Sheldon’s second 1998 Ural Sporstman ikki g'ildirak-drayv Sidecar rig

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Ural Sportsman

Sheldon’s second 1998 Ural Sportsman

shanba, oktyabr 6, 2007. A lot has changed since my last posting. Check out my other diaries at: to see just what has been going on in my life since then. But one thing is for sure: The more things change the more they stay the same, or another cliche, things go full circle.

Those who have known me for awhile know that my first Ural was a 1998 Ural Sportsman two-wheel-drive, O.D. yashil, my second was a 1998 Deco Classic and my third one was a 2003.5 Patrol two-wheel-drive which look almost exactly like my original Sportsman, well except for the machine-gun mount and replica Russian Machine-gun.

I had sold first my Patrol, and then my beloved Guzzi rig with Sputnik sidecar frame and Chinese police sidecar, (all highly customized) because I now have Post Polio Syndrome and riding more than about twenty miles at a time causes massive pain and the catch 22 is that if I take the pain meds I can’t ride or drive. I could no longer justify having $30,000 tied up in motorcycles just to be able to go to the grocery store as I’m now living on Social Security Disability. Such is life.

Da 6:00 p.m. last evening a 1998 Ural Sportsman, almost exactly like my first one, with only 4,800 miles on it showed up in my driveway. Really a bit of a miracle. Turns out that Dell at St.

Croix Harley/Ural in New Richmond WI couldn’t stand the idea of my not having a bike and took pity on me. He’d picked this ’98 up at a very good price and made it available to me in a deal that was so, so very low that I just could not pass it up. Practically gave it to me, and that IS in the literal sense. He certainly is one of the good guys in my book. For being almost ten years old the darn thing is almost like new.

He even threw a set of the tractor seats in the trunk. To me the bench seat never looks quite right on a Ural so I’ll be swapping it out right away. Dell sent someone all the way to Detroit to pick it up, then had to re-wire part of it, put on new carburetors as the original ones had been swapped for the Russian Federation ones, and he replaced the generator with the 35amp alternator and electronic ignition.

He did a bunch of work to get it running, but the thing runs like a sewing machine and everything feels tight. When I went out to start it awhile ago it started on the first kick.

I won’t be able to ride long distances like I could before, but for taking Nakia for rides around Stillwater, going to the grocery store, and just general winter goofing off it is going to be a blast.

One can’t even imagine how, after 42 years of riding, not having a bike for a whole summer tore at me. Seeing my friends at rallies was wonderful, but not being able to go riding with them really hurt, and seeing the thousands of bikes that pass my house any weekend day actually brought tears to my eyes a few times. The doctor bills have completely depleted my retirement funds and having a fun car was a little bit of a relief but I really didn’t think that I’d be up on a bike again. lekin.

Ural Sportsman
Ural Sportsman

Life is good.

Probably isn’t the best to be bopping around on ten year old tires so I’ll swap them out in the spring, although before then I will probably put a set of knobbies on for winter. I’ve got a pair of leg protectors but don’t have the brackets but it shouldn’t be too hard to work some of them up. Also I’ll have to look around to see if I can find a pair of hand protectors.

I had an extra set but gave them to the new owners when I sold my Patrol. It is also missing the gas can from the side of the sidecar so I’ll have to snag one of them to have the right look. We are in for fun now.

Oh, and it needs to be cleaned. Looks like it has been sitting for awhile and it is covered with dust and some Michigan soil on the tires. Cleaning bikes hasn’t been something I do without a good reason, as I used to have show bike and cars and I’ve had my fill of cleaning with tooth brushes, which is just one of the many reasons I was drawn to the Urals. A certain amount of patina on them just seems to make them look better.

This bike even came with the optional cylinder head rust and I didn’t have to pay extra for it.

I’m glad to be back in the Foil-Head fold. Gotta run. I need to line my hat with foil before going riding.

Ural Sportsman
Ural Sportsman
Ural Sportsman
Ural Sportsman

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