mouka wrote:I am really enjoying seeing someone rebuilding an entire Ural. I have some remarks though:
Thanks. I have not seen many full on restoration threads done. If anything, it will give anyone a pretty good idea of what it takes to completely tear one down into pieces and then put it back together.
mouka wrote:1: There is a lot of rust for a bike that is 4 years old. Is the quality of Ural bikes this bad?
You are correct, there is a lot of rust for a 4 year old bike in my opinion as well. Now to clarify something, the previous owner used this as his winter bike in Iowa. While it was stored in a heated building when not ridden, the salt did take its toll on the frame coating.
Given that, the rust you see if the result of the paint lifting most likely as a result of the salt and moisture getting into the paint which makes me think the issue is more with the paint/primer used and the environment in which it was used. A bike not run all winter long should stay pretty good. The frame, swing arm, center stand do have more surface rust than I would like, but this thing is super heavy like a tank. even if I left it as is, it would be many years before anything would rust through. My hope is that by using better finishing materials, it will potentially out last me. (at least the finish).
mouka wrote:2: it seems that these bikes are under-engineered. There are so many issues Ural bikes can develop. I am used to the reliability of Honda bikes and this Urals' tendency to break down fairly easily is shocking.
A Ural is no Honda. My Super Magna has over 70,000 problem free miles on it. Finally stopped riding it because it got totaled
My Kawasaki went 60,000 miles before it decided to throw its counter balancer chain chewing up the bottom end (which I fixed myself in two weeks time so I could ride to Colorado this summer)
However, I can fix anything on the Ural, the Honda, or the Kawasaki I do feel that successful and problem free Ural ownership requires two things:
1. A certain amount of luck - Some things can fail early but they are normally during warranty period. Though there are plenty of people with little or no problems.
2. An owner in tune with the machine - Understand how it works, what its limitations are, and stay within those limitations. If you pay attention to the bike, it will give you fair warning on just about everything.
A Ural is not for everyone.
mouka wrote:3: The Ural bikes seems to have been stuck in the mid 20th century. I know that newer Urals have fuel injection and disk brakes, but the rest of the bike seems to be of similar quality to Chinese bikes. You use them one season and they break down beyond any possible repairs.
Can someone please chime in and let me know if I got these remarks right or if I am completely off target?
A Ural is mostly old tech. That is part of the appeal. I have no experience with Chinese bikes so will not comment.
I will say that if I was in your situation and got a low mileage Ural in mostly excellent condition that was sitting for what you paid for it, I would be thrilled. Taking any motorcycle that has been sitting neglected for years will require the same amount of work to make it run again as yours does. Even a Honda. Cleaning carbs out, replacing float needles, flushing and possibly sealing the tank, replacing any dry rotted tires and tubes, changing and flushing all fluids, and lubing stuff properly is all it should take. Depending on the moisture level it was sitting in for those years, you might want to check any electrical connection for corrosion and clean them. Not to mention a new battery. This is the same thing you do on any motorcycle that has been sitting.
If I was near you, I would love an opportunity to help bring another one back. One good weekend of work is all it should take.
With all that said, I hope it helps to answer your questions.
In order to keep this thread on topic, I will ask others to refrain from answering those questions here since this is a build thread. That way, anyone looking in the future won't have to sift through a bunch of off topic posts.
If you want others to chime in, please start a new thread posing those questions.