ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Bikes > Hacks
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-27-2011, 05:00 AM   #1
madeouttaglass OP
The AntiHarley
 
madeouttaglass's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: Smithereens- or what's left of it in NY
Oddometer: 3,102
How did you end up on a Ural?

Tell us your story. My friends and family still can't figure out my newfound love of Urals. My story in short is that I've ridden motorcycles for 35 years. Last spring I saw a 1996 Patrol on Craigslist that I knew was too cheap. I've never been in or on a hack but rode right over to check it out. 30 minutes later I owned it. Tons of fun and now it's been replaced with a 2010 Gear Up.
How did you end up on a Ural?
__________________
Our ride across the USA on a Ural Gear Up- http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=781149

Escape from NY- http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=955520
madeouttaglass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2011, 05:08 AM   #2
JRW
Gnarly Adventurer
 
JRW's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2007
Location: Townsville, QLD, AUS
Oddometer: 196
gees the temptation is strong to trade my vstrom in and get a ural... dont think theres any 2wd ones here in aus though.
__________________
K03 Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom

"wear the fox hat"
JRW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2011, 05:25 AM   #3
Thermos
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Thermos's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2010
Location: Gray, Maine
Oddometer: 237
Well...

I started riding 2 wheel bikes in college. I love riding on two wheels, but my problem has been my everyday life that gets in the way of riding them. Being a music teacher, I'm constantly carting around instruments, music, equipment of some sort, which immediately rules out motorcycling as a commuting option when you need to transport a baritone saxophone. I had never thought about sidecars until about 4-5 years ago when around 5 o'clock in the morning one day, watching the news, drinking coffee, I spot a commercial for a Ural dealer in Poland, Maine. Sidecars...5 minutes from my house? Never heard of the guy(I thought I knew where all the motorcycle dealers where in Maine.

So I stopped by, checked them out, then again, then again. again. I think I looked at them for about 3-4 years before pulling the trigger.

It boiled down to the ability to carry a ton of stuff, a unique rig to travel the country on(see blog below if interested), something I could commute on 4 seasons(I would get seriously depressed when I put the two wheeled bike away), and be able to do some off road riding.

Pics from yesterday/day before.





-Tom
Thermos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2011, 06:06 AM   #4
JamesG
Rabid Poster
 
JamesG's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2006
Location: Columbus, GA
Oddometer: 10,946
How?

For this:



Of course, HOW I cam to possess one (or the other way around?) is a bit more convoluted.
JamesG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2011, 07:07 AM   #5
DirtyDR
Dana
 
DirtyDR's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2003
Location: Edwards,Colorado
Oddometer: 2,230
I got tired of not being able to ride for three or four months of the year and bought the Patrol for Winter commuting. Of course my driveway looks like this for a few months out of the year also.

__________________
06 Ural Patrol
03 R1150 GS Sport/ Friendship II
94 R1100RS
99 Rokon Ranger
71 Rokon RT140

Hack'n the TLH
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=592860

http://dirtydr.smugmug.com/

Proud Member of the Patrol Patrol
DirtyDR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2011, 08:18 AM   #6
KneeDrachen
MORE COWBELL!!!
 
KneeDrachen's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: HarCo, MD
Oddometer: 1,088
I've been looking at them since the 90s but kept putting it off. Finally, after settling down with a child, house, job, etc I decided I wanted to get one.

I enjoy mechanical simplicity; I've owned a few airheads and enjoyed them but hacking one wasn't a plan of mine. It galls me to pay the dealer to do something, i.e. I do not not know how to correctly shim valves, but I hate paying $85hr. I'm now sort of self-reliant minus the community at large for tech support.

I also figured a Ural would force me to slow down and enjoy the scenery; I've spent too much time "making time" on the road.
__________________
Breathe, keep breathing, I can't do this alone
KneeDrachen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2011, 08:25 AM   #7
sspect
Gnarly Adventurer
 
sspect's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2006
Location: SE MA
Oddometer: 149
1967 in college....a motorcycle riding buddy picked a Dneiper up at the Isle of Man TT and brought it back to school. We used to take out the seat, line the chair with plastic and fill it with ice and beer...always a hit at a party/BBQ.....Finally bought one for myself in 2010....He still has the rig and we still ride together.
__________________
2012 Ural Retro M70
sspect is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2011, 09:02 AM   #8
Ivan Rider
Studly Adventurer
 
