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Discussion in 'Hacks' started by bokad, May 28, 2012.
Yes, he was looking for Tubeless.
Tubeless wheels addresses a major shortcoming!
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.
To carry a pair of monkeys?
That looks familiar. Has anyone found anything better than a bicycle helmet for toddler monkeys?
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.
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
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.
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
This is (at least) the second time this summer that you've spent hours talking with Ski. Don't you live in AZ?
Doesn't really matter where you live sine the invention of this......
I confess that I talk to Gene and Kenny when I call or visit Holopaw Ural.
Leave it to a Nashville guy to know what Ski is! Man I've not seen that since I left home.
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.
The most insightful comment about Urals I've read in this whole thread.
Said by the man trying to sell his BMW rig!
But I'm not selling it to buy a Ural!
I didn't figure you were going to buy another hack since you couldn't hack the hack you had!
I should have bought a leaner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!