Picked Her Up Today - 2020 GU

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Picked Her Up Today - 2020 GU

Post by Kamchatka » Fri Feb 28, 2020 11:58 pm

Hello,

Been lurking here for a short while and decided to jump in today. Picked up a 2020 GU, Red, cold 45 mile ride home. Managed to not kill myself, though hard braking is going to take some practice. Surprisingly, after a few miles I was comfortable cruising along at 55-60 mph, that being said traffic was light and there was no need to brake hard. Despite the 27 degree weather, the heated grips worked well and the heated vest kept me toasty and I had a grin on my face the entire ride home. Can’t wait to enjoy the bike this spring/summer.

I would like to give a positive shout out to Randy’s Cycle in Marengo, IL. Great sales experience and bike set up.

I look forward to meeting other comrades (if any) on the north shore.
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Post by windmill » Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:43 am

Very nice.
You might find it more comfortable with the hack windscreen folded down. It directs a lot of additional wind at the rider.
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Post by Desantnik-VDV » Sat Feb 29, 2020 1:10 am

Good color Kamchatka. Congrats!
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Post by Boice76 » Sat Feb 29, 2020 7:22 am

Sweet ride love the color!!! :cheers:
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Post by rougaroo » Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:44 am

Looking good!

Remember - it isn't the going straight that's hard to get used to. It's the turns! Really recommend the parking lot exercises in the manual "How to Ride the Ural Motorcycle" you can find in the manuals section at the top of the Ural/Dnepr 101 section of the forum.

Good riding!

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Post by Marine Corps Codu » Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:26 pm

Welcome to the insanity of Ural ownership! As others have stated practice, practice, practice!
Good luck on the roads and watch out for others as they certainly aren't watching out for you.
Be safe, enjoy the ride and thanks for posting your picture!
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Post by RC20 » Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:04 pm

He stole my color!

Keith is spot on. Practice x 100 (I look on each run short or long as a practice session).

For me short trips did more sink in learning wise than long ones (long trips are fun all by themselves anyway so never wasted).

Worth trying shorter and longer and see how it works for you
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Post by Mr Wazzock » Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:07 pm

:boogie:
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Post by RC20 » Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:53 pm

Surprisingly, after a few miles I was comfortable cruising along at 55-60 mph
Well done, I could do 55 ok after a bit (as long as it was straight) but I was seriously tense doing so.

Since I got home, I have had it up to 75 and its, what was with you? Just overwhelmed by there simply is nothing like it driving wise to prepare you. I did not have an y trouble form the 2 Wheel shift, but acualy learning to drive it? Wooeeeeweeeeee :o

All my life I have been able to get in any machine and be competent in short order. Never brilliant and often competent was as far as it got, but competent at least.

Ural? Clinging by my finger tips. Its funny how much it varies, one guy said 40 mph was max. I was fine at 50 initially and a burst to 55 even but 55 was pretty much the top comfort limit for 1800 miles. Maybe not too bad for 67, but I still think I am 35.
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Post by huck629 » Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:25 pm

Congrats! Beautiful bike, love that color!

I’m shopping now and planning to buy one soon. I have zero sidecar experience and I’m still debating between having it delivered vs a 100 mile ride home.
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Post by Lokiboy » Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:46 pm

Welcome. You’re ready to roll. Enjoy the adventure
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Post by Lofty » Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:51 pm

huck629 wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:25 pm
I have zero sidecar experience and I’m still debating between having it delivered vs a 100 mile ride home.
My selling dealer recommended, and I agreed to, having him deliver my new Gear Up to me in an enclosed trailer. Coincidentally, the distance from his place to mine was also 100 miles.

Doing it that way allowed me to break the engine in properly -- i.e., at varying speeds -- and choose the roads devoid of traffic that I wanted to ride as I developed my own sidecar chops.

Having done similar with other new motorcycle purchases, I knew it was the correct decision. My rig runs as smoothly as I'd want and expect.
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Post by rivers » Sat Feb 29, 2020 5:06 pm

huck629 wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:25 pm

I’m shopping now and planning to buy one soon. I have zero sidecar experience and I’m still debating between having it delivered vs a 100 mile ride home.
Smart money is on have it delivered and learn at home at your own pace where you don't have to deal with city traffic or freeways.
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Post by RC20 » Sat Feb 29, 2020 7:31 pm

I’m shopping now and planning to buy one soon. I have zero sidecar experience and I’m still debating between having it delivered vs a 100 mile ride home.
This is a thought, go with what feels right, if you do......

I think the 100 mile run would be a great break in and initial introduction, depends on your roads and traffic.

First you would want 100 lbs in the side car, that stops the wheel lift (work on that as soon as you can)

Nice straight roads and speeds under 50 mph would work well. You can vary speeds (slowly) traffic permitting.

The key in my opinion is the sudden yank to the left when throttle is off (worse as you get to lower gears) and the move to the right on acceleration.

Keep those carefully and easy.

My first run was 50 miles, but also by the time I got into Portland, paperwork, loaded up it was late afternoon and a 4 hours flight. That was after a week of mad prep to head down to Portland so I only had enough reserves for the 50 miles (I could have done 100 if I needed to on those roads as they were just right for it) - happy to hang it up for the day and recover more from the prep and trip down than the Ural.
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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 ala Shaft Drive Nighthawk S (RC20 is the actual in house production Model)
1 x R80GS (ok to start with, learned to love it for what it was)
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Post by Bendog02760 » Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:38 pm

:thumbsup: Best of luck with it, nice color!
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