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#1: Uraling (long)

Posted on 2006-07-20 04:24:49 by Tud

I just sat down with a nice cold beer, so feel free to help yourself to
something on my tab. I ran the gambit of riding today and managed to add
350km's to the bike, bringing it up to it's 1500km mark and time for it's
first service interval. I plan on tackling the items for the first service
on Friday, so that will come later, today was for riding.

The brother is in town with his family, staying out in the country with the
folks, and the deal with the wife was that today we could go out and play.
We headed out there in the morning, me on the Ural and the wife and kids in
the minivan. The ride started with about 50km on the highway, then 30+ on
the back roads. It was a warm day today so I left the gloves off and let
the air blow up the sleeves on the leather jacket to help keep me cool.
Once off the highway the road meanders through the country side, with all
the sites, sounds and smells of farm country. The bike seems to enjoy
cruising along in third gear at around 85kph rather than in forth at highway
speeds of 100-110. About 10kms out from my parents place the road runs up
along this hill that has a great view off to one side with the church
steeple of their little town poking out of the trees.

Once I got there we hung out for a bit then called my sister and told her we
were going for a ride. She lives about an hour away as well, so my brother
and I headed over to the school across the street with some tennis balls cut
in half to use as pylons and we ran through some of the exercises in the
"Driving a Sidecar Outfit". We got the hack up on a few of the exercises
and locked up the brakes in the turns with some fun results. Overall the
exercises were to give you a good sense of what's going to happen under
certain circumstances and to make you used to it so that you're not freaking
when it happens on the road.

My sister showed up on her Honda 750 Ace, so we took a minute to decided
what the game plan was gonna be. I had the CB550Four still at my place, but
that was an hour away, and my brother wasn't keen on sitting in the hack for
the trip. So my sister offered him her bike and she rode in the hack to our
place, we took the backroads and this was my first trip with someone in the
sidecar. I've been riding with a 50lb sandbag in the hack, and while my
sister is considerably more than 50lb, I didn't notice much of a difference
then when I'm regularly riding the bike.

We got to my place, enjoyed a frosty beverage, and then looked at a map to
find a much longer route back to my folks place, with the plan to get back
there in time for supper. I took the lead, since they wanted me with set
the pace with the hack, and we a headed back along the winding backroads.
We hit a few that have been long neglected but for the most part it was a
good ride, lot's of twisties, hills, and next to no traffic. We ended up
back in the village the folks live in so we headed down another road just
for the hell of it, then detoured down some road, just to see where it went.
We ended up on a dirt road that we followed for a short while and ended up
not too far from the folks place, just in time to run up there for supper.

After supper, and a couple goes at the potato cannon we built earlier in the
week, we decided it was time that my brother trade in the CB550Four for his
old IT175 and take the Ural off roading. We plowed a path through the hay
field to the little overgrown path that used to be used by kids with ATVs,
now it's almost completely grown over and the Ural was almost too wide to
make it through. I hit one spot that has a dip that was nothing more than a
small ditch full of mud. I hit it a bit slow and got stuck, a perfect
opportunity for me to try engaging the sidecar wheel to get me out of the
ditch. It worked like a charm, and after I got up through the ditch the
path connects up to an abandoned railroad track, so I disengaged the sidecar
wheel. We ran along the track for a short distance, unfortunately this too
had started to grow in a bit, causing me to have to duck a few time and clip
a fair amount of foliage. We stopped as the tracks approached a crossing
and turned around to head in the other direction. I think I picked up about
12 different types of bugs while going along the path, from aphids to inch
worms. Had I been thinking I would have had on my gloves and leather
jacket, but I figure we'd be going slow so no real need. There were a few
spots where there was a hill that caused the bike to lean to the left a
little more than what I was comfortable with, but fortunately it never went
over.

