It’s getting to be that time of year again. The air is getting cooler. The leaves are changing colors. The Ural is coming out of hibernation which can only mean that snow is just around the corner.
Kevin at Scrambler Cycle called me up and let me know my new tires for the Ural were ready to be picked up. I ordered the new Heidenau K37 Snow Tex tires. They are specifically designed motorcycle tire for snow as the snowman on the label would indicate. I have high expectations for these tires given Heidenau’s reputation and the crazy price tag. (nearly $200 per tire!) The tread looks really nice too.
I pulled into the shop and Kevin set to work on some small outstanding warranty issues. The rear brake switch had failed (stupidly common). The 2011 model finally copies the ultra-reliable Japanese design. There will be an upgrade kit for older models in a few months. I will be buying that upgrade when it is available. This is the third rear brake switch I’ve had since Dec 2009.
New vs Old:
My left mirror also ate itself from the inside out. This is the second or third time. I’d swap to something with a better seal, but warranty costs me nothing.
New vs Old:
Kevin also replaced the boot on the drive shaft.
I was feeling lazy, so I also had him change the oil, check the valves, and check the alignment. The valves hadn’t moved since last time. (yay!) The alignment was also right were we left it. Things are settling down with the Ural.
When it was time to go, Kevin wrapped the tires up to make the ride home easier. They fit so nicely in the sidecar.
Since they are proper winter tires, I will have to wait a bit for it to get cold. (around 30F) before I mount them on the Ural. This is the time I wish I had a second set of wheels, so I could change them while it is warm out. Alas, wheels are $300 a piece.
I’m very excited to try these tires in the snow. If they work as good in the snow as the regular K37s work in mud, I will be a very happy rider.