From Jim Bryant: "I took a look at a shop at the Kingman, AZ airport. Here they are rebuilding (more like perfecting) the CJ-6 airplane made by the same company that brought us the Chang Jiang 750 motorcycle."
"These guys (and gals) strip the motor and gearbox down to the case and rebuild or replace every moving part. In many cases they replace the original Chinese part for something more robust and reliable (thank God) and they even turbocharge some of them up to almost 500 HP."
From Nathan Sidoti in China: "These shots are from the day I first saw the bike. I was impressed. I was really worried how the different colors would work together, but I think it looks great."
"I am constantly complimented on the bike and how the colors work so well."
"This is my first ride, my great friend Joanne came along and I think she enjoyed riding in the sunshine as much as I did."
"It did take me by surprise riding with the sidecar, I have ridden an old Ducati with a sidecar, but it handled nothing like this. The noises also were a big shock, it just makes a tune from every piece of metal."
"This was an awesome weekend out, over on Chongming Island near Shanghai, I really enjoy it. Open roads and great company. Perfect."
"I really like the last photo, it sums up the whole weekend well. And yes it was cold."
From Zhou Saijun in China: "Here are some pictures of a party for CJ750 held by Ju Kua Tang at Qingpu, Shanghai on December 19, 2010. Over 60 sidecars attended!"
This is Grino's bike at the at Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Ohio.
Rene Rouillard's bike, Zezette, a BMW conversion. It has CHT gauges for each cylinder, and LED volt gauge too
John Daskalos finds one of the perks that comes with riding a CJ. Meet the new Mrs. D!

"Since it's time to get the bike out, I thought I'd send you a new picture. I'll get some other views without the distraction later. I still have the Beijing battery that came with it. Are there any pics in your site with how people change that out for some other set up. I still don't have much experience with this stuff, but then I haven't had many problems. I got the bike from Shao."
Mike Gilpin's 6V solo.
From Winston Sa: "After several seasons riding my CJS CJ and leading tours around Shanghai, I decided the old grey girl need a facelift. Nothing too crazy, just a new coat of paint. I brought it back to CJS with whom you know I am affiliated with. I did not want to rebuild the bike, I only wanted her repainted (and that's what we have here)."
"The photos are in a loose sequence so you can get a feel for the progression of the project. I think she might be the first and I hope the only zebra-striped (Ban Ma) CJ, but you never know..."
First, the big tear down. The image names explain what's going on. Winston surely knows by now that this is actually the easiest part of such a project.
Initial paintwork on the gas tank wasn't quite what Winston had in mind, so it was back to the old drawing board.
Viola, a one-of-a-kind safari bike. It reminds me of those prototype cars that the automakers try to disguise for testing on public roads.
From Rihann Koekemoer: "I live in Suzhou and had my CJ 750 restored by Wang Baohua in Suzhou."
From Mike Gilpin: "I'm in UK and have an ex-PLA M1 which I got from Sidecar Leo last year. It's so great!"
From Murray Bowden: "I took some pics today of the mirrors after I made an oil temp guage/dipstick along similar lines to the one done by Ross Kowalski. Great idea that Ross had and I had some probe temp guages and one thing lead to another. I had to extend the probe so I attached another piece of rod to the probe by soldering each end inside a small guage tension spring . To stiffen the join I then wound another spring over the top of that one after the soldered joint had cooled. Then I marked the upper and lower marks on the rod. I used a spring so that the guage can be flexible and be moved away from the tank when taking the dipstick out while checking the oil. I wouldn't have been able to get a guage with a straight shaft passed the tank."
Murray Bowden lives in Northland, New Zealand and bought a CJ in August. His bike wears this CJ750 tag. Yes, it's an official plate. It cost him, funnily enough, 750 NZ dollars.
Something you sometimes see on old Beemers—bar end mirrors. Murray fabbed them in his shop.
"I made two mirrors for my CJ because I absolutely hated the "Mickey Mouse Ears" that are supplied with the bikes. I wanted to take the mirrors off and have none at all, but my wife wanted to keep mirrors on so that the rider (me) is aware of cars etc. coming up behind us especially at running in speed. I have used 50mm Blind Spot mirrors that our truckies use in a corner of the side mirrors so that they can see everything beside the truck, and avoid running over small cars, children and motorcycles."

"I also make a new lever pivot pin/bolt out of stainless steel so that the lever pivots on the full unthreaded shank unlike the pivot bolt I took out of mine. To be perfectly honest, the only component that I had to buy was the little mirror. I had everything else on hand in

my workshop. Given the positive interest shown in the few hours that the pics have been on the net, I know that I will be making more so I will price up all the parts. Also, I machined up some scrap aluminium to make mine so I dont have a true indication of time taken to machine the parts. The mirrors' view doesnt have the range of the bigger stock item because of its smaller size, but that is the only downside. They work very well with no blurred image caused from being in orbit around the motorcycle on a long chrome stick. I think I will also look at some mushroom head cap screw rather than the standard one holding the mirror body."

