I don't think the GB500 and W650 have anthing fake on them. I love both of them, too. Ural? I don't know- I guess it's not especially retro. It just is what it is...?
If a kickstart, carburated, air cooled boxer based on a 1939 BMW that comes in camo drag, carries a shovel and hand pump as standard equipment, and up until 2 yrs ago came standard with a machine gun mount isn't retro, then I don't know what is.http://www.imz-ural.com/factory/
Question about the Dnepr is how reliable are they. Asking since I am thinking about one after I sell the 2000 Kawaski Drifter. Slightly apprehensive about longevity. Will.
So the guy on Flea-Bay is best to stay away from. Guess I'll keep looking. Will.
More I look around at all the CJ's I see on the net the more I get hooked. I believe it would be a good stable mate to the RE Military I currently own and have a love/hate relationship with. I guess it really reminds me of a Sunbeam if you get the OHV engine installed. I dig slow and quirky. Will.
Stay away from the OHV Chang engines .... they are a LOT fussier than the old flattie. They both go the same speed (despite all the bullsh1t that you read) because of the gearing. The flattie is a tad thirstier for gas - but not for parts. I've gone 40K klicks on one and it's still just dandy. I put a LOT of heads for the OHV bikes over the curb for fellows with spoilt valve guides (poor geometry adn little lube ...) and broken valve springs adn the like. The OHV is also short rod engine - although it's dimensionally the same as the flattie, it's absolutely gu-huh-huh-huh-utless compared to the tractor like torque of the flattie. I TOTALLY agree with you that a Ural is cool - had one - but too easy. A decked out desert tan CJ with all the military tool bling on it is the cat's meow! It's a perfect compliment to a Military Enfield in your garage .... or a BSA M20 .... or a Dnepr .... you get the picture ....