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Ural Retro Solo

Ural Retro Solo

hard you think you’ve to find your dream bike, Mick Barker has further. And taken a big risk. is an updated version of Mick’s

Buying a Bullet from the in Chennai was a bit of a no-brainer. Various trips to India had re-kindled the for a bike after more 20 years, and the Enfields were so of my old heavyweight Ajay 16MS. So a was done on the spot following a diversion past the dealer by the wheeler auto-rickshaw driver, and the whole challenging rigmarole of and import and all the rest was duly gone through and just survived.

What a palaver.

my lean-burn single was a dream to and I loved the interest and attention it I should have been But I had been brought up on a Bonnie E3134 cams. In a 5TA frame.

The was too sweet for me. So what to get next?

Ural Retro Solo

the next option, given I really didn’t want as commonplace as a Milwaukee Harley fine bikes from a city, and fine beer though the citizens are — my for a challenge meant something more obscure, such as a

You know the story, there are a few but it hinges around the Russians the 1938 model BMW design, it away, and building their own version by the tens of thousands for the war

From there the story is similar to that of the Enfield. The kept making what it how to make, year after after year, with design improvements rather a brand new model every two So a relatively recent Ural still be a living museum but with a bit more grunt.

I one.

I found a 650, one of the last of the old design, built in just before the factory post-perestroika, resulting in the need for an financed rescue package. machine, really one of the last of the old Urals, was built with the that I would have of a Ukrainian designed and built ( with apologies to the Ukrainians). metal at it. Bend it. Weld it.

it. Rugged in the extreme, but from metals and with appalling finishing. ‘What’s primer?’ is one of many questions they forgot to ask.

2006 Retro Solo

But I loved despite her rapid aging a few years to the patina of a 30 year old The weird sideways kickstart. The change so slow, so clunky, noisy!

The confusion in the eyes of onlookers, and the retro looks. Oh and yes, you have ever read or about the equally rugged, toolkit supplied is also true.

Ongoing interest in the started a new string of thought. The by this time had been by American entrepreneurs and was making big in improving build quality, spec, etc, and also buyers in the North American targeting the bike there as cool ‘go anywhere’ for the outdoor man. But someone also suggested a small run of bikes to meet the growing for retro styled products.

The was the Retro, a bike styled and in the image of the M72 and R63

2006 Ural Solo

Well I saw and I wanted. I lusted. But could I buy one? No None in the UK for sale, and probably no than three or four in the if that. None expected at the dealers.

Some expected at the on the continent, but when? Well, who

So I turned to the States and eBay. and was one for auction.

Did I bid? No I didn’t, terrified by emission controls and importing I couldn’t register, so I watched it to meet its reserve. Then, feeling irrationally brave I got in with the vendor (why oh

We swapped a lot of details and information and we a price. The vendor agreed to put it on eBay with a ‘buy it price, at 5:00am so that I buy it there and then.

Which I only to find an automatic bid in the from someone else, who didn’t bid the first time, pipped me at the post. We both with the buyer saying it was but eBay rules were rules. The bike was not mine, she was not to be mine, the other buyer was to have her, and I was distraught.

So I looking where everyone you should look anyway, on the boards, and one contact led to another and amazingly, was another one for sale. kms over two years, and one owner. price. So I said I would buy it, to the hilarity and disquiet of the rest of the board hacks who decided I was an scam.

But did ‘Tom’ want to his Californian bike to me in Scotland? Did he it all sounded like far too much To someone down the road who press the mighty dollars in his and drive away — Scotland, no, not going to do that!

But the old silver tongue and the offer of i.e. doorstep pick up, before shipment etc. did their trick, and the bike was to be mine.

Other ‘Retro’ on eBay :

Ural Retro Solo
Ural Retro Solo

So what do you do when you agreed to buy a bike in California and you it shipped to Scotland? Apart panic.

First the bank, arrangements to make a transfer to the US in Then you need a shipper. And boy did I the net, and many, many options, before I eventually ‘California Connection’ based in who import ex-California bikes and to Ashbourne (from where sell many of them no

We’ll bring it in no problem, said, in a container.

So there followed my biggest ever in human nature in my life. Pay a man I know thousands of dollars for a I hadn’t seen, on the other of the world. Pay some folks in the District I had never met to truck it to the in LA, ship it to the UK and lorry it to Ashbourne. And pay someone else to ship it to

What was I doing? And what I get at the end of that lot?

What I got was what had been promised by and hats off to them all. all round. The bike arrived in gleaming black and in pristine one day when I was out at work. And you know

She started on the button when I got

So let me get technical, an overhead valve, pushrod tunnel, 749cc twin, descended from an OHV BMW R66. Upgraded with ignition and CV carbs from She may now have an electric leg, but the shiny one kickstart is still ‘Ski’ at Triquest, the San Jose dealer, was paid on trust to her, and he did a great job of returning her to (49 State specification), removing the arrangement of tubes and valves passes for emission controls in California. A very helpful

The frame is beautifully powder-coated black. The tin-ware is all primered, and immaculately pinstriped. She stops thanks to an Italian Brembo at the front, and at the back, wait for it, is an drum, courtesy of a Lada itself a derivative of an Italian design.

2006 Ural Retro

She is heavy, ponderous even, but she is drive, has a wooden gear to put her into reverse (I still to get the knack of reversing) and she sailed the SMTA test. Well American lights. No front damn, I thought I had everything so there you go.

But all fixed.

And finally, if you something to wonder at, there was no insuring her.

‘We’ll treat her like an Aprilia they said, I laughed, but then she does have forks, brakes and switchgear, all and delivered via the Ural mountains and of course…

Thanks to David from F2 motorcycles for the updated and info.

Ural Retro Solo
Ural Retro Solo

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