Mud never looked so artistic.

Adam Heller is one of our newest Ural converts.  This mild-mannered teacher has a real penchant for getting dirty!

I remember how polite and enthusiastic he the first day he stopped in.  He talked about his love for teaching, how much fun a Ural would be to use as a daily driver, and where he would explore.  He selected a new 2015 Asphalt Gear-Up, it had just arrived and was still in the crate.


He’s definitely the coolest teacher in Portland.

Here are some photos from Adam’s most recent adventure.  You might want to avert your eyes if mud offends you.  There isn’t much of this Ural that isn’t covered!  The rest of the story is Adam’s own words…

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These shots were up in Forest Grove State Forest, just about an hour and a half from Portland (if you go the quick way, I meander up there a bit slower and more scenic).


The ground was muddy and fun and then I hit it deep and it got really interesting.


The mud came up past the foot pegs, half way up the engine. I managed fairly well though and trudged through it beautifully.


The next day I went up to Mt. Hood, but it was too warm to find any snow to really play in. However after being in conversation with person after person for 45 minutes in a gas station parking lot (as we all know too well – editors note: it is not uncommon to have long conversations any time you get off or get on your motorcycle, gas stations are the most infamous stoppers!), I’ve been turned onto a few good spots to check out around the mountain and further east next time I ride out that way.


This weekend I’m starting out with a nice easy ride up skyline to Dutch Canyon Rd. and on to Scappoose to help a friend of mine break into a ’73 Yamaha he just started on, then I’m thinking of seeing what trouble I can find out by the Bridge of the Gods.


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