Saturday, June 28, 2014

2012 Ural

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.

 

16 comments:

Trobairitz said...

It's blue and white!! Pretty.

So...... Did it follow you home? Are those pics in your garage?

RichardM said...

No, but I did tell the seller to consider it sold once he has it running. Maybe Tuesday after he gets the new Hall sensor.

Trobairitz said...

Sweet.

Hopefully he gets it running sooner rather than later.

SonjaM said...

I keep my fingers crossed that the owner gets it running. Nice colour scheme. Imagine the looks with snow on the ground ;-)

Coop a.k.a. Coopdway said...

I really think the blue and white ones are pretty, seems very Alaska to me! :)

RichardM said...

It seems to be a minor problem but with no local dealer it's more difficult to get parts. Then again, even though there is a local Beemer dealer, I don't think I've ever gone there for airhead parts. Oil and grease, yes but parts are way cheaper by mail.

RichardM said...

I've never seen a blue/white one before. I thought it looked less "Ural-like" as almost all around here are olive drab, sand, camo, grey, black or some other military-ish color. Bridget says that since it's blue like her Prius it must be her bike.

redlegsrides said...

That is a good looking rig RichardM with some nice farkles added in....especially the extra storage cans matching the paint job. That small ammo can on top of the guard that is there to prevent contact with the spinning driveshaft....it really doesn't hold a lot of weight, I found out the hard way on my '96 Sportsman. I saw CCjon's rig up close recently, and I like the way he mounted a similar sized ammo can on left side of rear fender, kind of like a small pannier.....might do that if I can figure out how to make it complement Scarlett's paint job. Looking forward to your bringing the rig home and your first ride report! What are you two going to name her?

RichardM said...

I was wondering how the ammo can was attached to CCjon's rig. I figured I could probably figgure something out as I like that location a little better. Actually, I've gotten so used to the top box that I may just look for something that'll work there. So convenient for throwing things but then again, I've never really had a trunk before either.

I'm thinking that realistically, if he gets the parts on Monday evening he wouldn't be ready for it to go out the door until Thursday which is already into the holiday weekend.

I've never named any other vehicle why start now...

RichardM said...

Kind of dense today. Just made the blue & white connection...

David Masse said...

Naming vehicles is not my thing either. I had my Miata for 20 years and in all that time, much as I loved that car, it never got a name.

If I were ever to get a side car rig it would have to be a Ural. I like that WWII vintage military look.

redlegsrides said...

RichardM, I'll send you a couple of pics I took of CCjon's mounting hardware for that ammo can....very robust. Got pics of another way which seems to be working fine from a member of sovietsteeds.

RichardM said...

I remember glancing at the mounting last summer when I met him in Salem, OR, but don't remember much.

Unknown said...

Richard:

very nice blue and white Ural. I just knew it would be a keeper when I noticed the Tach and Temp gauge.

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

RichardM said...

To me, the killer features of the Ural are 2WD and reverse. I also like the simplicity of the carbureted, air-cooled boxer engine though I'm not too fond of the old style sling oil system and relatively low volume oil pump.

RichardM said...

I like the tach setup and the thermometer is from his aircraft experience. Simple design. I'm kind of surprised that he doesn't have a cylinder head temperature gauge already installed.