Interested? Murray can be reached at

Murray Bowden put together this unique tool kit—a doctor's bag.
Look at all the stuff inside it. It holds everything except a spare engine.
And it's a perfect fit in the sidecar.
From Winston Sa in Shaghai: "I have been so lazy I asked to be registered with your web site for over a year... I just haven't sent the photos. I will send them now and then some. I am 28, from the US. I live in Shanghai. I have an OHV old from the US. I live in Shanghai. I have an OHV from Shao Yiqi at CJ Sidecar. I help him out with the business as his friend and as the "Foreign Sales Manager". My friend Peter Kiem and I run a sidecar tour company comany with a joint venture with Shao . You can see some of our stuff on YouTube."
Rene Rouillard's bike, Zezette before the BMW conversion.
Here's J.C. Laurier...
and his old WWII-themed M1 Super, now owned by Rene Rouillard.
J.C. lives in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada.
"My name is Brian Arnot and I live in Perthshire in Scotland (UK). Please find attached a picture of my babe."
"I purchased my combination last year and it arrived in April and as you can see for youreselves it's lovely. A few little problems but she will be on the road next week."
Excellent photo of a bike belonging to Lemmy in Germany
This makes CJSidecar bike #2 for Ross Kowalski.
The effect from a well thought-out paint scheme is nicely illustrated here.
Introducing Jamie McDonald: "In February I became the proud owner of my first CJ, a military-style CJ750 ordered from Shao at CJSidecar."
"The bike was just as I had expected and looks great. Right out of the box it started second kick and has been running well since."
"On the unveiling I had generated a small crowd of passers-by eager to see my new toy. Since then I've had more attention than I know what to do with."
"Thumbs-up, shouts and photographs happen multiple times every day (especially with my dog in the sidecar) and I've even had people following me home to talk about the bike."
"It's been a blast and I've only just started. Thanks to Shao and everyone who's helped me get going with my CJ. I think it's the best thing I've done."
From Johnny Jacobsen: "Here are some more pictures from another veteran run I participated in."
From Johnny Jacobsen: "Yesterday 50 cars and two motorcycles participated in Sæby veteran run in Denmark. The motorcycles were a BMW and my Chang Jiang."
From Johnny Jacobsen: "I have participated in a parade for classic vehicles in Aalborg City, Denmark. We drove through the heart of the city, and afterwards the vehicles where put on display. As you can see in the pictures my CJ was parked alongside a Danish Nimbus motorcycle. Nimbus was produced until 1960 and was used by the Danish police and military at that time."
Richy Richards of Montreal owns this Super. Check out the brown leather upholstery. Now that's class.
In Denmark TV news station 24 Nordjyske uses this short video clip of Johnny Jacobsen and his CJ as a breaker between the news and weather report. These pictures were made the day the clip was filmed.
Johnny replaced the headlamp on his 12V SV solo with a new H4 type. The chrome rim lacks the familiar CJ visor.
From Johnny Jacobsen: "I am a guy from Denmark who likes old motorcycles. I found out about the Chang Jiang on the Internet and liked it so much that I decided to buy one. I found a motorcycle shop in Germany who imports Chang Jiang motorcycles and ordered one. A month later I picked up the Chang Jiang myself in Germany. Here is my first look at the Chang Jiang. I went through almost every part of the motorcycle before taking it on the road. "
"This is the result. I added mirrors and turn light signals."
"First ride, then an oil change. The second ride was a bit longer.It was a lovely ride. People I meet take great interest in the motorcycle."
"I have been reading and involved with the CJU for the past year. Gerald has been my mentor on getting my late eighties CJ roadworthy. I purchased the bike last December and spent the next many months fitting it out to replicate the venerable R71 for reenactment purposes. The bike is even currently registered and driven often in the state of Florida. Ultimately it's a dual purpose bike and my kids and I have enjoyed this bike immensely."
"I have taken great pains to closely replicate the R71 with parts from LRM."
"I even put the old style BMW ignition switch, relocating the holes for the fuse and the generator lights."
"The paint is an exact match to 1941 German ordnance tan. I used an original WWII equipment item to have scanned and replicated at an automotive paint supply house."
"I have included a few pics and I do hope you enjoy them. Respectfully, K. J. Reed""
Brett Dixon owns this former police flathead bike that he's building up as a black solo.
From Dan Blowhard: "This is a CJ750 Super project I've been working on. I basically turned it into an R66 with some extras."
