Without the weight of a passenger, a sidecar can be dangerously unstable, so I volunteered for Sherpa duty and carried all the tools, extra water, extra fuel and gear for our three-person riding group.
With an average fuel economy of 31.1 mpg and a 5-gallon gas tank, the Ural can go about 155 miles between fill-ups. The Gear-Up also includes a 10-liter (2.6-gallon) jerry can that’s strap-mounted to the sidecar.
Almost every rider I encountered on the LA-Barstow-Vegas ride was friendly and encouraging. Most gave me a thumbs-up, joyous whoop or wave as they passed. Others, like this rider, found me at a gas station stop to offer me some of his family’s leftover Thanksgiving turkey (his wife was following the ride in their vehicle).

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