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Racine, WI

#23 Sep 10, 2012
Your Ural will loosen up, gain power and gas-milage during break-in. Most new technology bikes finish the break-in at about 600-1,000 mile. The Ural will take longer and it's hard to say when it will be complete.

Urals have been upgraded consistently since I bought my bike in 1999, but they're still WWII technology for the most part. As the rough edges wear off the machined parts, there will be less internal friction so the engine will run cooler and have more power.

Good luck.


#24 Sep 27, 2012
Hello, often on this site, just never written before. Am contemplating purchasing a Ural but expensive out here in Australia. Are they a good purchase?
Thanks for your responses.
bill in Delaware

Philadelphia, PA

#25 Nov 8, 2012
I found this site while looking for info on a 1996 deco that I bought at a Gov does not habve a battery/owners manual or repair was running a year ago when I seen it in the town where i live, but the old owner is in a place where he can not be of any help for a few years lets say..any help out there on these items..Bill

Saint Louis, MO

#26 Nov 9, 2012
Try contacting Gene Langford at Holopaw Corvette in Holopaw, Fl. He's a Ural dealer. Years ago when Ural America, the former importer of Urals, went belly-up, Gene bought up all the parts stock. If anyone has these manuals, it's him.

For repairs, try looking at this website It was written by a Ural owner and is for a later 750-cc bike. But for the most part it's applicable to your 1996.

If you actually read this, please respond here. If I help someone, it's nice to find out that the help was received. It's called 'manners.' I'm really tired of posting responses here and never getting a reply.
bill in Deaware

Philadelphia, PA

#27 Nov 9, 2012
Thanks for the info Will be cheking it out right now..
bill in Deaware

Philadelphia, PA

#28 Nov 9, 2012
Heloise spoke with the shop in florida a nd they were very helpful .

Saint Louis, MO

#29 Nov 9, 2012
Sorry about railing at you to respond. This site, though, is bad about people responding. Your question was easy to answer and I only spent a few minutes doing so.

For other questions I've spent some time writing instructions for doing some repair, and then nothing. It's like I didn't post anything, or it was never read.

I have a '99 Deco. It's pretty similar to your '96. Some differences:

- you have 6-volt. I have 12-volt.
- you have kick-start only. I have kick-start and electric start. Different engine case, flywheel, and transmission.
- various other upgrades. The Russians were making significant changes year-to-year back then.

That said, I have both the owners- and repair-manuals for my '99. I'm not interested in scanning several hundred pages. Nor am I interested in letting them out of my hands to a stranger - if you decide not to return them, then I'm the one trying to find replacements not you.

But, maybe there's some way past this dilemma. I'm out of ideas, though. How about you?
Bill DE

Philadelphia, PA

#30 Nov 9, 2012
the store in florida found a used sevice manual and he is sending it to me for a very small amount,with a invoice to send back.very nice guy.he also said he had a lot of parts for that model..I still do not know if its a 6 volt or 12 volt ,interstate batterys shows it as a 12 volt .I guess i will find out soon.

Bill DE

Philadelphia, PA

#31 Nov 9, 2012
factorys FAQ also show 12 volt for a 96 deco classic.

Saint Louis, MO

#32 Nov 9, 2012
I wouldn't put a lot of faith in what Interstate has listed - surprising they list Urals at all. I'm pretty sure '96 was before Ural went 12-volt. Easy enough to check, look at the battery that's in it now. Your repair manual will tell you, too, when you get it. I could be wrong but I think Ural changed to 12-volt in '98.

Gene's a good guy. I was a bit surprised the first time I did business with him to find that he sends merchandise on good faith and expects a check in return mail. He must not get ripped off often or he'd change.

Dunnsville, VA

#33 Nov 10, 2012
I'am here.

Dunnsville, VA

#34 Nov 11, 2012
Iwh4x4,thanks for the up date,I'll be watching your posts,own a fast machine right now but want to slow down & really enjoy the ride,I want to talk to someone who owns one & NOT the dealer they want to blow smoke up your ass to make a sale,stay safe and enjoy the ride.

Saint Louis, MO

#35 Nov 12, 2012
I have a '99. I'm not a dealer. These bikes are fun, but they're not for everyone.

Top speed is around 60-65 mph - slower going up hill. Freeways are not a good idea unless you want to have "MACK' embossed on your back.

Reliability has improved vastly since I bought mine. I've rebuilt the engine twice. Turns out the crankshaft was bent even from new. I finally figured it out and put a new one in about 5 years ago on the second rebuild. No big problems since.

You'll have to do a lot of your own maintenance. It's part of the fun. There are dealers but the network is pretty thin. So, are you able to adjust your own valves, and tweak this and that to keep it running? If not, think about a Honda.

Masontown, PA

#36 Nov 18, 2012 FM non Virgin Rant does read it

Like Ural SideCars excellent,,,I hope Ural adds a seat beat and a rain cover for the Side Car
Bill in delaware

Philadelphia, PA

#37 Nov 19, 2012
Heloise just received used but complete 1996 Ural
shop manual from the dealer in Florida thanks for the info.very nice people,looks like they also will be where Ican buy parts when needed.
kayaken John

Bonita Springs, FL

#39 Apr 5, 2013
Here I am, first time and plan on returning put site in my favorites

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