Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Greater Worcester Area, MA, USA
For anyone considering a sidecar machine, I suggest you try it before U buy it. My GF and I both test drove a Ural at Americade a couple of years back. The 1st year they had FI. And they did forewarn us about the lag in the FI. And the yaw.
One of the scariest, crappiest machines that I've ever tossed my legs over. Handled like poo-poo, the yaw was very distracting, it always felt like the frame was made of rubber, rather than steel. Always steering corrections to make up for the fact that there's a 400 # anchor on a wheel over there on the right. And it was the WORST transmission I ever shifted. Very heavy spring loaded shift lever, and ca-rash, upshift to the next gear. And very difficult to corner in a parking lot. Tons of effort into the handlebars.
If they all handle like this, it brings a new level of "holy poop, Batman!" to the folks that ride these.
I'd have to try a Harley with a side car someday to compare...
All I know is that you couldn't give me a Ural.
Stick -~~~- Need an adrenaline rush? Shove a DUC between your legs.
Present DUCs: 2013 MTS1200S GT, 2003 ST4S, 2001 ST2, 1996 900 SS/CR, 1996 900 SS/SP