Thank you to those who help others on this site

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mattzahr
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Thank you to those who help others on this site

Post by mattzahr » Sat Oct 24, 2020 5:13 pm

This is going to sound placating, but so what - here goes....

I just want to say thanks to all of you who have taken the time and effort to help those of us who are mechanically, electrically, and all around challenged when it pertains to all things Ural.

Flashback to November 2014 - Tomcatfixer and I take a trip to UralNE from Newport, RI (US Naval War College Senior Enlisted Academy) one Saturday to look at some bikes....fast forward a few years - he has Mobile Chernobyl and a friggin' barnfull of rides.

After darn near killing myself in a freak accident 5+ years ago on a F650GS on an off ramp going to work one morning (Scott AFB), I have not been able to get back on two wheels. To assist with keeping up with rehab for TBI and damage to hands/shoulder, it was recommended that I get into something to keep me busy...Ural certainly fills that void....and I get my first Ural - a '98 Italia....short lived due to more surgery from the accident - need to have electric start and disc brakes - I get a '16 cT - best therapy a person could ask for!

My latest tip was reading the advice of tapping the metal seal on the pushrod cover to press the rubber seal back toward the engine case - you saved my butt from taking the head off and replacing the seal - a job I have never attempted before and to be candid am a bit concerned about performing solo....just came back from a 130 km shakedown cruise into St. Louis at varying speeds and guess what???? NO LEAK!!!

With so much vitriol going on these days, I can't let this go any more without saying thanks to folks who offer their expertise to those of us who are all but lost without the tips and tricks of the trade found on this site.

I appreciate your most valuable asset - time
'16 cT - Terracotta 22k and climbing
2016 Kawasaki Ninja 300
2009 HD Heritage Classic (wife's)
2021 Kawasaki Ninja 400 X 2 (kid's)
Former bikes
2005 HD Springer Classic
1983 BMW R80RT
1998 Ural Italia
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Re: Thank you to those who help others on this site

Post by Lokiboy » Sat Oct 24, 2020 5:28 pm

A nice write up and I echo the same sentiments. I would have never gotten the bug if there hadn’t been a site that I knew would help me with the simple and complex.
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Mains: 127, Idle: 40, Needle: 1 shim
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Re: Thank you to those who help others on this site

Post by lendrinkard » Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:24 pm

Wow it sounds like you had a bad accident. Sorry for you troubles. I too am thankful for all the help I have received our group has some amazing talented people.
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Post by PhilJet09 » Sat Oct 24, 2020 8:04 pm

I absolutely think one of the main things lacking in our culture, for a long time now, is gratitude. I make sure to express thanks on a regular basis and it’s extraordinary how far that goes, because it isn’t as common today as it should be. So, thank you all for the support all these years. It is truly appreciated.
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Re: Thank you to those who help others on this site

Post by Marine Corps Codu » Sat Oct 24, 2020 8:58 pm

Fortunately there are a few that are kind enough to offer their knowledge and assistance to those of us that are less than capable.
Keith Birkhofer
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Former Bikes:
1947 Cushman Motor Scooter
1958 Cushman/Sears Motor Scooter
1964 Yamaguchi
1965 Honda 250
1968 KZ1000
1960 Honda 55 (2 of them)
2002 Honda Gold Wing GL1800
2006 Ural Patrol
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Re: Thank you to those who help others on this site

Post by Desantnik-VDV » Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:44 pm

Thank you all!
BillyG and JohnBG first. And all members who can contribute, share their experience, as well as all others who come here to read, ask and just lurk.
Alex
2007 GearUp - BMD (Боевая Машина Десанта)

The rest is just history.

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Re: Thank you to those who help others on this site

Post by Geno89074 » Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:58 pm

Yes!!
I have received great help/advice here from the good board members and - occasionally - very poor attempts at humor....sometimes mine included!! :lol:
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Re: Thank you to those who help others on this site

Post by RC20 » Sun Oct 25, 2020 6:17 pm

No matter how experienced you are, equipment specific knowledge is beyond valuable. There are a lot of non mechanics that know far more about the Urals mechanics than mechanics do.

