Why you should NOT buy a Ural motorcycle

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

  1. Spicy McHaggis

    Spicy McHaggis Darth Peach's cracker...

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  2. JoshBMW

    JoshBMW Been here awhile

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    Can one of you Ural dudes help me with a couple of measurements? Trying to see if this will fit in a toy hauler I'm looking at.

    Over all length, nose to tail?
    On the main cycle:
    On the tub:

    Actual width, at widest (guessing driver side bar to outer wheel of tub):
    Tub width wheel to widest portion of the cycle with the handle bar turned (guessing engine guard to outer tub wheel?):

    If the measurements on the web page are right I'm like 2" to long to fit, want to verify it.
  3. claude

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  4. brstar

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    If the hauler is wide enough to fit the sidecar rig but not long enough by a couple of inches then you can try reversing in then turning the front wheel sideways.
    And or removing the front wheel.
    One of Urals claims is their reverse gear.
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  5. JoshBMW

    JoshBMW Been here awhile

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    Ya that's what I was thinking, it looks like it will fit with backed in; there is a enough space between the side car wheel and the actual rear that should work. It looks like it will fit around the Kitchen cabinet section.
    This is the lay out I'm working with:

    [​IMG]

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  6. sloMark

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    @TurTal ......

    Almost reached out to you a few days ago.

    Needed a little help getting my battery out to put in a new one. That plate on mine on top the frame/under the seat is welded on, I guess on some models (new) that plate comes off.....I called Mr. Crawford, he helped (as always, love that dude) I loosened the starter and that gave me the room, all good now.

    I still had the original battery in it from 2008!!!!

    She cranks up real nice now....
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  7. RyeStrom

    RyeStrom n00b

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    I read through this thread because I'm thinking about getting a Ural. I already know they're not the Honda experience the OP seemed to have expected, but I also rather enjoy turning a wrench. I couldn't get past page 4 of this thread without wanting to throat punch the OP. Dude, STFU. Nobody likes a condescending know-it-all.

    Edit...

    I also rarely rarely post here, but this jackassery compelled me to do so for the first time in several years.
  8. alienbogey

    alienbogey Been here awhile

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    Reading this thread a couple of years ago convinced us to get a Ural.

    Bought a new 2015 Retro. Love it.
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  9. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    With over 4000 replies and nearly a million views, this is the 3rd most "popular" Hacks thread of all time. Just sayin'. :pot
  10. billbob412

    billbob412 Been here awhile

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    Same here, after reading through this thread I bought a 2015 CT I have not had one bit of trouble with it,Oh I did replace the final drive seal.It's my go to rig for every day.
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  11. Prmurat

    Prmurat Long timer

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    I knew it was not a good idea to get another Ural....[​IMG]


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  12. billbob412

    billbob412 Been here awhile

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    one more thing , I have a KTM 990A ,before i bought it i read all the posts about all the problems that they were having,so i took one for a test ride, after 5 miles i knew i was going to buy one! On the internet you only here about the trouble people are having.It's good to research any bike your interested in,but if i had listened to all the bs online i wouldn't have these two great motorcycles. Nether of these are hondasuzukiyamaha appliances thats why i like them. :clap
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  13. Sburke

    Sburke Been here awhile

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    I’ve had a fair amount of problems with mine, but knew it wouldn’t be stone reliable. Had some hiccups early on with my local dealer, which really soured the experience for awhile, but they made things right over time and things are good.

    My bike had had a lot of little issues, and it went through a ton of rubber donuts and two driveshafts. Then the final drive exploded. It was full of fluid, just gave up the ghost at 15 mph or so. Dealer replaced the final drive, and driveshaft again, and it never drove better. Something was probably always wrong with it from new, which led to all my issues. Things happen.

    The only thing that is a bummer, is the metal quality and paint quality. My bikes a year old, and every surface is either rusty, or paint peeling away. It’s never seen salt or anything.

    At the end of the summer, someone hit me and the front end needs attention. I haven’t had the time to deal with it until now, and really need to get it squared away so I can start enjoying it again.


    If someone is seriously considering one, just know it’s going to break, and the quality isn’t that great. If you can accept those two things prior to purchasing, you will enjoy it. The bike makes you take a step back, go slow, and just enjoy the ride. You cannot go anywhere without someone wanting to chat, even humans who could careless about motorcycles. Girls absolutely love it, as do dogs.

    It’s a wonderful heap of junk, and I’m still glad I own one.
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  14. Bobmws

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  15. sloMark

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    https://www.amazon.com/Alaska-Labrador-Highway-Gerald-Smith/dp/B004BEOEIA



    Anyone seen this???? Sorry if 205. Looks like it’s from 2006, so duh, his rig can only be 2006 or older.......he’s probly on here and I don’t know it. Gerald Smith.

    I fumbled into it looking for something to watch as I lay here getting my ass kicked by the flu.

    Definitely worth the $1.99 rental. :clap
  16. BMWBUD

    BMWBUD Should be old enough to be better.

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    Isn't that what duck tape if for???
  17. Bobmws

    Bobmws Curmudgeon At Large

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  18. BMWBUD

    BMWBUD Should be old enough to be better.

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    Last year I sold my GS rig. Now, a year later I need a new right hip and can not get my leg over the seat of my R 1150 R. Conversations with DaveBig has helped me decide on a short term solution. A used Ural.

    I'm not interested in anything that needs work as I want to ride, not wrench. [​IMG]

    Since I will sell it when I can once again ride the Beemer, easy resale is important ,which to me means I have to buy it right to sell it quickly. Don't mind traveling a ways to pick one up as I have a trailer. I'm in S. Illinois near St. Louis.

    PM me here if you have something in which I may be interested.





    Old enough to know better.
  19. TurTal

    TurTal Been here awhile

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    Conversations with DaveBig has helped me decide on a short term solution,a used Ural.


    I'm not interested in anything that needs work as I want to ride,not wrench.


    Old enough to know better
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  20. BMWBUD

    BMWBUD Should be old enough to be better.

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