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  1. I talked about this with Ken yesterday. He's not puter literate and he knows it. And he doesn't really care about it. To each his own. But....he has a guy that maintains his web page and knows it needs updated and fixed. But this guy has been really busy at his own job. Ken is getting a hold of him at any rate. Sadly, another thing Ken doesn't do is credit cards. Like was said, Ken is old school. Personal-personable, soft-spoken. He'll talk to you on the phone forever. He'll talk to you at the shop forever. The only thing missing at the shop is a pot-bellied stove, a barrel of pickles and a checkers board. When he delivered my bike, we sat in the front yard for an hour talking about Bonny and Clyde...of all things!!! One must remember, Ken's shop is just him and his dad (who is around 80, I reckon, and the coolest ole' codger I ever met). They wheel and deal (since the mid 60's) in antique bikes, do a bit of trading and the only new bikes they sell are Urals. Ken's good people. Give him your business.
  2. 6'2"/1.89m It feels comfy enough. I've thought about raising the seat up an inch or so, but then I'll probably feel "top heavy" now that I'm used to it.
  3. Although I haven't done it since I moved 7 years ago, I couldn't agree more!!!
  4. 60 degrees. And if ya didn't cork the bottle yourself and there's no sediment in the bottom of it, it ain't real beer. I don't drink oil. Don't much care for it.
  5. How do the kids like it? Do they fight over a particular seat?
  6. Surely not. This is just too much to believe. Really?
  7. LMAOGood one. Gotta remember that.
  8. THEY'RE Clubhaulin'!! Hard a port!!! Rack the yarboard oarn!!! Not only is it my second fav movie, Ive always been into pirates. Fascinating subject. Named my dog Capt. Jack and the rig the Black Pearl. I'm hoping soon to have that airbrushed onto the right side of the hack along with a pearl about the size of a gold ball. Now I need to find a small pirate flag to wave in the wind.
  9. Thanks for the offer Ammo, but I'm keeping the tractor seat. I'll just raise it up a couple inches.
  10. Ok. I'll give it a try. This is a good idea. Perhaps if I raise it up an inch or two, my back will clear the front of the back seat...because I really don't want to get rid of it...as Kugel suggests. But if worse comes to worse, I may need to.
  11. Well, I've had the Pearl for a day now and I'm lovin it. I've only put perhaps 10 k's on it, in 4 rides total, the longest about 5 miles. It'll kick start on the first or second kick. There's no leakage anywhere. The tractor seats are really comfy and take bumpy streets really well. I bought an HJC CL3 helmet with the full flip-up shield which I like very much. I have 4 problems: 1) It's difficult for me to find neutral. I know how to find it; it's elusive 3 out of 10 tries. This, I know will go away with practice and as the trans wears in. 2)New bike burn-off smell. Holy crap, it stinks. My wife has to pinch her nose shut when we stop at a stop sign. 3) She doesn't want to idle when hot. I know how to fix this with the idle screws. It's not like an instant shutdown. It takes about 20-30 seconds to wind down slow enough to shut off. 4) This is the worst and a comfort thing. The tractor seat behind me rubs into my lower spine. I woke up this morning thinking the hurt would be gone, but there's quite a lump now. And here I was thinking of moving the pilot seat back so my legs aren't all scrunched up. Can the back seat be moved safely back an inch or two? Well, I'm not sure about the wife. She says she likes it, but it was hard to gage her yesterday. She got up on the wrong side of the bed anyway. She reminds me of my mom when we used to snowmobile. We had Artic Cat snowmobiles with a Cat Cutter we pulled behind the big Panther Cruiser. Mom would ride in that along with the extra fuel and food. Anything over 30 mph was just to fast. Capt. Jack, my Rat Terrier doesn't seem to mind it. But he's only been on one ride, on the wife's lap and I really need to get him goggles. A question: When in first or second gears (the engine no where near reving high) she'll backfire. Is this normal? Message to Tomcat 101147: You've got to get one of these!!! Here's a pic of Jack in the Hack:
  12. Thanks Dub. Maybe when I pay off this one. This is great. I've only done a couple miles or so, but I'm lovin it. Capt. Jack is the name of my Rat Terrier, who doesn't seem to mind being my hack monkey.
  13. Just let us Texans know when you're moseyin' through....and where.
  14. For me, pretty much the same. But they asked me for no collateral. As for payments at around 9% interest and $3000 down, $200 per month. Thanks bunches. It comes tomorrow morning!!
  15. Never been to Albuquerque. It'll take me a while to get my shakedown mileage in, but you got a deal! Same goes for you if you ever make it to the Dallas/Ft Worth area. I just talked to Ken after seeing your post on IMZ. Congratulations on the purchase of your new Ural Patrol! Ride Safe and Enjoy! This is bitter-sweet Tomcat. I'm elated that I got one, but sad that it was the one you had your eyes on. I mean, I know that I didn't....usurp...the bike from underneath you. But still.... Ya know what I mean?
