mouka wrote:chaos2 wrote:also nice thing about newer Urals is they outsourced many parts; alternator, disc brakes, efi and carbs, gears, switches, shocks....
Does this apply to older models like mine that was built in 2003?
I know for sure that the newer models with closed loop efi will be a lot more reliable and will break a lot less often. I was just curious to know how many miles one can put on a Ural before it is considered unworthy of being on the road.
I love the fact that it's a very simple design and I would love to keep mine until the day I die or can't ride any more. I just hope I can find spare parts to keep it running like a top.
If you wanted to know, I probably do not ride more than a few hundreds of miles every year. I have never taken a trip of more than 100 miles round trip. So my question about mileage might sound silly, but I wanted to know how reliable these bikes can be over the long run.
How long before it's unroadworthy junk is all up to you. As in your riding style and how well you maintain/repair it during it's life. So far as parts availability 20-30 years from now? I'd guess that'll depend on how healthy IMZ stays over the years? I'm already retired and my 014 is my dedicated retirement transportation/hobby bike and "planing anyway" to still be on it 20 years from now. My crystal ball is also getting cataracts so I guess time will tell I guess? My back-up if the 014 electro gizmos go south and get too expensive I'll swap in an early IMZ/KMZ flathead motor. Silly simple reliable tech and even if I'm too old and gimped up to fix it myself...any lawnmower shop should be able to repair a flattie. If you want to keep your 03 forever, "now" is the time to make the commitment to servicing. Get her running up to spec. Stay away from irreversible exotic mods in the hopes of improving the brand. It is what it is. Ride it within it's design parameters, service religiously, repair when needed, ride some more. Then lather, rinse. repeat.
It's all good. Vroom vroom.