Someone explain Gossie needles to me.
The Ural dealer in the Netherlands, Jan Gossie (?) developed a set of replacement needles tapered specifically (taper is very much the key) for the Ural that are a drop in replacement. I have had them for over two years and 14,000 kilometers now and they are without question the best performance mod I have done on my rig. They are tapered and sized to work with the original factory jets so you don't have to mess around changing and tuning jets. Drop them in and be done with it; your rig will run noticeably stronger/better at all throttle ranges, no more farting or popping. If you search the Modifications forum under Gossie Needles, you will find information to order them and pictures of them compared to standard needles. The picture that Nemec posted of them clearly shows the difference in taper from stock. Jan has a Paypal account set up and they run less than $80 for a pair (depending on the exchange rate) including standard shipping which takes about 10 days. I actually think the exchange rate is more favorable than when I bought mine so it may be closer to $60. Some of the tightwads on the forum crow about the price and say they can get aftermarket needles from the local Harley dealer or elsewhere on line for $40 or less. Great for them, but they never post a part number and say you have to find them, try them, see what works best and so on. THESE WORK and work very well. For me, the $75 was one of the best investments made. A couple guys did have trouble with them wearing away up near the retaining clips but myself and several others using them never experienced the problem. I had mine out and inspected them before heading down to CRAP in May and they looked just like they did when a bought them a couple years ago. I read the rants but did see that Jan did investigate the matter and thought it was related to the ethanol in the fuel being used. I read that he did replace the worn needles from Berger and COB. I corresponded with Jan several times while buying mine and found him to be a great and very knowledgeable guy. At my request he set up a Paypal account because my bank was wanting to charge me $50 to make the currency exchange. He could have just told me it wasn't his problem, but he didn't and set up the Paypal account. A couple of Uralisti that followed me down Skyline Drive/BRP to CRAP were impressed with my rigs (impressive by Ural standards
) pulling power on the hills. If you buy them, you won't be sorry.
Last edited by doug
on Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:19 pm, edited 2 times in total.
In the stable:
2007 Ural Patrol: 35,000+ km, Winner of the highly coveted "Cleanest Ural" award at CRAP 2011 & 2012
1988 BMW R100RT (owned since new)
2012 Honda Goldwing
Previous Steeds: 1987 BMW K75S, 1979 Kawasaki KE 250, 1982 Honda MB-5