I took off some of the more valuable, undamaged accessories from my 2017 Ural GearUp. The sidecar windscreen got scratched in the crash, but I doubt it’s worth replacing at this time.
I had talked to Nathan ahead of time, but wasn’t sure how they were going to take to a dude showing up with a bunch of tools. I also knew that Saturday was a busy day at Leo’s, and this is probably peak season for them.
Berkeley greeted me from behind the service desk, and was a polite as could be. I explained why I was there, and what I wanted to do. He said no problem, and walked me through the service center, and to where my Ural was stored. It was right next to a beautiful Terracotta Orange GearUp (I was a little jealous ; orange is my favorite color).
“Do you need to borrow my tools?” he asked.
I was blown away. I have several friends that work with tools professionally, and they never lend their tools out, especially to strangers. I thanked him, and noted his kindness, but said I brought my own.
Berkeley motored the Ural outside for me, and I got to wrenching.
I reclaimed the sidecar fender rack, the sidecar nose rack, the leg guards, and the sidecar windshield.
The sidecar stuff probably would have gotten (or should have gotten) removed anyway, as the sidecar is being detached and sent to a paint shop to get touched up.
The nose rack took longer than all of the other bits put together. The rack was designed for sidecars without a spotlight, and of course my 2017 has a spotlight.
I had to disassemble and disconnect the spotlight in order to get the rack off. I didn’t realize this until I unbolted the rack from the sidecar, so that added a little excitement to the project.
This meant that Ural of Pittsburgh must have done the opposite to install the rack for me, since they didn’t buy the nose rack with the space for a spotlight. 😛 Poor guys.
Ultimately, I decided to leave my upgraded LED headlight assemblies and guards on the bike. It didn’t make sense to take the headlight guard off of the pusher and leave the spotlight one on (my 2018 doesn’t have a spotlight – yet). I still have the original assemblies, so if whomever buys my 2017 wanted to “go stock” for whatever reason they could.
I’m not looking forward to drilling into the sheet metal of a Ural with less than 30 miles on it, but hopefully I’ll get some guidance from the crew at Ural Pittsburgh. If I get total cold feet, I could take it to Leo’s.
All in all, I spent just under 90 minutes taking all of the accessories off. The majority of my time was spent with the spotlight. I’ll be a grizzled veteran should I decide to add one to my 2018.