rivers wrote:Since you want to go fast, don't want 2WD and already have a 1200 GS why not just hack the GS? DMC up in WA will do it for you for about 10 grand which is cheaper than a new Ural and spare FD's. Or for the 150-200 mile run and you get behind a 58 mph truck drop back out of his blind sport and settle in at 55 mph, relax and enjoy the ride. Most of us accept these for what they are and use accordingly, but it's your money and time.
Very good point and questions. As you can see from my "joined date", I've been looking at Urals for at least 1 1/2 years.(actually closer to 3) Hacking the GS has also been a consideration, but it's been kept off the table (mostly) for a couple of reasons.
riding the GS, and with steering mods, Un-hacking it would be an all-day job and therefore pointless
Another reason; I was having a discussion with Roger (AceRph at Advrider) about the differences between his hacked GSA and Ural. Although the GSA easily cruises at 80, the Ural actually handles better and is faster on tight roads.
Then there's price. There are a couple of hack builders around, and Jay at DMC built Roger's rig. The best ones I've seen came from Claude at C Stanley Motorsports. Either way, prices Start near the cost of a Patrol T and quickly approach $20k. For the price of hacking the GS, more or less, I could keep the GS as-is AND have a Ural...and niether one would be perfect as an only ride nor the "ideal" hack.
I need to get off the fence, before I get splinters in my bum.