Why you should NOT buy a Ural motorcycle

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by bokad, May 28, 2012.

  1. ked

    ked Been here awhile

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    you're right. i had it "correct" on other forums. somehow i messed it up here.

    now if i can figure out how to change it!:eek1

    ked:clap

    PS: Done!
  2. white_bear

    white_bear Adventurer

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    What is all that smooth stuff under your Ural? There wasn't a heck of a lot of that in Siberia on the Trans-Sib. :D
  3. vnp514

    vnp514 Been here awhile

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    Better? :lol3

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    Pete
  4. Audaciter

    Audaciter Long timer

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    Only if you have an "after" shot. :lol3
  5. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    I don't think I've ever seen a Russell seat on a Ural before. Is it built on the stock bench seat pan?
  6. Bar None

    Bar None Long timer

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    Did you find out how deep? Yep, need to see an after photo.
    Kinda a shame to get such a nice looking rig dirty but ...
  7. vnp514

    vnp514 Been here awhile

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    Sorry, no after photo. It was a bit deeper than I thought but the "mighty Ural" plowed right through. :evil

    Pete
  8. vnp514

    vnp514 Been here awhile

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    I believe so. Rig was set up for me by Raceway down in Oregon.

    Pete
  9. hsblue

    hsblue Been here awhile

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    I had a Rick Mayer seat built on my Ural seat pan. It was wonderful. His brother Bill also has a mc seat business. Their daddy was the guy who designed the Day Long seat. So you can't go wrong with either.

    Rich Maund near Norfolk used to active in seat building. I am not sure he still is. This is the last I found on the 'net http://sovietsteeds.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=10229

    Henry
  10. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    Wow..wonder how Rick M. is doing haven't heard from him in ages.
    Oh....Deep don't matter once things get cold enough.
  11. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    Bobby Riddle (hdflame) in NC makes some good ones too.

    Sent from the voices in my head and transcribed by their drinking buddy...
  12. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad n00balicious

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    I had Bill Mayer build the seat on my current rig. There is much to be said for being able to fine tune and personalize the fit of a seat while it is being built! Bill uses your seat pan with his foam & leather.
  13. white_bear

    white_bear Adventurer

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    Believe it or not I crossed sections of the Trans-Siber Highway that looked similar to this photo - only wider as in 3.62 lanes driven by Russians as 6.7 lanes. They "round up" if you know what I mean - sometimes affecting paint and metal. :D

    YMMV
  14. Bambi

    Bambi Been here awhile

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    Hello Marv,
    as I just see you posting here: You've stopped reading your private mails, didn't you? Especially mine, better said our's ...
    Regards, Bambi
  15. norton(kel)

    norton(kel) vintage

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    Tell me what I should know about a 2011 Patrol, prior to buying one.
  16. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    It is Russian and will require frequent maintenance. Follow through with the frequent maintenance and you'll be a happy camper.

    If it have extremely low miles, then there is a good chance that the PO didn't do that maintenance, parked it, and put it on the market after it sat for a while in the garage unmoved.

    Sent from the voices in my head and transcribed by their drinking buddy...
  17. vetsurginc

    vetsurginc Been here awhile

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    Mine is over 20,00km now and no major problems. I service at 2500k intervals as recommended. Battery still original and in good shape thanks to huge alternator output. You also have to like travel in the slow lane. I tend to run at 55-60 most of the time, although it will pull 65 on the highway without hurting itself (MPG suffers though). My dog loves the sidecar rides!

    Check out sovietsteeds.com for lots of info on Urals.

    The 2014's will have fuel injection and disc brakes all wheels. But big bucks.
  18. graygoat657

    graygoat657 Been here awhile

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    If you feel like the PO is someone who looks after their machines, do some short rides around the neighborhood or around town to get used to handling dynamics, and how the machine behaves in general. These bikes have a personality and you should get to know it. Take an afternoon and inspect valves (adjust if needed) and head bolt torque. Then empty and replace all fluids (its easy, and then you will know for sure what's in there). Pull the spark plugs to make sure everything is happy in the mixture department. Check and familiarize yourself with tire pressure settings. Create an account on sovietsteeds.com. Book mark myural.com.
    Shop for Russian farkles (ammo cans, jerry cans, shovels, machine gun mounts, etc.)
    Make up excuses to ride the Ural rather than using the car.
  19. SilkMoneyLove

    SilkMoneyLove Long timer

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    If you have never driven a sidecar before, I would ask the owner to pilot you around while you sit in the sidecar for a quick spin.
    This will give you a sense of the engine sounds and a sense of appropriate corner speeds before you take a turn at the controls.

    Trans clunk into gear is normal but shouldn't grind. Flex disc should not be cracked or aged too bad on a 2011 but it is a wear item to go over.

    Ask and note any work the PO had done.

    There are lots of reasons people sell rigs but the number one is they want the money because they don't use it enough to justify the huge amount of space the rig takes up.

    I sold my rig because my daughter is old enough for 2 wheels.
  20. Wolfgang55

    Wolfgang55 Long timer

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    As far as checking head torque, NO ONE is going to do any torque check on the heads until they buy the rig. Zero need. You want to taste the fluids, go ahead.
    As for taking a test ride, only in a pasture. Have seen to many OOPS !! by riders who think they have a handle on the ''sidecar thing''.

    Have learned from other's genorosity.

    Have no issuess w/ taking anyone interested in sidecars for a ride. Have taken many hours talking w/ owners & non riders about the pure fun of Urals.

    Don't much care much for the ''upper management'' warranty is way to selective, here in the USA, but the rigs are sound & can be home fixed.

    Don't trust Ural's expressed BS warranty.