Eric Jansen in Shanghai 
Remember all those pictures of local Chang Jiang repair shops where they repair the bikes outside on the street, where the oil and grease make it a place to skate in stead of repair, and where the parts are piled up in total disorder against every wall?
Well, finally in Shanghai things changed, CJ Sidecar Club is a small repair shop in the area east of Hongqiao Airport where the floor is clean, the parts neatly stacked, the tools organized, and where the air is actually cool due to a running aircon. Already having some work from the Chang Jiang owners around the shop.
This small shop and it's owner deserve a good recommendation to anyone in Shanghai who owns a Chang Jiang and is looking for a good service place. Although I do most of the work on my Chang myself, it is the first time I could consider to had my bike maintained by someone else...
Say ni hao to Eric's wife, seen here sitting on Eric's M1M. Ni hao!
It's starting to look like a bike again! This is a clean machine. The mudguard and rear seat pedestal are history. It has the early style taillight and a chrome headlight bucket. Straight pipes too! Superb!
"I repainted the frame after removing a foot peg and the final parts of the battery tray I removed two years ago. Today I spent hours cleaning, repairing, repainting, re-installing, etc. Tomorrow is an office day, then hopefully on Friday I'll see if it will run."
Below: Eric tinkering on his CJ. What a great looking engine!    
Below: Heavy Metal Thunder! Check this out! An issue of the CAAC in-flight magazine has a big feature article about Chang Jiangs. If you look closely at one of the pictures you may spot someone we all know. (He's wearing a CJU T-shirt.)    
"I was in Xiamen over the Christmas weekend."
"I had my camera ready for some other shots..."
"...however after half a day it broke down."
"So I'm afraid this is not that huge of a collection this time."
"I still found the pretty fancy front license plate holder."
"I'd never seen one before."
"Best wishes, Eric"
"A Saturday trip around the lakes an hour from Shanghai."
"The fishing nets you see in the water are actually used to raise the famous "hairy crab", a delicacy all over China in this time of the year and all raised in the lakes in this part of Jiangsu province."
"As this is not the famous Yang Cheng Lake, they might be copies."
"Click on the link below and you'll see that that not only watches, clothes and motor bikes are copied in China!"
Sheshan (incorrectly translated into Snake-Mountain)  
Remember the picture of my bike (before the crash) in front of a fishing lake?
(If not, just scroll down the page.)"
"Well, things move fast here. It all transformed in one big construction site for luxury villages. We took the pictures in front of one of the many billboards advertising these villas."
"The guy in the picture and his Chang Jiang (with the sidecar) is a local guy who bought it two years ago.
"Unfortunately his bike seems to have lost a bit of its "reliability".
"A major overhaul is looming for the coming winter."
"As you can see it is a city where they are (not yet) restricting the use of motorbikes as in most other large cities in China. You can find Chang Jiangs in every type and age."    
"Government departments use them for official transport and some of the "plastic" ones are brand new. Top cases seems to be very popular here. I never saw them used on such large scale as here."    
"Originally this was a model of a sand colored BMW R75..."
" transformed into something that looks like my Chang Jiang"
"( least to my mother in law.)"
Eric's M1M is getting prettier all the time. He finally got the sidecar back on after the Shanghai taxi incident and he made a few other improvements along the way.
Does this battery look good or what? It's a 7AH dry cell from a local scooter shop. Eric hated the huge car battery hanging off the right side. Despite the rating, this battery does the job just fine. Eric has almost forgotten how to kick start the bike.
The rear seat pedestal and spare tire are gone leaving a very clean looking bike.
Eric plans to do quite a bit of detailing on the bike which, if you ask me, already looks terrific. We'll be looking forward to the next phase for sure.
Eric's M1M is developing quite a history. He had an encounter with a Shanghai taxi that left the bike fairly well trashed. This picture was taken before the incident...
...and this is after repairing the bike in the basement of his apartment building. It emerged as a solo, sans rear seat and pedestal. Eric says that he contemplated junking the bike and buying a new one...
...but since parts prices are so good in Shanghai, he opted to rebuild the bike instead. Good choice! Look at that great Shanghai license plate.
He's been riding solo but not for long. The sidecar will be re-attached in time for spring riding season. There's a question as to whether solos are even street legal in Shanghai!