Why you should NOT buy a Ural motorcycle

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

  1. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority Supporter

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    Gasoline here in the USA weighs 6.8lbs/gal so that's only 27.2 additional lbs. That being said, I can think of more than one reason to NOT have all of that fuel (and weight) up front and some of my reasons would include physics. The physics and safety issues of having that fuel located there are not exclusive to Urals.
  2. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    Actually, Strong, the guy said above it's 10 gallons so they must be 2.5 gal Roto's (there are 4 of them) giving him 10 gallons or 68 lbs of extra gas. So my guesstimate of 50 lbs was too low!

    The guy who posted the pic is free to carry his extra fuel anyway he wants. Not for me to say. I'm guessing that he has not experienced his pusher going airborne because he has enough tongue weight on that trailer to keep his pusher planted. In other words, the trailer tongue weight is counterbalancing the 68 lbs. I posted my first comment about this simply because I was concerned that some noob would see that pic and say "Aha! What a perfect place to carry extra fuel!"
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  3. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    ^^^
    Assuming the trailer is always on while the fuel is hanging off the front. Otherwise, it's a catastrophe waiting to happen.
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  4. High Octane

    High Octane Long timer Supporter

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    What he said.
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  5. MojaveSidecar

    MojaveSidecar Been here awhile

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    Ouch...
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  6. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer Supporter

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    I have had the pusher wheel come up a couple of times and it is not very confidence inspiring. :lol3 OK more like :p3rry
  7. BMWBUD

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

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  8. Bar None

    Bar None Long timer Supporter

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    Could be one hell of a fireball.
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  9. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority Supporter

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    I did my calcs based on your question (are those 2-gal Rotopax?) and a very quick glance. With a bit closer look it appears that he has both a 2 gal and a 3 gal on each side. So your 68lbs is correct.
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  10. RomaDakota

    RomaDakota Experts agree!! Supporter

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    I have done quite a bit of sliding and drifting with my Dnepr. On a hard left turn the sidecar wants to dive with NOTHING in it or on the nose. I cannot image that much weight up there. I generally get a chuckle when anything is bolted to the nose of these things.
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  11. Tom48

    Tom48 Long timer

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    I have a 06 Ural. No major problems. Some have issues, but mine will be my last.
  12. Bar None

    Bar None Long timer Supporter

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  13. edmKC

    edmKC n00b

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    After going through two Hall sensors from Ural, I bought a few of part number CYHME1AV here: http://www.hallsensors.de/Hall-Vane.htm

    I just used the plug from one of my failed sensors. The wires are the same colour so I just soldered like to like. Works well and cost about $15CAD so WAYYYY cheaper than Ural.
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  14. tbird649

    tbird649 Been here awhile

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    Brilliant!!! Thats exactly what I was looking for a couple of years ago when mine failed. Found the equivalent sensor on several sites, but always discontinued or out of stock. I will order a spare. Thanks for posting.
  15. mangizmo

    mangizmo Adventurer

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    Great post, I just knew there must be an alternative, thanks :-)
  16. JoshBMW

    JoshBMW Been here awhile

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    Well I screwed up. Put $ down on a shiny terra-cotta red one. I’ll post when I pick it up.
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  17. MGV8

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    I always carry two Roto's but on the rear of the Ural car. I like the weight out board. Totally different subject as I ran into an interesting issue with our ferry system. ( BC ) The Gal wasn't going to let me on because I had two fuel cans. Apparently one container up to 25 litres. Asked me to leave one behind. Luckily the Harley guy ahead offered to carry it for me, cause I wasn't going to leave a hundred dollar roto behind. Really makes no sense but rules are rules I guess.
    Back to regular lurking
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  18. Bar None

    Bar None Long timer Supporter

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    You will be fine. Had two Urals over a 6 year period and only issue was two flat pusher tires.
    Probably outta start a new thread for your new rig, just saying. 2018 or 2019 ?
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  19. gec343

    gec343 Long timer

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    Congratulations on ordering the new Ural. I've had my 2019 Gear Up for just over 3 months, 2600 miles. No issues and I absolutely love the rig. Pugsley loves it even more!

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  20. knuckle

    knuckle Been here awhile

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    You will like that terra-cotta red. I had a cT that color. I think it is one of the better colors they have come out with.
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