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I bought a Ural
« on: April 08, 2021, 03:36:34 PM »
Hello Folks, I have been interested in a Ural for years, and a good deal on a very gently used , one of the last carburated units with 2 wd came up for sale in Arizona, and I could not resist. I have been spending the last 3 weeks going through it all, and sorting it out, like I always do when I get a new(used) bike. A couple of things I have found out.This machine makes my Eldorado feel like a Goldwing, but its super easy so far to wrench on, valve adjustments are very much Guzzi like, and lubricant changes, and basic maintenance like spline lubing is very straight forward as well.
  Its slow, and agricultural, and seems overbuilt. I think its gonna get along with the  Guzzis in my garage just fine, so far they are still in the "butt sniffing" stage! :grin:
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Re: I bought a Ural
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2021, 04:35:30 PM »
I think they are cool bikes, especially with a sidecar attached. I would think they could be limited to some applications and perfectly suited for others. Maybe perfect for around town riding with a K9 Pal or evening cruises around the country side. However, I donít want to have much of an opinion having never owned or ridden one but I would think it may be a little lacking as a cross country touring machine that had to go 500 mile days on the slab at 70+ mph. This is simply a thought with no experienced backing and would be a great topic to explore.
 

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Re: I bought a Ural
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2021, 05:31:45 PM »
Not the machine for 70 mph rides anywhere.
But I found all the suitable roads between Massachusetts and Florida and have made the run 3 times. Also been up through bit of Canada and around the Rio eastern Great Lakes. Etc....

Can't be beat as a camping base. You bring the big tent and heater, small table, stove, any clothes you want and pretty much anything else you figure would make it more comfortable.

You cruise all day at 55. Pull over wherever you choose. Don't have to worry about 2 wheels and a sidestand. Road construction, just smile and cruise through. Finally park wherever you want on your campsite. Don't have to worry about pushing backwards or an awkward turn to exit in the morning. Just reverse and go.

Oh! Snow, frozen lakes and other winter stuff aren't reasons to end your trip or season. Wet metal grate bridges, no problems.

Bought the rig for my winter commute. (Stopped using cars). Hated it for the first 1,000 miles. Have loved it for the next 53,000 miles.

It gets on well with the two Geese. Each has a condition in which it is the best choice of tools.

And if you aren't used to sidecar you will experience body movement on all axes. Not all the wheels get the same bumps. You rock outboard on turns. You don't roll along, you trundle along. Just relax and enjoy the motion.


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Re: I bought a Ural
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2021, 06:55:32 PM »
Hey Rick, Congrats on the new rig, I think you'll love it  :thumb:

There is a local handicapped rider with a Ural rig who is legendary, he goes out in weather and traffic conditions that I would be afraid to tackle with my car, lol. I think he's convinced a few other riders to make the switch, they are like rolling base camps.

Wishing you many safe miles and smiles
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Re: I bought a Ural
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2021, 06:55:32 PM »

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Re: I bought a Ural
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2021, 07:35:29 PM »
Pretty neat - are parts etc easy to get, like a Guzzi?

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Re: I bought a Ural
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2021, 07:43:43 PM »
Pretty neat - are parts etc easy to get, like a Guzzi?

Mark
A lot of parts anywhere from mid '90s up to 2013 are a direct swap. Most upgrades can be retrofitted to the older machines.
Gene Langford at Holopaw Ural is a long time dealer who knows the machines and has a broad spectrum of parts.(Nice old southern gentleman)
Much easier to get Ural parts that fit than it is to get Guzzi parts that fit.
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Re: I bought a Ural
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2021, 11:42:51 AM »
Thanks guys for the kind words. What I mostly want this rig for is taking rides out into the desert exploring different trails, and local riding, shopping, etc. I had a high speed sidecar rig, and although it could cruise down the highway effortlessly above 80 mph, it was just not for the kind of riding I use a sidecar rig for.


I think this Hannigan Super Sport/ ST 1300 rig is the polar opposite of the Ural, but I am still enjoying it quite a bit.
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Re: I bought a Ural
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2021, 11:46:47 AM »
As far as parts availability, So far everything is easily available. There are a number of well respected Ural dealers in the USA, and I even ordered a deep sump oil pan from the Russian Federation, and received it in one week, with full DHL tracking!
Parts from Russia/ Ukraine are dirt cheap, both new and used. I was surprised that the shipping cost, at least for a medium sized box, was not too expensive.  Its been a whole new learning experience.... :grin:
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Re: I bought a Ural
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2021, 08:07:28 AM »
CONGRATS bigbikerick!  I always thought the Ural is cool, and very utilitarian.  I was down your way earlier this week.  Stayed at the historic 1936 Valle Verde Ranch in Tubac, AZ.  Also visited the Buenas Airies National Wildlife Preserve. We were "birding and hiking."  Beautiful area just a few miles from the border of Mexico.  Perfect for the Ural! :thumb: :cool: :boozing: :smiley:















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Re: I bought a Ural
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2021, 08:41:13 AM »
Congratulations on the Ural. One of my brothers has had for for about 10 years and loves it. As you've already seen, parts availability and cost are both much better than Piaggio can muster with Moto Guzzi. 

