Miles Holden Ural Solo Racer

12 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Miles Holden Ural Solo Racer
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The Story of Miles Holden—A Ural Racer

—Miles came to us with an incredible story, a love for motorcycles, and he was on a mission to race a Ural. We’re giving Miles his own forum here on the blog and this is his first entry in what will hopefully be a year of bench racing, stories, and reports. (IMWA)

My name is Miles Holden, and I have been living in North America for over twenty years now. I moved here from the UK at the end of a long career working for the military. About 6 years ago i was injured while serving in Afghanistan.

 Subsequently I was medically released and went from being on-the-go, super busy, to nothing… nothing at all.

My severe PTSD and physical injuries stopped me from doing just about anything. I sank into depression, lived through two suicide attempts and I’ve endured some very long hospital stays. Eventually, with the help of others, things slowly began to come together. Although still a struggle, life was beginning to making some sense again, yet I still needed something to get excited about.

Something that made my adrenaline flow and get my heart pumping.

I grew up in the UK watching racers like Mick Grant, Barry Sheene and Kenny Roberts. They were the people I pretended to be when I was a kid on my big wheel. So, it was no surprise to me when motorcycle racing eventually became my therapy of choice. Also, not surprising that much like my big wheel, initially I would turn to 3 wheels instead of 2. I had watched a lot of sidecar racing in Europe and began to watch and connect with the people at the Sidecar Racing Association (East).

 I was completely hooked, and before long I was racing a Formula 1 sidecar and a P2 vintage sidecar. Of course, it was only right that I should carry my love of sidecars on to the street as well, and here enters my Ural Patrol. As soon as I saw it—in all of its orange camo glory—in the show room I knew she would be mine.

I live in Ontario, near Ottawa, and the winters can be pretty cold and snowy. Certainly not motorcycle weather, but I would not be thwarted. I rode my Ural Patrol almost every day that winter and loved every minute of it. The local community was a bit perplexed at this “war vet” living in a tent in a big field all winter, and riding a motorcycle! And no ordinary motorcycle, an orange 3-wheeled one.

If I went anywhere I would have to allow for an extra hour, just so that I could answer all the questions that people would have, wherever I went.

While racing with the Vintage Road Racing Association (VRRA), I asked if the Ural could be included as a ‘replica’ and raced. The answer was “no”. However, the VRRA told me that if I went through all the rules and addressed each one, then the technical committee would consider it.

 The VRRA were very open minded about it and gave me every opportunity to forward my case.  It took three seasons and much rule following, rebuilding and retro fitting, but I am proud to say that this year I will be racing the Ural as a solo 1957 KMZ-K750 replica.

I never quite understood why all the vintage road racing sanctioning bodies did not accept the Ural as a replica. After all, we aren’t talking about a 70′s Honda CB or Kawi ZX. No, we are talking about a design that fundamentally has changed little since the early 1940′s.

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Surely, if any bike could be a replica, this would be it.

The Vintage Road Racing Association deserve kudos for keeping their word and allowing the bike to run.

I have no fantastic goals of breaking any track records, winning any races or landing a massive sponsorship deal (anyone… no…  worth a try, right ?). But for shear fun and spectator support I think our dedicated Ural community can compete with anyone! The season is fast approaching and I will update with news as I go.

If anyone would like to know what mods needed to be done ( or rather…’retros’), I can let you know in my next installment. Also, it is worth noting that there is no other sanctioning body—I believe— in NorthAmerica that has allowed a Ural to race in road racing circuit events. I know of some speed trial types but not circuit racers.

It follows that if the solo bike is allowed, then surely a sidecar racing type would also be allowed in the P1 category. Anyone interested? Thats the next project if this first season with this truly iconic bike goes well.

The pictures show the almost completed race bike. The forks are still to be changed and I am looking for a ‘period correct’ fairing, although the fairing is not essential.

Please come and support me at the races and check out the Ural Solo Racer. Come over and chat and hopefully we can get more owners interested and involved.

Cheers, I will let you know how things go…

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