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"Greetings, Programs!"

Post by VWinie Prime » Mon Sep 30, 2019 2:22 pm

I joined the forum around May of 2018, but never made an introduction post. So I am doing it now at the end of September of 2019.

{That's my normal speed for getting things done... :roll: }

I live in northeastern North Carolina, approximately 25-ish miles from the Virginia border. I am interested in acquiring some kind of alternate transportation to use if my pickup goes tango-uniform. I owned a motorcycle - a 400cc Yamaha - back around 1979 to 1980. {I turned 58 in 2019.}

I am interested in something with three wheels to deal with inclement weather. My FIRST choice would be a Volkswagen Trike - KEEP IT CIVIL, ALL OF YOU! :D - or a Ural Gear Up {whatever model has 2wd}.

I grew up in Florida, where you could easily ride year 'round. HERE in N.E. NC, not so much....
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Re: "Greetings, Programs!"

Post by RC20 » Mon Sep 30, 2019 2:30 pm

Welcome (I am one of the many unofficial greeters since I quit work):

Well you are so long gone from cycles a Ural would not require nearly as much brain w@$#ing to drive one (heavy on the drive)

That said, you don't need nor likely want 2WD for the road, you have to disengage the 2WD at speed and most roads as there is no differential (ala locking differential that does bizarre things to where you want to be in regard to ON the road.

Nothing wrong with used but the older the machine the more work you have to do to keep it ON the road.

For commuting studs would be a better option (winter is coming on here and I am gearing up for that and will report on how they do)
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Post by Lokiboy » Mon Sep 30, 2019 2:41 pm

VWinie,

Sidecar Sally lives right by you over in Camden. Give her a shout, I’m sure she’d love to let you get a close up of her rig.
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Post by Tomcatfixer » Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:11 pm

With such a thread title, are you sure you are not searching for something more like this?

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Post by VWinie Prime » Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:43 pm

RC20 wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 2:30 pm
Welcome (I am one of the many unofficial greeters since I quit work):

Well you are so long gone from cycles a Ural would not require nearly as much brain w@$#ing to drive one (heavy on the drive)

That said, you don't need nor likely want 2WD for the road, you have to disengage the 2WD at speed and most roads as there is no differential (ala locking differential that does bizarre things to where you want to be in regard to ON the road.

Howdy! No, I figure - OR AT LEAST HOPE - I won't have too much trouble adapting... :)

I know the 2wd thing isn't for normal road use. I just want it (1) In case I get REALLY STUCK somewhere, and (2) I would to do MORE outdoor stuff, and my truck isn't 4wd. Also, doing outdoor stuff COULD lead to getting REALLY STUCK... :wink:
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Post by VWinie Prime » Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:44 pm

Lokiboy wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 2:41 pm
VWinie,
Sidecar Sally lives right by you over in Camden. Give her a shout, I’m sure she’d love to let you get a close up of her rig.

THANK YOU! I sent her a PM a few minutes ago.
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Post by VWinie Prime » Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:51 pm

Tomcatfixer wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:11 pm
With such a thread title, are you sure you are not searching for something more like this?
Tron_Uprising_Concept_Art_VL_06b.jpg

IS THAT THE URAL 2020 MODEL??!!
:-D :-D :-D
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Post by Claus » Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:09 am

VWinie Prime wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:51 pm


IS THAT THE URAL 2020 MODEL??!!
:-D :-D :-D
Almost. It´s the 2220 model.

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Post by harryball » Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:53 am

Welcome! Certainly go see Sidecar Sally.

My best advice in a nutshell,
Buy the newest that fits your budget.
2WD is not the "best" it's just an option you may or may not need. Most people would do just fine with a 1WD and rarely use 2WD if at all.
Ask this forum BEFORE you screw something up.
The dealer makes or breaks the new Ural experience. Seriously, a good dealer is worth the drive.

Keep us posted!
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Post by Harbinger » Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:11 pm

harryball wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:53 am
Welcome! Certainly go see Sidecar Sally.

My best advice in a nutshell,
Buy the newest that fits your budget.
2WD is not the "best" it's just an option you may or may not need. Most people would do just fine with a 1WD and rarely use 2WD if at all.
Ask this forum BEFORE you screw something up.
The dealer makes or breaks the new Ural experience. Seriously, a good dealer is worth the drive.

Keep us posted!
Good points.

I bought a 2019 GU for winter commuting as well. In Toronto there were too many days last winter with snow and ice on the roads where both my bikes had to stay in the stable and I have to <shudder> walk and even resorted to public transportation or Uber. So I have made a few modifications or rather the dealer did for me. I've had heated grips installed and power ran up to the bars so I can plug in heated glove liners and vest. I also am getting winter tires put on and the Barkbuster's installed. I am a pretty hardcore winter rider and go out in up to -20C weather. Heated gear makes all the difference and the BMW has heated seats and grips. Both the BMW and Vespa also have skirts (lap aprons) that make a big difference. That is one thing I will miss on the Ural. My understanding is there was a time you could get one.

2-wheel drive is I agree optional from the few thousand miles or so I have piloted the Ural . I did go off-roading though and a few times after a heavy rain. Three times I got stuck in mud and the wheels just spun when going up a hill in a rut. I just reached down engaged 2-wheel drive and I'll be damned if I didn't just pop out of the rut and up the hill. It's more than a toy fur sure, it actually works and I was very impressed.

Do keep us updated on what you do. I love the Ural for what it is and what it will do. I'll admit though I just got off after a 45 minute ride on the BMW and oh the speed, control and power felt so, so good. However I bought the Ural for other purposes and I couldn't be happier with my little stable.
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Post by VWinie Prime » Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:15 pm

harryball wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:53 am
2WD is not the "best" it's just an option you may or may not need. Most people would do just fine with a 1WD and rarely use 2WD if at all.

FWIW: My pickup is not 4wd. {Yeah, DUMB.} I have gotten it stuck at least twice. So...if I get a URAL, I am going with 2wd. May NEVER need it, but I KNOW how my luck runs... :D

Thanks for the advice!
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Post by VWinie Prime » Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:18 pm

Harbinger wrote:

Thanks for the post!
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Re: "Greetings, Programs!"

Post by Tomcatfixer » Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:17 am

VWinie Prime wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:15 pm
harryball wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:53 am
2WD is not the "best" it's just an option you may or may not need. Most people would do just fine with a 1WD and rarely use 2WD if at all.

FWIW: My pickup is not 4wd. {Yeah, DUMB.} I have gotten it stuck at least twice. So...if I get a URAL, I am going with 2wd. May NEVER need it, but I KNOW how my luck runs... :D

Thanks for the advice!
There's no free lunch, however. The capability to have 2WD available comes at the expense of on-road handling. If you ride on pavement more than 80-90% of the time, you may want to rethink this. The modern 1WD Urals do noticably better in the curves than their 2WD counterparts.
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2015 Ural cT "Mobile Chernobyl", 2001 Ural Patrol "The Patrol", 1999 Ural Tourist "The RPOC", 1994 Honda VFR750F

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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: "Greetings, Programs!"

Post by snowymonkey » Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:53 am

Come on man, you just gotta hang off the seat a little more :twisted:


Seriously though... I’ve never driven a 1wd model sooooo just ignore my last comment :lol:
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Post by Lmo » Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:39 pm

So...if I get a URAL, I am going with 2wd.
Keep in mind that 2WD will get you about a hundred feet further than you knew you shouldn't have ridden anyway ... 8)
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