  16. Sadly, I will not be able to attend. The 19th is my birthday and the 21st is my sons. My wife and I have already made plans to visit him in Utah that weekend.
  17. Never been to Albuquerque. It'll take me a while to get my shakedown mileage in, but you got a deal! Same goes for you if you ever make it to the Dallas/Ft Worth area.
  18. Haven't left yet. Bank not open for 50 more minutes...*laffin* Talk about excruciating.... Update: I am now a proud owner of a 2007 Patrol, which will henceforth be known as the Black Pearl....
  19. Yes, I know OF you, Ken said you wanted the rig, but for certain circumstances (I haven't a clue), you were willing to let him sell it if he could. In a way, I feel rather guilty. But the other guy I spoke of in the previous posts is not you. This guy new absolutely nothing about the rigs and knew nothing of the website forums both here and the factory one and never walked into Ken's dealership before 1 Sept. this year. I'm waiting to see if he shows up on the IMZ/URAL site. I hope he never goes out of business. I'm not so worried about getting the loan. I'm more worried about the interest they'll tack on. I'd like to keep the payment round the $200 mark. It'll be interesting to see what you come up with. When that happens, will go for a ride....I just have to stay off the freeway...*grinnin* Thanks...and to you as well!!
  20. Yup...Storms. Ken's a great guy. And his dad (or father in law) Doc is a great guy too. One day I would love to sit and listen to his life's story. I can only imagine....I just wish his shop was closer. I don't know about Perry's, but Ken's is closed today. I've been drooling over this rig for 10 months now. I can't recall any other item that I bought or have wanted more than this in my 52 years. And I've wanted a sidecar rig since 1968...or so. Ever since the movie Where Eagles Dare came out. That's where I saw Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood driving around the alps, in snow, on a rig. 40 frakkin years is a long obsession...*laffin* I'm hoping that other guy buys one. Ken's getting two more in next week. I can't remember the models or colours.
  21. Passenger belongs in the cart not the back of the bench seat. First rule of sidecarring... The guy was somewhere around 6 and a 1/2 feet or more tall.
  22. It's getting close to order my rig...been waiting since Nov last year. I decided to go see the dealer today and ask a few questions, you know, how long I'll have to wait and how much with tax and the like. Well, there's the dealers shop in sight and the drool starts up. Waiting to pull into the parking lot, I see a new maroon Tourist sitting out front. At first I thought it was Huey, but it was all maroon...no black. Just thinking of the neat stuff in the showroom the drool turns into slobber. The wife has a bib and a hankie ready for me. So we stroll in and the showroom is... EMPTY. Cart before the horse, I'm feeling Santa's lettin' me down and it ain't even Christmas yet. But I look all the way to my right and way over there by the wall is a new Patrol, exactly the way I wanted it tricked out...minus the external fuel can. No one's claimed it yet. Dealer claims he can't keep Urals. They're sold so quickly. In 2 days I'm taking off work to hit the bank...for a loan. If the bank thinks I can have one, I'll be a foilhead in 2 days!!!...instead of 6 months. An interesting sidenote: I may have sold another Ural for the dealer. While the dealer was doing up my paperwork and then got snagged by another customer, these 3 guys walk in. I'm wipin' slobber off the gas tank and the wife is just climbing out of the hack (another test fitting...*laffin*) and these guys stroll over to me. The short story is... He said, "You gonna buy one of these?" Me, "Yup, this one" Him, "I've always thought bikes with sidecars are cool." Looking around he sees the dealer is still busy, "What can you tell me about these...where are they made? Me, on soapbox for 10 minutes, "Blah blah a little history...blah" Him"...how fast does it go?...what's this lever do?" Me, "Blah blah" Him: "TWO WHEEL DRIVE??? *big grin*...that lever?...REVERSE!!!???" *bigger grin and the telltale newbie first drool* My wife: *shakin her head all the time, but with a grin* When we left, the guy was getting on the back bench seat of the Tourist parked out front so Ken (the dealer) can take him for a ride.
  23. I think most of us are interested. And I appreciate your intelligence and your fervor. But I am going to have to wait a year or so for more field study on these "performance" parts and modifications before I shell out money. Things like long distance high-speed runs, long distance low speed runs, inclines, declines...all loaded to the rig's weight capacity. Everything must be run to the excessive to find your parts weaknesses. You're going to need several bikes undergoing these "shakedown" cruises for many months. Eventually you'll have to come up with price lists and performance curves...something bonafide for us to peruse before purchasing. Perhaps your modifications written up in peer-reviewed journals or magazines. And above all else, economical. Good luck. I'm rootin' for ya.
  24. In 2 months I should be ordering my Patrol. I'll be interested.
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