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    got a ural in 2004 have had little problems. The bigest problem is the people that has bought them in the past found that they can work on them by there self. They just kept working on them till they broke them Or they thought they could run a splash oil syste like a jap bike, Then lost the motor. You have to drive a splash system with comon sense. kind like a 1947 chevy. There oil pump is so low presure I dosn't have a light or gauge. If riden like they were made for the will run a long time with little trouble.
    wanted to put on pic but could not get done

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    May 2005
    Deepwater, Missouri

    Lusting for a Ural

    I'm riding my second Ural sidecar rig. I can't imagine not having one. I still have two BMWs in my stable, but can't ride them because of injuries. I started riding BMWs in 1974 with my 1954 R51/3. My new Ural reminds me of the charm that attracted me to BMWs in the 70s. That charm has been engineered out of modern BMWs. With the on-demand 2-wheel drive and tough nature of the Ural, I can take it places where only the hardiest BMW GS riders dare tread. Many BMW owners also own Urals, and for very good reasons. If you have the coin, I'd say drop it on the Ural.

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    We went for a test ride (Kim's first sidecar ride) and had a ball. If I had the $$$ I would get one tomorrow.
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    My wife and I stopped at a dealer in Anchorage last week so she could get a ride in the sidecar. She said that after riding the Ural, mine felt like riding on a jackhammer. I've been looking at Urals for a while and the 2014 changes are significant enough to take the leap. The airhead/Cozy combo will still cruise faster but 2WD/EFI/reverse/steering damper/leading link and disc brakes all around are enough of a difference to overlook some of the shortcomings.

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    Jul 2006
    Central Oregon

    10 years and about 40,000 kms on my Ural

    I bought my Ural Tourist (1WD) model new in April 2004. In ten years it's only stranded me twice, and both were in the last two months. Typically, it was weird but simple Ural stuff. Basically, a nut behind the front engine cover which holds the rotor tight had come loose. Tightened it and the bike was fine. Second, battery gave up the ghost after a seven-year run. Had a few oddball electrical gremlins when I first bought the bike but all were fixed by me and my wrenching buddies under warranty; IMZ (manufacturer of Urals) sent us the parts under warranty: new key switch and new ignition switch fixed the problem of bike suddenly shutting off.

    The Urals do get better with every years and significant leaps forward occurred in 2004, 2006, 2010, 2012, and now fuel-injection and disc brakes on all three wheels in 2014 as well as a hydraulic steering dampener.

    Change your oil every 3,000 klicks (engine, tranny, and final drive), check and adjust the valves as needed (valves eventually settle in and need adjusting much less after about 10,000 klicks), keep the bike at 50-60 mph, and these Russian mules will go roll on and on like the airheads from which they are descended. There's a noticeable improvement in the engines at about the 15,000-20,000 kilometer mark (horsepower probably soars from 40 to 42), but the tranny, well, as say in the Ural world "loud shifts save lives."

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    Central Florida Gulf Coast

    Love My Ural Retro

    Couldn't resist...I bought my 2012 Retro from Holopaw Gene used with 2400km @ his annual gathering (November?) last year. I now have over 7800km with no problems. It gets better as the kilometers build. Electric start & front disc brake is about as modern as it gets. It's a very primitive machine. No ABS, Computer, ESC etc. It has electric start, but I enjoy kick starting it and it starts first time every time (hot or cold).
    It's not fuel efficient compared to it's stable mates. I also have two 2011 BMWs (R1200GS & F650GS) that are loved. I did add a windshield and have Clearwater Lights LED Darlas to mount on the forks this fall. I enjoy every minute on it and ride it daily. Every Sunday morning it's loaded with up to $300 in groceries. People ask me of the 3 which is my favorite, I can't decide. The Ural does get the most favorable comments/looks. People on the road always give thumbs up and wave. My bikes may come and go but I think I'll always have the Ural.
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    SW Ohio
    Congrats, if I won the lottery I'd buy an M70 Retro to keep my Gear Up company. After over 2 years my Ural/BMW ratio is about 95% Ural. It's just too damn much fun!
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