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Old 04-27-2013, 06:48 PM   #1
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Laugh Took delivery of my 2013 Ural Gear Up yesterday

Picked up my Gear Up Gobi yesterday. I wasn't sure what to expect having heard both real good and real bad about the Ural brand, but I was excited to get it just the same.

This will be my 3rd forray into sidecar ownership. The first was a used 2003 Enfield with a Cozy hack. Crappy combination of parts, but it planted the seed for owning a sidecar. It was bought, then sold, in less than a year of ownership. That was followed by me adding an old Velorex 562 to my R60/5 BMW. It was fun but my wife had a difficult time getting in and out of the snug fitting Velorex following a stroke. It's been sold and is waiting for it's new owner to retrieve it next month. It'll be missed.

So my wife and I drove 200+ miles to Heindl's place in SW Ohio to pick it up. The only option we got was a sidecar windshield for the wife (although I'm sure there'll be more additions in the future). Dave H. walked me through the bike and I was off for a very brief test run. It behaved as expected and I returned to the shop to get a 5 pack of oil filters and a couple gaskets. Other than being a bit brisk on the way home, the ride was fairly uneventful - and that's a good thing. Nothing fell off, it didn't spit and sputter and roll to a stop, etc.

The one thing I did notice was that it was a real bitch to upshift. The top of my toe was getting damn sore from trying to lift the gear shift lever time and again as I rode home. When I stopped for gas I figured I should have a look at the lever to see what was up. It was then that I noticed that it was a heel and toe shifter. Duh.......must have missed that in Dave's explanation of how things worked.

Seeing as the Urals have a quick turn around time for the first service (400-600kms) I figured that by the time I rode (drove?) home I'd probably be doing my first service by day 2. I was right. The wife and I went for a short ride this morning and by the time we were done riding around and I went to WalMart for some oil and gear lube we had amassed 473kms.

2 quarts in the crankcase, one in the gearbox and 100ml of gear oil in the rear end, check a few other bits and it's done. I also had to re-adjust the clutch cable, it was waaaay out of adjustment. With the clutch squezed all the way in the bike wanted to creep forward and only a strong push down on the brake lever kept the thing from lurching forward. The left front turn signal also needed attention, the wires are held in place with a rather crude clip and it just needed some adjustment. A bit of bending with some hemostats had things back in order and the signal flashing as it should.

So, my first service is done and I'm good for another 2,000kms. By then the skinned knuckle should be healed!

Tomorrow we're heading out for about a 200 mile cruise to join out daughter for a breakfast bash that benefits special needs kids. So far, so good. More later!
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:09 PM   #2
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allstateclub,
Congrats on your new Ural. I've had mine for four months now and am really enjoying her especially since I am now riding in the mountains of Western North Carolina instead of flat Florida.

Oh and BTW, you know the rule around here, no photos no bike.


Three of us on Urals had a nice ride on the gravel yesterday in WNC.
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:11 AM   #3
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Congrats!

I really want a Gobi, but MrsDonkeys is permanently attached to her red Gear-Up.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:35 AM   #4
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Congrats on the new Ural. I picked mine up last week in Bellingham. A Forest Fog Gear Up. Stock except for a windshield and heated grips. I had a 250 mile ride home. Almost hit a deer...had to do a rear brake adjustment after checking my shorts. too much play in the pedal for me.
I just did my fluids yesterday. A little messy up by the filter.

It took me a week to get my dog to go near it. I have been putting treats in the car, food, etc. she hates my bikes. Finally got her to go for a ride and she loved it.
Only complaints are the jetting and the top speed. My buddy bought a slow moving sign for me to put on the back , says I don't have the personality to be going 55 and holding up traffic.
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:11 AM   #5
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Yup,always use the heel and toe lever properly on Urals.

Regarding the first service you didn`t mention checking the valve clearances, the ignition timing or the tightness of the head nuts.
It`s always worth going around all fasteners for tightness checks too.
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:19 PM   #6
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Congrats on the new Ural. I picked mine up last week in Bellingham. A Forest Fog Gear Up. Stock except for a windshield and heated grips. I had a 250 mile ride home. Almost hit a deer...had to do a rear brake adjustment after checking my shorts. too much play in the pedal for me.
I just did my fluids yesterday. A little messy up by the filter.

It took me a week to get my dog to go near it. I have been putting treats in the car, food, etc. she hates my bikes. Finally got her to go for a ride and she loved it.
Only complaints are the jetting and the top speed. My buddy bought a slow moving sign for me to put on the back , says I don't have the personality to be going 55 and holding up traffic.
I agree with the "little messy up by the filter". My dealer sold me some Emgo filters and the one I used didn't exactly slide right in. I was wondering if I had to remove the crossover pipe for the exhaust to put the filter in without crushing the sides in. A little persuading got it in OK.

