Why you should NOT buy a Ural motorcycle

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

  1. windmill

    windmill Long timer

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    Man oh man, you got hosed
    I got a Yugo right after they went out of business, 4800 miles on it for $300.

    It was a fun little car to drive, kinda like a go cart and was awesome off road and in the snow. Only thing I ever had to fix was the head gasket, took a couple of hours and cost like $12.

    I much prefer a few minor, easy, low cost repairs every now and then over todays low maintenance "reliable" vehicles that cost a fortune to repair when they do break..........................as they all eventually do.
  2. BinDerSmokDat

    BinDerSmokDat Been here awhile

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    I bought a new Patrol T in 2010.
    Other than the frequent oil changes and a few exhaust flange gaskets (from banging the exhaust on ruts and stuff) it has been very reliable.
    I ride in the Pines frequently and all winter.
    Yes, it is quirky. Yes the oil changes come a little more frequent than I would like.
    Expect to spend about an hour or so sorting out fluid changes and lubing things at regular intervals and after hardcore off-roading/drowning the bike.
    Maybe 2 hours checking all the service items like lube points and adjusting valves at the bigger service intervals.
    Once you know what to look for/do you can reduce those times.

    Yes a Ural based on 70 yeard old technology. Yes quirks and weaknesses pop up from time to time.
    But many users have experienced thousands of mile so trouble free riding.

    The only thing I'd do different is buy used and save myself a few bucks.
    My initial concerns over mechanical breakdowns/warranty prodded me to buy new.

    All the problems I've ever experienced were "user interface" problems.
    "That water isn't THAT deep."
    "Hey guys, watch this!"
    "Oh I was suppose to grease that?"
    "I could use 3WD about now."

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  3. Montague

    Montague UDF Adventurer

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    It's the machine to have in the event of a meteor or other form of apocalypse!
  4. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    That's good! It is exactly what you wrote. With 5000Km's on ours, no problems.
    Must is a spare air filter ready. We are in very fine dust conditions off road here and the filter will clog up as fast as 300~400Km's. [I learned that the hard way!]
    We never had so much fun! :D
    That's the reason you should never buy a Ural! :deal

    Stay well, Ara and Spirit

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  5. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    I wish we had footage of the locals scrambling on Urals after the Meteor hit... Ural area. What a commercial that would be! Priceless.

    Ara and Spirit
  6. grisezd

    grisezd Been here awhile

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    Just wanted to report in that I've just purchased a Ural. I have a few weeks to wait before the misery starts. Looking very much forward to everything that will undoubtably go wrong so I can start my own thread!!!
  7. Montague

    Montague UDF Adventurer

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    You poor blighter, welcome aboard the collective misery of Ural ownership.

    Enjoy!
  8. airspro

    airspro Been here awhile

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    That made me lol :) :rofl

    best
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  9. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    Even Spirit is feeling bad for you!

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    Russian Music and all! :rofl

    Ara and Spirit
  10. a2ronm

    a2ronm Been here awhile

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    I got mine! New-to-me 2005 Gear Up

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  11. Bar None

    Bar None Long timer

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    a2ronm,
    That is a nice looking rig. Congrats.
  12. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    Your videos quite well done and unique.

    Don't stop. :deal
  13. Roaming Vic

    Roaming Vic n00b

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    This thread was very entertaining and informative. And long. I can say my Ural left me stranded with a busted final drive and another time with a failing coil. That being said my daughter and I still plan on a short tour this summer when she gets home from Korea. We both love this bike, an 07 Gear up. :clap
  14. RickH

    RickH Adventurer

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    Don't buy a Ural or you'll be seized with an uncontrollable urge to go play in the snow...
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  15. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    Yes! Incredible fun in snow... We were never able to do this with one-wheel drive.
    Stay well, Ara and Spirit
  16. FR700

    FR700 Banned

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    You Sir are a good man , nice to see another happy dog :thumb


    Have fun.



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  17. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    Thank FR700. Rescued 8 years ago. 24/7 since. He was 2 days away from going on to the other side. We have truly rescued each other. [​IMG]

    Stay well.
    Ara and Spirit
    www.TheOasisOfMySoul.com
  18. gec343

    gec343 Been here awhile

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    "Rescued each other", how very true. My Pug is a therapy dog, but in reality, has provided more therapy to me than anyone else. Also, Pugsley rides on my Wing's pillion seat, strapped and harnessed. he loves it. Dogs have a soul, no doubt in my mind.:gerg

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  19. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    Some might think this is going off subject maybe, but truly it is not.
    Ural means +Dog [for some as us]. It is truly the ONLY reason I got into sidecars. So very true Dogs have Soul and more. Some laugh when I say I have learned so much from him, being in the "moment", no "worries" and so much more. Of course Life on the Road revolves around him. "No shade, no stop" and more rules we must adhere to. Yet again, it is with the Ural that we can get to the places where we are comfortable, him being off the leash [he has a Bear Bell], isolated areas where we can camp for as long as we want. All is such a win win situation.
    Thanks for your words. They resonate nicely.
    Ara and Spirit
  20. hzoltaan

    hzoltaan Adventurer

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    :p I bought a sidecar after we go the dog (also rescued from a dog-pound). Unfortunately he hates riding. :) Since the woman in the family feels unsafe in a 3m radius of a bike, the sidecar sits in storage waiting to be sold. :/