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Old 04-18-2015, 09:53 PM   #1
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A Ural Newbie question?

I apologize if this was asked before-I'm thinking about investing in a Ural, are they all air cooled? If so, those of you have them air cooled, is it an issue at all when your working it on long trips with heavy loads etc?

Additionally, are they uncomfortable on long rides? How about long trips two up and somebody in the sidecar? I'm thinking of getting one so the family: wife and son can come with me on short trips.
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Old 04-18-2015, 10:00 PM   #2
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I apologize if this was asked before-I'm thinking about investing in a Ural, are they all air cooled? If so, those of you have them air cooled, is it an issue at all when your working it on long trips with heavy loads etc?

Additionally, are they uncomfortable on long rides? How about long trips two up and somebody in the sidecar? I'm thinking of getting one so the family: wife and son can come with me on short trips.

All air cooled yes, and not an issue so long as you are moving. Standing still, running, they can eventually overheat - which I haven't quite managed myself despite driving mine in stop and go traffic during summer. But as I said, only an issue while stopped or in continuous long period stop and go traffic.

My wife and I have taken our Ural to both coasts - she drove half the way, and the sidecar is pretty comfy all in all. Enough space for taller folks, not cramped for the "less than slim"

Can't say much about two up and someone in the sidecar as I have only done that for very short trips - I will say that you should make sure the heavier person goes in the sidecar... ideally that's where you want the weight. (Putting too much behind you and not enough in the sidecar isn't great for weight balance... just like you shouldn't generally ride with the sidecar empty and someone behind you.)
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Old 04-19-2015, 05:38 AM   #3
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There's a larger group of 'experts' you can ask http://sovietsteeds.com/forums/index.php

But bvardi covered it pretty well, except that they can overheat going up a long incline with a heavy load in high gear. If it's struggling to maintain speed up a hill, it's probably getting hot too.
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be sure to read http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=794963

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Thank you very much for the support and information.
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There are some Alaskan Ural owners on SS that can help you out.
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