Sign that Urals are getting better

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Sign that Urals are getting better

Post by Snakeoil » Sat Nov 23, 2019 5:19 pm

I've been noticing lately that in the Greasy Wrench, there seem to be more Dnepr questions than Ural questions. Maybe it's just a seasonal thing. Or maybe, Urals are getting more reliable. Maybe it's a combination of riders getting the older rigs sorted out and the new rigs being pretty reliable.
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Re: Sign that Urals are getting better

Post by Desantnik-VDV » Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:04 pm

Combination of all I guess.
Less issues with 2019's?
In some parts of the country with snow Urals are gone into sleep mode.
Some of older owners are more knowledgeable and don't ask questions.
New generation of owners ask questions on Facebook?
Sales are also advertised on Facebook...
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Re: Sign that Urals are getting better

Post by RC20 » Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:27 pm

If I can get the slush to go away I will be active with mine! Sadly our nice snowfall was followed by 50 deg and various rain storms.
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Re: Sign that Urals are getting better

Post by Mr Wazzock » Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:10 pm

I like the footprints! "He went thataway" :D
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Re: Sign that Urals are getting better

Post by treeman1942 » Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:58 pm

I must say, I love my 2019 Ural Gear Up, 3300 miles and zero buyers remorse. This Michigan weather is just not good for any devout motorcyclist since it seems we either have snow or mud! I'm having Ural withdrawal symptoms!
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Re: Sign that Urals are getting better

Post by Lokiboy » Sat Nov 23, 2019 8:01 pm

Snakeoil wrote:
Sat Nov 23, 2019 5:19 pm
I've been noticing lately that in the Greasy Wrench, there seem to be more Dnepr questions than Ural questions. Maybe it's just a seasonal thing. Or maybe, Urals are getting more reliable. Maybe it's a combination of riders getting the older rigs sorted out and the new rigs being pretty reliable.
Thought the same thing. We’re becoming a Cossack site :lol:
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Re: Sign that Urals are getting better

Post by Snakeoil » Sat Nov 23, 2019 8:14 pm

One of the reasons I bought the Ural was for winter use. I had this vision of going to the ice races on the rig. But when I saw the rust on the tub from summer use, I just could not bring myself to ride it in the salt. Happy about that decision now. But it would have been fun.
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Re: Sign that Urals are getting better

Post by BigJames » Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:21 pm

5600 miles on my 19 and I am simply amazed. Will have 6200 miles when we get back from Gene's. Most of my mileage is highway, as it always has been. Both my wonderful 2010 Retro and the evil a$$ 2015 M70 had 2, yes 2 engine rebuild/replacements each by this mileage. So from my point of view, oh hell yeah they are better. Here is the full list of warranty problems to date:

Speedometer, died day 1, odometer never failed.
One of the shifter rubbers fell off, sent me 2. Still have one in the bag.
Enduro seat stitching not up to snuff, replaced, said don't bother to send back the old otherwise perfect, but coming un-sewed one

Ok, gave the seat to someone up in Canada, with the understanding of exactly what the seat was. He's happy. Tried the new solo seat, better, but now have an HD cop seat on the Gear Up. One of the other seats will be up for sale soon... Speedo was later fixed. I still can't believe they warrantied a shifter rubber...really.
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Re: Sign that Urals are getting better

Post by WEGUNTER » Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:41 am

If it passed the Big James test then it has absolutely passed muster with flying colors. :D :D :D

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Re: Sign that Urals are getting better

Post by stagewex » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:06 am

When was the last time they made/manufactuered a Dnepr?
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Re: Sign that Urals are getting better

Post by eastbloc » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:17 am

Maybe it's a sign that Urals are getting too expensive? :lol:
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Re: Sign that Urals are getting better

Post by dneprlover » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:31 am

stagewex wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:06 am
When was the last time they made/manufactuered a Dnepr?
Factory finally closed it's doors in December 2011. It was struggling for at least 5 years before that and the latest that I can positively identify a bike is 2008 but I believe they were being made out of parts up to the end. Not sure what year ( bout 2005-6 ish I think) but the frame manufacturing equipment broke down/wore out and they didn't have any money to replace it so they bought in old bikes to refurbish the frames and send out complete new units. I am told that the factory made a lot of effort to improve quality and survive on it's own from 2000 on.

Contrary to what some people assume, this site is called Soviet 'Steeds' and is not just a Ural owners appreciation society. There are many other makes of Soviet motorcycles but they rarely feature on here .

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Re: Sign that Urals are getting better

Post by eastbloc » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:51 am

I would say maybe IZH and Minsk was the motorcycle for the masses. Ural was the motorcycle for the police and "privileged" members of society :) people who could afford the upkeep of fancy things like valve trains.

It might be more precise to say KMZ MV-series was the motorcycle for the military. "Dnepr" was always the civilian brand.

But hey, that's just like, my opinion, man :lol:
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Re: Sign that Urals are getting better

Post by Bullethead » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:59 pm

I’m guessing....hoping....the lack of “oh sh*t something else broke” entries might be due to all things already noted. Yup, these things are getting pretty expensive and, indeed, lots of potential buyers will, therefore, be older and more scooter-savee. We’ll see.
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Re: Sign that Urals are getting better

Post by Lmo » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:02 pm

Dnepr, the Motorcycle for the military
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