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Years ago, Laura and Sasha sold almost all of their belongings and left the house they built by hand behind. Their plan? To lead a more adventurous life living full time out of an RV traveling the US and spending time in parts of the country they deemed most beautiful.

Consumed by wanderlust, they recently added a Ural Gear-Up to their family, seen here surrounded by a herd of bison during their time in Yellowstone National Park.

 

 

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Ural customer Graham’s passenger-of-choice in Fort Myers, FL. When not exploring with his dog Graham says his favorite Ural memories include taking his eighty-five year old father for a ride across SW Florida and proposing to his loved one.

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Dave and his wife Rondha have been riding motorcycles together for over 20 years. On their most recent adventure, they picked up their new 2014 Ural Gear Up 2WD in red in Harbor City, California and continued their way north on the Pacific Coast Highway. Along the way, they took in the beautiful ocean views of the California coast, met locals who led them on lesser known back road tours, and they even learned about a term very popular in the Ural world, “UDF” (Ural Delay Factor) for all of the admirers and picture-takers who stopped them along the way to chat about the bike or ask to take a photo with it. Dave says, “This is our kind of vacation, we’re loving every minute of it”.

You can read more about their journey on their blog, Ural Motorcycle Adventures.

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Calling all friends in the tri-state area!

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Two motorcycle lovers are getting hitched on August 10th and are looking for a Ural to be used in their wedding.  Above is the cake the groom surprised his fiancé with at their engagement party.

Photo shoots will take place in two locations, Dumbo area of Brooklyn and in Deal, NJ at the wedding hall.

If interested in lending your Ural, please contact us here, compensation offered.

We’ll put you in touch with couple and work out the details!

Ural Australia 2014 Review

Australia is ideal for adventurers. Here’s one autumn ride we’d like to share. Jon Taylor, of Ural Australia, took the new 2014 Patrol on a recent trip and shared his impressions:

“Finally the energy of these new Urals makes them a better distance tourer. Gear changes are less frequent and so are the fuel stops. We can now do more than 250 km on a tank regularly and when you open the throttle, the motor is much more willing.

On a recent trip down the Oxley Highway to Wauchope, i couldn’t help noticing how stable the steering is and the bike feels more precise to drive. We followed the winding tar road for half its 100km of gravel road over the Comboyne Plateau and on down to the coast. Two up with a week’s luggage and we still had 4.5 litres of fuel in the tank after 210 km at a good clip.

The fuel injection has had an upgraded map installed already, which has much improved the motor’s smooth running. There is still a little roughness as the motor comes off idle, but above that the motor feels crisp and willing.

There is a little bit of fine tuning required setting the new disc brake system. We have had to learn the art of getting two independent hydraulic disc brakes to work in harmony through a mechanical linkage. There is also a manual hand brake operating on the rear wheel disc and it has to be adjusted properly to get the best setting of the foot brake. These are a few new tricks that we have not worked on before, but the new brakes sure as hell pull the bike up quickly.”

-Jon Taylor, Ural Australia

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New 2014 Ural Gear Up owner, Ken from North Carolina, installed a second tractor seat so he could share his journey with his wife and son. On the 4th of July, Ken and his family rode to their local fireworks show.

“Within 5 minutes of getting there,” Ken says, “there was a crowd of 20 people gathered, looking at my bike. Kids and women were taking turns sitting in the sidecar, old men were poking around on the engine and admiring how it was built.”

This is a perfect example of what we call UDF, or Ural Delay Factor.  No matter where you go, be prepared to be stopped, asked for photos, questions, and stories.  It’s one of our favorite parts of owning a Ural!

You can email us here to share one of your own UDF moments, we’d love to hear it!

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