Friday, January 26, 2018

Ural Mods

How about this, a post with some actual motorcycle content. A few weeks back when I went to Delta with fellow Uralista, BruceW, I asked Mickey about a solo seat aka tractor seat. He mentioned that they were very reasonably priced from Ural so I had him order one. It was delivered to Fairbanks by Muriel as she had some errands to run. Mickey had also ordered a cloth seat cover as it seems to be a popular option for the solo seat.

The reason for the solo seat is that I want to install a top box. On last summer's road trip, KevinH was trading in his old Jesse top box for one of the new shorter "pizza box" style. He sold me the old one for the trade in value. I have been wanting more lockable storage for lightweight things like my helmet or camera and this looks like it'll work well. I just need to fabricate a mount. Ural does make a rack that bolts onto the rear fender that is sturdy enough to carry a passenger but at $120 I think that I'll just fabricate one out of aluminum angle. I suspect that it'll be sturdy enough for a top box. I'll probably wait until the garage warms up a bit. It was -29°F outside this morning.

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  1. Did you check out the case that Mickey has on his rig?

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    1. Yep, though I was looking for a taller box. I was looking at his mount as well and it is way heavier than I need. I believe it was made from a seat frame and track from a compact Chevy van.

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  2. The seat looks quite comfy. With this and the new box, does it mean preps for a longer road trip in the not too far away future, Richard?

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    1. No, not in the near future. Picking up the top box was unplanned and after the last trip, I was thinking about a way to add more locking storage. Earlier, I was trying to come up with a rack that would work with the old seat but it would either put the box too high or too far back. This way it would mount to the in the same location as the pillion seat on the Gear-Up model. I'm thinking of some short road trips this summer but nothing more than that.

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  3. A solo seat and a top box, you'll be ready for touring as soon as the weather warms up.

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    1. Or maybe before the weather warms up...

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