The 2009 Ural Tourist is equipped with both electric and kick starting, electronic ignition, and a 749cc, overhead valve, air-cooled, four-stroke, flat-twin cylinder engine, but only manages 40 horsepower at 5600 rpm. It has a four forward and one reverse gear transmission, and piloting it may require some practice for those new to the world of sidecar motorcycling. Turning to the right on tight corners may require a good strong push on the handlebars, while turning to the left may require the rider to shift his weight in a way that could take some getting used to. For those looking for maximum touring capacity, and the fun that comes with sidecar motorcycling, the tradeoff can be worth it. The Ural Tourist can carry as many as two passengers in addition to the rider, with little to no perceptible drop in its relatively minimal performance.