Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ural Visits the Airport

My Ural made another trip to the MSP Airport on Monday to drop my wife off for her flight. The weather was nice, so she wanted to ride in the sidecar instead of taking a taxi. I was happy to help!

Ural visits the airport

This is all she needs for a month long trip! (below) The bag and shoes fit in the trunk easily and the suitcase went into the nose of the sidecar. She still had room to sit pretty comfortably with her legs stretched out over the top of the case, but still inside the car (seen above). The luggage rack was empty too. We could have brought more!

Ural visits the airport

The ride to the airport was a bit windy, and full of the usual gawkers on the highway.

Ural visits the airport

The departure lane was very busy compared to last time we were here. This was the only section that wasn’t three cars deep.

Ural visits the airport

The Ural’s tight turning radius and narrow profile made it easy to maneuver around the cars to the curb.

Ural visits the airport

We pulled out her luggage, and stashed her gear back into the sidecar. I didn’t see anyone taking photos of us like last time, but we still got the usual looks. Surprisingly, no one stopped to talk about the Ural for a change (nice!).

Ural visits the airport

We said our goodbyes, and I took advantage of the Ural’s quick turning to escape the blockade of cars.

Ural visits the airport

I scrubbed the Ural some, so it was sorta clean and shiny again before we left. It still had a ton of winter grime on it. It still needs some more scrubbing and some rusty fasteners replaced. Summer tires and and oil change wouldn’t hurt either. :)

13 comments:

  1. William: Having a sidecar is very handy! (and fun!)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Chris:

    I'm glad you got your Ural back and it seems to be working as new. Just in time for Summer

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

    ReplyDelete
  3. What a cool way to get to the airport ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Always good to go on a ride with a purpose!

    I have discovered the free (and relatively secure - it's next to the Police station!) motorcycle park at Manchester Airport and so used it last weekend on my weekend away trip to visit Mrs N in dem Mutterland. The only challenge is the luggage - I don't have a side car....yet.

    Best wishes from sunny England, N

    ReplyDelete
  5. It's always better when doing duty drives to use a motorcycle in my opinion. It seems you share this belief! : )

    dom


    Redleg's Rides

    Colorado Motorcycle Travel Examiner

    ReplyDelete
  6. Bob: almost good as new. kevin still has some things to fix.

    SonjaM: Indeed! :)

    Nikos: Free moto parking! I'm jealous. Our airport bans motorcycles in the parking ramps, and there isn't anywhere else to park.

    good luck on the sidecar, they are quite fun.

    Kevin: 10mins with a microfiber does wonders.

    Dom: :) why take four when two or three will do?

    ReplyDelete
  7. I'm privileged to be so close to the country and mountains, but I can't imagine driving to MSP on a bike, holy crap, it's a zoo around there! Glad to see you out and on the road, and probably a whole lot more comfortable than it's been up until now.

    Brady
    Behind Bars - Motorcycles and Life
    http://www.behindbarsmotorcycle.com/

    ReplyDelete
  8. Luggage for a month?! Unbelievable.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Brady: I envy your proximity to mountains, but MSP isn't so bad. Rush hour or Chicago downtown are much more exciting! :)

    Keith: Yes! I was surprised no one caught that sentence. Nice job spotting that one! It's more than I would have taken too.

    ReplyDelete
  10. What a way to travel to the airport! Love V's helmet ears.

    ReplyDelete