As for the dog, mine hopped right in! He's used to riding in a tank bag (he's only 6 lbs.) but does good in the hack when the missus is along.

I'm having to go on reserve after about 160kms and it only takes 3.7 gallons to fill it, does that sound right? I thought they are supposed to have a 5 gallon tank???

55 is ok for me for a while, I want to break it in easy.
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:53 PM   #7
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Here some back ground

5 gallon US so that is over must be what remaining in the tank Some of us can only get 15 miles once we burn off the top half at 150 180 km That why we use the can for gas and not water. Remember its not for use for water and gas, but who mixes gas and water>?

use to get 180 km but after changning the jets I get 150 km now.

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Ural FAQ

Click on any of the following questions to see the answer. If you find the answer to be incomplete, or you have a question not covered in the Ural FAQ, then please use the Quick Contact form and send us a note. This Ural FAQ is a living breathing document, so it will continue to change and we will update items as we encounter them. Thanks!
What are the overall bike dimensions?

7′ 7″ x 5′ 7″
What is the width of the tire track from outside tire edge to outside tire edge?

4′ 4″ or 52″
What are the overall dimensions of the sidecar & assembly—bike mount to outside fender?

3′ 5″ wide, 75″ long and 32″ from the ground
What are the overall dimensions of the sidecar?

75″ long, 24″ wide and 18″ tall
What is the dry weight of a Ural?

739 lbs
What is the gross weight of a Ural?

1,345 lbs
What is the minimum trailer size necessary to haul a Ural?

10′ x 6′
How much weight can a Ural handle including the rider?

600lbs
What kind of fuel economy can I expect with my Ural?

A well maintained Ural should average around 30MPG. Of course the more cool stuff you add to your Ural to personalize it, or the more supplies you bring—as you ride across country—will adversely affect your bike’s fuel economy.
What type of tires should I buy for my Ural?

It depends on your riding situations. Stock Duro HF 308′s and Russian Uralshina’s are fine for most on road, and light off road, applications. For a rougher off road experience, and better lasting tire there is the Duro HF 307 and the Heidenau K 37′s. For strictly street riding there are many choices such as Avons. The main thing to remember is the tire has to have a hard sidewall with a 650 lbs. or better weight rating.
Where can I find a list of aftermarket accessories for my Ural?

Contact your Authorized Ural dealer.
There is no Ural dealer near me, how do I get warranty work or service work done?

If you have a trusted local dealer, in your area, who is willing to go through our pretty straightforward warranty process, you can have work done with them. Have the shop of your choice contact us through our quick contact form or via e-mail warranty@imz-ural.com.
Do you offer an extended warranty?

Yes, we offer an additional one-year warranty for newly purchased Urals, please contact your dealer for more details or read more about the extended warranty here.
May I transfer my warranty?

Yes. Warranty stays with the bike regardless of how many times the ownership changes/or how many people own it. If you are buying a previously loved Ural please fill out the Ural New Owner Form.
I have seen a small trailer that can be towed behind a Ural, are they available?

No, we do not offer such a trailer here in the United States.
Will towing a trailer void my warranty?

Unquestionably.
Is the tire pump covered under warranty?

Yes, please have your Ural dealer order a new one if needed, and file a warranty claim.
Does my bike come with touch up paint?

Yes, your Ural comes with the touch up paint, unless it’s a powder coated model (i.e. Ural T). Read more about why we powdercoat.
Can I order touch up paint?

Yes—when available—from any authorized Ural dealer.
How do I source the paint code for my Ural?

Urals are painted in European RAL codes, not all RAL codes have a cross-referenced code to USA paint. Any quality auto paint shop should be able to paint match your bike color.
What is the correct part number for a replacement battery?

Interstate Battery # YTX20L-BS

Wal-Mart Battery # ES20L-BS

Odyssey Battery # PC680
What is best battery to use on my 1996 Ural?

The recommended battery for a 1996 Ural kickstart only is an Interstate # 12N9-4B-1.
Where is the battery located on the 2008 Ural?

Under the seat.
Where can I take sidecar training?

A good place to start researching rider training is at Evergreen Training, or check our sidecar safety page under the support section of our website.
Where can I find a sidecar training manual?

Believe it or not a sidecar training manual does exist! You can find the color version here for $34.95 and a black and white version here.
What spare parts would you recommend having when taking an extended trip on my Ural?

Minimum: a pair of spark plugs, clutch cable, a COMPLETE set of throttle cables and splitter, at least one rubber carb manifold, 1 rubber inner tube, a tube patch kit, tire pump manual or electric, small jack, a roll of electrical tape, a roll of duct tape, a bunch of wire ties, a COMPLETE tool kit, some 14 gauge electrical wire (10 ft), fuses, credit card and towing insurance policy never hurt.

