Ural-a-ling the USA, Mr. Cob goes on tour

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Mr. Cob, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy Karl,

    Thank you for your words here on the ride report and for your most thoughtful and appreciated PM. Be well my Brother, you have earned it. :devildog
  2. hyperboarder

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    Phew, 2 weeks after starting the report I finally finished it! Great report, I enjoyed every minute of it. It's funny seeing the little connections too, I met Paula (prairierider) about a year back, the pics of her turned on a little light bulb that led me on a dig through old PM's to remember why I recognized her. I traded my 08 KLR for an 04 Tourist last summer (I wish I could give you credit, but it was just happenstance and good timing) and I'm finally getting less intimidated by it, they're really not overly complicated machines. If only I could track down a reasonably priced tool kit to replace my MIA one :D.

    One question that I don't recall seeing answered (though I may have skimmed over it) is how many times did you (and do you as you're still riding) actually use the 2wd? Not gonna lie, the thought of upgrading to a Gear Up or Patrol has crossed my mind a few times. The Ural is the only rig my wife has ever been comfortable (possibly even happy) riding in/on, so I think keeping one in the garage is definitely worth the space, just trying to figure out which one it should be. The Tourist is a dealer model (has all the 05 upgrades, I believe it started it's life at Logan's), so it's definitely a new enough one to warrant keeping for a long time, but I keep getting the 2WD itch.

    Also, have you ever run into any hacks with roll bars installed? I've been told by the wife that should I ever want to take our daughter (who is a whopping one month old, gonna be a bit) on a rid, it'll need a seat belt and a roll bar. The fallback is taking it to a local welding shop, but as you are our resident Ural expert I thought I'd check with you to see what you've seen.

    Anyway, keep up the good work, I'm off to peruse your latest ride report. If you're ever in the Fort Collins area I'd be happy to offer up the guest room (it comes with a Great Dane and a Mastiff so you'll get your dog fix) as well as buy you dinner and a couple beers. Take care,

    Geoff

    EDIT - After reading the first post of the Euro-Uraling thread, I'm intrigued by the engine guard and skid plate, can you post or PM me prices and more info?
  3. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy Geoff,

    Thanks for your kind words concerning the RR, glad you enjoyed reading it.

    Whilst on the USA tour I only used two wheel drive twice as it was for the most part a paved road ride. I used it once in Arizona when foolishly following the GPS into a very bad DEEP SAND washed out road, and again in the northeast when doing something stupid like driving the rig over huge rocks along a river side. Both of those episodes could have been easily avoided. However whilst doing my usual type of Ural riding, mountain logging roads, SNOW, mud, ruts other types of nasty stuff I probably use the two wheel drive about 5% of the time, sometimes for only a few yards, sometimes for a few miles it all depends on the terrain and road-trail conditions. For my use two wheel drive is a MUST HAVE, I don't need it often but when I need it, I NEED it.

    As to the roll bars and seat belts, I have only seen a couple rigs with roll bars and seat belts, this is something that I really don't have any experience with so I honestly don't have an opinion one way or the other, do what YOU feel is best for you and your family.

    Concerning the skid plate and left side crash-bar, I don't build the skid plate any more as the price of steel has gone up to the point where I can't afford to build it and still make a decent profit, the crash-bar I still build but to do so I have to build it on the rig, every Ural is a bit different and to ensure that the crash-bar fits perfectly I have to fit it to the individual rig.

    Thanks for the invitation to visit, if I am in the area I'll do my best to contact you ahead of time so we can get a chance to meet. :deal
  4. Ed Teach

    Ed Teach Been here awhile

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    Howdy Mr. COB

    Just finished reading your ride report. It's been a pleasure to read it and it has provided me a more accurate view of your country. Thank you very much.
    I hope someday I could cross the pond and tour the USA:D
  5. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy Ed,

    Thanks for reading the RR I am glad you enjoyed it. I had hoped that reading the RR would give those across the pond a different view of the USA then what they get in the newspapers and on the TV, my recent trip to the UK, France and Belgium sure opened my eyes about Europe and the folks who live there. If you should make to my side of the pond and find yourself in the Great Nor-Wet, do try to make contact. :deal
  6. crxandwagovan

    crxandwagovan Adventurer

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    Took me two days but i finally finished reading your trip, all i can say is wow you did what most of us dream of doing i hope one day i can do it and have as much fun as you.
  7. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy crxandwagovan,

    Welcome to ADV-Rider, thanks for your kind words concerning the RR. :D
  8. racer23

    racer23 Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    bump
  9. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy racer23,

    Welcome to Adv-Rider, thanks for the bump, hope you enjoyed the ride report.
  10. racer23

    racer23 Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    Just want you to know your RR is still selling new rigs for Ural. Based on you RR I decided the newer bikes were reliable enough to give 3 wheeling a try. I bought a 2011 orange Patrol.
  11. acesandeights

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    Mr. Cob,

    Just wanted to say I've heard mention of you a few times and didn't know who you are, even though I've been on the forum for a while. I just kept seeing a reference to Mr. Cob (I guess it was because of the types of threads I was reading off and on). I noticed this thread bumped to the top and started reading, and reading, and reading. A few days later I was on page...I don't know, but I'm here, now, posting. To get to the point, wow. This is the kind of thread I come here to read. This is the reason I've considered a hack/Ural. This is the reason my brother has been making a point of going to the local Ural dealer to check them out, over and over. So I want to say thanks for a very well thought out ride report. It definitely promotes the brand and brings new riders into the fold.

    On a side note, how long have you been in Granite Falls? You're obviously younger than my father, but he graduated from Granite Falls High School in 1950. Do you know any of the OLD timers there (people that have been there 50 years)?
  12. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy racer23,

    Thanks for your post and WELCOME to the wacky wonderful world of Ural's. :clap:clap:clap
  13. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy acesandeights,

    Thanks for your post to this thread, I am glad you have enjoyed the ride report as I sure had a great time doing the ride that inspired it. If you get a Ural I am sure you'll be well pleased with it, there are NOT fast, they are FUN. :deal
  14. guns_equal_freedom

    guns_equal_freedom Long timer

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    Mr. Cob!
  15. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    What the fuck Joey, you just now reading this ride report, I posted it 8 years ago.:lol3

    Dave
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    guns_equal_freedom Long timer

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    It popped up in a search I was doing. ;-)
  17. Cody3232

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    Dave,
    I finally took the time to read this complete ride report. My wife keeps looking at me like I am some possessed fool. She might be right!!
    Okay, now to plan the WA BDR late July or early-mid August. When the weather clears a little I will call you and we should meet somewhere around Arlington or somewhere and hit the roads for a day.
    Later,
    Keith
  18. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy Keith,

    Sounds like a plan to me.

    Dave