I Have Officially Lost My Mind and Bought…

I Have Officially Lost My Mind and Bought…

Do you ever stop and ask yourself “why the hell not?” Is there really such a thing as a special occasion? When is it a good time to follow your heart? If not now, when?

That’s the mode of thinking that got me into this…

A 2012 Ural Patrol in orange & silver.

2012 Ural Patrol Orange

You’ll be glad to know that it matches my favorite purse.

For years I’ve kicked around the idea of a Ural, halfheartedly. It has always been one of those whims, those someday that would be cool sort of things. Never something that I researched or pursued.

But, you know? Life is so unpredictable.  Maybe someday down the road I wouldn’t have the money or the inclination or the resources to do it. So, I figured, why the hell not?  If not now, when?

On Sunday morning I mentioned to Kenny and Chloe that I was thinking about buying a Patrol. I kind of imagined my thoughts would have been met with something along the lines of “you what?” Instead, they were welcomed warmly with great enthusiasm. I think Chloe is more excited than anyone. My family is hands down, the biggest supporters of any of my hair-brained schemes. I’m very fortunate that way.

Last night to finally seal the deal of whether or not this was something I could or should do, I took a test ride on Catfish’s Ural. He told me point blank that it would be a love or hate affair. He wasn’t kidding. I could absolutely see why someone would hate it. And, how it could quirkly charm the pants off of you.

After reading for the past two days all about what it is like to pilot a sidecar rig, nothing could have prepared me for what it actually felt like. Terrifying but exciting is the best description I can muster for now.

It would do me a world of good to take a sidecar class but I haven’t found anything remotely local yet. If you have any resources or recommendations, I’d be happy to hear them. I’ll need lots of practice learning the ways of this machine.

I haven’t the slightest idea how this journey will unfold but I sure feel like finding out is worth the gamble. If I don’t like it, don’t want it anymore…I can sell it. But at least I will have given it a shot and I don’t have to sit back and wonder what it might have been like.

My orange egg is set to hatch on September 25th. That’s when it arrives from Russia, apparently. (I never imagined typing those words)  Unfortunately because of the Void Rally, I won’t be able to get up to Massachusetts to pick it up for nearly 2 weeks after that. It’s going to be a long wait but it’s just one more thing to look forward to.

Follow your heart, people. If not now, when?

43 Replies to “I Have Officially Lost My Mind and Bought…”

  1. Geez, Fuzzy, stop being so damn cool … I’ll never keep up!!

    You are going to OWN the bike that you and I would both normally chase after to take a picture.

    Congrats! I can’t wait to see pics/vid!

  2. Really cool! Now you can ride regardless of the weather. I can’t wait for the review.

    I have been toying with the idea of a sidecar but can’t decide whether to spring for a newish Ural or adding a sidecar to my old BMW airhead…

    1. I haven’t the slightest idea how much money or what is involved with fitting a sidecar to and existing moto. Would the temps where you are be rideable all winter or would it just extend your season a bit?

      1. About $700 for a subframe and $5K for a new car plus steering mods, lighting, etc. With the Ural you get it all plus reverse and 2WD!

        With a 2WD rig I think that almost all year would be rideable. Maybe not when it’s -40 but the snow shouldn’t be an issue. It looks like EverydayRiding has his out all winter and their temps are worse than ours.

        I’m officially jealous…

        1. Gotcha, so it isn’t “cheap” to outfit your current bike by any stretch of the imagination.

          Chris is definitely going to be my go-to guy for information.(sorry, Chris) I’ve been watching his videos re-reading his Ural posts etc. I only wish we were closer together so I could pick his brain directly or ride with him. But… in my weather 🙂

          Well, Richard – if it is something truly in your heart, I hope you find a way to make it happen.

    1. Thanks bunches.
      Good to see you, BTW! I thought we lost you to the 4-wheeled darkside for good 🙂

      Will definitely read those threads in-depth. I just scanned the pics and… wow. Love that sharky paint job!

  3. I guess it’s just what you need at your age… 😛

    Remember you wont be able to split lanes anymore other than that, congrats!

    And may I advise you take a sidecar course? They’re ridden with the throttle but you probably already know all that…. 🙂

    1. LISTEN, YOU! You’ll always be older than me 😉 We won’t even be in the same decade bracket any more verrrrry soon. Let me know if you want me to carry your walker for you 😆

      I did find a place where I can take a class but it’s a couple hundred miles away :-/ I’ll have to see if i can go there and use their rig.

  4. Congratulations! There are lots of Uralistas on the net so you shouldn’t have any trouble getting advice/help on your new toy. I’ve always liked the idea of owning one myself, so when I win the lottery this is definitely one acquisition that will not wait. Enjoy!

    1. Thanks very much!
      I’ve been reading and reading and reading and I know I haven’t even scratched the surface.

      I’ve got my fingers crossed that the next winning ticket is yours 🙂

    1. Do you trust me to give you a ride? 🙂

      I don’t think i’ve ever seen a Weehack. I can’t see the Mrs. riding in there. She’d probably stuff you in to the sidecar 😉

  5. Wow, I can’t even tell you how apropo your post is. Just this evening I was at the BMW dealer negotiating an r1200r classic that I don’t really need. I shook on it with the dealer this evening, but won’t be signing papers until Thursday and on the whole car ride home I kept debating the whole thing.

    This really sort of set my mind at ease.

  6. Yes, you’re mad! But, I’ve even admired Urals from afar…

    A 2WD one has kinda appealed to me – load up the dog (he’d need some of those cool little goggles) and aim for some rugged track somewhere…

    Unfortunately, they are quite expensive over here and registering 2 bikes (and a car) is a big enough expense as it is. I’d also be a bit concerned about reliability.

    Never say never though…

  7. Wow welcome to a whole new type of motorcycling the old school cool way. I dont know how reliable they are but in the pictures they look as reliable as an old Royal Enfield. Good to work on and ride. Wow that is sweet. Now i want a Ural after I get that Bonnie :).

    1. Thanks, Vir- I’m hoping i never have anything to report other than they are just fine in the reliability department. 🙂

      You’re going to need a MUCH bigger garage, it seems 🙂

  8. My first impression reading this was ah ha, well played Miss ‘Galore, you had me going!
    Then I thought of how much you love the kid let (it shines through in all the posts she gets a mention) and realized, wait, this is for real. Followed by a definitive, yup, fuzzygalore is now officially an old retired white guy from the suburbs lol

    Have fun with the new toy. Hope it brings you guys lots of (mostly good) memories and many happy kilometers (I’m from Canada eh!)

    Ride (drive?!) Safe!,


  9. Awesome. Congrats Fuzzy. I bet you have entirely too much fun with it and Chloe will enjoy sitting back and relaxing in the side car.

    Looking forward to seeing pictures and hearing your review on it.

  10. LOVE LOVE LOVE! That’s the exact one I was drooling over during the 15 seconds that I thought I might get a Ural after I got pregnant. I eagerly anticipate seeing your photos, reading your blog posts….maybe you’ll push me over the edge into Ural ownership, too! <3

    1. Thanks, Carolyn.
      Orange just seemed like the right way to go. It’s not like it is a bike you can be “shy” on so might as well go full-on silly 🙂

      Standing on the brink of pulling the trigger, are you? I think you can fit a carseat in the sidecar. Just sayin’… 😉 😆

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