A movie of our First Ural Adventure

If you’ve got a little time to spare, this is a 20 minute “movie” I made from all the photos and videos that we shot during our 7 day vacation/trip/adventure this past June.  We started in Harbor City (near Los Angeles California) and documented our ride as we rode our new Ural motorcycle/sidecar thru Oxnard, Lompoc, Cambria, Big Sur, Monterey, and Turlock on our way bringing our new rig home to Folsom.

Turn up the volume and grab some popcorn…..

The “movie”  is a 7 day summary of the ride in 20 minutes. For more details about each day of our ride along the coast, check out our notes below in the various posts about each day.

Thanks for taking the time to check out our site – hope you enjoyed it.

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Have fun and ride safe!

Day 1 – Taming the Beast

Day 1 – Taming the Beast

Day one is now in the books, we are the proud owners of a 2014 Ural Gear Up 2WD Red October Custom Motorcycle/Sidecar.


Our New Ural Motorcycle Sidecar

Our morning started at 3:30am, getting up and getting ready to head out to acquire our new bike.  We got a ride from our daughter to the Sacramento airport at 4am (bless her heart), caught our Southwest flight to Los Angeles and even arrived 30 minutes early – wait? What? Arriving earlier then scheduled almost never happens… this was a good start to our trip!


Landing in Los Angeles

After we arrived at LAX, we picked up our bags and then tried something new (for us).  We ordered an Uber cab/car ride and were pleasantly surprised how very well that ride worked out, and best of all it was ½ the price of a regular cab ride.  I’d recommend using Uber based on this great first experience alone and plan to use them again in the future.

We were dropped off at California Boss Hoss and Ural motorcycle dealership in Harbor City where we met up with Don.

Don took care of our Ural from the day it was delivered from Ural of New England via truck until the day we picked it up.  He did a great job, we were very happy with how everything worked out.  The guys and gals at Ural of New England and Boss Hoss are top notch.

If you are ever in or near Harbor City, check them out, they have some really cool collector bikes (not for sale) on display on the showroom floor.  From 1920’s vintage Harley’s, to vintage Indian’s, Enfield’s, Cushman carts, Big Dog customs and much more.  This shop is worth visiting. Their Boss Hoss monster motorcycles have full size V8 Motors in them! Biggest motor of any bike I’ve ever seen – really cool stuff!


Boss Hoss Motorcycle

After being shown the basics of the Ural controls by Don, we loaded up all our gear onto the sidecar rack and tied everything down.  We were off!  Boy howdy….. This was like no other ride I’ve ever experienced before.

If you’re curious about how to ride a Ural, here’s the detailed book online -> Click HERE

The first thing I noticed (everyone had been warning me about this for weeks) was to watch out for the right turns, they are indeed a doozy as you first get used to them on a Ural.

It is like wrestling a bear getting used to the way the rig rides when giving it gas – it pulls very hard to the right. I thought holy hanna what have I gotten into – but after riding it for a few hours it became like second nature and I didn’t even notice the effect anymore after becoming used to it.  I had tamed the beast!

The bike looks beautiful and runs great. After several hours of riding it a little over a hundred miles I related it to a combination of riding a dirt bike, with the “smoothness” of a rigid Harley and steering control like a tractor in heavy dirt.

I’ll be honest, it isn’t easy at first but after a while learning how it rides and figuring out how to control the beast, it became one helluva really fun ride!

For this first day out on the bike we headed north on PCH and stopped for lunch at a restaurant I had read about in Redondo Beach called Rock and Brews, which is owned, by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the rock band KISS.

Rock and Brews Restaurant Redondo Beach

Rock and Brews Restaurant Redondo Beach

The place was nice, the service great.  The beers were tasty but honestly the food was just ok. But it went well with beer and that’s what really counts right?  The best part of stopping by Rock and Brews was meeting up with and visiting with our old friend Rob who we hadn’t seen for over 20 years. We all had a great time catching up and talking about bikes and rides and more. Good times for sure!

After the lunch stop we hit the road again and rode thru some really heavy traffic in the south bay going thru Santa Monica (not a very fun way to learn to ride this kind of rig but you do what you gotta do). When we finally got onto PCH the traffic was even more horrendous but we pushed on and made it thru the fray and got to Malibu where we took a break at the famous motorcycle hangout – Neptune’s Net.

