Mr Cob Congratulations on achieving your goal and far more importantly engaging so many readers & riders of other marques that they have, as a consequence of your trip, given the Ural serious consideration, with a number evidently translating into actual sales. IMWA should feel extremely gratified in their "investment". Not least, as you have also given the Ural company global reach through these ADV Rider pages and brought the dream of a Ural combination to many of those who may not have known of it, let alone thought of it. Were I able to get one here in Thailand, I certainly would - provided there was good dealer backup. Something even BMW are failing to do here. However in such a small and status driven market, let alone emission laws that are now based on the toughest of European standards, the Ural will forever be a pipedream. Just to tidy up some outstanding questions in my mind having spent 6-7 hours reading through your tremendous adventure: 1. Can you post an image of your stickered-up sidecar map showing the states you visited please? Was it it your original intent to visit all the lower 48? 2. Having ridden 15 thousand plus miles, what was your average fuel consumption and final fuel bill? 3. Did you ever get an explanation or apology from that one Ural dealer who left you in the lurch? 4. Having been a rider of great Ural adventures & experience with great material & accumulated knowledge, may I suggest you electronically publish in pdf format a "book" along the lines of "Ural Tips & Tales along the Trail" which people can pay to download. It could also contain advertising from those who supported you as well as such fine establishments as White Castle you frequented, and maybe even "MR Jack" himself. 5. How about IMWA offering a “MR Cob prepped Ural” should be for sale through their dealers? For those who would like to take their Urals truly off-road. If anybody is still unaware of Mr Cob’s piloting abilities or the URAL's potential in capable hands just check these vids out from last year’s Black Dog Rally: Mr Cob, drives through the SWAMP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gPNbj08Zcs Mr. Cob climbs the steep hill, "Black Dog" rally http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lwp0wKR8x74 Spot is quite the rally dog! I do hope that IMWA continue to support you by their "permanent loan" of the outfit, as you are providing them with an invaluable return of constant bike & component QC as well essential R&D. The fact that you did a nationwide post delivery inspection and found many of the outfit set-ups wanting, should save them a bunch of money in warranty claims as well as ensuring customer dealer satisfaction - providing IMWA send out a PDI bulletin and possible remedial training. Having read through your report and having been considering a Ural, after seeing it publicised in the Aussie Mag TwoWheels I am left with these thoughts which you may care to comment on. For the healthy future of the Ural I also hope that the factory upgrades their manufacturing standards and only use international standard grade materials & construction. To survive against the East they will have to. China makes a poor copy of the Ural, but their need to improve their QC is probably as great and better funded than the Ural company. IMO it is also important to produce a machine that does not require a service every 2500kms. I would like to add my gratitude to all ADV members [& Mr C's other friends] who helped Mr Cobb make his adventure happen - it was an enlightening & engaging window on the true heart of America & Americans. Thank you one & all. Rhodie Bangkok MR & Mrs C, if you are ever in this neck of the woods, you have an open invitation to stay.