Is It Possible To Make A Ural Reliable?

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by nicholastanguma, Oct 2, 2014.

  1. Mechanista

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    God! Who resurrected this old dead carcass of a thread!!!
    I just gotta say that my old '07, once I worked all the "bugs" out of it, and the fact that it doesn't have "round" wheels, I would take it anywhere in the world.
    The '19 is even better. It does still have bugs, but I did use to ride old airheads cross-country.
    I love those bikes, but jeezus-krist did I have to do a LOT of roadside repairs in the middle of nowhere.
    We've come a long way, baby!
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  2. rg sw wa.

    rg sw wa. Long timer Supporter

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    Had an ’06 and the only problem I have was wearing out rear tires.
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  3. Fuzzball

    Fuzzball Been here awhile

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    While considering getting a 2020/2021, I've been watching a lot of Heindl Engineering's videos on YT to get to know the Urals, he seems to know his stuff.
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  4. msblu79

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    I've had mine 10 years now and have close to 60,000 miles on it. Following a couple of warranty issues during the first 2 years it has been fine. Last 8 years it has never missed a beat and gotten me everywhere I want to go. ( and home again) :drums
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  5. BWeber

    BWeber Been here awhile

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    No
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  6. Bar None

    Bar None OLD DUDE Supporter

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    Maybe. Actually my only two issues on my previously owned Urals that caused the rides of shame were two flats on the pusher. My soon to be delivered 2021 cT has a spare. Need to add a small jack in case of a sidecar flat and make sure I have all the tools and technique to do the space install.
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  7. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority Supporter

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    Sometimes, maybe. Sometimes maybe not. Most of the time kinda sorta.
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  8. BWeber

    BWeber Been here awhile

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    I went down that rabbit hole once with a 2006 Ural Patrol.
    Put a R90 in it
    Had to upgrade spokes as they started breaking.
    Drive shaft U joings gave out
    Sidecar drive wheel shaft u joints failed
    Lights started failing due to poor quality.
    Front break rotor failed.
    Rear xrive failed

    After all the upgrades any weekend ride still required a couple days to fix stuff. Lights all quit.... etc.....

    A Ural is a Ural, if you want speed or reliability get something else.

    Of course there are a very few out there who did not experience any problems but from what I have seen that is not typical.
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  9. Geno89074

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    YES
    DONT BUY ONE
    (I NEED a 2020....()
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  10. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    Don't you guys know that if you slip Gregor Ivanovitch a few green stamps before it leaves the factory they will put an Eveready Bunny into the motor. Works Great.
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  11. windmill

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    About the only thing the same on a 2020 as your 2006 is the sheet metal.
    Russian made gears, seals, bearings, hardware, electrics, wheels, castings, cables, seats, and paint are all things of the past. Virtually all components are now sourced from mainstream suppliers other motorcycle manufacturers such as Triumph, BMW, KTM, and the big 4 use. While all still very similar in design, all engineering, tooling, tolerances, and materials have been improved.

    Times change.
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  12. BWeber

    BWeber Been here awhile

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    I heard that when I got my 2006. Like all bikes they keep improving.

    I cussed that Ural but it was also the funnest ride I had at the time.

    Trying to turn it into a high speed interstate machine was not a good idea. It was enjoyable for what it was intended
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  13. windmill

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    They do pretty good on the interstate now, a while back I went to a sidecar meet and greet. On the way there I passed another sidecar rig, an absolutely beautiful Suzuki Volusia 800/DMC on I-5. At the meet and greet he said I just blew past him, and he had the throttle pinned.
    My 2018 M70 upgraded to 2020 specs will do 70-75 all day under most conditions, and in a pinch can do 80+ when there's no opposing wind or hills. Still not a freeway flyer, but they can hold their own there, and reliability is the rule rather than the exception now.
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  14. phughes

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    That is an understatement.
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  15. Fuzzball

    Fuzzball Been here awhile

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    I'm on the other side of the planet, and so don't know what the guys reputation is like.

    This is what I got back from a local who had an excellent reputation for building performance engines, mainly SR500s
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    Top end of my W800, with gasket goop on re-used O-rings (including oil circuit), and the bolts of the camshaft bearing retaiting plate left loose, so the cam drive gears pulled in to each other and did that damage. I found all these fuck ups, because the bloke cross threaded a spark plug and I pulled the head to check/repair that damage.


    So yeah, based on nothing but his videos, the Heindl bloke seems to know his stuff.
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