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Wooden Nickel

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  • Birthday 12/25/1949

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    Louisville, KY

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    2014 M70
  • My Story
    1st car 1951 Henry J 1st bike 1968 Suzuki 250cc X-6 Hustler Bought a Ural because my wife's bad back couldn't abide the 79 Honda CBX's rough ride. Now she has fallen asleep in the hack twice, so it must be better. By the way I really enjoy the bike too.

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  1. One important thing I forgot to add is that these early EFI bikes are touchy about the throttle. My bike wants no throttle twist until it starts hitting and then just a little more throttle to keep it running. In colder weather this becomes a balancing act. I often have to restart once or twice when I gets below freezing. When it gets below 20F I have to barely crack the throttle to get it to hit and then add more to keep it going. If I begin with a lot of throttle my bike won't start in warm weather or cold. But in cold weather it is touchier about giving it enough to keep it running. The remote possibility of hydrolock means giving these bikes at least one rotation with the kick starter to begin is always a good idea but I have gotten out of the habit with my EFI bike. The EFI should not need priming kicks. My M70 frame doesn't allow a full kick so my bike is a bitch to kick start in warm weather. I won't even try it in cold. I have been told that these EFI bikes need faster rotation before they begin to spark than the carb bikes. Your starter, battery and cable connections are critical in winter.
  2. My 2014 M70 is slower to hit at 9 degrees and tougher to keep running for the first couple minutes but it actually started fairly well. I ride mine fairly often all year but 9 degrees is the coldest I've ridden yet. I live in the city and it is hard to dress for really cold weather. If I dress warm enough for the wind chill when I am moving, I overheat at stoplights. What kind of trouble are you having? Is it not hitting at all? Is it turning over slow? In the winter it is very important to have a good battery with good clean connections to the starter and the frame ground. It is also important to have the bike in good tune. Clean air filters, good fuel and good spark are all very important. How many kilometers do you have on the bike? My starter started dragging in the winter and had to be changed.
  3. I am no kind of expert but I have heard that with the boxer motor carbs being so exposed, cone filters get soaked in the rain very easily.
  4. What a beautiful machine. I wish I had room. At your price, I would think it should sell even for a static display. You would reach a wider audience on Soviet Steeds but I would think the members on this board tend to like the older machines. As for myself, I love all bikes old, new, big and small.
  5. This page on Terry Crawford's site gives the yearly model changes if that helps. http://www.crawfordsales.info/?page_id=54
  6. Congratulations on your new project. What year is your 750? I had a 2006 for 8 years and except for a hesitation when I was too quick on the throttle, I thought the CVKs did well. Since I had to run high speed for a distance sometimes, I ran a little rich on the mains. It has been almost 8 years since I had that bike so I have forgotten much but I loved that bike enough to get a new 2014 and this spring I plan on getting a 2022. Enjoy your new toy. Many happy kilometres ahead.
  7. Well done Spiritwalker. Was it brake bleeding, getting the pads pumped out or some similar problem? It always takes me awhile to get full brakes on the pusher after I remover and re-install the caliper.
  8. I may be of no use to you but there are some fairly helpful folks here. If you post some pictures, someone here can usually identify them. Besides, we like pictures. Just be sure to size them below 1 Meg.
  9. Almost any photo program will let you resize a photo to below 1 Meg. Or you can take a photo with your phone and email it to yourself. Most phones let you resize on and email. If you can't get either of those to work, I'll send you my email and you can email to me. I can resize and post them.
  10. Just curious, I've never even seen a Wolf. How is the tire going to clear the driveshaft? I would certainly like to see pictures of the wheel offset when this is done. Best of luck.
  11. Gene is very knowledgeable on Urals and I wouldn't bet against him on other Russian bikes. I have no first hand knowledge of his skill with other makes but he is quite good mechanically and very friendly and helpful. I always enjoyed my trips to Gene's when I lived in Central Florida.
  12. Welcome It is a beautiful bike. You are so lucky to be living so close to Gene in Holopaw. He is a fantastic source of knowledge and parts for your machine as well as a great guy.
  13. You need to put the year of your bike in the ad or in your signature. Older Urals had loop and strap fasteners and newer ones have twist fasteners. Also if you don't have the mount brackets, you'll need them. Although they would be easy to make out of angle iron.
  14. Scott, When I had my first Ural, a Tourist, and my wife was still alive, I had her out with me in ruts so deep that I got stuck on a steep downhill. I mentioned to her that Ural also made 2 WD bikes. She said, "Why on earth would you want to go on worse roads than this?" That said, there were times when I lived in Central Florida that I might have had more confidence on sandy forest roads or the beach. There is also a chance that not having the 2 WD option kept me from doing stupid things. 😌
  15. Davekp, If you are in Central and need information from a reliable dealer, call Gene or Kenny at Holopaw Ural. Either there was a misunderstanding or your dealer doesn't know diddly about Urals. I've only owned 1 WD Urals and still my first dealer explained the 2 WD system quirks to me.
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