Am I forcing myself?

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Am I forcing myself?

Post by Wayward » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:02 am

I started looking into getting a Ural a couple years ago when I took a new job that included a fairly decent daily commute (50 miles each way); most of it interstate (25.5 miles each way). I ultimately decided to go with an adventure bike, and it's been just fine (and very enjoyable). But in the back of my mind, I really still want a Ural. For those 25.5 miles, I'm looking at an average speed of about 65 to keep up decently with traffic. Will this cause too many problems than are worth it? I really want a damn Ural but I want to be smart about it. Are there any hacks for making it more interstate-worthy?

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Re: Am I forcing myself?

Post by stagewex » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:36 am

Welcome Wayward,

Add your location to your signature line. Without knowing what "25.5 miles" environment you are commuting in...
Highway, primary roads, secondary roads, etc. If all highway these bikes like 55 to 60+. Doesn't mean you couldn't do 65 all day but it's not really a full-blown highway animal. Lot's of positive talk about the brandy-new 2019's but no one has actual long-term experience with them yet if you were considering buying new. Keep reading about updates regarding them.

I'm only 19 miles to and from work. On a weekend I can drive (or ride) 60-65MPH. During the regular work week 0-to-40 with insane traffic.
My Ural would be a terrible commuter for me, it's engine, trans and clutch. Then again the same would apply to any of my 2-wheelers as well.

I might add that a Ural is much more fun than a 2-wheeler in it's own way. If you are enjoying your commute on an Adventure bike, you'll love it on a Ural. Nothing like them.
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Re: Am I forcing myself?

Post by Wayward » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:40 am

I'm in the DC area. So, I at least get to use the HOV lanes, and due to getting up early, traffic is minimal. The cruising speeds of 60+ would occur during the morning commute. In the evening, they would be less of a concern.

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Re: Am I forcing myself?

Post by hotflash44 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:47 am

think i would keep the adventure bike as a commuter, and buy a Ural for having fun,pride of ownership, bucket list scratch off, and all things good and uniquely Ural. :sarcasm: :boogie:
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Re: Am I forcing myself?

Post by Wayward » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:54 am

Thanks. Sometimes I need some good voices of reason :D

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Re: Am I forcing myself?

Post by LTDfire » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:07 am

Well... here in NY you won't be doing 60-65 on the Secondary Roads. If you are on the main highway... you would be a low speed hazard. If time or long distance is a factor, then i ride my BMW (Rabbit). Otherwise, I ride the Ural (Turtle) and enjoy the slower roll.
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Re: Am I forcing myself?

Post by windmill » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:18 am

Maintaining 65 is realistic on my 2018 M70 if there iisn't any adverse conditions such as steep hills or strong headwinds, and keeping in mind there isn't much more to get from it beyond that. The 2019s have a little more to give, and it should be more capable.

Be aware Urals have changed radically in the past 5 or so years, with some important improvements mid 2017, and the 2019s being a whole new ball game. Some of the opinions about reliability, handling and performance simply don't represent where a Ural is at today. I wouldn't hesitate to ride my M70 anywhere. For your desired use, a cT would be great.

Doing your homework is a good thing, a Ural isn't for everyone, just take strong negative opinions about their abilities with a grain of salt, especially from other sources such as Adventure rider.
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Re: Am I forcing myself?

Post by gobium » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:53 am

Life is shorter if you have a sense of adventure .

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Re: Am I forcing myself?

Post by rougaroo » Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:39 am

The daily riders here are the ones with the most mileage racked up. 50 miles a day builds up quickly. With the newer Urals (2014 up), I wouldn't hesitate on your commute. What might give me pause, though, is the combo of DC drivers and weather (high school in Alexandria with a motorcycle, so I know). Given a rainy/mizzley day at dawn or dusk, switching lanes on the Beltway, Shirley Highway, or like that would be a high pucker factor event.

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Re: Am I forcing myself?

Post by bratmanxj » Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:02 pm

I'm just outside the Chicago metro area in northwest Indiana. I have a 22 mile commute but can take either the highway or surface streets. With the 2-wheeler or car the highway is 70mph blast on the intersate to work, when I take the Ural its state highways at 55-60mph. I've taken the Ural on the highway once and even sitting in the far right lane traffic was not conducive to these bikes.
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Re: Am I forcing myself?

Post by rivers » Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:50 pm

If fwy commuting is your main goal, I'd say wrong tool for the job. I've never had a FD failure on any Ural but I live in the 50-60mph two lane world. From what I seen here on the forum seems most folks with FD failures do a lot of Interstate flying at 60+? The motors will handle it but will the FD?
You say you have an "adventure bike"? To me that brings up vision of litre BMW/KTM/Strom etc. If that's the case for fwy flying it'd be cheaper to hang a tub on your existing bike.
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Re: Am I forcing myself?

Post by gobium » Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:59 pm

2011 gobi x county and back solo no major problem or final drive issue, all freeway miles (log in at 7000+ miles).

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Re: Am I forcing myself?

Post by Niteblues » Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:02 pm

on my well sorted '04 65mph is a religious experience.
at about 70mph you can see God.
much above that and I'll meet Him for sure...
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Re: Am I forcing myself?

Post by windmill » Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:01 pm

Niteblues wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:02 pm
on my well sorted '04 65mph is a religious experience.
at about 70mph you can see God.
much above that and I'll meet Him for sure...
A late model cT or Retro/M70 is an entirely different experience at freeway speeds.
65mph on my 2007 Patrol is doable, but one needs to stay on their game. On my 2018 M70 65mph feels natural, I'm even comfortable riding one handed on the straight sections of road, and if I'm not paying attention I'll find myself doing 70mph.
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Re: Am I forcing myself?

Post by rougaroo » Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:43 pm

Rivers - again, the FD failures are on the old ring/pinion pair, not the newer Italian ones. If he'd get a 2017 or up bike, I wouldn't think twice about the FD.

Van and I rode the 2019 at 60-65 (and I'll confess to bursts of more) and both uphill and back at Redmond the FD was barely warm to the touch. Just barely.

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