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First Ural & side car rig.

Post by Robert Whitten » Sat Oct 26, 2019 11:08 pm

I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm Robert Whitten from TN. Retired from a nuke plant as a Mechanical Instructor. Haven't been without a motorcycle since 12 year old. Will be 66 2nd of November. I presently have 17 motorcycles counting the 2004 Ural Troyka I just bought. It has 6700 something on the clock. 10 BMW's, 3 Harleys, a Honda, a Kawasaki & a Suzuki. All are older. Newest I have is 2004 Beemer not counting the Ural. I have a fairly large shop (40x60) fully stocked with tools, welders, bike lift & such. I do all my own repairs & servicing.

As a self proclaimed research freak, I'm looking forward to learning about the Ural & enjoying rambling around on it. Thanks for having me.
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Post by SidecarDan » Sun Oct 27, 2019 2:06 am

Welcome, once you find out how much fun a Ural is you may want to thin the herd from lack of use as they will only collect dust.
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Post by harryball » Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:00 am

Welcome! Where bouts in TN? We ride through there ever so often. May have to stop by and see your motorcycle museum. :D
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Post by Mr Wazzock » Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:12 am

Greetings! :D
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Post by Robert Whitten » Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:30 am

Harryball, I'm just above Florence AL in the edge of TN. Out in the country.
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Post by harryball » Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:58 am

You're not far from Natchez Trace then. We rode by this past July/August on our way back from St Paul MN. Beautiful country. Sounds like you are volunteering to host a Natchez Trace ride! (You gotta watch us Ural owners, we can be a pushy bunch). :P
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Post by DrFaulken » Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:50 am

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Post by Robert Whitten » Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:07 pm

I'd be game for that. I'm 8 mile from the Natchez Trace. I also have plenty camping areas. I'll look @ something in the spring. I know the Trace very well as I've ran it from end to end numerous times. Wife & I had cancer @ the same time & was making a trip almost every week up the Trace to Vandy for a very long time. We didn't know cancer was catching until we both had it together. :-) She lost a Tata & I lost my bladder. All is good now. I often go down the trace for rides. Went to a BMW Swamp Scooter rally for years in Louisiana.
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Post by Marine Corps Codu » Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:29 pm

Welcome to the insanity, Robert! It sounds like you have quite a collection! I reckon you will be able to help some of us in the future with figuring out how to do some of the elusive things we discover on our contraptions!
Again, welcome and glad you and your bride both beat cancer.
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Post by Robert Whitten » Sun Oct 27, 2019 1:19 pm

Thanks for all the welcomes & kind words. Keith, looks like you have quite a collection also. A few of mine are in various states of repair as I also collect antique tractors, refurbish old gas lanterns & stoves. 2 CJ Jeeps, several 4 wheelers, a Kawasaki mule & other junk. A fella can get overloaded quick. Got behind while battling the cancer for 6 year but slowly gaining ground on them. Being a Machinist by original trade, I've also got a mill & lathe in my shop to make an occasional part.

When I pass on, I want to be behind so I always have something to do. Body going to scrap but trying to keep the brain from following suit. :-)
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Post by Marine Corps Codu » Sun Oct 27, 2019 1:35 pm

When I pass on, I want to be behind so I always have something to do. Body going to scrap but trying to keep the brain from following suit. :-)
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Having a positive attitude like you certainly helps when battling for one's life. As they say "down under" GOOD ON YOU!

And having a LOT of "stuff" to do keeps one from allowing the 'stinkin' thinkin' from creeping in.
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Post by RC20 » Sun Oct 27, 2019 2:51 pm

Man, I envy you the collection and the shop. sigh (this is my lean to to protect mine) . Beautiful Ural you got there.
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My advice is short rides on the Ural until you learn the side car ops. Not because of strain but the need to assimilate how they work.

I just hung up work at age 67, got a Ural, tried to kill myself 3 times fairly seriously on the way back to AK (would not have missed it for the world, had a grand time)

I had a widely varied career which included operating just about every type of equipment on the planet (I never got to run a drag line of any type)

Nothing is like a side car. Motorcycle experience is good for the heads up pay 100% attention to whats going on but the handling is just a different universe. Not vicious or unmanageable but different.

Slow speeds and really needing to pull the bars is still one lingering that I have one corner that is challenging me so far.
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Post by Robert Whitten » Sun Oct 27, 2019 3:19 pm

Thank you RC20. I appreciate all the information. Brought it home Tuesdays evening late. I've rode about 75 mile on it so far. Rained all day Friday & Saturday so didn't get to ride those days. I'm familiar with driving instead of riding a bike as I've got a custom BMW trike I had built some years ago. The pulling right & left on up & down shifts will take some getting familiar with. I'm planning on going to a parking lot to practice flying the chair for the right turns. In the mean time I'm using a case of water to help with counter balancing.

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Post by RC20 » Sun Oct 27, 2019 4:19 pm

Well done. 75 miles is a great start. Sounds like you have a good handle on things. I quit work (they offered no retirement!) and plan on having as much enjoyment out of it as I can until I am forced to hang it up.

My take is the right turn problem is fixable/dealable while the rest of the handling never changes.

All I read focused more on the right turn hazard and ignored the rest of it so I was not well prepared for that part.

So I focus on that other handling for those not fully committed yet (grin) . I have yet to have a right turn rise up that I did not deliberately invoke (some weight and some empty care) but I sure have had my share of the others.

The long lever movement of the side car wheel is another one. I had to yank my leg back when I pulled off and it went up and I thought I was going over (and there goes a leg if it does so a bit of bent machinery is vastly better than a wiped out leg)

I have driven wide rigs so I thought I had a good take on the side car tire location wise, First thing out of the dealer I ran it up the first part of a concrete barricade. Fortunately my reflexes are good and those things are sloped a bit at the bottom and I got right off it. I did not have quite enough mental where it was at out there.

Leaving driveways I had it too far, nasty thump as it came down off the curb. While I can see the side car nose out of the corner of my eye, the tire is another foot or so past that. I have that down pretty good now and have not had any issues in a while.

If straining your brain is good for you I certainly picked the right ride. Probably better than learning to play the Accordion my wife chose.
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Re: First Ural & side car rig.

Post by Lofty » Sun Oct 27, 2019 4:59 pm

Welcome, Mr. Whitten.

I may solicit your advice, if or when I'm ever fortunate enough to ride any portion of the Natchez Trace. Being active on ADV Rider, it's a known popular destination even within the dual sport community (my first love, per the Suzuki in my sig line.)

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