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Re: I bought a Ural
« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2021, 12:29:51 PM »

 Congrats on the Ural.  Wish it were me and I had the space to own one more MC!   Perhaps one day.
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Re: I bought a Ural
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2021, 03:28:01 PM »
Pretty neat - are parts etc easy to get, like a Guzzi?

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Yes Mark.
They bolt them all together at the factory.. :laugh:

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Re: I bought a Ural
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2021, 04:15:24 PM »
Congrats on the Ural.  Wish it were me and I had the space to own one more MC!   Perhaps one day.
With a Ural you need the space to own TWO more motorcycles!
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Re: I bought a Ural
« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2021, 04:53:22 PM »
Huzo - so I need to buy wrenches then  :boozing:


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Re: I bought a Ural
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2021, 04:56:57 PM »
Congrats!  Now you can do this.  River crossing.   :boozing:

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Re: I bought a Ural
« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2021, 01:38:51 PM »
CONGRATS bigbikerick!  I always thought the Ural is cool, and very utilitarian.  I was down your way earlier this week.  Stayed at the historic 1936 Valle Verde Ranch in Tubac, AZ.  Also visited the Buenas Airies National Wildlife Preserve. We were "birding and hiking."  Beautiful area just a few miles from the border of Mexico.  Perfect for the Ural! :thumb: :cool: :boozing: :smiley:












Looks like a great trip, JJ.You were in both of my backyards, almost . Tubac( Sahuarita), and Buenos Aires, (Douglas) .Buenos Aires, is where the sandhill cranes are right? There are lots of great roads out here, you are correct, and the Ural is perfect for exploring them. Great pics, BTW!
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Re: I bought a Ural
« Reply #16 on: April 13, 2021, 01:44:12 PM »
Congrats!  Now you can do this.  River crossing.   :boozing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZxhTjaCmso

That video is absolutely incredible, Tom! I wonder if they modified the intakes with some sort of snorkel setup? At least they did not have to worry about the engines overheating!  :grin:
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Re: I bought a Ural
« Reply #17 on: April 13, 2021, 01:46:40 PM »
That video is absolutely incredible, Tom! I wonder if they modified the intakes with some sort of snorkel setup? At least they did not have to worry about the engines overheating!  :grin:
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Re: I bought a Ural
« Reply #18 on: April 13, 2021, 03:35:37 PM »
I ran a couple Urals for over ten years. They are a lot of fun! Use them as they are designed to be used and stay off interstates and it'll be fine. They are also very good at telling you when something is amiss. Listen to it and take care of it and you'll avoid expensive repairs.
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Re: I bought a Ural
« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2021, 03:58:35 PM »
That video is absolutely incredible, Tom! I wonder if they modified the intakes with some sort of snorkel setup? At least they did not have to worry about the engines overheating!  :grin:
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Y'ep on the snorkels.  I saw on a different vid that a group had snorkels.
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Re: I bought a Ural
« Reply #20 on: April 14, 2021, 04:57:18 PM »
This machine makes my Eldorado feel like a Goldwing, ............. Its slow, and agricultural.





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Re: I bought a Ural
« Reply #21 on: April 15, 2021, 03:25:59 PM »
Funny you should mention, rattlesnakes, John....We  went out exploring some local trails,a couple of days ago, and had to use the Ural Reverse for the first time...There was a pissed off diamondback curled up, and hissing  in the middle of the trail, and would not back down one inch. Wifey was freaking out in the sidecar, yelling out at me " They Can Jump!" " They can Jump!"
  Flipping it into reverse saved the day, as I was able to back up down the gnarly trail we were on, and we continued on our way! :grin:
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Re: I bought a Ural
« Reply #22 on: April 15, 2021, 03:36:17 PM »
They can also swim.  Firearm therapy works.  Followed by bbq.   :thumb:
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Re: I bought a Ural
« Reply #23 on: April 17, 2021, 01:13:02 PM »
They can also swim.  Firearm therapy works.  Followed by bbq.   :thumb:

Yes Sir, Absolutely! I usually carry my little Taurus "Judge", for such instances, but momma and I  were riding right along the Mexican border,that day and I usually dont carry when in "No Man's Land" as they call the strip along the international boundary. Next time I go back out there, I will take a few pics to show you folks. Its incredible Sonoran desert scenery! :thumb:
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Re: I bought a Ural
« Reply #24 on: April 17, 2021, 01:25:31 PM »
Congrats on the Ural purchase. I am on my 2nd Ural. I have truly enjoyed riding it on the slower roads. My wife will not ever get on the back of the Guzzi but she will ride in the Ural.

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Re: I bought a Ural
« Reply #25 on: April 17, 2021, 06:33:50 PM »
I had a skid plate mounted under the bike and the car for bouncing over the rocks in the desert at Kalaber Creations in Prescott.  They are a Ural dealer and provided great service while I was in N. AZ. last winter.  Highly recommend them. 

 

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