We headed back along the tracks until we reached an abandoned farm house,
all told the trip was barely a couple miles, but all the branches and bugs
had me wanting to follow the driveway for the farmhouse out to the main
road. My brother, not having a street legal bike, headed back down the
railroad tracks and I headed down the driveway, only to find a big, locked
gate at the end, so back I went. This time when I hit the little ditch I
needed to get through I made sure I had enough momentum. Unfortunately that
same momentum carried me right through a thorn bush that was on the side of
the path. I came out on the other side and headed back through the hay feed
up to the house. By the time I got there my left hand had a pretty good
build up of blood on the back, which made me wish I had the foresight to
wear my gloves. It was getting a little late at that point, so we packed
the kids up in the minivan and headed back home, taking the backroads to the
highway and then the highway the rest of the way home.

Well, if you made it this far then help yourself to another drink. I
managed to put on about 350kms today, covering highway riding, backroads,
dirt roads and off road. My brother tried to goad me into crossing a river,
but his pipes sat considerably higher than those on the Ural. Hopefully
Friday I'll get to run through the service items and remove some of the
foliage still hanging from the bike.

--
Tud
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#2: Re: Uraling (long)

Posted on 2006-07-20 04:42:42 by Les

Tud wrote:
&gt; I just sat down with a nice cold beer, so feel free to help yourself to
&gt; something on my tab. I ran the gambit of riding today and managed to add
&gt; 350km's to the bike, bringing it up to it's 1500km mark and time for it's
&gt; first service interval. I plan on tackling the items for the first service
&gt; on Friday, so that will come later, today was for riding.

Thanks for the Pepsi.

&lt;snip&gt;

&gt; Well, if you made it this far then help yourself to another drink. I
&gt; managed to put on about 350kms today, covering highway riding, backroads,
&gt; dirt roads and off road. My brother tried to goad me into crossing a river,
&gt; but his pipes sat considerably higher than those on the Ural. Hopefully
&gt; Friday I'll get to run through the service items and remove some of the
&gt; foliage still hanging from the bike.

Sounds like a blast. I'd love to have one of those 2 wheel drives and
the time to get out on it.

Les

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#3: Re: Uraling (long)

Posted on 2006-07-20 05:50:08 by Sue

&quot;Tud&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:tud333&#64;hotmail.com" target="_blank">tud333&#64;hotmail.com</a>&gt; wrote in message
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&gt;I just sat down with a nice cold beer, so feel free to help yourself to
&gt;something on my tab. I ran the gambit of riding today and managed to add
&gt;350km's to the bike, bringing it up to it's 1500km mark and time for it's
&gt;first service interval. I plan on tackling the items for the first service
&gt;on Friday, so that will come later, today was for riding.

&gt;snipped a good story&lt;

Thanks for the coffee Tud, and the take along too, sounds like you all had a
pretty good time, watch out for those pricker bushes, ouch...

Sue
06 XL1200L

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#4: Re: Uraling (long)

Posted on 2006-07-20 15:02:37 by JMark

Tud wrote:
&gt; I just sat down with a nice cold beer, so feel free to help yourself to
&gt; something on my tab. I ran the gambit of riding today and managed to add
&gt; 350km's to the bike, bringing it up to it's 1500km mark and time for it's
&gt; first service interval. I plan on tackling the items for the first service
&gt; on Friday, so that will come later, today was for riding.
&gt;
&gt; The brother is in town with his family, staying out in the country with the
&gt; folks, and the deal with the wife was that today we could go out and play.
&gt; We headed out there in the morning, me on the Ural and the wife and kids in
&gt; the minivan.

&lt;snip&gt;

Does the deal with the wife exclude Jake in the hack?

I guess since &quot;so many of you are pretend bikers&quot;... Can't believe that
one slipped under the indignation dopler.

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#5: Re: Uraling (long)

Posted on 2006-07-20 17:27:17 by Spunky the Tuna

On Wed, 19 Jul 2006 22:24:49 -0400, Tud wrote:

&gt; I just sat down with a nice cold beer, so feel free to help yourself to
&gt; something on my tab. I ran the gambit of riding today and managed to add
&gt; 350km's to the bike, bringing it up to it's 1500km mark and time for it's
&gt; first service interval. I plan on tackling the items for the first service
&gt; on Friday, so that will come later, today was for riding.

I can just imagine you hooning around in the dirt on the Ural, grinning and
throwing dirt around.