"It's a work in progress and I will send pictures when it's complete. Some of the things added: an original BMW headlamp, tank shifter, repro R66 valve covers, custom front fender, original BMW handlebars and controls, original fabric wiring and hoses, MG & MG barrel carriers (not shown) plus a number of other mods."
Andrew Ayer in Shanghai with his 1997 M1M. This bike was totally rebuilt.
Trolling the Internet I found some Chinese sites with CJ pictures that I borrowed for your viewing enjoyment.
From Paul Gardner:
"A couple of pictures of our outing, my wife and I, to an ancient water town called Zhujiajiao west of Qingpu, near Shanghai, during Chinese Labour Week holiday."
"The village is fully restored to its historic style including the very ancient restaurant in the picture known in China as Kung Fu Chicken (KFC.)"
Paul Gardner has owned his CJ for six months now. He bought from a dealer in Shanghai and legally registered it with genuine Shanghai plates.
No real problems except petcocks and ignition switches, but Paul has a stack of spares at minimal cost... so who cares?
This M1M is bound for America from CJS in Beijing.
It's John Daskalos' new bike and a former PLA machine.
It will certainly grab some attention on the streets of Houston where John lives.
Here it's being prepared for crating...
...and here it's being crated. The bike is supposed to arrive in LA today and then be on its way to Texas as soon as it clears customs.
John has a few mods planned for the bike and promises to send more pictures in the future. Yes.
Dan Barrat owns several vintage British bikes and two Russians—and perhaps a CJ one of these days. He sent this article from the March 22, 2004 issue of Classic Bike Guide.
CBG editor Tim Britton on a Five Star M1M. Where's that sidecar when you need it?
The subject bike is nice—but it's a poor example of a typical CJ.
They liked the neutral finder.
They also were intrigued by the reverse lever.
The combination of modern blinkers and inverted levers also made an impression.
Marc Quesnel of South Africa has had his M1S for just on two years. It was one of the first three imported into SA. Marc found all three in Windhoek, Namibia. He and a friend bought them, kept the two OHVs and sold the one SV. They're having a ball with them. Marc has since been appointed the CJ dealer for the Eastern Free State in SA.
Chris Drumgoole lives in Beijing and rides this green 1995 M1. Check out Chris' web site for more CJ images from China.
Meet Phillipe Deveille who just bought this low-emissions M1M from our friend Gerald Gardebled in Beijing.
His bike is equipped with a catalytic converter.
Nice, eh? Welcome to the fold, Phillipe.
This is Mr. Daniel Rouch who works for Citroen in Beijing teaching the Chinese how to fix cars. He's a great mechanic and he's also the guy who helped building the electronic ignition.
This is his '97 M1M which he purchased from another expat with help from from Gerald Gardebled who is now the bike's doctor.
Meet Loic Sutter and Serge Renaud, both of whom work at the French embassy in Beijing and ride Chang Jiangs.
Serge bought his black '97 M1M from our pal Gerald Gardebled.
Nice bike, eh?
Loic aslo bought his M1M from Gerald. Recognize those leg guards? The embossed Chinese characters mean Chang Jiang. Aren't they great?
Meet Karsten Kenneweg, a German expat living in Beijing. He bought his M1M from Gerald Gardebled in November, 2002.
This bike features a 1960s frame with grease fittengs, a tank with pads, and a PLA sidecar bucket.
Karsten is quite pleased with his Chang and is planning some upgrades and modifications.
From the stern...
Chinese Armed Police riding a CJ OHV B3 in Beijing. This photo was made by Gerald Gardebled while riding one of his own Changs. I like that spare tire cover.
Greg Stebbins of Dallas, Texas recently bought this M1 at an auction. That's his son in the sidecar who helped him choose the bike.
Greg's bike at home. This Chang originated in Hawaii and is registered as a '43 BMW. (Chuck G., do you know this bike?.)
This former PLA M1 belongs to Brad McMahon, of Aldgate, SA, Australia. It's a 1968 12V model that Brad is converting into an R71 clone. Can't wait to see the end result.
The Chairman, Stephen Gaulin's M1 Super
This project turned out pretty nice.
Traditional 3/4 view
This is a 1997 M1 Super that belongs to our friend Trully of Brugg, Switzerland. Look at those enthusiastic passengers.
Chang Jiang M1M 12-volt.
Read about Danny Woody and his bikes in an article entitled Ride and Roll: American Girl from the China Daily.
Jim Bryant's Beijing BMW-CJ converstion.
Here it is again. I like the turn signals and horn on this bike.
Side detail of the same bike. Is that a clean looking engine or what?
George Mangicaro of Rochester, NY is a year-round CJ rider. His bike has the tires to suggest just that. You can see one in the enlarged image. Rochester is in the infamous Great Lakes "snow belt" of western New York state. Believe me, they get some serious snow there.
Jay Williams worked up this image from a photo.