As expected on a sunny Saturday afternoon, there were tons of bikers there and the place was packed.  Somehow I scored a spot right up front.  It was really cool how a lot of people stopped and turned when we rode up. This bike is definitely an attention getter and we had fun telling folks about the bike and our journey.  The most interesting part was when we left we had to ride thru a tight squeeze of bikes owned by a local 1%er MC club with the guys all hanging out around them. They looked at us on our ride and they all parted the way and took photos as we rode by and they were all giving the thumbs up – that was pretty darn cool!


Neptune’s Net

From Malibu heading north, the road was wide open and I got to really wind up the Ural to a whopping 55-65 miles an hour which went well. The bike ran smooth and accelerated decent enough to keep up with traffic…. in the slow lane.

I still have a lot to learn about this bike.  Getting it into neutral is a challenge but I will master that by tomorrow I hope.  I need to read all the documents on the bike and really get into it to learn about it as much as possible.  This is a simple but very rugged bike and I think with proper care and feeding, it’s going to have a very long and adventurous life.

After an hour or so we finally landed in Oxnard for our first night.  Got a nice room at the Residence Inn and had dinner at the Yard House a few miles away.  After this long first day, we were wiped out and ready for a good rest because tomorrow it’s going to get even better as we travel farther and head north to Jalama Beach and Lompoc.

I’d have to say that Day 1 was a rousing success and I look forward to tomorrow’s continued adventures.

Some quick notes: The company, Ural Motorcycles IMZ really rocks! With the bike I received a fully equiped tool kit with work gloves, an extensive owners manual with service info in great details with photos, an air pump, a set of touch up paints and I also purchased a digital copy of the full service/repair manual along with twenty two videos on each service procedures – that’s gonna come in handy!

So far we really like our new Ural!

Todays Travels:

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Day 1 Route


Our Ural arrives in Harbor City

Got an email today from Don at Boss Hoss Motorcycles in Harbor City that our new Ural has arrived from New England.

He sent these new photos of the bike today as it sits at his shop in So Cal.  Next he’s going to install a CA EPA kit and get it registered this week and then we’ll be meeting up with him on Saturday to pickup the bike.  Woo Hoo!!

* click on photos for larger higher resolution pictures *





Video of our new 2014 Ural Gear Up 2WD Red October Custom

The Ural dealer we purchased our new Ural from in New England made this video after the modifications I ordered were added to the motorcycle. Soon after making this video, they shipped out my new 2014 Ural Gear Up 2WD Red October Custom, destined to arrive in SoCal at Boss Hoss Motorcycles in Harbor City.  I believe this is the second cross country trip this bike has already made – the next one will be with me and Ronda riding it.

Quick notes: my salesman Dmitry, at Ural of New England (featured in the video below) was great to work with and extremely knowledgeable about Ural Motorcycles.  Don at Boss Hoss Motorcycles, which also sells Ural’s, was a great help in getting my Ural setup for CA emissions and getting it registered for me (which can only be done by a dealer).

Doing something different, buying a Motorcycle w/ a Sidecar

I had first heard of Ural motorcycles about 15+ years ago and the first I saw one was about 10 years ago in a storage facility where we were keeping our RV. It was an older yellow-ish one and when I saw the owner one time I told him it looked great, and asked if I could see what it was like. He said yes and I tried it on for size and thought, hey this could be one helluva fun ride!

The next time I saw one was about 3 years later as I was out picking up some furniture from a Craigslist ad.  The rig was covered but I asked the seller if that was a Ural and he said yes. Of course I had to ask him if he was selling that too and he said yes, but he wanted too much for it so it was not meant to be at that time.  The Ural was always in the back of my mind but I thought it was too funky to go out and buy a new one anytime soon.

Earlier this year the misses and I talked about getting another motorcycle, but this time we wanted something different and so I brought up the Ural, showed her what it looks like, what it does and we were hooked and ready to check them out more. We really liked the new model that featured better and more stable engine performance.  And so the search to buy one began….

I started my search locally but was disappointed to find that none of the dealers near me had any more than 2 models available and none were in the configuration that I was looking for.

I searched the internet and finally found Ural of New England and they had quite a few very nice Ural’s in many different configurations in their inventory.

I wanted the Gear Up 2WD model and found a great nice looking red one with black powder coated drive train and wheels and it looked great! We decided this was the one for us.

I contacted the dealer via the website and Dmitry (our sales guy) was quick to respond and so the purchase process began. I added a bunch of nice modifications/upgrades and we’re now ready to begin our adventures.

Here’s some photos of it taken at the dealership after they were finished with the modifications I ordered were all installed.

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