Why you should buy a Ural

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Biebs, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. daydream

    daydream Adventurer

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    I have a Ducati Monster S2R 1000, a 2010 Triumph Bonneville and a 07 Ural Patrol. Guess which one gets ridden the most? Yes, there are some negatives to the Ural, but the positives far out weight them. It's kind of like that little mole on Cindy Crawfords face. It's a negative, but in a strange way, it accentuates all those wonderful positives!

    In the Ural's case it's imperfections just add character. In this micro chipped, electronically controlled world a little simplicity is appreciated.

    Tom
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  2. hogmaine

    hogmaine Been here awhile

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    So many of us feel the same way

    :beer
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  3. kawzak

    kawzak Adventurer

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    After following Ural for several years on their changes/progress I decided it was time. I had built a hack with an older Honda 750 many years ago to see if we wanted to spend the money on a Ural. It was alot of fun, and my wife loved it. It also showed us we really enjoyed riding it over other motorcycles ( We have had 30 or so over the years).Fast foward to 2012. Now I have Parkinsons. having reverse is a must. My wife and I ride as much as we can.These rigs are just plain fun! I don't mind the extra maintenance, it kinda helps you bond to the machine.
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  4. davide

    davide Been here awhile

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    Very true! Old school bikes "talk" to you in ways that modern, computer controlled machines will never do. After owning them 4 a while, you reach a point in the "relationship" when you know the machine intimately and can predict/correct issues, etc. I always felt that when such a machine is well maintained and properly tuned, there is really nothing that it cannot accomplish provided you ride/drive accordingly and are aware of the limitations...
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  5. YOUNZ

    YOUNZ Been here awhile

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    Is there a recommended list of spare parts to carry, for road side repairs?
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  6. roscoau

    roscoau Been here awhile

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    Duct tape, fence wire...
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  7. windmill

    windmill Long timer

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    If convenience, and no owner involvement were my priorities I would have purchased a Toyota
    . The latest technologies are great in disposable goods like electronics, but in time they become a liability in durable goods. For mechanical things I'll take old school every time.
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  8. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    Yes.
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  9. matman1972

    matman1972 Lost in the woods.

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    I can tell you what I have in mine.
    oil and final drive fluid
    inner tube, I also have the spare wheel on the hack.
    set of wheel Bearings and spacers
    a couple feet of fuel line and some clamps
    full set of cables
    extra led bulbs for signals
    collection of metric bolts
    extra type 3 ignition and coil
    extra set of ignition wires
    gasket sealant
    loctite
    electrical wires and a collection of crimp connectors
    spark plugs
    Drain Plug
    I think that's it...
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  10. matman1972

    matman1972 Lost in the woods.

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    Oh, and wire and duct tape.... Of course...
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  11. mystery jig

    mystery jig Van Gogh's Banjo

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    :freaky

    Exactly! Sold my '96 ST1100 two days ago. I go way, way slower on the Ural and I have way, way more fun.
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  12. Heyload

    Heyload Remastered Classic

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    I like machines that speak to me.

    The Ural shouts.

    Kind of hard to ignore, really.....
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  13. windmill

    windmill Long timer

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    The only spares I carry are,

    Throttle and clutch cables.
    clean air filter.
    Tube,
    Fuses & bulbs.
    If I am going off roading I bring extra tools, oil, and "patch up" materials like epoxy, duct tape, and bailing wire.

    Getting down to it, other than flat tires, I have only had a couple of road side repairs in over 70,000 km.
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  14. planzman

    planzman commie bike rider

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  15. Heyload

    Heyload Remastered Classic

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  16. Byork

    Byork Novice

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    The pictures and videos of "Why you should buy a Ural" have been the most convincing arguments so far :wink:

    Kind of like "A picture is worth a thousand words." Actual words are boring.

    I wish I had a Ural so I could demonstrate.
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  17. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fartografist

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    Question, have the more recently produced Ural rigs (750's) progressed past the once frequent need to tighten or check wheel spokes, uh, frequently?

    Not a bash, by any means, just trying to extinguish a rumor (like, "all KLR's burn oil")

    Not.

    I actually see or perceive, possibly, some parallels between the KLR and Ural, as far as "helps if you are handy or familiar with some tools" type of thing, and the fact or concept that without much brain matter, you can't help but make some part or piece of it better or more reliable (or whittle a new part from a piece of wood and JB weld?)
    :evil
    I want a Ural pretty bad. It's on my list to keep the KLR company, as my budget allows.
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  18. asrvivor

    asrvivor Rabies Cure ????

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    Solution. Upgrade the KLR to this............

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    Then save your pennies for this, hee hee

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    Sorry no answer about the wheels. Just tempting you...........:clap
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  19. jsalman93

    jsalman93 Been here awhile

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  20. windmill

    windmill Long timer

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    I relaced my wheels with the new alloy rims, at first they needed to be tightened like the steel rims, but they now seem to not need anywhere near as much attention.
    The front and sidecar wheels require virtually no tightening, it's mostly the pusher.
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