Really old BMW rig (a Ural right?)
I road an 1968 R60/2 with car for 15 years before I had to make space for a new Beemer (wife said one bike at a time please). I'm getting the bug again and the Ural Gear Up looks very intriguing, very like my R60 in top end and acceleration, but stops better with the disc up front.
Anyone have comments on long term ownership? I don't mind DYI maintenance and I understand the recent ones have the same supplier of gears shafts and motor innerds as BMW.
Thanks for your thoughts!
south florida, 2010 R1200RT
I think you would be surprised as how far URAL has come in the terms of reliability..though many still remember the old days...
Originally Posted by vetsurginc
'05 URAL 'Troyka'
(10,000+ trouble free miles)
I've been mighty tempted, as well!
Going on the forums thru the Ural site is interesting. As you say the changes from the older posts seems to indicate Ural listens and responds to some degree. The pres of the company is a frequent poster, although overall posts aren't that frequent.
Even knowing the two wheel drive is strictly loose stuff dirt roads, snow and mud I keep thinking for a few dollars more why not. I had to play GS on my 78 R80RT going from Missola to Cheyenne due to washed out mountain roads and many miles of dirt track (gotta love those dashed blue line roads :-) And snow riding in the rig with the dog in the car was a hoot! Folks in Champaign/Urbana thought I was nuts
They were right of course!
Any direct experience with the last couple of years?
I've got a '10 Patrol. As long as you can accept its limitations it is a blast. It is just not something that you can take on the interstate and do 1000 mile days. At 55 it is fine but 65 is asking a lot. Last Sunday I ended up on a back road that was packed snow and ice. Put it in 2WD and had a great time. That is only the second time I actually "needed" 2WD but it is nice knowing it is there. Maintenance requirements are somewhat greater than some other bikes but they are very simple and easy to work on. I have no regrets. In Florida you MUST see Gene Holopaw neat Orlando, one of the very best Ural Dealers. http://holopawcorvette.webpointusa.com/
Can you say what kind of maintenance, in particular the time involved? Is it the valve adjust, final drive maintenance variety, or the clutch spline lube kind?
Originally Posted by Railbender
I don't know if I am tempted, but certainly interested. I'd like to go on more trips with my wife, and a 2 wheeler doesn't work well for her as she tends to doze off on the back after 30-60 minutes. Not good.
I actually didn't know Ural has so many models. The ones I see on the road seemed to be not that different from each other, but that may be my uninitiated eye. I talked to a gentleman on the BRP for a good while last year. I believe he had a Patrol. It looked very military like, had leg shields, 2wd, and smelled really big when he started it up. I don't remember figures, but believe he said the fuel consumption was similar to a pickup truck. I don't recall if that was with the 2wd engaged or always.
I walked away with the impression that one has to be really into it in order to deal with the quirks. It also seemed that while many motorcyclists are generally tinkerers, sidecar people are some serious DIYers. I didn't hear the word farkles. It sounded more like handmade parts.
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