Owner’s Manual. URAL Classic Motorcycles. 2002 Models

Owner’s Manual. URAL Classic Motorcycles. 2002 Models
Welcome to the URAL Motorcycling Family! Your new Ural motorcycle conforms to all applicable US Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and US Environmental Protection Agency regulations effective on the date of manufacture. This manual covers the Tourist, BC-75 LC-75 Adirondac, and Patrol.
This manual has been prepared to acquaint you with the operation, care and maintenance of your motorcycle, and to provide you with important safety information. Follow these instructions carefully for maximum motorcycle performance and for your personal motorcycling safety and pleasure. Please pay particular attention to the section “Learning to Ride the Ural Motorcycle with Sidecar” and the separate manual “Driving the Ural Sidecar Motorcycle.” It is critical that a beginning sidecar driver becomes thoroughly familiar with the special operating characteristics of sidecar outfits before venturing out on the roads.
Your Owner’s Manual contains instructions for operation, maintenance and minor repairs. Major repairs require the attention of a skilled mechanic and the use of special tools and equipment. Your Authorized Ural Dealer and Ural certified Service Center has the facilities, experience and genuine Ural parts necessary to properly render this valuable service.
The Ural represents an important piece of German and Russian history since it has been continually manufactured with the same general arrangement and outward appearance for the past 60 years after Russian engineers initially copied the BMW’s of 1939. It truly is an “instant antique” as many of our owners have said.
Since the Ural weighs 700 lb. empty with the attached sidecar, has a large frontal area and is powered by an old fashioned 745cc engine, it is not a fast motorcycle. The Ural Tourists’ top speed is 65 mph with a cruising speedsof 55 mph but only after faithful adherence to the break-in period.
If you are a vintage enthusiast, collector, local commuter, hunter, fisherman, have children, grandchildren or a dog that likes to ride, or you just like to be noticed on a rig that draws a crowd wherever you park, welcome aboard!
The classic boxer twin has a German heritage. So effective, simple and powerful is this design that Porsche, Volkswagen, and even Harley (during the war with the XA model) made this design their choice.
The reliability and torque of this elegant motor is due to its original design in 1912 by Max Friz, a brilliant German aircraft-engine builder. He devised a compact and rugged engine that delivered significant torque for its displacement, at low and constant rpms, without the gyro effects of other twins. The military and civilian uses became legendary. The German motorbike builder BMW, began sing the design in their motorcycles in 1922.
Because of its opposed cylinder layout the “Boxer” as it was dubbed, turns the crankshaft in line with the motorcycle (or airplane!). This allows for a straight-through shaft connection from the engine, through the gearbox and through a stainless steel driveshaft to a rear wheel final drive gear in the wheel hub. This drivetrain design is exactly like the millions of rear wheel drive automobiles built over the past eighty years! It is a time tested, proven drive system made elegantly simple by the “Boxer” opposed cylinder engine.
Today the “Boxer” engine has evolved into the high tech and electronically sophisticated and complicated versions that can be found not only in BMWs but also in Porsches, Hondas and others. These are wondrous engines at wondrous prices! But they still retain the basic “soul” of Max Friz’s first engines. And although it is not as evolved as the most modern “boxers”, the IMZ 750 cc is true to the earlier versions in looks, but also has many modern internal components. These parts, like pistons, rings, valves, valve seats and oil seals are modern and western made. The carburetors are made in Japan. These parts make the engine more reliable and cleaner.
However, the “boxer” is still an air cooled power plant. As such it must be carefully monitored during operation to prevent overheating. As the gear making and other machine tools in the Ural plant are “vintage” ones, a careful break-in of the engine is very important. Neglecting to follow the prescribed speeds during break-in or the frequent oil changes will cause this wonderful engine to rebel against its “abusing” owner. However, by treating the “boxer” with respect and raising it well, you will be rewarded!
So its true that sometimes simple is better, and old fashioned ideas and designs have strong reasons for the ability to continue for a long time. It is the main reason why over millions of Urals have been sold around the world.
Any suggestions or comments are welcome! Write to us or post an e-mail on the Ural Discussion bulletin board at www.ural.com.
Happy Riding!

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