Why you should NOT buy a Ural motorcycle

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

  1. sloMark

    sloMark Long timer

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    Don't buy a Ural, yer kids will make you haul them to deck hockey in it and show their friends. It's just horrible, seeing these happy kids.........
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  2. Bar None

    Bar None Old School Dude

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    ^^^^^^^^
    Had to look it up on the net!
    Street hockey (also known as dek hockey, ball hockey, and in some parts of Canada road hockey)
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  3. retroone

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    Sidecarjohn is just Mad because Toxic Britney got shut down. LOL
  4. Sidecarjohn

    Sidecarjohn SidecarJohn

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    At risk of further commentary from the troll, please explain "Toxic Britney got shut down".
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  5. gspell68

    gspell68 Long timer

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    What he said.
    I have a new Indian Scout which is arguably one of the awesomest motorsickles ever made.
    However, I'd trade it in an instant for a semi-reliable 1950-60-ish Ural/Dnepr sidecar rig...
  6. gspell68

    gspell68 Long timer

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    Riding a Ural/Dnepr is a conflicted experience best described as...
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  7. retroone

    retroone Long timer

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  8. Tarka

    Tarka Strangely strange. Oddly normal.

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    Not sure if headmaster has gone from calling me the jester to calling me the troll,but even if he does mean me,at least I'm going to help him enjoy his evening cocoa better by explaining to him that the meaning of that quoted message is.......a thread in the Jo Momma sub forum which was titled " Toxic Britney" has been closed.
    The inference being that headmaster is now somewhat crusty and cranky due to a lack of fresh fap material. :D
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  9. JustKip

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  10. Sidecarjohn

    Sidecarjohn SidecarJohn

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    Wow, self recognition is a virtue, for which I congratulate the troll. However, curious how with his machinery choice I'm considered to be "somewhat crusty and cranky". Maybe cocoa is also a troll beverage.
    By the way, whilst on topic, how about troll explaining the "Headmaster" title to everyone, and risk showing his ignorance.
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  11. Tarka

    Tarka Strangely strange. Oddly normal.

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    :D
    He's Googled and found a sense of humour.
    :D

    Hmmm,he found a hint of a sense of humour but lacks my apparent self recognition skills.
    I'll answer this seeing as it's my last posting in this little tangent we've gone off onto.
    Your headmaster tag was due to the tone of your post about closing the thread based purely on your own view and angled as if you were consulting with or delegating the task to the moderator from a superior standing.
    That,allied with your persistence in using a bolder or coloured font style,indicating or at least implying how you feel the need to be seen or in virtual terms 'heard' more than others while lecturing us on what you believe.

    Anyway,here ends the tangent.
    Back to why folk 'shouldn't' buy a Ural.
    Which we all know is why they should buy one.

    And good to see the headmaster using a regular font. :D :D
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  12. Prmurat

    Prmurat Long timer

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    Pissing contest off for now??? About time! 45 is looking for new advisors... me thinks you should both apply: you’ll be home there with yours personal attacks and not really fascinating verbiage (and it would give us vacations time!).


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  13. Sidecarjohn

    Sidecarjohn SidecarJohn

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    Agreed.
  14. F650Dakar_Norway

    F650Dakar_Norway What off-season?

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    Kinda funny to read this thread, comparing it to my own experience with a lemon of a Guzzi 1000 SP2 I bought spring 1986 - with the illusion of getting a reliable touring motorcycle. I sold it after one and a half season - after multiple quality control related factory caused issues and lots of wrenching - and bought a Honda VF1000F2 that I had 7 years without a hickup whatsoever.

    The same overbearing, patronizing attitude from other Guzzi owners as some fanatic Ural owners show here towards the OP and others having had real quality issues with their russian bikes.

    My own experience with a Russian manufactured motorbike was the IZH 350 Planeta w/sidecar I owned the period 2003-2006. It was a 1997 model, bought unused, and it simply stopped working after three salty Norwegian winter seasons. The fuse box simply dissolved into powder, and after seizing twice and several wheel bearing failures it decided to stop working alltogether. I gave it away to a collector, and would never consider buying a Russian or Italian manufactured motorcycle again. I´ll never forget the sight of oval, misshaped bearing balls falling out from the failed wheel bearings. An easy fix, simply exchange with proper SKF bearings. The failing electrical wire harness was another story. Unfixable and beyond repair.

    IMHO quality is a measurable value set, and technical breakdowns due to failing quality control at the assembly line can hardly be debated as owner mistake or -responsibilty. If you buy a «monday vehicle» as we say here in Norway - it should not be blamed at the buyer - as some brand afficionados feverishly attempt to do.

    Would I buy a Ural after my IZH experience? Certainly not. I have other ways of spending my time than being bogged down in mechanical issues caused by poor QC and poor metal quality issues ;-)


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  15. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    I/we had one. Married at the time. A late 90's model.
    It was fun to ride. Everyone loved it. I loved riding and she loved driving it.
    PITA to own.
    It sounds like they have come a long ways, but you have to use them for what they were ment for.
  16. Heyload

    Heyload Bent but not broken

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    I would love to have a Ural, but then I know full well what it entails. If I had a house with a garage to work on it and maintain it, I'd do it in a heartbeat. I enjoy tinkering and fiddling and tweaking cantankerous and fussy mechanical vehicles, as long as I don't have to rely on them as my sole means of transportation. It's always a source of personal pleasure when I can sort out an issue or come up with a creative fix. I think a Ural more than adequately fits the bill in that regard.

    As it is now, though, owning a Ural is way down on the list of priorities. But some day....
  17. pidgey

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    Tale of two Urals. (mine)

    2007 Patrol, relatively trouble free over the 45,000km that I owned it. Hall sensor went tits up, that's about it.
    2010 Patrol, came with the following faults brand new from the factory via the dealer.
    1) Bad FD pinion seal
    2) Speedo worked for about a week. Badly machined drive from the tranny
    3) Powder coat which started flaking off almost immediately.
    4) Poorly welded oil slingers on crank which disintegrated and wrecked the motor.
    5) rear wheel developed cracks around the spokes thru normal use.

    Buying one of these beasts is a total crap shoot. You get a reasonably reliable one or a total piece of shit. For the same dough better to hang a chair on a KLR or GS650.
  18. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    You can even put a chair on a HD 883 and have a good rig for not much money.
  19. Dirtyairhead

    Dirtyairhead Vintage

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    I almost bought a ural. Been on bmw airheads for 30 years. Currently on a 1992 r100gs. Then read other people's posts and decided to buy a transmoto bimmer 102s . Still in the assembly and adjustments stage. 20170925_171534.jpg I told the seller and he said "good choice "
  20. DRONE

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    Just a suggestion--instead of posting in this thread, take a bunch of pictures of the assembly then start your own build thread. I think there are a lot of us that would like to see up close the details of a Trans-Moto frame, struts, suspension, wheel and axle. With a dedicated thread, we could ask questions and get a really good look at your new rig. The Hacks forum has very little info on Trans-Moto, and most of what it has is 2nd hand.
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