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!!

Couchsurfer Lucy

IMG_4564Lucy stayed with us last month.  She was the first couchsurfer to ride in the sidecar.  Yes, we did leave the car park, but it was dark outside so not good for photos.

IMG_9986Boots is always a popular photography subject.

IMG_4571Lucy is a photographer too.  Gotta watch out for that paparazzi!

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.


Jon got his Chinese driver’s license! 

First he had to get his American license translated, then go to the hospital and take a physical and pick up a book of 100 questions to study.  Then he went back, took the test on a computer, and was issued his license.  He can now drive a motorcycle, 3-wheeled motorcycle and car.  (NOT a van.  Apparently there is a big difference between the two.)


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