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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!!

Scooting Shanghai

My friend Casey is the editor for Shanghai Talk magazine, which recently did an article about all of the foreigners getting electric scooters.  Steve had gotten a scooter several weeks ago, along with Jon S., and after Jon rode it he decided we needed scooters.  We didn’t get one from Spicy Motors, as mentioned in the article – we just got a cheap Chinese one.  Suzy, Johnna, Mike and Shane all have ones from Spicy Motors.

IMG_4466Steve riding the scooter in Carrefour – a few things needed to be fixed on it.

IMG_4465Check out the little seat and handles in front for the kid to ride on!

IMG_4464Steve tested the kid seat.  His feet are actually both off the ground, on the child’s foot rest.

IMG_4467Steve’s 2-car garage had been empty for several months.  Then he bought a bike.  Then a scooter.  Then Jon S.’s scooter was added.  And Steve’s motorcycle and sidecar.  And Jon’s motorcycle and sidecar.  And our scooter briefly.  Boys and their toys…..

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.)

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

The cute culture

Everything here tries to be cute. Steve was even issued a cute bank card.

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