Monday, September 30, 2013

Dealerships: The Greatest Hazard Bikers Face?

Admit it, if I handed you a Super Soaker and some aviator goggles,
you'd get in the sidecar without a second thought.
  And look, it's on sale!

Motorcycle dealerships are dangerous, dangerous places full of pretty, pretty things that tend to get a biker all happy and distracted. Case in point, the oddly sexy Urals I went to check out over the weekend.

Now, it's not like I didn't already know I have a thing for Urals. I'm pretty sure I've been talking about them here for years.*

But going to look at them, and sit on them, and make vroom vroom noises and imagine riding them to Deadhorse, Alaska... that might have been stupid on my part. That camo Gear Up above? It's on sale. The blue Patrol below? Not on sale. I want both of them.

Well, actually, I found the seat on the Gear Up more comfortable. And I'm waiting to see what the scoop is with this new collaboration Ural is doing with Pendleton. And, actually, I'm waiting because I don't have the money for a new bike. And I'm concerned about just how long of a day I can actually manage on one. I'd hate to discover I'd actually decreased my daily range. Oh, and I like to go fast. 

But, man, Urals are sexy and I want one.

Prior to seeing this bike, I hadn't realized I wanted a blue Ural.

12 comments:

SonjaM said...

I agree that those Russian hacks have a certain attraction but being no wrench monkey it would never work out for me, or I always would have to travel with a mechanic in the side car ;-)

bob skoot said...

Lucky:

I must admit that it was fun being a Monkey when I was in Denver with Dom during the Summer. It sure gets a lot of attention. If only I were more mechanically inclined . . .

Then you would have to buy a sidecar dog to keep you company

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

Coop a.k.a. Coopdway said...

Already very interested, I test rode one down at Money Creek at the Hiawatha Rally.

Some day......

Richard M said...

One of these days. To me the "killer features" are 2WD, reverse and relative simplicity. I'm not sure how the 2014 changes will affect the last feature. EFI may make for easier cold starts and better economy but adds a lot complexity. If you want a carbureted version, your time is limited...

mq01 said...

hmmm... sonja has a point. but, personally, i would love to have a wrench come along :D

Lucky said...

SonjaM - There is a lot to be said for gas & go. On the other hand, a little wrench spinning isn't always bad...

bob skoot - ah yes, it's the add-ons you have to buy after getting the bike home that are really the cost sink.

Coop - Oh, a test ride sounds like fun. They weren't offering them at the dealership, for some reason...

RichardM - I think I'd be game for easier starts. I'm also thinking about elevation changes and having to fool around with the carb to keep the mixture right. EFI would be OK with me. That said, the Gaucho Rambler is going to have a carb.

mq01 - And the best part is, with a sidehack, there's a convenient place for the wrench and all of his or her tools!

red said...

Gobi Camo 2wd Gear Up. Man I want one so freaking bad.

Charlie6 said...

Richard, the talk is that the efi will have the computer unit on each throttle body, one fails the other gets u home....not sure how that will work. Lots of improvements coming with the 2014 model, lots. Price will go up 2-4k though.

Charlie6 said...

So the 2.99% financing and free extended warranty weren't enough to get you to jump into the pool of Ural Koolaid eh? The Gobi camo paint option is going away with the 2014s btw.

Lucky said...

Red - I can't decide if I want the camo or the dark green more...

Charlie6 - I'm sold on the bike, but it's not in my budget. Also, if I buy the Ural, I'll have to trade-in/sell the Triumph to make room. So it's going to have to wait, I think.

Even if it is Gobi camo, with low financing, an extended warranty and, oh by the way, it's on sale for a reduced price at that dealership.

Trobairitz said...

Just don't tell Troubadour they have 2.9% financing. He has been lusting after a Ural for a while now and I don't think we can squeeze another rig in the one-car garage.

Lucky said...

Trobairitz - Oh, I bet you could fit one more itsy-bitsy rig in there... ;)