|Stephen Boyce in Michigan|
|There is quite a story to my CJ. I first contacted Gerald to talk about building an M1 for me in early 2004. I quickly made the decision to do so and then disaster struck when the wire transfer I sent was never received in China. My local bank went through a correspondent bank in NYC and for some reason the funds never made it over.|
|It took months and months of wrangling over
this and finally the money was refunded. I had sent a
partial payment over earlier but the upshot was that I
didn't get the bike until the spring of 2005.
All was not happiness and light however as family problems and other considerations forced me to put the bike in storage as soon as I got it. The problems dragged on as they usually do and it wasn't until this summer that I was able to unveil my new/old CJ and begin seriously working on it. For the last two years it has been under a plastic tarp hibernating outside in the extremes of Michigan weather. My neighbor and I checked it out and determined that there was no spark getting to the plugs. We just changed the points, put the key in and the damn thing fired on the first kick. Try that with a crotch rocket.
Of course there were other minor problems to chase down and now I am dealing with the idiot state bureaucrats trying to get a Michigan title. It doesn't make any difference.
|It starts, runs, sounds good and looks great. What more could a person want in a world of way too many Harleys and way too expensive gasoline. Of course all good Changs deserve a good name and considering the odyssey mine has gone through it was easy picking a name. From now on it will be Long March.|
|Stephen Boyce's 6V M1 solo has character. It's one of the best looking solos I've ever seen. It was built by Gerald in Beijing who took these photos prior to shipping. Here are detail shots and images that were made as the bike was being prepared for shipment to the US.|
|The taillamp is indeed a correct vintage CJ application. (It's the same assembly that's used on sidecars nowadays.) The wiring is run externally and uses old style fabric insulation which gives the bike a very sweet vintage look.|
|There's also a rear fender reflector. The bike also has a lowered front fender which further enhances the overall appearance.|
|Having no rear saddle is also a visual enhancement although it does limit the bike to one person.|
|Other nice details include a frame-mounted toolbox, a rugged PLA rear fender, knee pads on the gas tank, lugs for a front license plate and numerous other touches.|