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Handmade Ural motorcycles - 1993 vid

Quite interesting, Russia bouncing back after the fall of the USSSR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gOW0hwBtLE&feature=related



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Thanks

Thanks for the link to that video. I have now become of a fan of those motorcycles. Any factory that lets a dog walk around the inside of their factory gives them a high regard in my book!!

Two shorten the road.

It appears that when your country

Spends all its money on space and military, the people get primitive motorcycles like the Ural and the Harley Davidson. LOL

Yep, have to agree

And then every once in a blue moon an individual creates something like this, a motorcycle that can't be stopped by any army or any government!

Actually It's quite the Opposite.

..at least for Harley-Davidson.
Although the Ural is basically a copycat of the BMW "Air-Head" machine, it's maketing was similar to the present-day influx of cheap products being sold at WalMart.
And Mother Russia, like China still is ripping off manufacturers by stealing intellectual property.
The Difference?
My old Beemer could ride all day at 70mph..the Ural's alternator bearings disintegrate..cheap,"primitive" like you say, but they still sold many here in the USA.

Harley-Davidson, on the other hand is still the "premium" American Motorcycle....And there's nothing like a Harley!

Fuel-Injected,computerized and I've ridden mine from North to South, and as far west as Sturgis SD from NY.

H-D owes it's longevity to War-Time manufacture.
Other brands such as Indian bit the dust as they hadn't "gotten onboard" and did not become a participant of the war effort.
So war-spending actually kept Harley alive and well enough to still be successful today,and... world-wide I might add.

Do you ride?..be interested to know your favorite, if you do.

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

I have a seemingly love hate

I have a seemingly love hate relationship with Harley Davidson, its great they are still built in America and the Davidson family is still involved. What is annoying is the "I'm cool, your not, because I have a HD" attitude some portray, its almost cult like. They are quick to put down anyone who owns a different brand and if its Japanese they call them "rice burners". The world has left HD behind in engineering, any criteria used to critique a motorcycle, HD is inferior. Handling, performance, engine design, suspension, braking, HP, HD cannot compare to any of the machines made in Italy, Germany, Japan or even England. What HD does extremely well is sell an image, a very expensive image with their HD branded merchandise and their exceptional marketing prowess. They made it through WWII by selling bikes to the military and they struggled through 2010 by borrowing over 2 billion dollars from the Fed, http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/568/8613/Motorcycle-Article/Ha...

I sold my bike last fall, it was a 2004 Kawasaki KLR 650 dual sport. I am currently shopping for another bike.

I got to

ride a vintage Ural with a sidecar. There's a lever down on the right side which will engage power to the back wheel of the sidecar, and you could ford rivers, and climb steep hills with it.

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

They are a Novel Machine..

..aren't they?
Considered buying one myself,although when I was last looking the dollar had more buying power and the price was better.

Thanks to the OP for this useful weekend distraction.
Most welcome post!

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!