Learning the Ways of the Ural
Thanks to beautiful autumn weather, I got a chance to put a couple hundred miles on the Ural this weekend.
A few weeks ago when Kenny and I visited Sine’s 5 and Dime, I bought a Gumby and a Pokey. Pokey has made himself at home during rides on the great pumpkin. He seems to have an affinity for the big orange rig. Must have something to do with the color. That and they’re both a little pokey.
So far my riding has been on slower backroads and leafy lanes on Long Island’s north shore. I’ve stuck with roads whose speed limits ranged from say, 25 – 40mph. They offered the least amount of traffic, the prettiest views and the most turns.
At this point in my learning to pilot this thing progress I’ve found that on the curvier roads, the posted speed limit is pretty much my personal comfort zone.
Every time I have left the house over the last few days, I have learned something new. Such as:
Pull up with the gas pump on my left. It makes fillups easier. That is something I’ve never had to think about on a motorcycle. I’m sure other sidecar-ist are saying duh, right about now.
Also regarding fillups – If I angle the pump with the handle towards the headlight, it doesn’t splash all over the tank. Lesson learned the hard way.
I also learned that sitting on the sidecar’s step is a wonderful place to eat a sandwich and take in a sunset.