I cant say I dont miss my rig, I LOVED it, I think it was having it a little damaged in a fire, then spending a pile of money to make the clutch work again, then getting injured in an accident and waiting a few more years, then making it run and riding it round the yard, reliving what it was to pilot the thing ( Thanks to MANY here that helped make that happen, Tinman, Van, Gene from Holapaws ) only to pull it in the shop to install the last bits, ammo box, hack nose luggage rack, bumper, getting all that done and hitting the starter button as I had for hundreds of times only to find out that created another HUGE breakdown.rivers wrote:I'll 3rd that. Rebuild the bottom end on an airhead BMW and then tell me how expensive Ural parts are.Lmo wrote:I second the sentiment.Sorry, I can't imagine any option that won't be more expensive, difficult, and time consuming in the long run than simply fixing it.
Sounds like you're fed up with the entire Ural experience and don't want to even look at it any more. Not a neg comment on your feelings, cause I can see it happening to folks. The older I get, the less I enjoy or can afford to work on all vehicles so I get you wanting to punt. You say currently you lost a wrist pin keeper? Hows the compression on the other jug? How many kms total on the motor. If the good jug is within reason, just replace the bad jug and piston and freshen up the good side so both sides are near the same condition/comp. Forget about what money you've already put in to it. That's the past and that money is already spent, long gone, history and never to be seen again so it's not in play any more. It's cheaper to fix what you "need" to fix w/o fixing what you suspect you may need to fix someday. Before you punt diagnose what you actually need then talk with Crawfords, Holopaws, Heindls, Skis etc and see what they have avail used or new. If you're considering parting it out, sell the entire bike in one shot at an attractive dirt cheap price for a non-runner and just be done with it. Parting out a bike that there isn't much market for is going to be a long PITA process. Sure you'll get a few bucks dribbling in occasionally but you'll be dealing with disassembling, cleaning, advertising, getting shipping quotes etc for a long time and still end up stuck with most of it. Sorry for your situation but the cheapest route is fix what you got or if you decide to bail out, sell the entire lump in a one shot deal and be done with it forever.
Just one man's opinion.
After all the long wait then making it run again, only to have the wind taken out of my sails because a carb that was redone leaked some gas into the jug... We are faced with many issues with these rigs, we all know they are not the best n brightest. Years of advancements in metallurgy, wheels,(round ones! great idea!! ) bearings, gears, they still make them better, but now they are so expensive for new models they have priced themselves out of my league. But they are something we just cant get any other place. I remember seeing the first mention of them, way back when. I remember seeing the first one in person, a red 650 version. I never gave up on the desire to own one. I was the King of the world when I found this rig and Andy made me a good deal on it. ( and I had a pile of money that was not a normal occurance in my life...) I justified the usage of it. and I did use it. I believe in enjoying life, not just existing, the Ural added something I used to call "the glee factor". If you can do what you have to do in your life but do it in a way that also brings you joy then that's the glee factor. The ural made a simple trip to town for groceries an adventure. People stop n stare when the wife and I pushed a full shopping cart up to the rig and wondered.."how they gonna get all that home??? O.O" The real fun was spending a day when we didn't have to work just puttering down an old dirt road in the Ozarks. Owning and driving a Ural sidecar rig is something I do not have to explain to those of you that have them. Having that taken away from me more than once and working hard to get it back and not one but a few times leave a loss in what we kinda took for granted when all we had to do was walk out turn on the gass and hit the starter button and away we went on the next joyride.
I own whats left of this 09, and if I can make it go with something I have then I stand in the wind and say hey I am not beaten. If you dont understand what that means then maybe you have never lived in your car, or struggled to live when you could no longer pay the light bill. I have been at the bottom, to own my gearup was something I waited decades to achieve. Lightning almost burning my barn down and getting my arm crushed set me back but I am not beaten. So, fed up with the whole Ural experience? Not by a long shot. Discouraged by prices that seem to be crazy high? Well blame that on riding Harleys for years, pistons, jugs, new crank, all can be had for the price of just one new crank for the Ural. and not one that will be ruined by a little gas in the cylinder either. Knowing what I know now, if I ever get the thing running of course I will turn it over with the kicker before ever trusting to touch the starter button. But I had never ever heard of this problem or about 3 piece $500 cranks pressed together that a little starter could render into light weight boat anchors with one push of a button. That still seems surreal to me...