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Luap Reinreb
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new ural owner

Post by Luap Reinreb » Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:03 pm

Hi all, recently got a '07 patrol given to me by a friend dying of cancer. He put 1000k on it and when he got sick, parked it outside 11years ago in the Sierra foothills of Calif. I drug it home to Sonoma Co. Ca. and proceeded to wake it back up. Pried the battery out of the frame, and replaced it with a group 24 set in the trunk of the car. Cleaned out the tank and carbs, fixed flats,figured out fuel petcock, and replaced fuel lines. Got it started and took it out for a spin. I've ridden bikes and hacks for years, but nothing like this one. Up to 40mph, it behaved, but above that I felt unstable. Accelerate and it would dive right, let off and it would swerve left. It was very twitchy. Luckly, a couple of my friends ride hacks, one a patrol and the other an EML powered by an r-90. We started looking mine over to see what was not right. The toe in of the car was way off, lean was the wrong direction, so with help of manual, reset to specs. Another spin and it was better, but still was scary over 45mph. I suspected caster of front wheel was wrong , but it matched the other patrol's and that one handles ok, so Rob, the EML owner suspected steering head bearings. We jacked up the front end and what do you know, 1/4" play in the front end. Tightened that up to snug, and a miracle cure, it now behaves itself with just the usual quirks of a sidecar rig. My dying friend assured me that the bike was factory set, he just kept it below 40mph. I think I will name the bike "Gorbachev's Revenge". He lost the cold war, and for revenge he started selling these rigs to Americans so they could kill themselves on them. Anyway, My grandkids like taking rides in it, but I think I will stick to my r-90 for long rides. Regards, Luap

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Re: new ural owner

Post by RC20 » Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:45 pm

Lot of work, great to have that support group - well done

Maybe Putin's revenge? For better or ? I think Gorby was trying to get his country into the 20th century.
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Re: new ural owner

Post by darkhorse » Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:14 pm

Welcome. Sounds like a productive project. One thing about Urals is that once you figure them out you are hooked and realize that for better or for worse there is nothing else quite like them.
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Re: new ural owner

Post by hillbillybob » Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:50 am

I can understand the BMW for longer rides idea....but I have a feeling, with a little time, the Ural is going to grow on you. Case in point...the wife, myself, and the Boston Terrier, have ridden the Ural the last 3 days in a row. One of my BMW's has set in the garage for 6 days, the other for 7.

Purchased my 2006 in September of 2015 with just 40 km on it. After the first couple of rides, the wife said, "what were you thinking, buying this thing?" Now, with 11,400 km on the clock, she really enjoys it...as do I. It is a totally different machine now, than it was 4 years ago.

Longer trip...we still jump on one of the cruisers, but the Ural has grown on us...and found it's "forever home."

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Re: new ural owner

Post by RC20 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:51 pm

After the first couple of rides, the wife said, "what were you thinking, buying this thing?
That is what I was asking myself after the first couple of miles (having tried to run the side car up the side of a barricaded DID NOT HELP!)

Thanks to the group and reading the reaction to it, I was ready and did not despair.

Its got great features and some (errr Challenges) - its still grand to get back on the road with a cycle.
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Honda 90
2 x CB750K (one a true Japan Model flown to Hawaii by a P3 Orion Sub Patrol Aircraft!)
1 x CB700 SC (RC20 is the actual in house production Model)
1 x R80GS (ok to start with, learned to love it for what it was)
1 x CB450K
1 x 2019 cT Terracotta

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Re: new ural owner

Post by Luap Reinreb » Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:34 pm

Heyall, thanks for the encouragement, see you on the road. Luap

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Re: new ural owner

Post by DrFaulken » Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:51 pm

Welcome! Part of the new rider experience is unlearning a lot of the twitch mechanics we use on two wheelers.

If you are at high RPM, full throttle, and snap into 4th you can really jump the bike. Done on an embankment or on an uneven surface can be unsettling.

Rapid speed changes in either direction may also feel wobbly / uncontrollable.

Don't adjust too much, part of the uneasiness is your adjustment period, and will pass.
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Re: new ural owner

Post by stagewex » Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:36 am

Welcome Luap. I also have a 2007 (mine is a Patrol model) and it's a very good year for this brand.
One of the most meaningful mods I did other than comfort (handlebar risers/seat/tires/etc) was the addition of Sean's Steering Damper just a couple years ago. It really changed the feel and handling of the beast in a most positive way. It is an exceptional upgrade from any rig but especially ones with the old friction steering damper. You can still leave that on the bike if you want our just take off.
Simple and pretty inexpensive for what you get in return and makes the rig more pleasurable to ride/pilot.

Good Luck, Happy and Safe Smiles with your rig.
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1995 BMW K75 (Elec Start)
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Re: new ural owner

Post by Mr Wazzock » Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:59 am

Congratulations! :boogie:
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Re: new ural owner

Post by Marine Corps Codu » Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:07 pm

Congratulations and welcome to the insanity!!!
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Re: new ural owner

Post by Geno89074 » Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:19 pm

Welcome!!
Enjoy your rig!!!
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