Check the blog as well, we’ve shared many long distance stories, and the authors often share their personal insights and experiences.
Ural owners always mention UDF, what is it?

UDF: Ural Delay Factor. The Ural Delay Factor is the delay you’ll experience whenever you take your Ural out in public. Regardless of your intent, where you’re headed, or how much time you have, you’ll lern to add in 10-15 minutes minimum to cope with UDF.
I have heard about a Ural Emissary Program, how do I join?

Please send your USPS mailing address to emissary@imz-ural.com and we’ll send you a stack of flyers so you can deal with UDF more efficiently when you need to.

In case you need to know:

Emissary Program: The Emissary Program was born out of the need to deal with the UDF by your felow, or soon to be fellow, Uralistas. By having brochures or cards—supplied by the Emissary Program— on-hand, you’re able to expedite the process, get people interested, and minimize UDF.
Can I order a sidecar even if I don’t own a Ural?

Yes, it can be ordered through any authorized Ural dealer.
Do you carry the corresponding sidecar adapter to attach it to my non-Ural bike?

No. In this situation, you would have to order an adapter kit from a sidecar specialist.
Can I convert my 1WD Ural into 2WD?

Yes, but it can be rather expensive, please contact your authorized Ural dealer for more information.
Can I detach my sidecar from my Ural and ride it?

Technically it is entirely possible to remove the sidecar from a Ural. But you need to understand that the handling dynamics of a two-wheeler and a three-wheeler are completely different and each requires different designs. Ural sidecar models are specifically designed to offer the best sidecar handling.

If you are interested in riding solo, then perhaps you should check out the Solo sT.
Is the Solo sT available in the U.S.?

Yes. The Solo sT is a 2013 model and in stock—or available for order—at your local Ural dealer.
Can I add a sidecar to a Ural Solo sT?

A Ural solo is designed to be ridden as a solo and we do not recommend adding a sidecar. You can’t attach our sidecar without a significant amount of modification to a solo unit. For example, we would suggest changing the telescoping forks for leading link forks. Metal tabs that hold the sidecar struts would have to be welded onto the frame, adapters would need to be made, the rear brake would have to be changed back to drum—as a disc brake are not designed to withstand the strains of the addition of a sidecar unit—nor does it have a parking brake which is required by law.

Think about it, you might figure it’s worthwhile just adding a sidecar model to your stable. The Ural T, for instance, is a great value at a MSRP of $10,499. The T is a no frills just the basics kind of sidecar motorcycle and it comes with the full two year warranty.
What is the correct ballast placement and weight for my 2010 Ural Patrol?

We usually recommend 80-100 lbs placed in the passenger footwell of the sidecar.
I will be traveling to Seattle very soon, can I stop by the home office?

Yes, give us call and we will give you the 10 cent tour.
Is it possible to order a Ural and pick it up from the factory in Russia?

At this time we do not provide such assistance due to the complexity of export/import rules and processes in each country.
Can I arrange an Irbit factory tour through you?

We don’t organize factory tours, but here is a company that works closely with the factory and provides tours; Ural Expedition and Tours.
Can I buy direct from you in the US and bypass Canadian dealers?

We know it’s a tempting idea, but the answer is nyet. It has to do with importation and registration regulations across the US/Canadian border. When in Canada, buy from a Canadian dealer and when in the US, well… you get the idea.
How do I get your newsletter?

Click here.
Where can I find information on older Urals?

Websites such as Russian Iron, SovietSteeds, etc.
How can I find out what year my Ural is?

Simple!

On a VIN that starts with *X8J* the 10th digit indicates the year. If the 10th digit is a letter, then: A=2010, B=2011, C=2012, etc.
Do you still make a machine gun mount?

No, the machine guns were becoming incredibly hard to import, making the mount unnecessary. But honestly, we phased it out, as interest waned.
I have heard there is a Cross-bike in the works, where can I buy one?

There are no plans to build the Cross-bike.
Is the Ural Workhorse available?

These are no longer being produced.
When will fuel injection be standard on Urals?

We do not have a set date for EFI at this time. It will not be available on 2013 models and we’ll update everyone when we set a production date.
Why does a Ural cost so much?

That’s one question we love to answer. As usual the devil is in the details. For instance, the price of a Tourist model has increased from $5,995 in 1993 to $11,799 in 2012. Equipped with a calculator, you will easily find that the price increase did not exceed 3.5% annually. Adjusted for inflation it’s not shocking at all.

The Ural of today is light years away from what it was as recently as 2003, not to mention the earlier models. Brembo, Herzog, Keihin, Denso, Sachs, Marzocchi, Ducati Energia, SKF – these are just a few names of component suppliers we use to build Urals. All of these parts encounter tariffs coming into Russia and then there are tariffs on the bikes going out. Not to mention transportation costs on said parts and bikes, etc.

