Ural solo

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Blue Ridge Wheeltor, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. Blue Ridge Wheeltor

    Blue Ridge Wheeltor Been here awhile

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  2. Birdmove

    Birdmove Long timer

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    Wow. I like it!!

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  3. Wolfgang55

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    The rear DISC brakes is a new & welcome step up from the 50 year drum.

    What size are those tires? Looks like an X moto for those "wild & crazy guys" from the mother country.
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  4. jmctav23

    jmctav23 n00b

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    I checked one out at adirondack Ural in NY a few months ago. They are nice bikes if you like solid, stupid simple, and low tech. They also have several different set-up options (just like the side-car rigs) so you can get whatever look your into as they are all based off the same frame.

    I am quite partial to this set-up:

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  5. toastmuncher

    toastmuncher I be new round here! Ello

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  6. TonyKZ1

    TonyKZ1 Been here awhile

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    I also like the look of the red one posted above. I'd like to have a little more gas mileage/range and a little more hp. However I'd still like to ride one for a while. The stupid simple, low tech concept sounds good also. Probably mostly reliable and easy to repair if something breaks?
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  7. windmill

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    Yes, very easy to work on like an old lawnmower or something, no special tools needed. 10 to 20 minutes to do the valves, a full service in around an hour, cost per service is about $25 if You change all fluids.
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  8. ramon

    ramon weezin' the juice!

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    I like it :deal
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  9. MiteyF

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    The VW bug of the motorcycle world. I love my VW's, and the Urals are sure growing on me!
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  10. Mathias

    Mathias Been here awhile

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    I've said it before: Ural should come up with an official "GS" version. Long suspension travel, large front wheel, big tank, hardcore luggage, and some wind protection.
    I think there is a demand for a low-tech long distance adventure traveler. Mid-80's BMW GS's sell for a lot more than equivalent BMW standards, because there is a demand, but no other supply.
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  11. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    I'd always heard that the sidecar rigs required a bit of, ahem, "tuning" to keep in good working order. I don't know how or why they got this reputation, but would these solo bikes be any different?
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  12. Uncle Ernie

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    Hey Bernie -

    Have to say- if these were around when I got the Enfield, my garage might look different.
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  13. firebrick

    firebrick Been here awhile

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    why dont they make one with an easy detach sidecar? That could be fun.
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  14. NEVERLOST

    NEVERLOST Banned

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    +1 Great idea, but where you get service and parts?


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  15. MiteyF

    MiteyF Long timer

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    Would you want a car with "easy detach" wheels?
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  16. Blue Ridge Wheeltor

    Blue Ridge Wheeltor Been here awhile

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    Hey Mitey,
    If you are as far NW in the US as you can get, you have a great dealer in Bellingham. Ural NW.
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  17. MiteyF

    MiteyF Long timer

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    Yup, I'm in Bellingham. Never been to Ural NW. I'd heard of it, but don't know where it is... for some reason. I need to go check it out! Just go oogle at some of them.
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  18. windmill

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    Because when they were first imported in the early 90's, they were still strictly a product of the failed "workers paradise" and the first "dealer network" was Costco. That should be self explanatory.

    Today it's a whole new ball game, they have come a long way in quality and reliability. Not maintenance free, think airhead era BMW, or Moto Guzzi. The short service intervals are a trade-off for how easy it is to do. I can do the valves in 15 minutes, and a full service in about an hour for around $20. The factory specified oil for engine and transmission is standard automotive 20W-50, no expensive MC oil needed.
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  19. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    Frequent maintenance I can deal with (idle hands), but what about reliability?
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  20. sportmotogear

    sportmotogear Mr. Fancy Pants

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    Don't expect Honda reliability but from following some of your threads El, I think you would be up to any challenge it threw at you. From what I know about them it would be like owning a '60s -'70s era car, reliable but not maintenance free.
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