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Thomas on his walk North

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Thomas and Sven Peter Pan are on the way North.
Thomas became 18 years 2 weeks ago, so accourding to the Aussies it time to get him out of the house and make his"walk" into manhood.

Tuesday 25.06.2013 at 3 pm came in the email that or Ural Patrol arrived in the shop at Racewayservices in Salem, Oregon 6000km further north from our home in Costa Rica. The same afternoon we got the flight ticket and left the early morning after tremendous 3 hours of sleep. It took a full day to get to Salem. Today we defined with Don Jim Petiti all the detailes for to equip her so in Costa Rica she will survive the tropical high montain range. Tomorror will be the paper work day, and then the adventure will start. Here we go!!
Thomas and Sven

Sounds great, have a great trip, hope the Ural works out great for you two, we will be in the Black Hills of South Dakota for the next couple of weeks, if you come that way send us a message would love to meet you somewhere.

tomorrow will be the 3rd day in salem oregon. the motorcycle is preety much ready, at least for the first run in turn. the team jim petiti formed over the years is very impressing and efective. every bike comes out as a unique individual part at impresively high speed, and still every single question will be answered with profound back ground knowledge. at every monent i get reminded to my dear first boss, helmut paetzel the honda representative in my home town ratzeburg. there should be more people like the crew around don jim. i wish them that the story will continue with such a good attitude like i witness in these days.
thomas makes his progress in opening his ears to the english language and i like to see that his mind gets opened to the totally new impressions.
i am sure that the decision to take him out of the country into a new surrounding is the right decision.
a young man aught to make his walk.
here we go.
thomas and sven

we had bad luck with the insurance company that did not attend our solicitude, so we got a rental car for the weekend. i enjoyed how jim petiti gave thomas the "speech" as seen in "second hand lion". someone as father never will be put attention to, but someone who made quite a few real challanges against wind and wheater thomas listened to like a dry sponge. jim is a real example of attitude.

after office hours we left for mcminnville aircraft and aerospace museeum over small roads via independence. not for nothing people were honking at us, because i can not get accustoumed to an automatic pickup of half the size the unimog i drove once upon the time in my national service. this tank pulls ahead of its own and you glase the break pads the hole time. it was the smallest thing the rental had available. (at least that was the story that was told to all customers short before office closure)
the museeum is worth to take the hole weekend for. you should have seen thomas eyes when he touched the wing of the p51 mustang. for sure his grandfather walther's soul is with us here.

the dinner in a 4 1/2 story (for here) ancient hotel and restaurant with life music was great and well atended by a joking waitress, who definetely earns her tips with her charm.
let's be frank, she isn't what i'd call an eye catcher, but ... she catches attention by her inner values and confirms Killi's moto.

my forster sister Kirsten (aunt Killi) uses to say: "the beauty comes from inside"
in our youth she earned way more in tips then wage,(which Killi shared with the ones in the kitchen) while i melted away dishwashing.
nowerdays, a illness later and deformed due to cortisone, Killi is the administrative "heart" of a clinic.
filling with truth her own saying plus an old one too.
"Beruf kommt vom Berufung!"
"the profesional call comes from the devine call."
"profession comes from vocation!"

thomas and sven

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If you're still in the Salem area, there is a very fine truck museum right close by. I don't recall just how to get there but Jim and crew can tell you. Some years ago they told me of it and I was quite pleased to check it out.

in the early morning i met three deer in the hotel's neighbourhood croosing the gardens, what a nice begining for the day.
a hole day in the museum was interesting.
there was a lot of stuff that reminded me to my father and my own past. what made me shiver a lot were the weapons of which many had definetely shed blood. myself i was fascinated as kid by weapons and fighters. not any more since i have seen their efects and lost a neffew because of a "play accident". after i left the bundeswehr i have avoided to even get into physical contact with weapons. perhaps that are the reasons for my mixed feelings this day. there is no ethics in war only pain and unjustice on and for all sides. my generation got taught from the ww2 survivers:
"no more"
and what is happening ??
sorry i can not share weapon fascination any more and only wish peace.

mashine gun 08/15 the german sinonym for standardized mediocracy was the result of the first DIN industrial norms . all history of industrial norms got originated by the death of 50.000 germans, 30.000 british, 15.000 belgiums. they had amo, but the wrong ones in 1914-15. (the real numbers might be something different, but were really horrible)

with such kind of colt at the age of 12-14 my dad showed me the difference between tempered steel with and without stress releaving.
my only tempered percutor cock broke after 4 shots on the test stand his, which was more accurate, tempered and stress relieved, is still suposed to be there. that made me learn the lesson: "the difference between a good and a bad part is just a hair!"

read the two texts and you might get into thinking as i did.

huge Howard Hughes's H4 left a great impresion in our young fellow Thomas, quite obvious isn't it?

