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Dogo 10 Oct 2006 10:31

Any Chang Jiang side-car Owners ?
Dear all,

just bought a 750cc chinese Chang Jiang side-car bike from a friend.
Will use it basicly as a second ( or is it third? ) bike ,to do some traveling around in Portugal and Spain with two of my Three Kids.
If there's anyone around who actually owns, or has had any experience in
China with this machines, I would love to learn a bit more about this little
ugly "Chop-suey BMW kind of machine".

Waiting for a word ,

Mad Dogo,
in the wind soon.

Grant Johnson 17 Oct 2006 04:18

There is a couple riding rtw on a Chiang-Jiang at the moment - a little search should find them. I think they were in the last or second last ezine.

Rurider 17 Oct 2006 15:19

Jack & Jannet
They r in Moscow now, repearing their bike ufter Mongolia. I think they'll start to Ukrain this week. They have a website www.draginrun.com
Good luck

Roelhen 28 Oct 2006 16:49

I am driving my Chang Jiang from China to Holland

I am actually on the way with my Chang Jiang M1S from China to Holland. I drive via the kkh to Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and further. They are fantastic bikes, I really love them, but they need some more attention then, let say, a Honda.
See for more info my website: www.cjroel.nl

Have fun with your CJ,

oldbmw 5 Nov 2006 21:30

I beleive one of the east european bike producers make a copy of a wartime bmw with sidecar, with the side car wheel being driven off a spur from the gearbox, Cant remember who though...

Grant Johnson 7 Nov 2006 13:06


Originally Posted by oldbmw
I beleive one of the east european bike producers make a copy of a wartime bmw with sidecar, with the side car wheel being driven off a spur from the gearbox, Cant remember who though...

that would be the Ural, which has been around forever - or at least since WWII.

oldbmw 7 Nov 2006 18:32

Thanks Grant
Thanks Grant

locodog 3 May 2007 12:12

CJ750 not such a dog after all

It's some months since your message but I thought you might beinterested in my experiences on a CJ 750. I owned one of the original bikes imported into South Africa in 1999 but it gave me so much trouble (electics, gearbox) I dumped it.

Last week, I borrowed another CJ750 and sidecar from a touring company in Cape Town and did a 900km trip through the Karoo semi-desert and Cape winelands.

The sidecar was full of baggage and tools so my girlfriend rode pillion. Out on the open country roads ('B' roads - I don't like highways!), the heavily loaded outfit handled very well. It likes to lope along at about 80km/h. AT that speed, everything feels nicely harmonised.

The rubber tractor-style seats are comfortable to sit in all day, but on the downhills my girlfriend had to brace herself on the pegs because she kept sliding forward off the seat.

At slow speeds however, the steering wobbles are unpleasant and even the steering damper does not do very much to cure this. And on the slow mountain passes with tight corners, you have to work the machine around the bends - slowly!

The Chinese tyres are also crap, and may be one of the main causes of the front wheel behaving so badly at low speed.

I had no real problems - a couple of loose brackets on one mirror and a fraying clutch cable. I also reset the carbs as we came down to sea level.

Overall, I was more impressed than I expected to be. The outfit is slow and agricultural, but it will do what you want as long as you are not in a hurry. The gearbox needs a firm boot but it doesn't like to be stomped - if you do that, you are gonna be drifting around in a swamp of false neutrals.

If I was to own a CJ750 again, I would do the following modifications:

-- Install leading-link forks (Earles forks) for better handling and steering

-- Replace all the tyres (all four) with decent European/US rubber

-- Replace all the Chinese brackets and bolts with European hardware (Allen bolts etc)

-- Strip the cheap chrome finish off the rims, spokes, silencers and handlebars and have them properly re-chromed or painted, and repaint the rest of the outfit.

Happy riding ...


Winterbiker 3 May 2007 22:26

Check Ural - Dnepr Gespanne Infos und Forum and you´ll find friends also in Spain any may be Portugal. www.[URL="http://www.Motorrad-Gespanne.de"]Motorrad-Gespanne.de[/URL] is a site only related to sidecars, check the forum with no registration!


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