How much can these be ridden?

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How much can these be ridden?

Post by Shortline » Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:54 pm

Maybe a dumb question, but are these Urals really high mileage makers? I kinda treat mine like an old antique, and only take it on short rides. I ride my others for anything over 50 miles. But I have been seeing some folks riding to Alaska. What is a realistic service life on these before rebuilds or transmission grenading?
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Re: How much can these be ridden?

Post by Penrod » Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:37 pm

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Ride it. I have done 4 over 2,000 Mile trips in the last 4 summers including quite a few over 360 Mile days. Drive it sensibly and do the maintenance. I have ridden my cT 15,000 Miles in 4 seasons and it has been absolutely reliable.
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Re: How much can these be ridden?

Post by Tin Man » Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:49 pm

Pretty much as far as you can stand. There are several owners that have gone well into the six digit range.
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Re: How much can these be ridden?

Post by Desantnik-VDV » Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:18 pm

After 8.5 years of not riding any motorcycles, I had done 600 miles freeway ride in one day (11.5 hours) on a new to me 2014 Ural M70 with 12000 km already on ODO (Los Angeles - Las Vegas - Los Angeles) with no issues this June. Kept 65-70 MPH all the way, however pushing to 75-80 mph on steep long downhills. Stopped only for gas fill ups two times each way.
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Re: How much can these be ridden?

Post by VWK75S » Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:33 am

Penrod wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:37 pm
Drive it sensibly and do the maintenance. .
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Re: How much can these be ridden?

Post by cheeseheadmike » Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:54 am

I do several 300+ mile rides a year. Any local errand Saturday riding is easily over a hundred a day.
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Re: How much can these be ridden?

Post by Lofty » Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:10 pm

Shortline wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:54 pm
[A]re these Urals really high mileage makers? I kinda treat mine like an old antique, and only take it on short rides. I ride my others for anything over 50 miles. But I have been seeing some folks riding to Alaska.
I'd say that Ural sidecars are a bit more sensitive to mechanical sympathy, but also that they aren't as fragile as some might believe. It's incumbent that the owner know the practical operating limits, and ride within them (e.g., they're not interstate mile munchers.) Do that, consistently, and with timely and proper maintenance your new Gear Up should last for many thousands of miles without need for major, and likely even minor, repair.
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Re: How much can these be ridden?

Post by chaos2 » Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:13 pm

Mine rarely ventures more that 50 miles away from home, that's what I kept the other bike for. But for daily around town use it's my year round go to choice. Maybe it can do highways but I'm just don't enjoy it like I do on more modern bikes.
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Re: How much can these be ridden?

Post by Peter Pan » Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:38 pm

Look at my signature and you get a realistic image of what is possible beeing a hard rider in mountain range. It all depends on the attitude. I have been honestly a bad nut that connects handle bar with seat. If our country would be flatter and without daily "STOP and (go) BAKE" down town traffic the story would be totally different.
Treat her nice and she will be good to you too.
It is a mutual learning process. While you try to educate the rig, you better listen to the rig and the rig will teach you too.

Do not expect that the engine will break in fast. Mine needed 21.000km to get free.
I store quite a few parts home. Even only one week after engine rebuild I would not hesitate to go on a longer trip (would love to do it again at any moment). If something serious breaks, a call home (or at Hollowpaw Gene) and a parcel would go on its way.
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Re: How much can these be ridden?

Post by VWK75S » Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:51 pm

Peter Pan wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:38 pm
Look at my signature and you get a realistic image of what is possible beeing a hard rider in mountain range. It all depends on the attitude. I have been honestly a bad nut that connects handle bar with seat. If our country would be flatter and without daily "STOP and (go) BAKE" down town the story would be totally different.
You've been thru 3 FD?
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Re: How much can these be ridden?

Post by Peter Pan » Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:56 pm

The spare pinion set stands for the final drive that Mickey Sherfield in Anchorage sent to Redmond. original tone Mickey: "With this final drive, You will not leave this parking lot :!: ." ... "You are on a once in a lifetime journey with your son. ..." He gave me a brand new final drive right out of a unsold 2012. 1 1/2 hours later we were good to go for the arctic circle. (first a 500km ride down the road for break in and fish salmon without luck)

That day in July 2013 contained several of the best lessons in life. I am still sincerely grateful to Mickey. A rough man from outside with a great heart.
(As far I know, he has now his shop in Delta Junction, AK.)
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Re: How much can these be ridden?

Post by Happytrails » Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:01 pm

Really like seeing those high mileage rigs. 🎃
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Re: How much can these be ridden?

Post by INSUBORDINATOR » Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:17 pm

A lot depends on which one you buy. The latest efi models do the best. Old ones can be fixed by owners - but are old & generally NOT as reliable as the very latest models. Very happy with my 02 fixer upper tourist - but content - & safer - to stay local.
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Re: How much can these be ridden?

Post by Mr Wazzock » Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:30 pm

I've been told there are 100,000+ miles Urals in the UK that just get service parts occasionally (mail ordered from my dealer – "I never hear from them unless they want an oil filter or something")

Mine is pushing 21k km now and like Peter Pan said, just keeps getting better.
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Re: How much can these be ridden?

Post by Shortline » Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:09 pm

Cool, thanks for the responses. I guess I just felt like it was more fragile than it is. Guess I'll ride it till I break something and not worry about it! (with the regular maintenance, etc)
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