Sounds like you had a great time.
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#6: Re: Uraling (long)

Posted on 2006-07-20 22:44:02 by unknown

On Thu, 20 Jul 2006 02:24:49 GMT, &quot;Tud&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:tud333&#64;hotmail.com" target="_blank">tud333&#64;hotmail.com</a>&gt; wrote:
I
&gt;managed to put on about 350kms today, covering highway riding, backroads,
&gt;dirt roads and off road.

Try *that* on a Harley.

Nice report Tud... thanks.
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#7: Re: Uraling (long)

Posted on 2006-07-21 04:56:10 by unknown

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#8: Re: Uraling (long)

Posted on 2006-07-21 20:13:58 by Tud

JMark wrote:
&gt; Tud wrote:
&gt;&gt; I just sat down with a nice cold beer, so feel free to help yourself
&gt;&gt; to something on my tab. I ran the gambit of riding today and
&gt;&gt; managed to add 350km's to the bike, bringing it up to it's 1500km
&gt;&gt; mark and time for it's first service interval. I plan on tackling
&gt;&gt; the items for the first service on Friday, so that will come later,
&gt;&gt; today was for riding. The brother is in town with his family, staying out
&gt;&gt; in the country
&gt;&gt; with the folks, and the deal with the wife was that today we could
&gt;&gt; go out and play. We headed out there in the morning, me on the Ural
&gt;&gt; and the wife and kids in the minivan.
&gt;
&gt; &lt;snip&gt;
&gt;
&gt; Does the deal with the wife exclude Jake in the hack?

Not that particular deal, but she's firmly put her foot down on that one, at
least for now.

&gt; I guess since &quot;so many of you are pretend bikers&quot;... Can't believe
&gt; that one slipped under the indignation dopler.

Heh. I'm not even trying to pretend, I'm just an obnoxious ass who happens
to own and ride bikes, and that's the way I likes me.

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Tud
SENS BS#111 LFS#32 FLF MISFIT Vermort AH#115
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#9: Re: Uraling (long)

Posted on 2006-07-21 22:36:43 by nickname

&quot;Tud&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:tud333&#64;hotmail.com" target="_blank">tud333&#64;hotmail.com</a>&gt; wrote in message
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&gt; I just sat down with a nice cold beer, so feel free to help yourself to
&gt; something on my tab. I ran the gambit of riding today and managed to add
&gt; 350km's to the bike, bringing it up to it's 1500km mark and time for it's
&gt; first service interval. I plan on tackling the items for the first
service
&gt; on Friday, so that will come later, today was for riding.
&lt;snip&gt;

Thanks for the diet coke, and the write up Tud. Some personal issues have
kept me away for a while, and I apparently missed *lots* of stuff. Obviously
congrats are in order. Like I said, been away for a while, so I 'caught up'
, I probably missed it, but any pics of the new bike?

Sounds like a fun ride. Is there a Ural dealer local? I read about you
engaging/disengaging the sidecar wheel. I managed to get a ride in every
month this year, but with a hack like that, a fellow could be a little less
descriminating about riding weather. Got a Christmas day, and New Years day
ride in. First time I've been able to do both. Hopefully we can get together
for a ride sometime. Be neat to see the hack in action.

Congratulations again, and good luck with the new ride
Grizz

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&gt; Tud
&gt; SENS BS#111 LFS#32 FLF MISFIT Vermort AH#115
&gt; <a href="http://ah115.com" target="_blank">http://ah115.com</a>
&gt; Sisyphus rides a Triumph
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#10: Re: Uraling (long)

Posted on 2006-07-21 22:56:54 by Tud

Grizz (Scott) wrote:
&gt; &quot;Tud&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:tud333&#64;hotmail.com" target="_blank">tud333&#64;hotmail.com</a>&gt; wrote in message
&gt; news:RPBvg.142558$<a href="mailto:S61.2407&#64;edtnps90..." target="_blank">S61.2407&#64;edtnps90...</a>
&gt;&gt; I just sat down with a nice cold beer, so feel free to help yourself
&gt;&gt; to something on my tab. I ran the gambit of riding today and
&gt;&gt; managed to add 350km's to the bike, bringing it up to it's 1500km
&gt;&gt; mark and time for it's first service interval. I plan on tackling
&gt;&gt; the items for the first service on Friday, so that will come later,
&gt;&gt; today was for riding.
&gt; &lt;snip&gt;
&gt;
&gt; Thanks for the diet coke, and the write up Tud. Some personal issues
&gt; have kept me away for a while, and I apparently missed *lots* of
&gt; stuff. Obviously congrats are in order. Like I said, been away for a
&gt; while, so I 'caught up' , I probably missed it, but any pics of
&gt; the new bike?

