So the Ural’s overhaul has a few aspects to it.
In that order. So as far as safety goes, I’ve been collecting some of those bits for a while now in anticipation for this chance to get the work done.
The main elements to that are:
Shocks with protective covers
New brake shoes & springs
New steering bearings with dust covers
LED lights – both for increased visibility and cut down on power usage
Another bit for safety as well as style as well as just making it easier to ride is the ability to shift gears with my right hand, as well as making shifting into reverse easier. this contraption accomplishes that (and I can still shift with my foot)
I am accomplishing the weight issues with aluminum fenders, the idea is to strip off as much unnecessary weight as possible. The original fenders are steel, they are quite heavy. There is no need for that, and with a bike that makes 38HP I can gain some speed if I can strip off unnecessary weight.
So I have begun the transition to alloy fenders starting in the rear.
Its jury rigged right now, I need to go to the hardware store and pick up some fasteners and clips for routing wires and such. I also want to make a pair of these out of the current bracket
To buy them would be $65 each, and thats insane. I can make them in about an hour with the angle grinder, drill, and a file. If you look back to the picture showing the rear fender, you can just make out the two bolts coming through the frame rails. Thats where the bottom of the “Y” bracket will mount, then the top mounts will go into the fender.
I want to run the wires to the tail light along the inside along the outer edge of the fender in wire loom clipped in using conduit brackets attached with stainless button head bolts with nylon nuts securing them
I also installed a Dnepr airbox a couple days ago which is shaped like a coffee can, but designed to work with a gearbox that doesn’t have the mount for an airbox built in – which is how the later Dnepr’s were, and is how the new 750 gearboxes are (which I now have one)
In that picture you can get a good view of the front fender, see how much steel is in that? No need for that, not for my purposes. If I were using this where it was designed to be, on the field in a war then I’d want the giant steel fenders. But not for city, touring, and minor off roading.
As to style, well thats just making up for simplicity. Or rather converting to simplicity. This is mostly going to be based around the controls and the fuel.
First off is the new headlight which combines the speedo, ignition switch, a fuse, and an idiot light.
This will totally clean up the dash area, will protect important bits from the elements, and damn it just looks cool. I’ve been asked by 3 people why the txt on the speedo is in chinese. Simple answer, Chinese speedo cost $40, German speedo costs $200.
To further along this drive towards simplicity combined with a style I have always admired but never had a motorcycle I could do it with, Inverted levers
These not only look awesome, but the clutch & brake cable run inside the handlebars – which furthers the clean look and protects the cables from the elements.
Handlebar switches & throttle will be a throwback to a much earlier time, but will look correct on the bike, more so than anything else. They are also bone simple.
To end this the fuel stuff. Both style and simplicity.
New carbs, and by new I mean just new to me. These are the carbs that the engine was designed to run with, and the carbs were designed for this engine.
What I love is the separate float bowls. Will make checking them and such a hell of a lot easier. But these are about as simple as you can get, and since they are designed for the bike, I won’t have to do any more of this craziness connecting the airbox to the carbs – currently running a combination of rubber hose and PVC pipe. The outlets of these carbs are the same diameter as the airbox.
Last but not least, and we are back to style, I bought a gas tank from the mid 1940s. Literally, this isn’t a replica. Its not as big as my current tank, but it looks better, and has the toolbox in the tank. I’ll keep my wallet, cell, pipe & tobacco in there while I’m riding. Also it being a tank made before the crazy modern safety features, filling the tank at the gas station will be soooo much easier, with modern tanks you can’t see inside with the nozzle inside so unless you’re really paying attention at best you just get gas all over the tank, at worst you get gas in your face. This is just a 2.5″ hole.
So thats it, current progress and future work. For now this blog will be related to this sort of thing with the occasional ramble about the joys of being disabled, or self learning of the banjo (I have become addicted to Pete Seeger’s music. Always liked him, but now he gets more air time than Dylan).