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today was the big day.
buy raingear, helmets, get insurance proof, dmv and the first rounds. many thanks to Jim Petiti and most of all to some private sentimental presents that put Thomas and me into deep debth with him. i hope we can compensate somewhen somehow for them.
the test rounds on the parking lot were a bit harsh and didn't find Karen's approoval, but they helped me to get a feeling about the behaviour and limits of the ural.
for me who only pushed ultra light weight rigs until now first it felt hard to get into the 3rd dimention, but once above skidding speed you better watch out.
right turns the spokes suffer the weight, left turn (worse), the s/c nose is so tall that the bumper will not prevent you from fliping over. due to the front swing the forces on the handle bar are very confortable. the hand position in spite i first felt it a little forced to the outside turned out to be confortabe and shoulder/back relieving.

in the night when the temperatures finally dropped we made a short trip to Independance, definetely the engine prefers colder surroundings. it will take some modifications to the engine for to make tropical climate bearable.

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in the morning we passed by raceway for final talk and print out a corrected insurance card.
our route was a simple tour arround the block salem independence monmouth pedee philomath back to blodget toledo newport linkoln city grande ronde were we staid for the night.

a couple of tips for the next ones to do the run in turn for not to convert it into break down turn:
search for fresh temperatures the engine doesn't like the heat at all.
ask for the main wind direction at the coast and get the wind from the back.
the passenger has more fun at the coast from north to south as he gets a beautiful sight seeing tour.

do not let transit hurry you and get off the main road.
think of the ural as an oldtimer that needs free spining revs but is a very tough shifter, so think ahead and shift when you are still at the right speed.
don't trust the clutch and gear mash, there is no sincronisation, remember when gears were direct.
you need to learn to listen to the right engine revs and help with fine motion coordidation between revs, clutch, gashand to ease out the presure on the engaged gears and a well timed smouth heel kick. don't use the toes for up shifting, they aren't strong enough and get the claws jumping! =inter gear neutral = suffering gear box.
YOU BETTER A ADAPT TO THE MOTORCYCLE then the motorcycle to you.
she is stuburn as .... what ever you may compare with.

heat is the other issue:
what ever is not perfectly mashined and mashed up will expand rub, press, shave,....and finally destroy.
so in our case we experienced on longer stretches that we even needed a good amount of gas for down hill or noted a change in engine sound =>
=> stop now, don't let transit obligate you to continue and take a new break!!!!

speed at heat: no thanks, get off the bussy roads and onto shady neighbourhood roads.
breakfast time i'll continue later

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one more on shifting:
gears are direct straight claw couplings constantly engaged pinions.
first and second go together on one shifter fork/pinion pair and third and forth on the other set.
the gear change within the same set is easy up an down. the shift up from second to third works fine as long you stay in the low to medium rev range.
to change down from third to second gear will be something new to youngsters.
and makes more then one remind his military time.
third throttle off
pull clutch
shift half way into neutral
ease out clutch
little gas in medium
pull clutch
shift into second

double clutch and intermedium gas, just as you have to do it with your old Willies Jeep.

find neutral is an other story of its own.
Robert at racewayservices gave me the tip to use the reverse lever with the heal.
well, often there is still too much pressure on the gear teeth and claws.
so move a little forward and backward the rig pushing with the left foot.

or use at the same time the left toe lifting the front pad oft the shifter and the right heal for to push out backwards the forward lever without hitting into reverse. you notice that you reached neutral when counter force on toe and heal disappear.
as long as the clutch disengages well this method works.

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Peter Pan - 7/7/2013 11:29 AM
... to change down from third to second gear will be something new to youngsters.... double clutch ... just as you have to do it with your old Willies Jeep....

Ah, good you have experience with your old Willys Jeep Smile

Lee / Summer Grove, Louisiana: Ural cT, CJ750, Burgman/Texas Ranger, Zuma 50F, MB5, TW200, CRF250L, GTV300
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