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On my '99 Deco, both are on a sticker affixed to the right, front tube of the cradle frame, It gives the date (1/99)of ,manufacture and the VIN. But, Ural has never been real enthusiastic about uniformity. On your bike the sticker could be anywhere on the frame. Heck, the next bike down the production line after mine probably has it somewhere else. Try calling a dealer. There are three dealers in Georgia Savannah and Atlanta. There are four in Florida.  (Sep 21, 2011 | post #3)

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Ural Gear up 2004 sparkplug problem

What color are the sparkplugs when you inspect them? White = lean. Chocolate = jest right. Black = rich. I suspect they're black. If so could be too rich mixture from the carburetors, or oil leaking into the combustion chamber - valve guides or oil rings.  (Aug 27, 2011 | post #2)

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Ural Dalesman 750 has no compression on the left hand side.

This is why I hate to post here. I tried to help Smudge out with fixing his problem, and he never even acknowledges that he got the message. It's just plain rude! And it's typical here.  (Aug 22, 2011 | post #3)

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Ural Dalesman 750 has no compression on the left hand side.

What have you done to diagnose this? How do you know it's the left cylinder? What are the symptoms? Have you adjusted the valves? Is the bike still on warranty? It could be all sorts of things. Maybe a hung up valve. If it is, it's most likely the exhaust valve. Try taking the left valve cover off. Is everything in place - especially the rocker arms? Remove both spark plugs, and use the kick starter to crank the engine over with the ignition off. Are the push rods moving? Are the valve stems going up and down?  (Aug 21, 2011 | post #2)

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Thinking of purchasing a Ural for a long road trip in the...

There was an Australian couple, Graham and Julie, who came to the USA a few years ago, bought a new Ural sight-unseen in Oregon and then toured a good part of the USA and parts of Canada. They had not a lick of mechanical trouble - only routine maintenance. Unfortunately they had visa problems and had to cut the trip short and return to Oz. I'm sure they enjoyed the trip a lot. I know they met a lot of nice people and saw places an ordinary tourist would never get to. The Ural opened doors that would remain closed to anyone driving a rented car - like into people's homes. Go for it. Get a newer bike in good shape and you shouldn't have big trouble. Uraldom is a small but warm place.  (Aug 5, 2011 | post #5)

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DIsc brake, drum brake swap.

I doubt you're going to be able to do that for anything like a price you'll want to pay. For one thing, the rear swing arm is not wide enough to accommodate the wheel-hub and the brake-rotor. Remember the brake drum is an integral part of the hub now, but a rotor would be installed next to the hub requiring a much wider swing arm. Then the stock exhaust wouldn't fit anymore and there would be all kinds of other issues. For another thing, you'd have to figure a way to proportion braking power between the rear wheel and the sidecar wheel. Just using a two-hole banjo bolt and running a brake line over to the sidecar caliper will not do. Too much power to the sidecar brake will cause the rig to veer to the right every time the rear brake is applied. You could, however, get by with no sidecar brake at all; currently on one of my rigs (non-Ural) I don't have a brake line going to the sidecar and it hasn't caused any handling problems. Let us know how this works out for you.  (Jun 22, 2011 | post #6)

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Does anyone actually read this board?

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. P  (May 31, 2011 | post #15)

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Does anyone actually read this board?

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. P  (May 26, 2011 | post #13)

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Ural side cars

Well, the '97 engine was a 650, not 750. The 650 was rated at 35 horse. I doubt it really put out that much. I don't know of anyone putting it on a dyno. The 750, I think, is rated at 40 horses. Peter  (Apr 27, 2011 | post #6)

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Ural side cars

When you put a sidecar on any motorcycle not sold as a turnkey rig, you're in the custom world. Right now a Ural motorcycle with hack is the only turnkey rig on the market. In the custom world you're going to have to make some parts yourself, adapt others. You're going to have to make the sidecar fit the bike. All that said, the Ural sidecar will fit on any motorcycle - but only if you're clever enough. God luck. Peter  (Apr 22, 2011 | post #2)