats on Uraling along!
  14. nosbearatu

    nosbearatu n00b

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    So I stopped by the DMV today to complete the title transfer on my RD and I asked about the engine VIN thing and she said the state requires documentation of engine purchase from the out of state seller to register the bike in the state with the new engine VIN. Is this something people who have done this upgrade on the Urals usually keep around? Looks like in my search I need to make sure I have the paperwork to go with any bike that has this change, bummer.
  15. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    I have replaced countless engines on cars and motorcycles, and I've only really kept these records for cars. For motorcycles, it normally involved buying an entire donor bike, and using the engine to repair my existing scoot. I can't say I've ever gone and bought a new S&S with a bill of sale and a certificate of origin.

    Funny story. I had a 1973 Honda CB750 that I just sold last week. When I first got it, the title had 2 VIN's on it. The first VIN was for the frame, then a hypen, then a second VIN that went to the engine. I assume this is what MN would require. Well, I went to transfer the title at the DMV, and after some keyboard shuffling by the DMV clerk, I was greeted a state trooper. He wanted to ask me some questions about my stolen motorcycle. :eek1

    Well, it turns out that because of the dual VIN ass-hattery on the title, there had been some confusion. The frame associated with my engine had lived on in another bike, which had been stolen some years ago. So when they input the engine VIN into the computer, it came back hot. It took quite a bit of explaining to get them to understand that I was holding a title with 2 VIN's that was dated 8 years prior to the motorcycle in question being stolen. After that, I finally got the DMV to agree that engine VIN's have no business on titles, and they removed it to eliminate future problems.

    I can't fathom why the MN DMV would require an engine VIN. They don't require it for cars, why should they for motorcycles? Do they not understand that VIN's were not always required on engines, and that many motorcycles dont' have engine VIN's?
  16. vetsurginc

    vetsurginc Been here awhile

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    I was wondering what mount has worked well on a Ural. I'm planning to add a videocam and while a helmet mount would probably offer the best steady shot, mounting on the car would be a good perspective too.

    I've used RAM mounts for GPS, but do the GoPro mounts work at all?

    Thanks for the help.

    doug
  17. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    Vibration is your enemy on with the GoPro. I've tried mounting mine to the handlebars, fairing, and front fender. It just never worked well.

    The suction cup mount they sell for cars works great if you put it on the top of the tub. I generally tie it off with a piece of 550 cord just in case the suction cup breaks free while riding.

    If you are going for scenery, a helmet mount works great too. That will give you the least vibration, although, it comes at the expense of bigger movements due to moving your head.

    This was shot with the car mount.

    <iframe width="480" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pcJZCPFLYzY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pcJZCPFLYzY
  18. Spat

    Spat Been here awhile

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    I have a 1969 EletraGlide and earlier HD's only had Motor #'s no VIN on the frames.
  19. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    Yup, there is that scenario too. :evil
  20. vetsurginc

    vetsurginc Been here awhile

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    The car was what I was thinking as the alternate with the helmet mount. I may have trouble with the suction cup as I have the camo/matt finish and my Zumo mount is not happy with that.

    Thanks for the input!