I continue to learn those oddities of the Ural all the time here.
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Re: Thank you to those who help others on this site

Post by Peter Pan » Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:33 am

Mattzahr,
attitude is what counts and get back into the stiff Ural saddle surely did give you a good part of rehabilitation exercise you needed.
As old friend Jose Angel says: "Everything happens in the head."
Paint yourself that big grin in your face too, when J-A told about his last granddaughter, which had never been expected to come.
Peace in(/piece of) mind and attitude makes the difference.
Nobody will be able to take from us what we danced!*
Sven

Side note: a Thumbs up for Snakeoil. "it worked".
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With a DIY foam air filter the rig runs well even in tropical rain = :moto:
Final drives: 1. at 5000km, 2. at 34.000km(+friction plates) 3. at 42.386km
transmission: 1. 40.000km. 2. installed
Engine: 1. 43.388km crank replacement: Back on the road since 23.Okt.2019 :party:

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"The most important you cannot see!"
=> Attitude makes the difference!

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Re: Thank you to those who help others on this site

Post by Tomcatfixer » Mon Oct 26, 2020 2:00 pm

That was a fun journey of discovery, Matt. I sure enjoyed it.

This site was what pushed me over the edge and into a Ural purchase. The sage advice I received from the Collective definitely allowed me to broaden my skillset. As an added bonus to the readily available wisdom, the 'Steeds is remarkably free of trolls and ne'er-do-wells that plague almost every other forum.

What an overall great experience created by great people.
- Chad

Gordonsville, Virginia, USA

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2015 Ural cT "Mobile Chernobyl", 2001 Ural Patrol "Little Red Bear", 1999 Ural Tourist "The RPOC", Mid-Nineties Ural Tourist "The Heap", 1994 Honda VFR750F, 2007 BMW K1200GT

Previous rides:
2007 Honda VTR1000 FireStorm (Super Hawk in U.S.)
2001 Buell Blast! - - - - - - - 2005 Yamaha FJR1300
1993 Honda CBR600F2 - -1984 Yamaha FJ1100
Two different 1986 Yamaha FZX700S Fazers

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Re: Thank you to those who help others on this site

Post by Mr Wazzock » Mon Oct 26, 2020 2:49 pm

Mattzahr,

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Re: Thank you to those who help others on this site

Post by brianural » Mon Oct 26, 2020 3:05 pm

Nice writeup. I enjoy this community and its helpfulness. I was at Scott from 1991 through 95, left service under the VSI program in 95 after 15 years active. Still have 5 years reserve to serve. Lived in Collinsville, Belleville, Fairview Heights, and 2 houses in Freeburg before heading south to TN. No taxes and no (real) snow or ice.
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2003 Honda VTX1800 - sold
2005 Honda VTX1300 - sold
Bunch of other metric bikes for last 45 years
"1966 titled" Dnepr MT-11 (reality is a 80-90's)
1956 IMZ M72 bought in pieces, working on build
1967 KMZ MB-750

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Re: Thank you to those who help others on this site

Post by sagerat » Mon Oct 26, 2020 4:49 pm

As a bonafide Mr. Ten Thumbs, this site and Billy G’s myural site have been invaluable since buying my first Ural in April 2004.
2004 Ural Tourist (2004-2018, 48,000 klicks)

2012 Ural Gobi (Forward to the horizon)

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Re: Thank you to those who help others on this site

Post by Yoggie » Tue Oct 27, 2020 1:49 pm

I will add my thanks as well to everyone that shares information here!

By the way, I am currently at Scott AFB
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Former bikes: 2015 DR200

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Re: Thank you to those who help others on this site

Post by atlasheating » Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:37 pm

I too am grateful for all of the help and information. It makes owning a Ural more enjoyable.

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