Hey Grizz, good to see you drop by, I hope it's nothing too serious that's
kept you away, hope all is well with you and Babe.

I've had the bike for a little over 5 weeks now and use it mostly for
getting to and from work. With the wife working on Saturdays and the kids
still being so young there isn't much time for me to go for a ride, so I've
only put about 1100kms on it in those 5 weeks.

I got a ride in on the Honda in January, but then not again until April I
think, but with the Ural I'll be going all year. There's a guy in Hammonds
Plains that sells them. He's a machinist by trade but liked the bikes, and
since there wasn't a dealer in the maritimes he started bringing them in. I
think he's only sold a handfull, but he's a decent guy and easy to deal
with. Check out www.ural.ca for his info, the one on his site that looks
like mine, is mine. &lt;g&gt; He put about 400 kms on it before I got it.

Pics are here:

<a href="http://tinyurl.com/r8x77" target="_blank">http://tinyurl.com/r8x77</a>
<a href="http://tinyurl.com/p3o9o" target="_blank">http://tinyurl.com/p3o9o</a>

Is Babe riding yet? I can't recall if you picked something up for her or
were going to get your 750 running.

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Tud
SENS BS#111 LFS#32 FLF MISFIT Vermort AH#115
<a href="http://ah115.com" target="_blank">http://ah115.com</a>
Sisyphus rides a Triumph

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#11: Re: Uraling (long)

Posted on 2006-07-22 06:21:35 by Rick Begeman

On Thu, 20 Jul 2006 20:44:02 +0000, LaJolla wrote:

&gt; On Thu, 20 Jul 2006 02:24:49 GMT, &quot;Tud&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:tud333&#64;hotmail.com" target="_blank">tud333&#64;hotmail.com</a>&gt; wrote:
&gt; I
&gt;&gt;managed to put on about 350kms today, covering highway riding, backroads,
&gt;&gt;dirt roads and off road.
&gt;
&gt; Try *that* on a Harley.

You have forgotten my bike obviously....

&gt;
&gt; Nice report Tud... thanks.

Indeed.

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#12: Re: Uraling (long)

Posted on 2006-07-22 16:15:32 by Tud

Tud wrote:
&gt; I just sat down with a nice cold beer, so feel free to help yourself
&gt; to something on my tab. I ran the gambit of riding today and managed
&gt; to add 350km's to the bike, bringing it up to it's 1500km mark and
&gt; time for it's first service interval.

My mistake, the first service interval was at 500km, and the dealer said
that this was done before I picked it up, the next one is at 2500km. I got
the 1500 from a conversation I was having with another Ural owner who said
he was likely to give his a 1500km check, or at least a fluid change, just
as an extra precaution. I plan on riding this thing for a good long time,
so even though we're not at the 2500km mark yet, the bike is sitting in the
garage with the engine and tranny fluid sitting in an oil pan underneith it.
I'm off to the dealer in about an hour to get a new oil filter and also to
see if he has a K&amp;N air filter to replace the stock paper filter that's
currently in there. I'll likely do everything listed on the 2500km service
interval accept the wheel bearings, don't really feel like pulling the
wheels off quite yet. Fortunately the oil filter is easy to get to and will
only drip a little bit on the cross over pipe, not terribly heard to clean
up.

