year of thinking, research, looking, pricing , asking Q's on
various forums - I decided to enter the off-center world of
sidecar motorcycles. In April 2017 I came across a
bike for sale on Soviet
Steeds Black Market page.
And I bought her - 2013 Ural T with 7104 km on the
After a couple months of practicing solo, and working with
Annie to get her used to her new gear, I started taking her
on short rides.
A harness and short lead, her Doggles (which she pushes off)
and the ability to stay until released - all critical.
I installed a windshield, and
added some luggage racks on the rear fender and sidecar
fender, removed the previous owners decals and got some of my
own. I hooked on my old Kuryakyn bag for the dog's
Velma was a little upset because it was a 2013 - a bit
superstitious she is. 13 = mala suerte (bad luck) to my
Latina wife. I say don't let fear and superstition
stand in your way - embrace it & then give it the finger
and tell it to F*&@ OFF! So I named her Trece
Suertudo - Lucky 13. And I found some decals on
the web to poke a finger in the eye of superstition.
I liked the Dias de Muerte (Day of the Dead) theme - sort of an homage to my wife's familia and to the
Grateful Dead. So I searched for a large decal for the
nose. Nada. Then I came across THIS decal and got
for the front of the sidecar.
It was made my
BigBangGraphix - I asked if they could make a Sugar Skull
decal at least 12" wide. And she did - cost me a
whopping $14.50 for a custom designed decal. So I got
2. You can find her (and this decal) on Ebay
- Tell Alicia Red sent you.
Now if I can get my custom tonneau
cover from Rick - It will be all mine.
Upgrades and Add-ons
I got the tonneau cover and "door" last fall.
We had a bit of an issue with the fit at first, but
Rich had me send it back and got it to fit perfect.
Quality service - super nice guy. He did an excellent
job and the material is first rate.
Contact Rich Maund - Rich's Cycle Upholstery - firstname.lastname@example.org
I needed a better horn - the Ural horn is weak and timid
sounding - I wanted something that would wake folks up.
Something that would make them go "Holy SHIT ! What was
I went with the Hella Dual Trumpets and at 113 decibels - it's
louder than the horn on my pickup.
I had to do a little bit of metal fabricating to get the horns
to fit where I wanted them. They are mounted right
behind the front fender between the frame uprights. Once
I removed the old horn - I needed slightly longer strap and a
U-bracket that I made from 1/8" aluminum bar stock.
I used the horn harness from Amazon and it hooked up to my
existing horn button - here
I ran the wiring under the tank - a little bit of a hassle to
do, but looks great.
I wanted a small luggage rack
that would not cover up the Lucky !3 decal on the nose, but
still look good and was functional. I found this one on
E-Bay for $35 + $15 for shipping. It fit great and looks
good. Thanks Thunderbunny!
Front view of the new nose rack. Not as "beefy" or as
big as the Ural one, but it also wasn't $200+. Fit in
the exact spot I wanted it & looks great.
Auxiliary Lights -
I wanted more lights for the bike - to see better and BE seen
better. So I got these off-road LED's. They came
as a pair - 168W LED combo spot & flood light. I
also got a different bracket to mount them with so it would be
easier to adjust the angle of the lights. And a separate
light switch to mount on the handlebars and a lighting
Royal Star Venture
I found my 2000 Royal Star Venture in the fall of 2004 on
CycleTrader with only 8500 miles on her.
This is how she looked when I bought her in Sept. '04
the vinyl flag and eagle
graphics on my Venture
April 2005 - On Rustic Road 23, Waupaca, WI
May 21, Potato Creek State Park, North Liberty, IN
I added a grill or radiator cover from Spectrum
Technologies before the 2005 riding season
And some halogen rear turn signals and extra brake light
to the top of the trunk
Now we're ready to ride!
And here we are with the 2000 V-Star 1100 Classic and
We rode thru 22 states and Ontario - 4,000 miles - in 12 days
on this machine.
The trailer is made in WI by Eagle Fabricating.
Really love it!!