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Ural: 2019 Updates

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Tall Man, Nov 3, 2018.

  1. Tall Man

    Tall Man Antisocially distanced

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    Now evident on their website: https://www.imz-ural.com/2019-ural

    My fearless prognostication here is that the updates are related almost exclusively to improved management of exhaust emissions.

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    CYLINDERS
    • Precision honing for consistent sealing of rings at high temperatures
    • Cylinder bore allowing faster and better break-in resulting in improved oil retention and longer cylinder life.
    • Cooling fins increased in surface area for improved cooling efficiency.
    CYLINDER HEADS
    • Cooling fins increased in surface area for improved cooling efficiency.
    • Exhaust port reduced in length for decreased cylinder head temperature.
    • Optimized intake and exhaust ports geometry for improved flow of gasses.
    • Re-designed cylinder head covers
    PISTONS
    • Gravity cast from NASA388 (aluminum/silica alloy) with superior heat resistance to forged pistons.
    • Teflon inlayed skirt for reduced friction.
    • Hard anodized crown and top ring groove for increased high-temp longevity.
    • Manganese Phosphate coated compression rings.
    • Top ring face inlayed with high-tech plasma-sprayed Molybdenum offering increased durability.
    • Optimized piston ring groove tolerances.
    • Phosphate-coated piston pin.
    FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM
    • All new EFI system utilizing Keihin throttle bodies
    • Electronic idle speed control for better start ability and stable idle speed.
    • Throttle position sensor for improved throttle response.
    • Fuel injector location optimized for increased efficiency.
    • Closed-loop EFI system for better fuel efficiency.
    • System fuel pressure increased for improved fuel atomization.
    • New self-priming, in-tank fuel pump with integrated filter and pressure relief
    • High-efficiency catalysts for reduced pollution without sacrificing power
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  2. BMWBUD

    BMWBUD I couldn't hack it. Back on two wheels.

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    The Euro emission standards are pretty tough. BMW went to water cooling to meet the emission standards there.

    I concur on your fearless prognostication.:-)
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  3. Wambo

    Wambo On the road to nowhere

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    Did you notice the starting price jumped 2 grand?
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  4. JustKip

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    Interchangeable wheels again
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  5. BMWBUD

    BMWBUD I couldn't hack it. Back on two wheels.

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    Can't make those kinds of improvements w/o charging for them. Even BMW has increased prices due to the increases in production/R&D costs for meeting Euro 4 standards.
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  6. Tall Man

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    2018: $16,499.00
    2019: $16,999.00

    Where are you seeing $2K?

    The Canadian price increase is $500.00, also.
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  7. windmill

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    Also,
    "The rims supplied by a new vendor are made from different aluminum alloy and have superior strength and finish."
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  8. RockyMtnRoadRash

    RockyMtnRoadRash Useful and decorative

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    Sure but are they actually, ya know, round? That'd be a hell of a thing.
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  9. windmill

    windmill Long timer

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    None of the alloy rims have been lumpy like the old steel rims.
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  10. SherpaGoon

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    Any changes or policy updates for the dealer network? I keep eyeballing them but the horror stories are driving me away.
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  11. Wambo

    Wambo On the road to nowhere

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    The starting price for a 2018 Ural is $14,499. On the ad for the 2019 Urals, it states that prices start at $16,999. Either they’ve taken a big jump, or the cT may have been dropped from the lineup. If that is the case, we may only be seeing a $500 increase.
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  12. JustKip

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    $14,499 USD/$16,999CAD
    https://www.imz-ural.com/c-t/
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  13. Tall Man

    Tall Man Antisocially distanced

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    I'd suggest that a website update for the 2019 cT is forthcoming, and that its MSRP will increase by a matching $500.00 to $14,999.00.

    We do know that the M70 is being dropped from Ural's lineup after 2018. The updated cT should be online soon.
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  14. Wambo

    Wambo On the road to nowhere

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    OK, the website was updated, so only a $500 increase, and, I assume, means the cT will still be with us. Good news!
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  15. chukzelda

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    So given the choice between a slightly discounted new 2018 or a 2019, is the 2019 worth it?

    Thanks
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  16. TurTal

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    Any improvement on a Ural is worth it
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  17. Tall Man

    Tall Man Antisocially distanced

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    I'm in general agreement with TurTal. In isolation, improvement is in itself a net good. The devil is in the details. That is to say, we remain curious as to how reliable the upgrades prove to be.

    Model Year 2019 is a watershed year, in a manner very similar to MY 2014 (when the original Electrojet FI was first introduced). So, I'm happy to sit back and let the de facto beta testers do their thing, and read what they have to say about all and sundry.
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  18. TurTal

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    I'm going to be ordering 2 new Gear Ups

    I think these updates will make a huge difference in longevity and really improve the overall riding experience while building greater confidence in the new owner

    The engine should now run cooler and maintain its compression resulting in less blow by and lower crank case pressures

    Consistent usable power will be nice

    While I never had any issues with my FI there was definitely room for improvement...so I'm glad they did a complete swap of the system

    Being able to change out any wheel is good news as well as better rims and hubs

    As Ural slowly reaches modern reliability it's gonna cost us

    Even if they hit the $20k to $22k MSRP mark I think it will be worth it

    By then I hope to see a lower 1st gear...Bulletproof final drive....a watercooled 1200cc displacement....tubeless tires and high quality adjustable suspension

    It needs to clean up its Dealer mess as well

    I said along time ago on this forum that Ural was doing everything it could to produce a modern reliable machine while maintaining its old world charm and history


    As much as some would hate to admit it

    From the looks of things It turns out I was right


    Good work Ural....keep at it

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  19. windmill

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    Owning a 2018, and having ridden a 2019, I personally would go with the 2019 if I didnt already own a Ural because it's tangibly "better", but not enough to make me want to trade up my 2018 just to gain a few more HP, 10% better fuel economy, and better off idle throttle response.
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  20. DRONE

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    I rode the new 2019 Gear-Up last weekend at the IMZ-Ural Open House in Redmond. I've never owned a Ural. I've had several opportunities to drive one, though. My longest "test drive" was two years ago on some trails around Moab Utah when I attended the Ural Gathering and drove a couple of different well-sorted Ural rigs. LINK

    Though I understand the appeal these rigs generate, a Ural has never appealed to me personally. Until Saturday. The 2019 Gear-Up did not feel like an antique. The gearbox felt good, suspension was good, steering of course was good, but the surprising thing was the throttle response. Good acceleration from a standing start, and at 45mph in 3rd gear I was able to snap my neck with a hard twist on the throttle. Clearly the bike had plenty more to give above 45mph in 3rd but we were on a 40mph city street (and riding in a group) so I can't say more specifically how much more it had to give. But I sure did like that throttle response, and the motor idled quietly and pulled smoothly.

    I came home from that test drive and actually told Queen Bee that a Ural was no longer NOT a possibility. Though, if you saw my comments about the E-Ural (which I also test rode that day) in the E-Ural thread, you'll know which one really stokes my imagination.
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