Post by rideoutward on Dec 9, 2009 22:39:43 GMT -5
I think this Russian sidecar rig (Ural Patrol) with 2WD and reverse could be a lot of fun. Reportedly great in snow, they are inexpensive, and have a serious following. Many parts are Italian, & some are Japanese. The engine is a 750cc 1939 BMW copy. Originally made for WWII.
It appears the Icelanders have excellent taste in color (KLR in GREEN), I personally think it is the only color a Kawi should be (sorry my friend to the west), just as KTM brings the color orange to mind.
Just wanted to include a photo of my very first ride, a 1980 Honda CB400t "Hawk" that I purchased new from Westside Honda in Timmins ($2,100) with my earnings from working at Pro Hardware. The photo was taken in Kitchener when I went to college. I purchased the fairing at Royal City Cycle in Guelph and applied pinstripe to match that on the bike. I only had to put it away for two months and even cruised the 401. Simple design and bullet proof, I only changed oil and filters and added gas, nothing ever went wrong. I loved the lines on this baby brother to the CB 750.
(^ Note 23-inch front wheel -- it could climb rocks, stumps & stairs very well!)
Then I had an '84 Honda Nighthawk 750S (great handling bike, 6-speed, inline four, flat seat, shaft drive), which I rode from St. John's to Toronto & back, then back to TO again, when I moved to Ontario in '88.
(^ There's one of these in town -- still stock, still running well!)
All very nice, super-reliable bikes -- but I especially LOVED the XL500 -- it had the stump-pulling power the 250 lacked, got great mileage, and was more comfortable than the more dirt-oriented Uni-track XRL models which soon replaced it (still almost unchanged, except in displacement -- see Super Dave's "BRP").
I went with a KLR back in '05, because of all the modern dual sports, to me it was the most akin to my beloved old XL500. (Comfortable on the street, but still fairly capable on dirt.)