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Re: Crosstourer RTW
« Reply #40 on: June 12, 2019, 06:28:00 AM »
They definitely are an enduring icon. From Stalin all the way to present . . . . https://images.app.goo.gl/9EQgSMUCtHcUena76

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Re: Crosstourer RTW
« Reply #41 on: June 12, 2019, 03:23:47 PM »
Yes they are, and I think it’s taken a while to shake of the dodgy reputation that was earned during the Soviet era.

Things appear to be improving. They’re now using Sachs suspension and Brembo brakes, but from what I gather the thing that’s really changed is customer service, and backup when something does go wrong.

Let’s just hope with such low production and sales, they can stay viable.

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Re: Crosstourer RTW
« Reply #42 on: June 12, 2019, 11:20:38 PM »
Yes, fingers crossed for Ural.  Really tough for these small brands. Recently in the US we had MOTUS close it’s doors for lack of sustainable economics — IDK if you ever saw a MOTUS, but they were beautiful bikes, amazing engines (V-4, being a cut down of Chevy small block V-8), and by all measures great riding machines. There are a few new ones left in the States at good prices, but orphaned on support and some parts that can’t be sourced without a bit of modification.

MV Augusta also a question mark. And who knows what Piaggio will do with Moto Guzzi given that all the traditional technology (like our beloved Honda big block VFR engines) cannot get next-wave Euro compliant.