Stuck in the Mud

The boys got a little crazy off-roading with their sidecars.

Jon S. thinks Oh S*#$!


It took Li a couple hours to fix his bike.

Jon’s Sidecar Trip

Here are a lot of Jon’s photos from the sidecar trip he took with Steve and Jon in November.  They had a lot of fun!!

Chang Jiang 750 Sidecar Motorcycles

Jon and Steve ordered their sidecar motorcycles about 3 months ago.  I can’t say I’d recommend getting them at CJ Sidecars – it was supposed to take 40 days but took about an extra month.  There were several other foreigners who ordered bikes the same week who were leaving right after they were supposed to be finished.  I can only imagine what a mess that would be for them, trying to get them shipped home when you are already home!

Also, Steve’s was supposed to be dark gray with slightly darker gray flames, just a very slight color difference.  However, it arrived painted a light gray with black flames!  I was there when he picked the colors so I can definitely say those are not the colors he choose.  Luckily he isn’t very picky so he just went with it.

They’ve also spent many hours there having them fix various things.  Both of them know way more about motorcycles than anyone at the shop that I’ve met.  These bikes were used by the Russians in WWII and then copied by the Chinese sometime in the fifties.  Steve pointed out that their bikes could have been manufactured 15 years apart – they are original bikes but refurbed.  (I’m not a gearhead, so please forgive any inaccuracies about mechanical things.  Here is a bit more history.)







It was about 6:30  PM when I started shooting, so was using an 6400 ISO and 2.8/F.

Saturday Sidecar Shopping in Shanghai

Jon has been wanting Chang Jiang sidecar motorcycles for a long time. When Abram got a sidecar and then got deported for driving without a license, his wish was put on hold. (See the video Abe took of himself being escorted to jail here.) However, recently Jon got his Chinese driver’s license and Steve is just a step away from getting his.

Every show room should offer beer to its customers.

After looking around for a while, one guy said to the other, “I’ll do it if you will.” I’m still not sure who instigated the actual purchases.

Trying to decide on paint color – Jon is getting a maroon color like this with silver pinstripes, and Steve is getting light silver with just slightly darker silver flames.

Steve getting driven to the nearest ATM for the cash deposit.

If all goes well, in 40 days two custom-made and painted Chang Jiang’s will arrive in Shanghai! I think it will be a LOT of fun cruising around in them!


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