Would you buy a Ural if there was no dealership around?

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Would you buy a Ural if there was no dealership around?

Post by AdvRdr978 » Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:25 pm

I've been repairing/maintaining my motorcycles all my life but never owned a motorcycle that there were no dealers around, Can you own a Ural bike with no dealer in the close proximity?

There's a few Used one that comes up for sale in the region once in a while cause there used to be a dealer but it close a few years back. Closest dealer is now 13 hours drive away.

Would you still buy one?

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Re: Would you buy a Ural if there was no dealership around?

Post by Lokiboy » Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:48 pm

Yes. I would and I did.

Read a few years back in the Hammer and Wrenching section and decide for yourself if you can do service and repairs yourself.
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Re: Would you buy a Ural if there was no dealership around?

Post by mtrdrms » Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:56 pm

Absolutely. You dont need a dealer if you're handy with a wrench. The best parts suppliers in the world will ship whatever you need and all the know-how for your machine is right here.
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Post by 4REICH » Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:59 pm

I don't have money for a new gear up at this point in my life but if I did I definitely would make the purchase even though the dealership is 5 hrs away
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Post by Mothra35 » Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:01 pm

Of course. I've never even seen what a Ural dealership looks like
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Re: Would you buy a Ural if there was no dealership around?

Post by AdvRdr978 » Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:17 pm

Thank you for all your great advices, I think the Urals are perfect bike for our Canadian Maritimes Climate and I've been eyeing to get one for years as I want a year round bike.
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Post by Albuquralque » Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:19 pm

AdvRdr978 wrote:I've been repairing/maintaining my motorcycles all my life but never owned a motorcycle that there were no dealers around, Can you own a Ural bike with no dealer in the close proximity?

There's a few Used one that comes up for sale in the region once in a while cause there used to be a dealer but it close a few years back. Closest dealer is now 13 hours drive away.

Would you still buy one?
So there are Ural dealerships and then there are Ural dealerships......you have to know the difference. Many places sell Urals; however, few really know how to set them up and maintain them properly. There are maybe only five or six across the US that I would let work on my bike.

I don't live anywhere near a Ural dealership and do all my own work. That's part of the fun of owning a Ural.
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Re: Would you buy a Ural if there was no dealership around?

Post by AdvRdr978 » Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:24 pm

Yeah, I think I get more fun fixing/restoring bikes than riding them.

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Re: Would you buy a Ural if there was no dealership around?

Post by tx2sturgis » Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:53 pm

AdvRdr978 wrote:Yeah, I think I get more fun fixing/restoring bikes than riding them.
After you ride a Ural a few times, you will probably feel the opposite!

Although we happen to have one fella here (who will remain nameless but he fixes tomcats!) and he seems to feel the same way.

:mrgreen:

BTW, if you can turn a wrench, can use the internet, and access this forum, you really don't need a nearby dealer except for the FI bikes, they sometimes need a little 'freshening' of the computer to run right.

But 2013 models and older are carbed and are fairly simple to work on.
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Re: Would you buy a Ural if there was no dealership around?

Post by Michal » Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:01 pm

I don't trust engine that I haven't rebuilt myself.
No my car neither motorbike ever seen dealership/service.
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Re: Would you buy a Ural if there was no dealership around?

Post by AdvRdr978 » Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:09 pm

tx2sturgis wrote:
AdvRdr978 wrote:Yeah, I think I get more fun fixing/restoring bikes than riding them.
After you ride a Ural a few times, you will probably feel the opposite!

Although we happen to have one fella here (who will remain nameless but he fixes tomcats!) and he seems to feel the same way.

:mrgreen:

BTW, if you can turn a wrench, can use the internet, and access this forum, you really don't need a nearby dealer except for the FI bikes, they sometimes need a little 'freshening' of the computer to run right.

But 2013 models and older are carbed and are fairly simple to work on.
I wanted an FI one from 2014 and on for winter, but if they rode Carbs ones in Siberia since WWII, I guess carb is fine in the Canadian winters.

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Re: Would you buy a Ural if there was no dealership around?

Post by Beastmaster » Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:22 pm

My dealer is 220 miles away and I'm okay with that. I enjoy doing my own maintenance anyway. :thumbsup:
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Re: Would you buy a Ural if there was no dealership around?

Post by Mr Wazzock » Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:07 pm

AdvRdr978 wrote:and I've been eyeing to get one for years as I want a year round bike.
Do it before it's too late. :D
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Re: Would you buy a Ural if there was no dealership around?

Post by stagewex » Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:25 pm

There were 2 dealerships within 40-50 miles from me but one was clueless on service, the other I didn't get a good feeling about.
I bought 100 miles from me at a dealership that was passionate about these bikes, ex-BMW dealer so they "got it". After all said and done it turned out there were very few trips ever to the dealer anyway and I was always able to ride there.
On the carbie rigs (2013 and older) you could and can take care of most anything that comes up if you can turn a wrench on an old car or bike.

Ironically my local Yamaha dealer which is 1 mile from my house and I have used many times for other brands and bikes (its a real bike shop) also became a Ural dealer a few years ago citing the simplicity of the machines. They also used to sell BMW so there is some sort of pattern going on there. I don't know if there is a plug-in EFI tool yet but the initial problems when that came out in 2014 seems to have settled down as in once set, all seems to be well.
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Re: Would you buy a Ural if there was no dealership around?

Post by chaos2 » Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:32 pm

I'm about 20 miles from the finest Ural dealer in the US. It's nice to travel there every July for their open house.
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