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yoyo65
PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 11:28 pm  Reply with quote
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Did anyone see these at the Cycle show last weekend at the convention center? www.imz-ural.com
I'm smitten. If I was in the market for a motorcycle, I would love this!

NealAustin, I saw the Fly in blue at the show. Looks great. Certainly way more subtle than Dragon Red.
Have you been out riding? How is it running for you?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 7:36 am  Reply with quote
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Have 50 miles on it and loving it.

I believe the Ural is a decendant of the BMW (clone). The Wolf looks good.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 8:19 am  Reply with quote
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yoyo, funny you would mention the Ural. I had never heard of them but had always thought it would be cool to have an old WWII army sidecar rig. The Ural, which is related to the BMW R71 the same way a Stella is related to a Vespa P150, is exactly that but new. So yes, I've been unable to think of anything else for the past few days. I have already contacted both Ural dealers within 200 miles and will be going for a test ride when it gets a bit warmer.

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The main drawback is that they are very slow, but it looks like they have a 750cc engine now, used to be 650, so they should be faster now, before the top speed was around 60. Oh just looked it up top speed 65, so a little better, not much. The fit and finish look better than they used too and they finally added a disc brake. Too bad they take up so much room in the garage....

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Tom Lindsay wrote:
...thought it would be cool to have an old WWII army sidecar rig.

Here's another option... get yourself a vintage (or vintage-looking) bike & attach a new vintage-looking sidecar, purchased from my brother. Discounts to scooterists are a real possibility.

http://tinyurl.com/7vak3
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Matty wrote:
The main drawback is that they are very slow, but it looks like they have a 750cc engine now, used to be 650, so they should be faster now, before the top speed was around 60. Oh just looked it up top speed 65, so a little better, not much. The fit and finish look better than they used too and they finally added a disc brake. Too bad they take up so much room in the garage....


Yeah, 65 is not really peppy. On the other hand, we're all scooterists, so it doesn't seem anywhere *near* as bad as it would to motorcyclists. I was impressed with how good they look, the construction seems quite solid. I like that they use leading link suspension on the front, too bad the front disc brake means the three wheels are no longer interchangeable as they were when they all had drums. You're right, I drive a Hyundai Elantra and the Ural sidecar rig is actually slightly *wider* than my car - though it's six feet shorter end to end...

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MMM Senior Editor Wanchena owns a Ural Tourist and rides it year round. Several articles have been published:

http://www.motorbyte.com/mmm/pages/2003/56/review56.htm

http://www.motorbyte.com/mmm/pages/2004/71/review71.htm

http://www.motorbyte.com/mmm/pages/2005/73/feature73.htm

http://www.motorbyte.com/mmm/pages/2004/71/feature71_2.htm

I really, really want a hack. Winter riding is fun, but riding in snow still makes me nervous.

As always, YMMV.
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yoyo65 wrote:
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Sidecars are for losers. Well, at least until I own another one they are.


-Mike Etlicher, known sidecar enthusiast.


PS: Krevin, Lee agreed to make a frame and mount for the "W" if/when I make a tub. It'll be a year, but I plan to build a kayak next winter, and it's almost as much work to build two "boats" as it is one... In this case, the other "boat" will be a custom cedar strip sidecar for the "W"!
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Make a sidecar and mount a Kayak on it. The best of two worlds. I sure would like to see the face of the cop that makes that traffic stop.

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Kevin K
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Spikehead wrote:
PS: Krevin, Lee agreed to make a frame and mount for the "W" if/when I make a tub. It'll be a year, but I plan to build a kayak next winter, and it's almost as much work to build two "boats" as it is one... In this case, the other "boat" will be a custom cedar strip sidecar for the "W"!

Which one's the "W" again? I can't keep track of all of your furniture.
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Kevin K wrote:
Spikehead wrote:
PS: Krevin, Lee agreed to make a frame and mount for the "W" if/when I make a tub. It'll be a year, but I plan to build a kayak next winter, and it's almost as much work to build two "boats" as it is one... In this case, the other "boat" will be a custom cedar strip sidecar for the "W"!

Which one's the "W" again? I can't keep track of all of your furniture.
K


http://www.kentkaw.com/w650.jpg

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Tom Lindsay
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That W650 would look classy with a classic sidecar...

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Tom Lindsay wrote:
That W650 would look classy with a classic sidecar...


Like this one:


Can be found at:
http://tinyurl.com/7vak3
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Looks like a Dnepr hack.
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Yeah, we saw those and took the brouchure also. Pretty cool. Sidecars might be for losers - or for people with kids or dogs.
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