philwarner, on 04 June 2016 - 04:26 AM, said:
There is a 1996 tourist advertised somewhat locally (3 hours away) for $3000 or best offer, of which the seller says "I purchased this bike from an elderly fella who did'nt ride it for several years and had it stored in his shop, has very low miles. (4073 miles on speedometer.)" and "Also has reverse, electronic ignition,tank relined,carbs cleaned."
Researching these early Urals, it seems long periods of inactivity can be hard on them. Would this likely be a money pit or could it be a reasonable purchase? I currently ride a 2004 Triumph America (low seat for short legs), am pushing 74, and thought that three wheels with reverse might extend my riding life if the Triumph ever becomes hard for me to handle. I realize these are relatively low speed two lane road bikes, but that is my usual pleasure and "go for parts" riding preference anyhow.
What do you think? Good idea or bad?
Phil, unless you're mechanically inclined and enjoy wrenching I'd step away from the 650s. They exist in the era of the 40s, i.e. ride, repair, repeat. I would not want to rely on shipping large component parts from Russia. Could get expensive. Depending on how much you want to spend up front, you're further ahead by buying a 750cc Ural. And the newer, the better, as they have a legacy of continual improvements. You can find used 750s thru the usual channels in the 6 to 7K range. Even less if you only require 1-wheel drive. Having said all that, I just had a final drive failure on my 2012 750cc model. Newer model, still old technology.