Hello From Wichita Kansas!

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Hello From Wichita Kansas!

Post by Dah » Sat May 27, 2023 6:24 pm


I'm new to Urals but have driven a a sidecar CJ750 BMW clone at some WWII reenactments so not entirely new. I also enjoy older Honda twins and have a small collection of small displacement Hondas; S90, CM91 and Honda 70 passports.

The problem is that everytime I go to ride my 5 and 3-year-old want to go with me, so naturally this brings me to purchasing a sidecar rig.

I am able to choose between two available units, one being a '98 650 that runs but bogs on acceleration. The other is a 2002 750 Ural patrol. Prices fair and comparable for both, $3600 ea. I can't afford to buy both. It has crossed my mind lol. Which would you go for and why?

Leaning towards the 750 because it has the push button start and is slightly bigger, also only has about 1200 clicks and is a first owner vehicle. 650 tourist doesn't currently run down the road but did a few years ago and is much closer than the 2002.

Happy to be here and hope to contribute to the community. Looking for some insight. Thanks!

'Dah', as in Ruske for yes, let's get a sidecar rig. :cheers:
- Jeremy

Current bikes:
1966 Red Honda CM91
1972 Candy Bacchus Olive CB350
1968 Black CB77

Currently residing in the land of Awws; Wichita Kansas USA and looking for my first Ural

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Re: Hello From Wichita Kansas!

Post by wooden nickel » Sat May 27, 2023 6:33 pm

Welcome Jeremy,
I don't know a lot about early Urals but I think the 2002 were a transition year with some weird parts but I am sure someone much smarter than me will chime in,
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Re: Hello From Wichita Kansas!

Post by Tomcatfixer » Sat May 27, 2023 8:13 pm

Welcome to the forum and congratulations on your first post.

Please update your signature line with the year and model of your bike when you purchase one, along with your general location. We have members all around the globe and this will give them context about what you write.

Also, please be aware that the search feature can be a helpful tool, so please take a moment to familiarize yourself with it. There's a LOT of good-to-know information on this forum.

Finally, we love to ogle bike pics, so don't be shy about posting them. I'm told they're worth a thousand or so words, when trying to articulate an issue you're having with your bike. The caveat is that they must be around 1 megabyte in size. If your smartphone or computer doesn't have the capability to shrink your pics, then you can use a multitude of free photo resizing websites to do the job.

Regarding your question, I generally recommend avoiding the early 750cc models, since their engines are an odd combination of legacy 650cc and new 750cc components, but if it runs well, I would probably choose it over the poor running kick-start-only 650.
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Current rides:
2015 cT "Mobile Chernobyl", 2003 Retro Solo, 2001 Patrol "Little Red Bear", 1999 Tourist "The RPOC", 1994 Honda VFR750F

Previous rides:
2007 BMW K1200GT
2007 Honda VTR1000 FireStorm (Super Hawk in U.S.)
2001 Buell Blast! - - - - - - - 2005 Yamaha FJR1300
1993 Honda CBR600F2 - 1984 Yamaha FJ1100
Two 1986 Yamaha FZX700S Fazers
1997 Deco Classic
1998 Tourist "The Heap"

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Re: Hello From Wichita Kansas!

Post by stagewex » Sat May 27, 2023 9:21 pm

Go newer if you are limiting yourself to only those two (2) bikes.
Or wait and be patient for at least a 2006 and up.

Did you do any research on year-to-year? See below:


2023 Kawasaki KLX300
1981 Suzuki GS850G
2008 Vespa 150S
2007 Ural Patrol
1991 Honda XR250L
2019 Honda CRF450L GONE
1995 BMW K75 GONE
1969 BMW r60/2US Model GONE
2006 Yamaha TW200 GONE
1986 Yamaha BW200ES GONE
2005 Honda Big Ruckus 250 GONE
1999 Harley Heritage Softail GONE
1996 BMW r1100rt GONE
2005 Kawasaki KLR650 GONE
1966 Honda CA95 Benly 150 GONE
1983 Honda 750 Intercepter GONE
1984 BMW r80 GONE
1974 Kawasaki Z1 900 GONE
1974 Honda CL450 GONE
1966 Riverside 125 (Benelli) GONE

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Re: Hello From Wichita Kansas!

Post by chaos2 » Sat May 27, 2023 11:23 pm

Good chance either of those bikes could sour you on Urals. Best to hold out for a later 750 methinks.
Past afflictions include limey cars and motorbikes, a K75s, R60/2, R65ls, '12 Ural GU & a Citroen ID-19.
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Re: Hello From Wichita Kansas!

Post by tgtrotter » Thu Jun 01, 2023 7:54 pm

Welcome to the Community.

Unless you like screwing around with $#!+, go for <750.
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