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    I do not own a sidecar. I have never owned a sidecar. I have however considered buying a rig to run around the desert roads here in the Texas Big Bend. As such, what I would want is the two-wheel drive Ural. Other than two wheel drive virtually any BMW since 1969 would make a better bike for the rig than a Ural. Even a /5 would pull better. My opinion again only.

    That said, if you, like me, would want two-wheel drive then Ural seems like the only way to go.
    Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
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    I considered a Ural as they are just cute as can be...but I like riding more than tinkering and I really don't like being the slowest vehicle on the road, especially on hills. So I drive a GSA/modified Hannigan rig and have been very happy with it for the past 85,000 miles. The caveat is that the sidecar is my long distance rig; if I was looking for something just to have fun on the backroads here in northern Vermont (90% of them are unpaved), I would probably have gone with a Ural. The improvements in the last several years have been much needed, and those in the 2019/2020 model years have been truly impressive.

    With the exception of the Ural, every sidecar rig on the road today is a custom or semi-custom job and some home built rigs were done by people with questionable levels of expertise. What I always advise prospective sidecarists is to visit their local Ural dealer and take one for a test drive. That way they know what a properly setup rig feels like. It's not for everyone.

    2WD is a mixed bag. I've heard it lets you get 100 yards further than 1WD before you get stuck. Those who think it will let them rock crawl like some of the Jeep videos on YouTube are always disappointed. Those who remain in 1WD till they get stuck, then use 2WD to back out, seem very happy with it.

    Pete
    '18 R1200GSA for solo rides
    '12 R1200GSA with Hannigan sidecar for rides with Glenlivet
    '15 Honda CRF250L for exploring places I'm afraid to take the big GSA!
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    The Ural QC testers would disagree with your assessment of two-wheel drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUZOzT4F0DI



    Best,
    DeVern
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    Back in the early 2000s I had a R75/6 and bought a Sputnic sidecar and the hardware from DMC and loved it. The instructions for the installation were easy to deal with and I sent pictures to them and I believe his name is Jay was very helpful in having me tune the alignment for the road. It cruised effortless at 55 to 65 hands off with two grandkids in the car and one behind me. I didn't have more than $5000.00 invested in bike and sidecar. Just another one of those things I wish I never sold. And of course since Ural reliability was in question back then a Ural was not a choice I wanted to deal with.
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    Jim Dubick
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