Leo’s South has had my 2017 Ural GearUp for three months, but the parts still haven’t arrived from Ural. I don’t have an estimate on when the bike will be finished.

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When I crashed my 2017 Ural GearUp in late June I expected the fix to be straightforward and quick. Realign the front wheel, off I go. Maybe replace the forks if they were bent.

Then I got the bad news from my local Ural dealer, Leo’s South. The frame was damaged, the entire front assembly needed to be replaced, and the sidecar needed to be removed and sent to a specialist to properly match the metallic bronze paint.

They warned me ahead of time that the last time they had to get parts like mine it took forever to get them from Siberia.

They were 100% correct. The parts haven’t arrived, and three months after my accident I have no idea when my Ural will come back.

I bought another Ural when I heard how long the process was going to take. I was concerned that the better parts of our riding season would be over by the time the repairs were complete. I didn’t want to waste the opportunity to get my stepson G-Unit excited about motorcycling, and I wanted to get some practice in before snow falls next month.

I’m glad I did.

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