New to me 2018 GU

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Re: New to me 2018 GU

Post by phughes » Tue Dec 08, 2020 8:54 pm

I just upload my images to Imgur, then use a link to that image.

To resize the image on the iPhone, you need to get an app like, "Image Size," from itunes.

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Re: New to me 2018 GU

Post by Scup » Wed Dec 09, 2020 9:05 pm

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Re: New to me 2018 GU

Post by phughes » Wed Dec 09, 2020 10:17 pm

That looks great. Congrats and enjoy!

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Re: New to me 2018 GU

Post by Scup » Wed Dec 09, 2020 10:45 pm

phughes wrote:
Wed Dec 09, 2020 10:17 pm
That looks great. Congrats and enjoy!
Thx... can't wait to get it legal in 12 days... in the meantime I'll just go over it and check torque values on all the nuts/bolts etc. After work I'll go out and just stand there, lean over it, look here and there and I'm just impressed by it all, its 98% steel and solid! I love it reminds me of my '49 chevy pickup, all steel... I'm not impressed with the mirrors they seem a little sloppy and move if you bump into them, and the heel/toe shifter are not made for my steeltoed workbooks... but the cats meow is the humidor in the tank!!! pure genius! No need for a handlebar bag lol.
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Re: New to me 2018 GU

Post by windmill » Thu Dec 10, 2020 12:27 am

Scup wrote:
Wed Dec 09, 2020 10:45 pm
the heel/toe shifter are not made for my steeltoed workbooks.
"heel-toe" is kind of a misnomer, step-step may be more accurate. I believe most folks like myself use the ball of their foot on both the heel and toe portion, and find trying to use their toe to up shift like a normal bike, or heel like on a Harley awkward and imprecise. I don't have any issue shifting with the step-step method while wearing steel toe, or rubber boots, give it a chance to get used to it.
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Re: New to me 2018 GU

Post by stagewex » Thu Dec 10, 2020 1:19 pm

"but the cats meow is the humidor in the tank!!! pure genius!"

I love it!
Looks great, enjoy Happy, Healthy & Safe
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Re: New to me 2018 GU

Post by Mr Wazzock » Thu Dec 10, 2020 3:24 pm

phughes wrote:
Tue Dec 08, 2020 8:54 pm
I just upload my images to Imgur, then use a link to that image.

To resize the image on the iPhone, you need to get an app like, "Image Size," from itunes.
If on the iPhone, email it to yourself on another email address, I usually do to a PC. During the process it will ask to resize smaller, for a forum I usually pick medium I think, comes out at other end as 640 x 480 pixels, and file size should be under 1 MB. If still on 'phone, you can get the smaller image by going to the email you just sent in the 'Sent' folder.

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Re: New to me 2018 GU

Post by Geno89074 » Thu Dec 10, 2020 10:50 pm

Congratulations on your Beautiful Rig from Henderson, Nevada!
ENJOY!!!
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Re: New to me 2018 GU

Post by Desantnik-VDV » Thu Dec 10, 2020 11:12 pm

Congrats! Enjoy!

"but the cats meow is the humidor in the tank!!! pure genius!" :thumbsup:

:D Never thought of that. I have that key in the trunk pocket. Always carried a few cigars in the trunk as well.
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Re: New to me 2018 GU

Post by Scup » Sun Dec 20, 2020 9:12 pm

WooHoo less than a day and I'll have my title & registration/plate for the bike! It's been killer just watching it sit in the garage and not being able to go for a blast! Now there's snow all over the place with a cold blast in the coming weeks lol. Was thinking of sticking a plate from my other bike when we had some high 50-60 degree weather, but when I do things like that, I always end up on the short end of the stick.
Yet for the 2 weeks she's been waiting, I've checked the alignment and found it at .75" toe in, checked leveling of the sidecar axle, added switched LED light in the trunk, made the ECU OBDII 'round' connector, made that little parking bulb in the headlight work, checked for loose bolts etc. and just admired the whole bike!
But now I have a few questions... the toe-in seems alittle much compared to what I've read in the manual... but my thoughts are after reading alot of info here is that before I start messing with it is to ride it and see how it handles etc. The lean out is around 1*
The prev. owner said while he watched me turn the bike off with the key, that he said the dealer told him it should be shut off by the kill switch on the bars then use the key? I've always used the key to shut off my bikes, never used that kill switch. Talking about keys... 4 keys? Really?!?
Anyway, looking forward to finally getting this legal and go riding and experience the side car experience.
This is a great forum... so much information its mind bogglin'!
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Re: New to me 2018 GU

Post by Marine Corps Codu » Sun Dec 20, 2020 10:24 pm

I always use the key to turn off. Finally getting to ride!!! Be safe and have fun!
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Re: New to me 2018 GU

Post by stagewex » Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:34 am

I have always turned off all bikes with the key. The exception with the Ural is that if I'm parking on a hill I might put it in reverse and use the kill-switch. I park in gear anyway, don't depend on the e-brake ever. And have had my share of taking off with the e-brake on enough to know, haha.
It's whatever your habit is or the way you were taught with regard to the kill or key switch.

When my wife took the MSF course a few years ago they teach student riders to turn the bike off with the kill-switch and then the key. So maybe that's the "safer" way to do it, I don't really know?
Every time I went to start the bike (at that time a TW200) I had that initial "oh no, what's wrong with it now" after she rode it. Yeah... kill switch was turned off.
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Re: New to me 2018 GU

Post by Lofty » Tue Dec 22, 2020 10:32 pm

I use the ignition (key) switch exclusively to energize/deenergize the ignition systems on every motorcycle that I own or have owned. Said differently, the engine kill switch is set to Run on the day I take delivery, and is rarely ever touched again.

To my way of thinking, using the red kill switch with the same frequency as the key switch will decrease the former's service life*. With respect to the primary function of the kill switch -- shutting off the engine safely, easily and quickly -- I want to maximize the likelihood that it will work during an emergency.

On a related and smaller scale, I occasionally use the Ural's kick starter in order to give the electric start button a break. Having paid my dues chasing wiring gremlins on a few British Leyland vehicles, I have an electrical sympathy that complements my general mechanical sympathy for machinery. Now if I could just convince Mrs. Lofty to adopt some of the latter... :|

*This is in fact a documented concern on DR650s, of which I've owned two.
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