Tentative Buyer
billmadder

Calgary, Canada

#1 Jul 25, 2010
I would appreciated comments from experienced Ural owners with regard to their opinion on whether or not they would consider the Ural a suitable bike for long distant touring.

Thank you.
Regards, Bill
antman22

Bonita Springs, FL

#3 Sep 8, 2010
just bought a 2010 tourist- if you cruise at 50-55mph ok, but anything faster than that--its a fight! the motor will scream all day, but you will be beaten-- its a back road cruiser. You can tour the world with a Ural, as long as you have time. Its kinda like hiking in the woods. Do you hike to get your heart rate up and to get to the end of the trail or the peak of the mountain?(Then a BIG NO for a Ural for you.) But, if you like to slowly look at the flowers, smell the pines, take a dip in that stream....Well, you get the idea!! 55mpf and throw your watch away is my advise
Aardvark

Tampa, FL

#4 Apr 25, 2011
We have not been around the world on our 2008 Patrol but have gone 1,000 plus at a time. Wife, who is a serious biker (FL to AK, CA, WI, Newfoundland and Europe on her BMW 650 and rented bikes..Europe..)likes the Ural with the exception of the sound level, particularly when she is in te sidecar. Much louder for paseenger than our BMW sidecar rig.
The advice on speed rings true. Ours is a comfortable 55 MPH rig with infrequent 65 and once in a while 70 if the wind allows. A 75 HP engine would help a lot, but 40 is all we have.
We ride InterState when needed but do not enjoy it. The good news is that the best roads are still secondary types where tha Ural is right at home.
You might want to ad a full set of throttle cables to your spares kit as they are unique and somewhat weak, particularly the pressed on fitting at the bottom end of the cable from the handlebar to the junction fitting under the tank. Inexpensive insurance.
Great bike. Buy it before you are dead.

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