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    Lusting for a Ural

    I've actually gotten to the point financially I can afford a new toy without trading in my loyal K.

    Rigs have always intrigued me. Had a Flexit on the K75 years ago but I wanted a solo bike also.

    i love the simplicity of the Urals, not to mention I'm closer to a Ural dealer than a BMW.

    The engineering reminds me of my '72 TR Spitfire which I bought new at the tender age of 19, it was about 20 years obsolete then but damn, was it fun. And I learned alot about wrenching (out of necessity)

    I have a 12 and 6 year old that are not interested on riding the K, but the sidecar would be "totally cool"

    Always been attracted to offbeat cars and bikes (Citroen ID-19 was my all time fav) and the Russian bike fills that bill.

    And I want a new factory rig (I deserve to mess it up all by myself!) But not a HD.

    I like the idea of developing a new skill set, and the possibility of playing the the mud and snow with the 2WD I'm leaning towards. Anti-lock, FWD, and slide control take all the fun out of driving in snow nowadays.

    Any thoughts from all you hack pundits out there?
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    What no Trabi in the stable? The Ural's are cool. I can't tell you anything about them now.....but very shortly one of the local club members takes delivery of theirs.
    Here is a link to their announcement I'm real interested in seeing it.
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    In SW Ohio just take a ride to Eaton and see the very nice guys at Heindl Engineering. http://www.heindlengineering.com/sidecar/index.htm Like you I thought about a Ural for a couple of years and finally decided it was time for a new toy 2 years ago. My first phone call was to Heindl, to inquire about delivery time. To my surprise they had what I wanted in stock! The rest is history. Just be aware of the limitations of the Ural. It is not something you run on the interstate for hours at a time. If you can be happy on secondary roads you will love it. Here in the land of ice and snow (Well not this year.) it extends the riding season to 12 months.

    Years ago I had a Citroen ID19 break. I hadn't thought about it but yes a Ural is just as weird. Since I am a long way from a dealer I do all my own wrenching, it is an easy bike to work on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35634 View Post
    I've actually gotten to the point financially I can afford a new toy without trading in my loyal K.

    Rigs have always intrigued me. Had a Flexit on the K75 years ago but I wanted a solo bike also.

    i love the simplicity of the Urals, not to mention I'm closer to a Ural dealer than a BMW.

    The engineering reminds me of my '72 TR Spitfire which I bought new at the tender age of 19, it was about 20 years obsolete then but damn, was it fun. And I learned alot about wrenching (out of necessity)

    I have a 12 and 6 year old that are not interested on riding the K, but the sidecar would be "totally cool"

    Always been attracted to offbeat cars and bikes (Citroen ID-19 was my all time fav) and the Russian bike fills that bill.

    And I want a new factory rig (I deserve to mess it up all by myself!) But not a HD.

    I like the idea of developing a new skill set, and the possibility of playing the the mud and snow with the 2WD I'm leaning towards. Anti-lock, FWD, and slide control take all the fun out of driving in snow nowadays.

    Any thoughts from all you hack pundits out there?
    I'm go'n to break the silence that I had to hold back since the MOA Rally in Oregon..I had URAL contact me if it where possible to have them bring demo bikes to the National rally and if I had connections with the 'Powers-to-be' on the MOA board.

    To make a long story short(as if there was a long story)..apparently the decision by the board in closed door session denied..maybe the wrong words..'cause it was decided in closed session not to have URAL at the rally..

    So folks don't let be denied that there wasn't an attempt by a manufacturer of sidecars to present their product at a National Rally.

    FYI..URAL has bought ads in the 'ON' over the years..but denied to present their product at a National Rally. I think .."it's time for a change."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clay View Post

    So folks don't let be denied that there wasn't an attempt by a manufacturer of sidecars to present their product at a National Rally.

    FYI..URAL has bought ads in the 'ON' over the years..but denied to present their product at a National Rally. I think .."it's time for a change."
    +1 Clay

    In the 90s I organized several BMW Club Qu?®bec Rallies. BMW Canada would come to our rallies with demos quite frequently. One year (mid 90s ?) they stopped coming. A member (independently) arranged to bring a Triumph Tiger to the rally (he rode it to rally) for attendees to try out. Needless to say BMW Canada and our local dealers where less than pleased. In this case, most of us got to see that the GS was a better bike, so it worked in BMW's favour.
    If BMW NA (or MOA) is worried about URAL, why don't they produce a factory sidecar rig themselves?

    I for one would love to see URAL at the National, if for no other reason than to turn people on to sidecars.
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    I seem to remember Moto-Guzzi wanting to have a presence at a rally back in the 90's and being nixed by BMWMOA. I think they are non-BMW-phobic, for whatever reason. I doubt BMW will ever produce or approve of sidecars again for liability reasons. One of the neat things about Urals is they actually encourage doing your own maintenance.
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    If you are thinking Ural, then you should go up to Heindl Engineering and take a look. You might also find some of the ride reports by Mr. COB on ADV to be of interest (they are interesting even if you don't plan to get a Ural!). -

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=454177

    At present the first slide on the homepage at ADV is Mr. COB. After reading some of his ride reports a buddy and I went over to Heindl and took a look. One of these days when I reduce the number of bikes in the garage I'll strongly consider a Ural Patrol.

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    I've been lusting for a Ural, as well. I'm about ready to pull the trigger on a new one, but the nearest dealer is 1 1/2 hours away. Still, that's no excuse, as there are plenty of BMW riders that are not graced with a local dealer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 35634 View Post
    I've actually gotten to the point financially I can afford a new toy without trading in my loyal K.

    Rigs have always intrigued me. Had a Flexit on the K75 years ago but I wanted a solo bike also.

    i love the simplicity of the Urals, not to mention I'm closer to a Ural dealer than a BMW.

    The engineering reminds me of my '72 TR Spitfire which I bought new at the tender age of 19, it was about 20 years obsolete then but damn, was it fun. And I learned alot about wrenching (out of necessity)

    I have a 12 and 6 year old that are not interested on riding the K, but the sidecar would be "totally cool"

    Always been attracted to offbeat cars and bikes (Citroen ID-19 was my all time fav) and the Russian bike fills that bill.

    And I want a new factory rig (I deserve to mess it up all by myself!) But not a HD.

    I like the idea of developing a new skill set, and the possibility of playing the the mud and snow with the 2WD I'm leaning towards. Anti-lock, FWD, and slide control take all the fun out of driving in snow nowadays.

    Any thoughts from all you hack pundits out there?
    Did it no regrets. Nice to have a local dealer again that actually has parts and provides service.

    If not pounding the freeway or trying to cover many many mile days, it is the ticket. The newer Urals are comfortable and competent and can carry a ton of stuff.

    You will have to remember to heel shift up.
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