This morning after stopping at College Coffeehouse to meet with the usual group, Bridget and I headed out to Two Rivers on Chena Hot Springs Rd to see Rick, the seller of the 2012 Ural Patrol. Last week after changing all the fluids, he started it up and rolled out of the garage. While warming up, he got a phone call and needed to run into town so he put it back into the garage. It was running rough and he just assumed that it's because the enricheners were still partially on.
After running his errands, he went back out to test drive the rig and it wouldn't start. After debugging the ignition system with Mickey in Anchorage as well as another mechanic that Mickey referred him to in Michigan, he ordered a complete set of ignition parts. Hall sensor, ignition module and coils and expects the package in either today or Monday. Everyones suspicion is that the hall sensor had failed. The rig is still covered by the extended warranty but the nearest dealer is in Anchorage but he didn't have the parts so they were shipped from Washington.
The rig is in really good condition as you can see in the photos. No weeping of oil from anywhere, all of the u-joints have zerk fittings with no play at all. No play in any of the wheel bearings or the steering head. It has this slick twin stick 2WD and reverse shifter setup on the right side of the tank as seen in the first picture. He also added a second cable on the trunk lid as he didn't like the way the trunk lid flexed when the rack was loaded.
There are two gas cans and an ammo can painted to match the rig. The ammo can was just added to be used as a "glove compartment" as it's not designed to hold much of a load. The rig was just driven from southern Missouri to Fairbanks in May without a single problem and occasionally used a couple of ounces of oil between oil changes. All maintenance has been done according to the owners manual and Rick has added to the stock toolkit quite a few tools to simplify maintenance.
The windshield, both the bike and sidecar, are in great condition with no scratches or yellowing. Not shown are the mud/wind deflectors which mount above the cylinders or the throttle lock (aka cruise control). The rear tire is new but all of the others will need to be replaced before winter. The only part that the original owner replaced was the rear brake light switch. It corroded probably due to riding in the winter.
The rig now has 18K km on it with 9k put on by the original owner and 9k by the current owner. The tachometer is a slick addition as is the light aircraft outside air temperature gauge mounted to the windscreen. Rick, the current owner, is an light aircraft mechanic and has 40+ years working on air-cooled engines. And this blue and white Patrol is his second Ural. I was a bit concerned when I discovered that the original owner was a sport bike rider (Stereotype!). He is also a moto-vlogger and his YouTube and SovietSteeds ID is krayziesensei. Below is his YouTube video showing off his new Ural.