Why you should NOT buy a Ural motorcycle

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

  1. Kristof Granit

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  2. JustKip

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    Tubeless wheels addresses a major shortcoming!
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  3. 9990

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    Yeah, I knew what you really meant, probably shouldn't have pointed it out. Sorry.
    That's one of the things I hate about Urban Dictionary- they make everything sexual or offensive... or offensively sexual. I mean, sex is great and all, but does every blooming entry have to have a rude, crude meaning? Feels very high-school-ish.

    Anyway. Back to the main question, right? To Ural or not to Ural?

    I must admit I'm finding myself more and more tempted... life in the slow lane, with company. Very tempting.
  4. Bar None

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    To carry a pair of monkeys?
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    That looks familiar. Has anyone found anything better than a bicycle helmet for toddler monkeys?
  6. slogo3

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    I am considering the purchase of a 2017 Ural gear up or patrol and I'm wondering if they have some off the same problems as the older units.
  7. TurTal

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    There's really no comparison between an EFI and a carby

    The new models seem light years ahead in almost everyway

    With that said.....failures are still popping up that shouldn't be

    I was speaking with Ski for a couple of hours on Saturday and we were talking this very subject

    There have been some final drive casing failures and bolt shearing complaints on the 2wd models

    Fuel sensor failures and a few irritating things here and there on all models


    Ski does a lot of rigs and even though some of this is happening he says the numbers on warranty claims are low and failures are the exception and not the rule

    So yes you could buy a new one and maybe have a failure of some kind but the percentages are in your favor that you wont

    Keep in mind that some of these problems may have been avoidable

    Its hard to know what the owner is or is not doing in the way of preventive maintenance or if the owner is driving the rig beyond its limitations

    Some dealers are to blame for not setting the rigs up properly and some flat out don't know what the hell their doing


    I've been very impressed with my new models and will never go back to any model pre 14

    Outside of a leaky fuel pump on my 14...which I was told by IMWA I'm the first to have that happen to... I've literally had zero issues

    Our 2016 CT has had no issues of any kind in 20k

    If I had a complaint it would be the exhaust

    Imho they need to toss that heavy hunk of shit and slap a nice lite weight 2 into 1 on all models

    I've got my eye on a 2018 and I wont hesitate to pull the trigger on one




    Most of the negatives about Ural are from folks who've never owned one but think they know about them

    Have owned one but couldn't live with the limitations of the machine...not fast enough

    Had one and loved it until it started having problems and they simply couldn't fix it on their own

    Live hours from a dealer and trailering and waiting for a month to get their new rig back soured them pretty quickly on the deal



    Some of Urals bad rap has been well earned and they have caused their own problems to be sure

    New owners definitely have a right to be pissed about it

    Some solve the problems and move happily on enjoying their rigs with little to no trouble afterwards

    Some just walk away


    That's what probably causes apprehension for a potential owner

    Wondering which one he will end up becoming




    But you're never gonna find out if you overthink it

    Could go Good....Could go Bad........just like anything else in life





    Happy Ural hunting

    Cheers!




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  8. slogo3

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    Thank you for your insight on the new Urals. One of the reasons i have been hesitant is that I am 77 years old and don't need problems with a bike. Im just getting a little old for two wheels. I currently have a Honda CRF250L and still ride but if Im by myself and drop it, Its a little difficult to get it back upright. According to my son, If I get the Ural I can carry an ice chest with cold refreshments in it.

    Gary
  9. TurTal

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    That is a tough decision

    Cold beer.......I mean refreshments.....are one of many benefits of owning the mighty Ural

    But a breakdown or having to wrench on it may prove to be a real problem if physical limitations are the case

    Not a deal breaker as there are many well seasoned folks in their 70s and 80s that ride Urals

    I'm sure they just adjust to doing things slower and differently than they used to...and the Ural is perfect for slow and different

    May I suggest seriously considering the 2017 Ural CT

    It's a Fantastic little rig for the 1st timer who wants to poke along and smell the roses

    Its lite...handles well...sits low and is reasonably priced @ $14,500.00

    Sometimes a leftover 2016 or a lightly used one will pop up for a song






    Cheers





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  10. JustKip

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    This is (at least) the second time this summer that you've spent hours talking with Ski. Don't you live in AZ?
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  11. TurTal

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  12. BMWBUD

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  13. Bar None

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    Leave it to a Nashville guy to know what Ski is! Man I've not seen that since I left home.
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    I regularly see Bergman 650's with sidecars for sale in the fleabay thread, offered as an alternative to the CT which I would not hesitate to own. I understand the aging equation which was a consideration when I began seriously contemplating hacks. Weight/mass in motion is a consideration for me. Ural specific forum frequently has almost new bikes being sold by remorseful buyers but frequently after they spend thousands on farkles, another fine example of the "investing in motorcycles" conundrum.
    Ural is a fun bike, mine was mechanically dependable and a daily driver/ grocery getter/ joy ride. Lots of folks knock them but understanding and using it within its limitations can yield years of pleasure. If you want to run hard and fast on/off road buy more wrenches.
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    The most insightful comment about Urals I've read in this whole thread.
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  17. Bar None

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    ^^^^^^
    Said by the man trying to sell his BMW rig! :lol3:lol3:lol3
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  18. BMWBUD

    BMWBUD Cancer SUX, Life is Good

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    But I'm not selling it to buy a Ural! :lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3
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  19. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    I didn't figure you were going to buy another hack since you couldn't hack the hack you had!:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3
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    I should have bought a leaner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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