It's really a cool piece of nostalgia. Fun, too. They're costly for what they are, but hell, you bought a BMW. A poster on one of the Ural sites tells a story of how he was once stopped by a guy from Russia who asked him if it was a Ural. The guy asked him why he bought it or would want one and told him they're a piece of junk. The Russian asked him how much he paid for it and told him he could get one (in Russia) for $500.00. Then he shook his head in disbelief and walked away.
The Arctic we got was bought by a guy who put 100 miles on it and brought it right back.
Scared the hell out of him.
Carolina Euro kept askin me if I knew how to ride it. They kept warning me about cornering, seriously. It's almost like they didn't want me to buy it
. All I can say is it will take some getting used to- it AIN'T a motorcycle!
Oh yeah, there were only 73 (70something) Arctic's brought into the US. I don't know if they're making more. Ural seems to do that from time to time. Make a "special" one in small numbers. They had the Raven and some others before. And if you get one, get a newer model- there have been upgrades/ changes that are pretty significant.
Wife and I don't ride it as much as the K12. Of course, we did buy it for her. But she's been talkin more about find somplace that allows off-roading, taking a trip with some camp gear, and goin.
I agree, it would be so cool to take a dog, if you have one. He would love it. Be prepared to be stopped for questions twice as often than if you were just on the Ural.