windmill wrote:The impressions that internet forums can give aren't necessarily accurate....and that's being generous.
Yesterday I put a payment in full for a 2018 M70 in the mail, and did it with confidence.
Go to a Honda forum and you'll read about all sorts of problems. 100 people complaining about a Goldwing when over a million bikes have been built.
Ural produces about 1,000 bikes a year for worldwide distribution (I think that's the 2010 production but still probably close).
Where those complaints on the Honda forum would account for what, 0.01% of owners complaining? the percentage of complaints to bikes produced by Ural is absurdly high.
I've rebuilt a fair chunk of my Patrol, my Honda is a year older with 4x the miles hasn't had anything other than routine maintenance. Having seen the insides of my bike, I firmly believe it's an archaic design that will not have the reliability of a modern bike.
Would I feel comfortable buying a new Ural? Of course. Would I feel it's going to be problem free for 50,000 miles? Heck no. Know what you're buying.
Two days ago a UDF at a local supermarket, the guy wanted to buy a Ural to do high speed cruising. I laughed. He said the Ural marketing says they can go all day at 75 miles per hour, so it shouldn't really hurt them to go faster than that. Perhaps the impressions that internet forums can give balances out the impressions that marketing can give and somewhere between the two is the truth.