Friday, March 21, 2014

My new 2014 URAL Patrol

I drove a rental car up to Unique Rides in Fort Collins, CO this morning and got there soon as Tammy opened the gates!

Three hrs later, paperwork done, dealer checkout done, windshield remounted, and some chatting, I was on the way home.

More later.


16:30hrs: OK, it's later and as Paul Harvey used to say: "Here's the rest of the story"......

Shortly after I arrived, I noted that Randy had positioned Valencia, the 2011 Patrol I'd traded in upon the implosion of her engine back in January at the entrance to the dealership..   Note, I bought her on March 3 of 2012 and two years and 18 days later, she's now for sale at Unique Rides.  A bit over 48K Kilometers we rode together, Valencia and I, and I know she'll be good rig to whomever buys her from Randy and Tammy.


Here's the girls, passing the torch from one to the other.
Valencia is most likely muttering to the new patrol: "Now you're stuck with him"

The red patrol remains unnamed though the family is quickly whittling down the choices.  Randy, walked me through the changes in the 2014 model and we chatted a bit about them, the adjustments I needed to know about and things to watch for.  

He also showed me the software that URAL had the dealers buy to program/balance the ECUs that now provide the Fuel Injection capability to new URAL Sidecar Rigs.


The software is pretty basic, it comes from the company that builds the ECUs, Electrojet.  Randy explained that the recommended factory settings were apparently not suitable for motorcycles in Colorado's "higher" locations.  For instance, you'll notice in the screen above, my ECUs are set to 30 kPa or kilopascals....the factory says to balance them to 35 kPa.

Randy had found though, that if you follow that, the idle goes to 1600 RPM and when you throttle back to idle, the engine remains stuck at 1600 RPM!  That's much too high for "idle".  So, using 30 kPa is what we're going with while discussions continue between Randy, URAL and Electrojet.

I left the dealership shortly after 1315 hrs and almost three hours later, had made it safely home.  In spite of windy conditions, the rig performed in an excellent manner.  Good power, good acceleration and rock steady thanks to Randy's good setup of the sidecar and the steering damper that the new rigs come with.

There's stuff to be sorted out on the new rig of course, Randy recovered the heated grips for me so those have to be installed.  I have to see if the tachometer I had for Valencia will work with the new rig's spark plug cable.  A thermometer has to be installed of course and some tweaking of the windshield is in order; this is the same windshield that was on Valencia.

The break-in period is now 1000 Kilometers, and I went over 200 Km by riding her home.  So, it shouldn't take me very long to "break her in" but it'll more likely be after say 6-8000 Km before her full potential is realized as that how it is with these engines.

I am of course very glad to finally have the new rig home, the wait had seemed interminable at times; and I am not known for patience!


Another great URAL dealership experience at Unique Rides!  Their Factory Demo day is the 4th of April and there will be several 2014 URAL Sidecar Rigs available for test rides!  Don't miss this event!

29 comments:

SonjaM said...

YES!

Richard M said...

Well? When is the "rest of the story" coming out?

Martha said...

Yes. Please share the details on the adoption ceremony, oh wait, if she is your mistress, perhaps we should call it the story of your courtship. Love at first sight I hope?

Robert Wilson said...

Pretty. I like the Ural's and the stories behind them. Please keep us updated.

Gary France said...

Many congratulations. I loved the bit about "passing the torch from one to the other." The new rig looks really good.

Charlie6 said...

Yes indeed!

Charlie6 said...

There you go Richard, I even threw in science stuff! :)

Charlie6 said...

The new mistress is quite lovely Dear, let's hope she proves less vexing....

Charlie6 said...

Thank you Robert, I shall.

Charlie6 said...

Thanks Gary, glad you liked the torch passing bit....

Keith - Circle Blue said...

Yay!

On naming: I recommend not naming your new "red" rig Isabelle! :^)

Mr. Coluralado said...

Finally! Are you riding the yet to be named Ural up to Unique Rides on April 4th?

Richard M said...

Looks pretty good. The headlight looks like a newer design. No longer a sealed beam? It looks different in the picture. No rear rack on the new one either. Time for all of the add-ons again...

GlennandSun said...

We send our congrats! We are very pleased for you. Sun is focused on the red color, the 'lucky" color in Asian cultures. Enjoy and share! GlennandSun

spat said...

No way could I be as excited as you but I am excited for you.
The two make for a good picture in front of Randy's but nothing looks better than seeing the yet to be named rig in your very own garage. Congrats and looking to your new adventures together
Spat

Charlie6 said...

Keith, yep good idea

Charlie6 said...

Finally Indeed....currently planning on being there Darrell, forgot the leg guards at Randy's.

Charlie6 said...

Thanks RichardM, it's a Wagner headlight but unsure whether sealed or not. Yeah no more included bumper or rear rack but I got a spare rack I'll try and use....will have to do some dremeling to make it fit over the new spline/hub assembly.

Charlie6 said...

Thanks Sun and Glenn, red is indeed a preferred color back in the old motherland....she should "pop" in future pictures...

Charlie6 said...

Thanks Spat, glad the wait is over, now to make her mine....

KEN PHENIX said...

Congratulations Dom! She's beautiful. Let the (Russian word for farkling) begin!

bluekat said...

Very nice!!
Just in time for spring ;)

Spat said...

"Just in time for spring" ???
I say too late for winter.
Here's hoping for a few good spring snow storms Dom

Charlie6 said...

Thanks Ken....farkling today consisted of tach install and saw battery connector for battery charging.

Charlie6 said...

Thanks Kari, but you meant Spring snow right? ;)

Charlie6 said...

Thanks Spat....hoping for a bit of snow today, though the rig is quite shiny and clean right now.....

bob skoot said...

Dom:

I can tell you are very happy now to get your new wheels. It should at least be shiny on your first day at home. I think you will feel more at home with it as you move over your accessories.

I guess it was a bit sad when you left Valencia behind as you looked into your rear view mirror

bob
A weekend photographer or Riding the Wet Coast

Charlie6 said...

Thanks Bob, the rig will feel more "mine" once the accessories I have are mounted for sure.

Trobairitz said...

Hooray - Happy Ural Day to you.

I can tell how happy you are to have the new rig finally delivered.

I am looking forward to all the pictures with the fiery red in them.