I am new here but have been riding cycles for well over 40 years and have a few comments in response to the Ural basher. I do not own a Ural but have a friend locally who does but I have owned Hondas, 2 triumphs, 2 Yamahas and a Suzuki. My son owns or has owned a Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and a Suzuki. Between us we have over 70 years of motorcycling experience. I had a 1 year old Honda that had a crankshaft failure at less than 8000 miles. No dealer in the US had a replacement crank, it had to come from Japan and I waited fron April until October to get it! The bike rusted, as will any bike made of ferrous metals. Nothing new there. The Yamahas I had ate through starters like popcorn. we often had to pull start them with a rope and another vehicle. The Virago I had had an internal oil filter and no dealer EVER had the correct gaskets for it, so access cover always leaked. My son bought a brand new Suzuki GSXR 1100 and the first time it was ridden, uopn stopping it, it would'nt restart-the charging system had failed. He had one of his Yamahas at the local dealer for service, dealer parked it on blacktop lot on a hot day, it sank, fell over and busted off the mirror. Dealer refused to replace the mirror. Any make can have dealers who are less than stellar. My son also had an XL 250 Honda than quit everytime it rained. Water ran into the electrics and killed it-and it was an enduro machine! My Triumphs continually leak, spew, throw oil and generally make a mess. One of the kick starter levers did bust on it as did the guy claim one did on a Ural. On my Bonneville, the internal racketing mechanism on the kick starter failed and locked up. The gas petcocks leak on both, the carbs will flood on occasion and they also will rust. One of them burned thru a set of rings in under 5000 miles which necessitated an engine rebuild-dealer didn't cover that. Valve covers have cracked, both machines have stranded me on the side of the road, they are very unreliable but I still love em. I have a Suzuki Cavalcade which had had its regulator fail, leaving me for dead over 1000 miles from home. It also goes thru expensive tires. Bottom line, after reading through many, many Ural threads on several websites and talking with my frined who owns a Ural, is that they are no worse than any brand motorcycle. (Incidently, my buddy rode his Ural completely around the USA, to all 4 corners, in one year, logging over 20,000 miles and had NO, yes, NO mechanical problems. So, I can see no reason for bashing the Ural to such a degree. To me, they appear no worse or no better than any other make. They do have their place, though, they are not road racers or setup for high-speed, Interstate flyin. Ask yourself how long would a Harley Ultra Glide or Suzuki GSXR1100 last busting thru the mud roads of Russia or Montana for that matter? Or getting back into a good fishing spot over 10 miles of logging roads? Each bike has its own merits for what it is made for. I hope to own a new 2014 Ural in the next 6-12 months. I won't have any problems plunking down my cash.