Happy Independence Day!
Big surprise that I rode around Fairbanks for several hours Saturday morning to get used to driving the Ural. I didn't end up adding ballast to the sidecar but had no problems at all keeping all wheels on the pavement. I did visit a local parking lot at the high school to do a little 2-wheel practice and the throttle response of the Ural makes lifting the sidecar wheel pretty easy to control. Much easier to lift up the sidecar wheel in the first place but also much easier to control than the Beemer.
Of course, I had to stop and take at least a couple of pictures. The first was at the lookout on the West Ridge of the University and the second is at Creamers Field. In both cases it was pretty early in the day as I wanted to get a good feel for the rig without a whole lot of other traffic around. I then stopped at College Coffeehouse to meetup with the regulars partly to show the Ural to George Rahn. He said it looked and sounded great, no obvious signs of abuse.
In the afternoon, I rode around more including on the highway to get the feel for the rig at highway speeds. I rode around Chena Ridge and up Ester Dome including some dirt and gravel roads and I love the way this rig handles. And it feels like power steering compared to the Beemer which has no steering modifications to reduce trail. Just yesterday evening the Ural had felt "twitchy" but like almost anything, you get used to it.
As you can see in the screen capture, it was definitely a warm, summer day with the upcoming weekend looking even warmer. The iOS weather app is still confused since sunset doesn't fall on the same day as sunrise. So it shows all day as night.