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