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Re: Top Twenty frequently asked Questions with answers.

Postby cdscoot » Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:50 pm

Kerbouchard wrote:Another one for newbs, just discovered yesterday:

When trying to put the bike up on the centerstand, make sure the parking brake is NOT set!!! You will not be able to move/lift it, because the back wheel has to roll back a little bit! :oops: (Also means bike has to be in Neutral...)

Looks like we've either covered everything for newbs, or everyone got bored with this thread.....

Cheers,

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If you are going to change a wheel out when on the center stand make sure that you tie the center stand to the front frame or to the front wheel strut. If there is force that moves the bike foreword and it is unrestrained it will be setting on the mufflers if you had the wheel off already. You know why I already know this! :!:
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Re: Top Twenty frequently asked Questions with answers.

Postby Underhill » Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:55 pm

cdscoot wrote:
Kerbouchard wrote:Another one for newbs, just discovered yesterday:

When trying to put the bike up on the centerstand, make sure the parking brake is NOT set!!! You will not be able to move/lift it, because the back wheel has to roll back a little bit! :oops: (Also means bike has to be in Neutral...)

Looks like we've either covered everything for newbs, or everyone got bored with this thread.....

Cheers,

Kerbouchard

If you are going to change a wheel out when on the center stand make sure that you tie the center stand to the front frame or to the front wheel strut. If there is force that moves the bike foreword and it is unrestrained it will be setting on the mufflers if you had the wheel off already. You know why I already know this! :!:



Bummer!!! I always block the other two wheels but now I believe I will go the step further as you suggest.
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Re: Top Twenty frequently asked Questions with answers.

Postby ecurrent » Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:42 pm

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"urra L" ... almost sounds French (Think bad French accent from movies in the 30's.
I spent about half an hour listening to a translator program before I could say "синий ведро".
синий ведро is pronounced "See Knee Vee Dro" (roll the r). It means 'dark blue bucket' (what I named my Ural, uh "urra L")
Two different Russian customers said I was saying it right. But then again, maybe they were just being polite.
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Re: Top Twenty frequently asked Questions with answers.

Postby Underhill » Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:30 pm

ecurrent wrote:
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"urra L" ... almost sounds French (Think bad French accent from movies in the 30's.
I spent about half an hour listening to a translator program before I could say "синий ведро".
синий ведро is pronounced "See Knee Vee Dro" (roll the r). It means 'dark blue bucket' (what I named my Ural, uh "urra L")
Two different Russian customers said I was saying it right. But then again, maybe they were just being polite.


I've been told --Korean is tougher.
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Re: Top Twenty frequently asked Questions with answers.

Postby flyinglion » Fri Aug 17, 2012 5:12 pm

Why is the sidecar called a "hack"

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Re: Top Twenty frequently asked Questions with answers.

Postby Underhill » Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:15 pm

flyinglion wrote:Why is the sidecar called a "hack"

this newbie wants to know



I dunno--taxi cabs at various times have been called ''hacks'' also.
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Re: Top Twenty frequently asked Questions with answers.

Postby gflapg » Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:02 pm

You know thru the years I have heard many explanations. The best I ever heard was whenever the fist sidecar was attached to a motorcycle someone eventually asked "who hacked that together" . Probably not true but it sounds good.
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Re: Top Twenty frequently asked Questions with answers.

Postby Underhill » Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:42 am

gflapg wrote:You know thru the years I have heard many explanations. The best I ever heard was whenever the fist sidecar was attached to a motorcycle someone eventually asked "who hacked that together" . Probably not true but it sounds good.




How urban myths are born. :moto: :moto:
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Re: Top Twenty frequently asked Questions with answers.

Postby tx2sturgis » Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:51 pm

Bilgekeeldave wrote:
My wife is Russian/Ukrainian.

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Wait.

I was not offered a Russian wife with mine!

Maybe I need to ask the dealer for the 'other' catalog.

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Re: Top Twenty frequently asked Questions with answers.

Postby Bilgekeeldave » Fri Dec 07, 2012 1:19 am

Ahh, but you got a Ural, Ukrainian wives only come with Dneprs.

Unfortunately, they've closed the Dnepr factory.

You snooze, you lose! :lol:

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Re: Top Twenty frequently asked Questions with answers.

Postby Old School » Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:20 pm

Wow, I've been a member on here for all of 20 minutes and already learned a lot of what I was yearning to know. You all have done a great job with the FAQ.

I have been eyeing the Urals for a couple of years now and just haven't quite done the deed yet - but I get closer all the time.

I currently have a Road King, a Shadow, a Yamaha XJ650, and a Piaggio BV500 scooter (That last one is a BLAST!) I'm considering moving away from the big heavy touring bike and like the idea of a sidecar rig vs. a trike.

My mental tug of war pertains to some of what was talked about in this thread:

1. Will I be satisfied with the Ural's ability to keep up with (ahead of) traffic on a routine basis - the vast majority of the riding I do is in the 45 to 60 mph range and that seems to be what it takes to stay out of trouble with traffic here.
2. Will I be happy with the trade off in power and moving to a rig vs. the RK? I still take the occasional trip. And nearly all my riding is solo.
3. Although I am a tinkerer and enjoy doing my own maintenance and most repairs, will the Ural be more than I bargained for? I like to ride more than I like to fix problems... And the thought of a true mid-trip-stranding breakdown does not appeal to me at all despite the adventure and character building it brings! :roll:
4. Is sidecar removal practical to give the added option of a two-wheeler? And how does the bike without the rig respond to a two-wheeled style of riding? Decent power, etc.
5. It sounds like a Retro one-wheel drive is what my needs would be geared for. No off-road and probably little to no winter riding.

