Thursday, April 30, 2015

A New Ural in Town

Back in January, I met up with another Airhead, JedR, who had just put a deposit on a new 2015 Ural. He sort of wanted to know what it was like to not have a dealer handy. This was before my experience with the defective lifter and speedometer so I really didn't have much to add except to relay some others experience (Dom). After four, long months, a huge crate was dropped off by the freight forwarder at the local Harley/Honda/BMW/Polaris/Victory dealer.

Jed brought plenty of tools to disassemble the box. Here was his first peek after the top was removed. Three internal braces and about 70 screws later, it was ready to be untied and moved off of the shipping pallet.

Here is Jed's new pride and joy. A 2WD Patrol complete with powder coated engine and driveline, retro style lights, shovel, a huge automotive battery in a vented aluminum box, tractor seat, small Givi windscreen and twin shift levers. After adding about a gallon of gas, it fired right up within seconds. The clutch lever had zero play so I adjusted that and checked all of the fluid levels before he took off for the gas station. I think he's thrilled with his purchase and has been looking forward to this day since it was shipped around the beginning of April.

I'm still in the process of trying to bring things home from my office. Yesterday, it was the mountain bike and today it was the x-country skis. They fit really nice on the rear rack.

12 comments:

Conchscooter said...

That brand new Ural looks excellent. I hope this is where they have it properly modern and dependable.

SonjaM said...

What a handsome bike. Will there be Ural ride-outs with Jed together in the future?

Lucky said...

Wow, that's really a nice looking Ural!

It looks like carrying skis was no problem. How did transporting the mountain bike go? Did you have to take it all apart?

RichardM said...

I don't think that point will come until they modernize the lubrication system. It is still based on flow instead of pressure with a sling system to lubricate the rod bearings. But we'll see...

RichardM said...

Maybe occasionally. But he has a couple of long time friends that he regularly rides with.

RichardM said...

I just tied the mountain bike onto the rear rack. No problem at all. It wasn't going anywhere. I could still open the trunk with the bike on the rack.

Yes, Jed's asphalt grey Ural looks pretty nice, especially with the powder coated engine and driveline.

Trobairitz said...

Another Ural for touring around the countryside. More meet ups and photo opps.

Nice job getting the skis on your Ural.

redlegsrides said...

hmmm, moving all the stuff I recall in your office, could take a few trips.

RichardM said...

Hmmm, more than a few…

I got an extension.

RichardM said...

Jed said that he has no intention of riding during the winter...

redlegsrides said...

am also curious to see how that EFI system does in really cold weather riding....

RichardM said...

I think the real problem that needs resolution is the crankcase breather icing up in colder weather. For me, the excess crankcase pressure just forced oil out of the valve covers and push rod seals. Whojigger lost the rear seal (I think). The Beemer has the crankcase vent enclosed so it stayed warm enough not to freeze.