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Old 05-07-2012, 11:55 AM   #1
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It torments me...

First, I stumble upon the hacks section in ADV...

Then, I discover Urals, and a whole new world opens before me...

I want one...so begins the lusting, the yearning, the longing.

Then they make improvments.

The want grows.

Then I actually see a couple around here.

I read the amazing ride reports from people like Mr. Cob and Tarka.

It's relentless.

Then one shows up outside of work, the pride of a co-worker. She parks it right where I have to walk past it. She does it on purpose, I know she does. I'm the one that told her about them, and this is the thanks I get.

Now...NOW...today I get the Ural newsletter via email and what do I see?

A dealership is coming to San Antonio.

And if this is not enough, on top of all of this, my wife says to me, "I'm tired of listening to you talk about it. Get one already!" (Okay, her language wasn't exactly that nice, but you get the point).

So the all important spousal blessing is in place!

Let's see...if I get rid of the pickup....maybe sell a kidney....pull a D.B. Cooper?...no, no too complicated...um....win the lottery....give up food...
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:04 PM   #2
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First, I stumble upon the hacks section in ADV...

Then, I discover Urals, and a whole new world opens before me...

I want one...so begins the lusting, the yearning, the longing.

Then they make improvments.

The want grows.

Then I actually see a couple around here.

I read the amazing ride reports from people like Mr. Cob and Tarka.

It's relentless.

Then one shows up outside of work, the pride of a co-worker. She parks it right where I have to walk past it. She does it on purpose, I know she does. I'm the one that told her about them, and this is the thanks I get.

Now...NOW...today I get the Ural newsletter via email and what do I see?

A dealership is coming to San Antonio.

And if this is not enough, on top of all of this, my wife says to me, "I'm tired of listening to you talk about it. Get one already!" (Okay, her language wasn't exactly that nice, but you get the point).

So the all important spousal blessing is in place!

Let's see...if I get rid of the pickup....maybe sell a kidney....pull a D.B. Cooper?...no, no too complicated...um....win the lottery....give up food...
Howdy Heyload,

I am pleased to have been a part of your hopefully soon inclusion to the world of Ural's, you have been infected, there is no cure, resistance is futile, your wife speaks words of wisdom, so buy one already.

Shameless plug, "IF" you buy one and my idiocy whilst astride one these beats has positively influenced your purchase, please send me a PM stating this, it will help me keep my back door sponsorship with IMWA going, THANKS.
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:05 PM   #3
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I feel your pain. I just bought a new FJR - I love it, but now I have been bitten by the sidecar bug. I want to know MORE!
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:12 PM   #4
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Will do, Mr. Cob.

(I always thought resistance was voltage divided by current, but your point is taken, sir.)
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:12 PM   #5
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Bmw?

You could also look for a used BMW with a sidecar. Urals have come a long ways, but the engine isn't that terribly powerful. Myself, as cool as Urals are, my money would be on an airhead BMW... or newer oilhead.... say 900 or 1000cc+ There are several sidecar companies that'll sell you mounting hardware and Ural clone tubs. Regardless of what you eventually buy or build, you'll find the whole sidecar thing a blast once you get used to driving 'em. I've got two rigs - have found it tremendously enjoyable... truly a different motorcycling experience.
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:10 PM   #6
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Another option would be to convert your V-Strom to a hack like this.

From USCA 2012


It belongs to one of the inmates here, but I can't remember which one.
The sidecar was made by Claude (also an inmate) at his shop in PA.
A bit of a trip for you from TX, but it would be worth it.
Good luck.
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:28 PM   #7
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As a former Vstrom hacker I can say they pull the car very well and work offroad great !!


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Old 05-07-2012, 06:42 PM   #8
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F.W.I.W. If it doesn't have the driven wheel like the Ural does = what's the point?
Without that, all you've done is ruined a perfectly good motorcycle. (than again = I'm a snow commuter from Pa.)

I'm also in a state of lust. I figure about 1 more yr and I'll have the $ for one.
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:56 PM   #9
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I'd counter with the uneducated opinion that the Ural's solid-axle 2wd is only really useful in extreme off-road conditions, and I'd rather have the extry wheel lead and lower center of gravity that the 2wd rigs lack. :3

That's what I've read, anyhoo.

If/when I make the withdrawl to go Ural shopping, I'll probably be looking for one of the 1wd rigs. :3
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:15 PM   #10
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I like the Vee just the way it is so I have no plans to hack it. It's perfect just the way it is.

As for BMW's, they are nice, but that reverse feature on the Ural...that is what tips the scale for me on my list of pros and cons.

Plus, IMHO, the Ural just...well, looks right.

I'm looking very hard at the Retro, actually. I would really, really like the M70..but I know I'll have to pay a premium for that beauty, if I can even find one.

I talked to my friend with the Gobi, she's going to let me take it for a spin around the parking lot tomorrow so I can get a feel for it. I'm really looking forward to that!
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:21 PM   #11
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I like the Vee just the way it is so I have no plans to hack it. It's perfect just the way it is.

As for BMW's, they are nice, but that reverse feature on the Ural...that is what tips the scale for me on my list of pros and cons.

Plus, IMHO, the Ural just...well, looks right.

I'm looking very hard at the Retro, actually. I would really, really like the M70..but I know I'll have to pay a premium for that beauty, if I can even find one.

I talked to my friend with the Gobi, she's going to let me take it for a spin around the parking lot tomorrow so I can get a feel for it. I'm really looking forward to that!
Howdy Heyload,

In addition to my Ural's, I have a very nice and expensive hacked GS, yes its fast but every time I have to push that Bavarian Money Waster backwards I cuss it. Having the reverse gear on the Ural, is much more useful then the two wheel drive. Even when riding the Ural off road I use the reverse gear much more often then two wheel drive.
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Old 05-08-2012, 04:58 AM   #12
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I'd counter with the uneducated opinion that the Ural's solid-axle 2wd is only really useful in extreme off-road conditions, and I'd rather have the extry wheel lead and lower center of gravity that the 2wd rigs lack. :3

That's what I've read, anyhoo.

If/when I make the withdrawl to go Ural shopping, I'll probably be looking for one of the 1wd rigs. :3

....that "off-road" part = that's the part right there! (as for all weather bikers who don't let winter weather keep them indoors)
Since 91 I've been using 2 wheels all yr long and let me tell ya, snow can be a bitch!

I hear what you're saying about the lower C of G. Traction far outweighs that for me. What's really funny is that I never gave the reverse a thought until you guys mentioned it.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:00 AM   #13
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There ain't nothing else like a Ural.
Good or bad, it's up to you to decide.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:24 AM   #14
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I'm in the same boat, I'm in buy mode but I keep missing the good ones. They don't pop up for sale as often as I'd like.
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:39 AM   #15
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I feel your pain. I just bought a new FJR - I love it, but now I have been bitten by the sidecar bug. I want to know MORE!



You know, an FJ makes a passable tug.
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