We are tempted to go on, but we’ll just stop with Ural T. It has a price tag of $10,499 and we have increased the price only once since the model’s introduction in 2009.

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The Design Behind the Ural
Design Principles

Unlike any other combinations, Ural is the only motorcycle specifically built for usage with sidecar. First designed 70 years ago by outstanding BMW engineers and later developed and modified by talented Russians, Ural is one of these rare technical wonders, which outlived its creators as times went by. The Ural design is based on principles which lay the foundation for the sidecar experience. The Ural motorcycle design is not just about attaching a sidecar to the motorcycle, but also about making the machine capable for almost any type of road, weather, and service condition.

These motorcycles and sidecars are truly built for purpose, and thanks to the continual refinement of the Ural motorcycle design, our product serves our customers as best it can.

•Ural is the only sidecar specific manufacturer importing into the US
•All design principles are tailored to building a cohesive sidecar motorcycle.
•While many companies sell so called “bolt on sidecars” for most makes and models they will never handle like a Ural without extensive modifications to steering and braking components
•Ural sidecars are built tough for even the most adventuresome of riders who demand a solid platform for both on and off road riding
•Sidecars provide stability beyond anything the competition can offer; year round riding in some of the worst weather imaginable is possible and de rigueur for Ural

Click on any header below to learn more about the standout features of our Sidecar Motorcycles.
The Principle Design Traits of a Ural
Leading Link Forks

•Designed for the best handling and maneuverability specifically for a sidecar application
•More rigid than conventional forks—providing stability in turns
•On and off road suspension gives predictable road manners while providing durability off road
•Leading link forks improve braking, the design forces the wheel down whereas conventional forks allow the motorcycle to “dive”
•Leading forks are easy to maintain, no messy fork oil changes or regular service to worry about
Brakes

•Ural has been using Brembo calipers and master cylinders since 2003 and began using full floating Brembo rotors in 2007
•For added safety, brakes are used on all three wheels including the sidecar
•Rear and sidecar brakes are linked and easily adjusted for optimum braking regardless of road conditions
Engine

•Boxer engine that has stood the test of time
•Simple
•Reliable
•Easy to maintain
•Retro
•Cool!
Transmission

•Bulletproof design that has been continually improved for better shifting and ease of operation
•Gear driven reveres that is reliable
•The others may have reverse but rely on the starter to do all the work
•Heal and toe shifter adds more predictable and easy shifting
•Simple fluid change maintenance
Final Drive

•All Urals are shaft driven
•No messy chain to clean or adjust
•No belts to worry about
•Long life with little maintenance
Two Wheel Drive

•The only sidecar motorcycle available with two wheel drive imported in the US
•Very capable off road
•2wd will take you places you never thought possible with a sidecar
•The Jeep of motorcycles
•Fully engageable, there when you want, only when you want it
Frame

•Standard double cradle frame is the perfect fit for a sidecar
•Strong
•Rigid
•Swing arm suspension on both motorcycle and sidecar
•Coil sprung shocks on all three corners provide excellent ride quality
Sidecar

•Stable
•Solid steel, NO plastic or fiberglass to worry about
•Usable storage space not found with the competition
•Comfy sidecar accommodates passengers of all sizes
•Retro look with modern amenities such as windscreens, power outlets and other unique features
•Easy access into passenger seat, no need to climb over the edge to get in or out
•Bring the family, the dog, or your buddy along for the ride, no need be left behind
•Fun for the whole family
•Safe

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Old 04-29-2013, 07:17 PM   #8
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new ural 2013

i also got a 2013 gear up.my first time with a hack.time for something new.everything was stiff no the 100 mi ride home from the dealer,but no real trouble.after about another 100 mi i hear the valves chattering.i checked n they r at .010. will adjust tomm.will change oil also.i love the thing! its a head turner.
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:53 PM   #9
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5 gallon US so that is over must be what remaining in the tank Some of us can only get 15 miles once we burn off the top half at 150 180 km That why we use the can for gas and not water. Remember its not for use for water and gas, but who mixes gas and water>?

use to get 180 km but after changning the jets I get 150 km now.
I just picked up my 2012 (leftover) Patrol. Im getting 218 km before I swap to reserve and not putting 4.5 gallons in. Im getting 31-33mpg..
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:19 AM   #10
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i love the thing! its a head turner.

Yep, a real head turner. The acceleration out of a turn on the Dragon snapped my head around.
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:51 PM   #11
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Congratulations on joining the foil heads!

As you add on the km's things wear in and everything works better. I'm around 12500 now and mpg, power, and shifting ease have all improved.

I always slip the filter in partway (put the rubber plug in the bottom first, then slide the base into place in wiggle the filter on the spigot. Then screw into the housing.

Tip - I found the drain plugs don't leak at all if you use copper crush washers (Pep Boys).

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Copper crush washers are great, but a little Yamabond goes a long way.
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