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SENS BS#111 LFS#32 FLF MISFIT Vermort AH#115
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#13: Re: Uraling (long)

Posted on 2006-07-22 21:00:38 by Grizz

&quot;Tud&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:tud333&#64;hotmail.com" target="_blank">tud333&#64;hotmail.com</a>&gt; wrote in message
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&gt;
&gt; Hey Grizz, good to see you drop by, I hope it's nothing too serious that's
&gt; kept you away, hope all is well with you and Babe.
&gt;
&lt;major snipping to suit my reply&gt;

Nothing we won't get past. Some illnesses on both sides of the families kept
us spread a little thin though. It was a little rough for a while, I'm
closer to her family than I am mine. (Maybe that's why I live 1 1/2 hours
away from my family and 5 minutes away from her's &lt;g&gt;.)

Her dad had some troubles, ended up being diabetes, but he can control it
with his new diet. My grandmother has an anurism (sp), and had some heart
trouble, She's in a nursing home now so that's a plus.

&gt; I've had the bike for a little over 5 weeks now and use it mostly for
&gt; getting to and from work. With the wife working on Saturdays and the kids
&gt; still being so young there isn't much time for me to go for a ride, so
I've
&gt; only put about 1100kms on it in those 5 weeks.

Sounds good.The riding part I mean. Was it a big adjustment getting used to
riding with the hack? It took me a little while getting used to the weight
of the bagger, and it's still weird when I get on a smaller bike. Just
doesn't feel right to me.

&gt;
&gt;
&gt; Pics are here:
&gt;
&gt; <a href="http://tinyurl.com/r8x77" target="_blank">http://tinyurl.com/r8x77</a>
&gt; <a href="http://tinyurl.com/p3o9o" target="_blank">http://tinyurl.com/p3o9o</a>

Great pics. The bike looks awesome.
&gt;
&gt; Is Babe riding yet? I can't recall if you picked something up for her or
&gt; were going to get your 750 running.
&gt;

Not yet. The virago is on the to do list. I've got it narrowed down to the
pickups. I just need to get some more disposable income and try to find
some. I wanted to get her something new, but she wanted to get married so we
traded the new bike idea for a wedding. Got hitched in June. I still think
she shoulda went for the bike though. My ring is all scratched up and
doesn't shine anymore. It would have taken me at LEAST another month to
scratch her new bike up and take the shine off it &lt;G&gt;. She keeps saying
she'll get a bike next year, but my take is she traded it for the wedding so
the next bike is mine. We'll see, but I'm getting used to being wrong.

Grizz

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&gt; Sisyphus rides a Triumph
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#14: Re: Uraling (long)

Posted on 2006-07-23 18:05:29 by Tud

Grizz (Scott) wrote:
&gt; &quot;Tud&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:tud333&#64;hotmail.com" target="_blank">tud333&#64;hotmail.com</a>&gt; wrote in message
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&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; Hey Grizz, good to see you drop by, I hope it's nothing too serious
&gt;&gt; that's kept you away, hope all is well with you and Babe.
&gt;&gt;
&gt; &lt;major snipping to suit my reply&gt;
&gt;
&gt; Nothing we won't get past.

Some tough stuff to go through, good to hear you guys are dealing with it
ok.

&gt; Was it a big adjustment getting
&gt; used to riding with the hack?

Riding with a hack attached is completely different, I was surprised how
different it was, but I'm getting pretty used to it now.

&gt;&gt; Is Babe riding yet? I can't recall if you picked something up for
&gt;&gt; her or were going to get your 750 running.
&gt;&gt;
&gt;
&gt; Not yet. The virago is on the to do list. I've got it narrowed down
&gt; to the pickups. I just need to get some more disposable income and
&gt; try to find some. I wanted to get her something new, but she wanted
&gt; to get married so we traded the new bike idea for a wedding. Got
&gt; hitched in June.

Congratulations!

&gt; I still think she shoulda went for the bike though.

Chicks, go figure.

&gt; My ring is all scratched up and doesn't shine anymore. It would have
&gt; taken me at LEAST another month to scratch her new bike up and take
&gt; the shine off it &lt;G&gt;. She keeps saying she'll get a bike next year,
&gt; but my take is she traded it for the wedding so the next bike is
&gt; mine. We'll see, but I'm getting used to being wrong.

Heh, you're married now, you'll forever be wrong.

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SENS BS#111 LFS#32 FLF MISFIT Vermort AH#115
<a href="http://ah115.com" target="_blank">http://ah115.com</a>
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