Ivan Rider's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2008
Location: Bodega Bay & Galt. California
Oddometer: 531
In 1974 I bought my first BMW brand new. In 1979 I bought a Thompson Sidecar for $500 and attached it to a 1971 R75/5. I rode that bike for 20 yrs while my kids were growing up. I didn't know how bad it handled unitl I bought my first Ural in 1999. I saw it in a magazine called the Soviet Collection for $9695. I bought it sight unseen mail order and sold the BMW I"d had for 20 yrs. I named it "Ivan" and that's why I'm called "Ivan Rider." I still have "Ivan" and 2 other Urals. I've owned a total of Eleven Urals since "Ivan" entered my life. I've parked my Model A's and Willys and not driven them since getting the "Ural Sickness."
Attached Images
 
__________________
'99 Ural Patrol '03 Ural Tourist
'03 BMW R1200CLC Solo & Ural sidecar
'06 Honda Big Ruckus Solo & Sidecar
'10 Ural ST Solo
http://www.flickr.com/photo s/ivanrider/
Ivan Rider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2011, 12:33 PM   #9
TebKLR
Studly Adventurer
 
TebKLR's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2006
Location: SE 'sconsin....for now....
Oddometer: 584
Watched for 10 years as the quality improved to "acceptable"/modern/western levels, then pulled the trigger in Oct 2010. Glad I did! What a great ride!
TebKLR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2011, 02:31 PM   #10
RickH
Adventurer
 
RickH's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2011
Location: West Irbit, Iowa
Oddometer: 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by madeouttaglass View Post
Tell us your story. My friends and family still can't figure out my newfound love of Urals. My story in short is that I've ridden motorcycles for 35 years.... ...How did you end up on a Ural?
I hadn't ridden motorcycles for over 35 years; more like 40 actually. My airplane, a vintage '46 Aeronca Chief, was killed in a windstorm in July. I couldn't bring myself to hunt for a replacement. I've always been fascinated with sidecar rigs and therefore...


__________________
Rick
2011 Gear Up, "Vasily"
RickH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2011, 04:29 PM   #11
madeouttaglass OP
The AntiHarley
 
madeouttaglass's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: Smithereens- or what's left of it in NY
Oddometer: 3,102
I'm enjoying the very different stories everyone has. Thanks for taking the time to tell them. I hope we hear a few more.
__________________
Our ride across the USA on a Ural Gear Up- http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=781149

Escape from NY- http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=955520
madeouttaglass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2011, 04:43 PM   #12
RAMKILR
Adventurer
 
Joined: May 2011
Location: San Jose, Ca, USA
Oddometer: 68
I had a 2007 Suzuki C50T that I put about 14K miles on - but after my wife had full knee replacement surgery back in 2009 she no longer felt comfortable climbing on the back so we looked for options. Stopped in at the local dealer and were hooked. Ended up with a 2006 Tourist and the wife absolutely LOVES it! She gets to sleep while we're tooling down the freeway if she feels like it, and I get to enjoy riding with her again! There's a couple other hacks in our local Patriot Guard group and we usually have the crowd of admirers around our rigs rather than the Harley guys!
__________________
Alan Hepburn - Proud to be a Blue Star Family
San Jose, Ca
RAMKILR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2011, 04:51 PM   #13
Strong Bad
n00balicious
 
Strong Bad's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2007
Oddometer: 3,731
Been riding/racing bikes since 1967. SWMBO & I decided on traveling with a sidecar when she retires. I bought an 07 Ural Tourist as an inexpensive introduction to sidecars, simply to see if we would sidecars or not. Recently sold the Ural and am having a Dauntless built to fit my new (to me) 07 1200GSA. There is something about the Ural I know I'll miss.
__________________
"I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it."
Strong Bad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2011, 05:17 PM   #14
MartyL
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Dec 2007
Oddometer: 149
I'm on my 2nd Ural. Had a 2005 Green Patrol. Sold that one and got a 2010 gear Up. Been riding for over 35 years. The Ural by far is the most fun I've ever had on a motorcycle. Simple to work on. Keep up with the maintenance and it's miles of smiles.... Met some great people through having a Ural... It's been a great ride.....
MartyL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2011, 07:23 PM   #15
matman1972
Lost in the woods.
 
matman1972's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2010
Location: Georgia
Oddometer: 713
I found one on the flea market here for 1750 with a burnt wiring harness. Figured I'd pick it up as a winter project and then either ride it around or sell it.

When I went to pick it up, the sit outside had rusted the rings in the cylinders, and did in a few bearings. I offered 1500 and we agreed. Spent 5 months rebuilding it and ended up with this.

Have no intention of selling it. In fact, my plans of trading out the motor for a bmw, or using the sidecar on another bike have gone out the window too. Loving it. 16000km since may, and I plan to put many more on it.
__________________
Matt
2000 ural- The wagon Queen Family Truckster
1982 fxb parts of one all over the place at the moment
Estamos copados
Confusion to our enemies.Zaphod for president!!
matman1972 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 09:54 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014