I realize no one can make the decision for me but maybe some of you Comrades have already walked in my shoes. I welcome any comments or suggestions you care to make. Thank you in advance! :)

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Re: Top Twenty frequently asked Questions with answers.

Postby rivers » Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:22 pm

Old School wrote:1. Will I be satisfied with the Ural's ability to keep up with (ahead of) traffic on a routine basis - the vast majority of the riding I do is in the 45 to 60 mph range and that seems to be what it takes to stay out of trouble with traffic here.
2. Will I be happy with the trade off in power and moving to a rig vs. the RK? I still take the occasional trip. And nearly all my riding is solo.
3. Although I am a tinkerer and enjoy doing my own maintenance and most repairs, will the Ural be more than I bargained for? I like to ride more than I like to fix problems... And the thought of a true mid-trip-stranding breakdown does not appeal to me at all despite the adventure and character building it brings! :roll:
4. Is sidecar removal practical to give the added option of a two-wheeler? And how does the bike without the rig respond to a two-wheeled style of riding? Decent power, etc.
5. It sounds like a Retro one-wheel drive is what my needs would be geared for. No off-road and probably little to no winter riding.

I'm pretty new too but I'll take a shot by the numbers with my "opinion"
1. Probably. Helps if you filled out your profile so we know where "here" is. Where I'm at it's 2 lane blacktop mostly 40-55 speed limit. Mine sings along at 45-60mph. If traffic is faster I let'em go by. I'd rather have those 4000 lb mobile cell/text phones in front rather than behind me.
2.Probably. but your passing days of checking traffic, rolling on the throttle and blasting by cars are over. So if you need to be in front you'll want lots of clear road and lots of time. Biggest adjustment I had to make when traveling was daily miles covered. Bike is slower and ergos aren't yet right for me so my previous 2 wheeler 400+ mile days are gone.
3. Do the required servicing on schedule and you should be fine.
4. No. Doable but not practical to do it often.
5. Lotsa dirt roads to explore here so I like 2WD for occasional use but otherwise could have lived with a Retro or Tourist.
Different adventure than a RK but great fun.
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Re: Top Twenty frequently asked Questions with answers.

Postby ecurrent » Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:58 pm

Old School wrote:Wow, I've been a member on here for all of 20 minutes and already learned a lot of what I was yearning to know. You all have done a great job with the FAQ.

I have been eyeing the Urals for a couple of years now and just haven't quite done the deed yet - but I get closer all the time.

I currently have a Road King, a Shadow, a Yamaha XJ650, and a Piaggio BV500 scooter (That last one is a BLAST!) I'm considering moving away from the big heavy touring bike and like the idea of a sidecar rig vs. a trike.

My mental tug of war pertains to some of what was talked about in this thread:
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1. Will I be satisfied with the Ural's ability to keep up with (ahead of) traffic on a routine basis - the vast majority of the riding I do is in the 45 to 60 mph range and that seems to be what it takes to stay out of trouble with traffic here.
2. Will I be happy with the trade off in power and moving to a rig vs. the RK? I still take the occasional trip. And nearly all my riding is solo.
3. Although I am a tinkerer and enjoy doing my own maintenance and most repairs, will the Ural be more than I bargained for? I like to ride more than I like to fix problems... And the thought of a true mid-trip-stranding breakdown does not appeal to me at all despite the adventure and character building it brings! :roll:
4. Is sidecar removal practical to give the added option of a two-wheeler? And how does the bike without the rig respond to a two-wheeled style of riding? Decent power, etc.
5. It sounds like a Retro one-wheel drive is what my needs would be geared for. No off-road and probably little to no winter riding.

I realize no one can make the decision for me but maybe some of you Comrades have already walked in my shoes. I welcome any comments or suggestions you care to make. Thank you in advance! :)


OK, I'll bite. Here's my 2 cents worth.
My last bike was a Road King. I've been riding almost 50 years now and the Ural is just plain fun. Even blowing a clutch was almost painless once I got into it.
1. You will probably find speed is a bit slower to achieve in stop and go traffic, but it's fine on longer stretches. The uniqueness of the bike makes you much more visible but a 200 db horn is a fun add on. :shock:
2. My RK was so balanced I could ride through town without touching the handlebars if I caught all the lights. Your Ural will not be so boring to ride. Both hands are required to pop wheelies. (see drilled slides). :rotfl: :lol:
3. I'd recommend a 2006 or newer. My 2006 patrol requires less maintenance than my RK did and the cost is MUCH less. :clap:
4. No. It can come off but a solo Ural is not a fun ride. :(
5. The Ural T is only $9999.00. I bought my 2006 Patrol used for $6,500 with only 3800 miles on it.
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Re: Top Twenty frequently asked Questions with answers.

Postby Old School » Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:45 am

Thank you for the replies, guys :)

It's just a matter of time and coming across the right rig... :wink: I'm looking forward to seeing what changes might have been made for 2013.

Seems like dealers are pretty few and far between. Not many rigs to look at.

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Re: Top Twenty frequently asked Questions with answers.

Postby fishinjim » Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:12 pm

I have been reading the questions and comments on this forum for several days and have found it interesting.
I will be 70 when my birthday rolls around again and looking for something that can extend my riding days.
Trikes are just too darned expensive so looks like that leaves 1 option. I am going to the local Ural dealer with my wife and take a test ride.
If she likes it, it is a go. My health has not been good the past year, and I have lost so much strength I would have a difficult time holding my
Suzuki Savage up with the wife aboard should there be a strong crosswind and long red lights. That bike is not really suited to riding double
anyway. Thanks guy's, I now know what to look at. Have been riding off and on since 1959, and just do not want to give it up. :)
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