Saturday, September 4, 2010

St. Croix Harley Open House

IMG_6628 Ural on WI-64

I am still having trouble with the spokes on my Ural. A couple months ago, I had the pusher (rear motorcycle) wheel replaced under the warranty because a number of spokes became loose and broke destroying the wheel. When we attempted the Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail we encountered many more problems with spokes causing us to abort and come home early. I was able to get the spokes tightened back up, but couldn’t get the wheels completely true again.

The clouds were quite impressive today. If you squint, you can see me on my Ural.

Ural on WI-64 Ural on WI-64

I swapped wheels around and limped it back to the dealer this morning. They are going to take a look at it and fix it up by Tuesday (hopefully under warranty). The speedo light has also gone dark. I’m thinking likely a loose wire. It has a warranty, so they can fix it.

St. Croix HD Sign IMG_6630

Once we arrived at the dealer, we saw lots of bikes and tons of people.

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Apparently, they were having their open house today to celebrate the release of the new 2011 lineup from Harley Davidson. I felt lucky to have brought the T2i, so we both took turns snapping away.

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I quickly found a new 2010 Ural Patrol in white.


I think it looks pretty sharp. No big changes from 2009 to 2010 except replacing some chrome with stainless steel. There are some small engine tweaks too.

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This custom also caught my eye, and reminded me of Gary’s red bike.


There was also a 2008 Ural Retro.

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I took too many pictures of the retro, but I liked how the sky and grass were reflecting in the black paint.

Retro Ural Reflection Retro Ural Reflection Fender

The blue in the middle of this one is from the sidecar reflecting the sky through the area above the air box.


and a Harley with what looks like a Cozy sidecar

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and a Harley trike


This guy wanted his picture taken with his bike


My Ural left at the dealer again.



  1. The more I read about Urals and the fun you guys have the more I think I want one.

  2. Urals are a great time. They are especially great off the beaten path and on unpaved roads. I'm looking forward to playing with mine again in the snow.

  3. That looked like a fun day except for the part about the Ural's wheels. That's too bad Chris, hope it gets worked out. Love the sky reflection photos too. I've been so caught up on Gary's adventure, I've been neglecting my blog and others!!
    Ride safe! Hi to your "better half!"

  4. Looks like I found your blog Chris. Great stuff! Let me know if I can be of any help.


  5. Eve: Thanks! I'm still waiting. I didn't get it back yesterday... they have no wheels in stock. no idea when now. Gary's adventure is distracting! :)

    She says "hi!!"

    Thanks! Glad you made it! I'm looking forward to visiting your shop and meeting you later this month.