I'm starting this thread in response to some demand on having a quick reference to some commonly asked questions. This is a work in progress and can be modified. Please contribute to this if you have good material... Here ya go....
1) Q: Does the sidecar come off and can you ride the bike solo?
A: It depends on the model. Two big factors, if the bike has a 2wd feature it's not practical to remove the sidecar. Another issue is the Earls link front end system. A bike with it will be difficult to ride solo as the rake of the front end is closer to the frame.Qoute from BildgekeelDave;"Regarding removing the sidecar, the tire treads will wear square when the rig is in sidecar mode. Take the sidecar off without also putting round cross section tires on it and the handling will suffer when you lean it over in the corners." A rig with 1wd and telescoping front end such as a Ural Retro,Deco, Troyka, or the new M-70 will be more suitable for sidecar removal.
2) Q: Should I get 1wd or 2wd?
A) it depends on your type of riding. Street riding and most light off road conditions will be fine with 1wd. For rough off roading and heavy snow/muddy conditions 2wd is a must. Think of it in terms of a truck with a 4wd option. It's nice to have it when you need it.
3) Q: What type of tires should I buy?
A: Also 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 more rough off road and better lasting tire there is the Duro HF 307 and the Heidenau K 37's Duros are in the 90.00 range and Heidenaus are in the 150.00 range. For strickly street riding the 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 rating.
4)Q: Will towing a trailer void my warranty?
A: Technically yes. That is what is the written word from IMZ.
5) Q: Can my warranty be transferred?
6) Q: what is the average depreciation on a Used Ural?
A: Generally 1000.00 per year on a well maintained Rig.
7) Q: what should I look for in a Used Rig?
A) First no title, no deal. Then remember that Russian motorcycles like to be ridden. A frequently ridden bike with routine maintenance are in most cases better than a rig that just sat around. Maintainence records are a good indicator of how a rig was or wasn't kept up.
Q: What year rig should I look at on a used one?
A: As far as Urals, anything 2005 or newer are preferred. Big improvements with 2007 and up such as Hertzog timing gears and Hertzog gears in the transmission. Basically every year has pluses and minuses. Also an older well maintained rig will be fine as well.
9) Q: Can I get any color I want on a new rig?
A: Basically yes. The factory will paint any color they have in stock for you at a additional fee. Some dealers will get you any color you want also at an additional fee.
10) Q: Can I use a Ural for constant highway speeds over 70 MPH?
A: Modern Urals have come along way. They are capable of 65 to 70 MPH. But... At those speeds they are at most of their power band and it is not recommended to run them that high for long periods. The final drive will suffer driven that hard. The sweet speed on a modern Ural is 45 to 65 MPH.
11) Q: Where do I find accessories for my Ural?
A: There are a few places. Raceway services, any Ural Dealer, old timers garage, are just some. Custom seats n such, Rich Maund is a good source who is on this forum.
12) Q: Where is there a good, "How to" place for doing routine maintenance?
A: For Urals there's is Billy G's website, "Myural.com." Billy's site is very informative. His demonstrations of procedures are based on his 2002 Patrol. This site is very good for info in the. "Hammerin and wrenchin" section, as well as, "RussianIron.com" are helpful. You can order maintenance CD's from any dealer which is helpful. Most dealers will give you maintenance answers. But you'll find most stuff by searching on the forums.
13) Q: How fast can I go in Reverse?
A: Fast enough where it can be very dangerous and unstable! General rule of thumb: Walking speed only for safe operation in reverse!
14) Q: what kind of fuel economy can I expect?
A: On the average, well maintained rig will get 30 MPG.
15) Q: Can I run regular grade fuel?
A: The factory recommends high test. There are some who ride on regular. Some mid grade .
16) Q: Should I practice riding with ballast in the sidecar when first getting used to riding a rig?
A: Some say yes, some say no. Personally, I started with two cases of bottled water in the sidecar and then in a couple of days I removed them and got used to an empty sidecar. It is a very good idea to read and practice the material in the "Yellowbook: How to drive a sidecar outfit", a copy can be obtained by searching on this forum. Also if you can get professional training it is well worth it. There are classes available in certain parts of the U.S.
17) Q: I want to have my rig trailered. What size trailer do I need?
A: Basically a trailer that is 6ft. X 10 ft is fine. Owners have made modified trailers. Another search topic.
18) Q: What is,"UDF"?
A): Ural delay factor. A common condition of Russian motorcycle ownership. These rigs are a magnet for attracting curious people. Get used to it. If your shy don't buy a Russian rig.
19):Q: Can I take my dog or small children in my sidecar?
Same rules apply. Your pet and / or a small child has to be able to stay seated and understand commands from the driver. I believe that with kids helmets are a must. With pets and children, they should obey directions from the driver.
20) Q: what is a," Foilhead?
A: Foilhead is a Russian rig owner who wears an aluminum foil hat of some kind to protect oneself from the dangerous mind altering Rays from the government who constantly watches us.