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peter

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Sep 8, 2010
 
There is so little traffic on this board that I doubt anyone comes here. Occasionally I check for posts, it seems about one per month is about typical.

So if you're reading this, please post a reply - like 'Here I am'- so we can see how much activity there really is.

Peter
tony Grazziano

Omaha, NE

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#2
Sep 9, 2010
 
I am here and check often.
Terry

Princeton, MA

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#3
Sep 27, 2010
 
There's little traffic 'cause these bikes are one of the best kept secrets. Shhhhhhhhhh!
humpy57

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#4
Oct 6, 2010
 
Just found this board......sooooo "Here I am"
Terry

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#5
Oct 8, 2010
 
Instead of keeping quiet about the bikes, I'm gonna' spread the word!
Fred

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#6
Nov 28, 2010
 
Just found this board . Have a New Gear up being delivered in about 2 weeks.
Zippy

Alpena, MI

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#8
Dec 10, 2010
 
Looking foreword to a Ural T this March
Tom Ontario Canada

Collingwood, Canada

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#9
Dec 12, 2010
 
I'm going to buy a Ural and just found this forum!
Terry

Fitchburg, MA

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#10
Dec 13, 2010
 
I'm looking for people on Cape Cod that own, or will own a Ural. I'm planning on getting one in the spring!
Zippy

Alpena, MI

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#11
Dec 13, 2010
 
It looks like we are all looking for Ural soon. I just got off the phone with my nearest dealer to stop by and take a look at his shop bike. From there its pick one off the list and buy it on the spot. I do have to put $1000.00 down to pick the bike and wait for it to come in and be set up. I have never bought any thing like this before.

Paul
Tommy

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#12
May 24, 2011
 
I like the looks of the Ural, look to buy on as a fair weather commuter. I have about a 30 mile round trip commute to work with almost 5 of that on a dirt road. The highest speed limit is 55. I also have to carry a little gear with me for work. Based on your experience would this be a good purchase for me. Thanks for your comments

Since: Dec 10

Fenton, MO

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May 26, 2011
 
Tommy wrote:
I like the looks of the Ural, look to buy on as a fair weather commuter. I have about a 30 mile round trip commute to work with almost 5 of that on a dirt road. The highest speed limit is 55. I also have to carry a little gear with me for work. Based on your experience would this be a good purchase for me. Thanks for your comments
A Ural would be fine for your commute.

I have a '99 650 Ural with one-wheel drive. It'll go 60 mph on the flat easily - not much more though. Anything above about 55 mph and bike starts getting busy and you can feel that it's getting near its limit.

With that in mind, some people love sidecars and some people hate them. You won't know until you've driven one long enough to get used to it.

Operation of the throttle, clutch, and transmission are just like a two-wheeled bike. Braking and especially steering are different. If you're familiar with counter-steering, fine. If you're not, look it up on Wikipedia.

In short, with counter-steering you turn the handlebars opposite of the direction you want the vehicle to turn. This causes the vehicle to lean to the opposite side inducing the turn. Single-track vehicles (motorcycles and bicycles) use counter-steering. Some people think they're pushing the handlebar down, but they're actually pushing it forward.

Direct-steering, like in a car, turn the wheel in the direction you want to go and the vehicle turns. Add a sidecar to a motorcycle and it is no longer a single-track vehicle and it doesn't turn like a normal motorcycle. It steers like a car.

It'll feel squirrely at first and some people never get over it. Some people love it.

So, is this the bike for you? Maybe. The bike can do what you want, but will you like what it does? Try it.

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Tommy

Chicago, IL

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#14
May 31, 2011
 
Pagodasnish, Thanks for the info, still trying to find a used one in my area. I have been reading all the most recent post and it seems that the newer models seem to be more reliable. Have you have any problems with having major work done. I'm capable of handling all of the preventative maintenance and most minor repairs, just wondered how available parts were. From what I can tell you can get just about anything you need by ordering online. Anyway thanks again for the response and info.

Since: Dec 10

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May 31, 2011
 
Tommy wrote:
Pagodasnish, Thanks for the info, still trying to find a used one in my area. I have been reading all the most recent post and it seems that the newer models seem to be more reliable. Have you have any problems with having major work done. I'm capable of handling all of the preventative maintenance and most minor repairs, just wondered how available parts were. From what I can tell you can get just about anything you need by ordering online. Anyway thanks again for the response and info.
If you go to www.ural.com there is a map of the USA. Click on thew various states and you can find the dealers there. The Ural dealership network is not the strongest in the industry and it's nothing like YamaKawazuki dealers. All the dealers, even the biggest, are pretty small businesses.

That said, the two that I use are Gene at Holopaw Corvette in Florida, and Terry Crawford in Michigan. I've never had a problem getting as part.

These are simple machines. You can probably do all the work yourself if you put your mind to it. There are webboards that have experts that are more than willing to help. I do all my own work with their help.

Where you at? You can probably find a Ural owner nearby to help. Eventually they all become reasonably good mechanics. If you think you're getting gas-n-go bike, this isn't the bike for you.

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Palm Desert, CA

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#16
Dec 2, 2011
 
I'm here looking into Urals and learning a lot from your answers. Please, please don't go away or think no one is watching AND making notes. Thanks for being here for the watchers!
Feetup

Palm Desert, CA

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#17
Dec 2, 2011
 
Well, I guess I can ask a question now. My sister and I are looking to buy a Ural and I'm thinking it would be fun to get the 2WD model, so we can hit the dirt when we can find it. We're in Long Beach, CA, and there are some dirt roads to be driven in the deserts around SoCal. Which of the 2WD versions would be the most equipped, and does the 1WD get better gas mileage than the 2WD? Does the power differ between them? Does changing the jets really make a difference, too? Does carrying the extra wheel with some models really help anyone on the road, and which wheel is intended to be replaced by it? There......that ought to keep you busy..:D
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#19
Jan 6, 2012
 
How well does the new bikes hold up,are they worth the money????
BobinBC

Duncan, Canada

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#20
Jan 27, 2012
 
Just getting my 1974 M66 up and running after a 9 year rest...I think it is a 1:1 maintenance/ride machine. Luckily I like to tinker. New K68 carbs, valves adjusted, now the timing. Spark, but no go...argg. First time here, but will keep the site as a fav.
lwh4x4

Geneseo, IL

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#21
Sep 6, 2012
 
Just found this board. Have considered a Ural for years. A local shop in Moline -Fun Mart- added the Ural line last year and they sold 12 in 11 and 21 this year.

I was number 21 today when I brought home a Ural Patrol.

Just have 35 miles on it so I am just a beginner.
lwh4x4

Geneseo, IL

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#22
Sep 9, 2012
 
Have over 200 miles on it now. No problem cruising 55 on the state roads. Miles per gallon is all over the place due to some very windy days, hills on some routes and not worn in yet. Ranged from 26 to 36 mpg.

The 36 mpg was on 91 octane gas with no alcohol at a Cenex station on one route that I go. I am going to get most fill ups there. Best part is that it has it's own hose so the first half gallon or so is not the E10 87 octane.

Each day the bike seems to loosen up more. When I get into fourth I can feel it accelerate. At first I had to check the speedometer every now and then to see if it gained speed.

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