Produced in Russia, the 2011 Ural Tourist is known for its relatively low price for a bike with a sidecar. Both the driver seat and the sidecar's seating are wrapped in vinyl. The sturdy design of the Ural dates back to the Second World War. Should the electric start fail, there is a kick start to ignite the engine as well. The classic styling is very attractive, and the paintjobs are smooth and vibrant. The 19-inch tires allow for excellent traction and control over the motorcycle, and the sidecar works for both seating and extra storage. The additional covers are available in camouflage tonneau, and they greatly reduce the amount of dust and debris that can reach the motorbike when parked. The motor is heat resistant, which helps it remain calm and powerful during extended usage. The light vibrations of the engine make the ride smooth, and while it's not ideal for interstate use, it can take a stretch if needed. With the sidecar, there is adequate seating for up to three passengers. The only standard instrumentation is a speedometer and odometer. The sidecar has a trunk for extra storage.
The Ural Tourist comes equipped with a 749-cc, horizontally opposed, two-cylinder engine that produces 40 horsepower and 38 lb-ft of torque. The fuel supply is managed by a Keihin L 22 AA carburetor, which allows for decent fuel economy of 23/33 mpg city/highway. The main gas tank holds five gallons, and the reserve tank holds one gallon in case of emergency need. The 2011 Ural Tourist 750 requires premium gas to run, making the fuel economy not that impressive. The use of electric or kick starting means that any electric problems or cold starts can be cranked rather than rely solely on the push button mechanism. Bore and stroke are measured at 3.07 inches by 3.07 inches. The transmission is a four-speed, manual transmission that includes a reverse gear, a great luxury in motorized bikes. The Ural Tourist features 19-inch chromed, aluminum wheels, and the brakes are an excellent high-quality Brembo brand. The suspension is developed by Sachs, with a leading link fork in the front and steel, twin sided swing arm suspension in the back.
The Ural Tourist's top speed is only 60 miles per hour. The fact that the Ural isn't widely popular in America make it difficult to fix without professional help, and the quality just doesn't quite match up to some of the better brands. As is usual with Ural, the electronics and mechanics are a bit dated, and between model years there are barely a difference in the engines. Despite the attractive styling and decent performance from the engine that requires little maintenance, other than the usual maintenance to keep it up and running, the Ural just doesn't perform as well as the competition. If left to back roads and smaller highways, it's an excellent choice. When it comes to traveling long distances, there are better picks.