To Buy A Chang Jiang 750 Motorcycle
(First written 2005, Updated
May Dec 2011)
Work In Progress by Bill Eng:
is a must read if you are going to buy a Chang
Jiang 750. If you are going to buy a CJ750 reading
this will save you lots of headache! I have decided
to put this tips document together to help you
figure out which type of Chang Jiang 750 sidecar
is for you, when to look, how to look, where to
look, and finally how to buy without getting ripped
off. I have included also goverment issued information here so that you will not be fooled. I am far from an expert, however I have been
riding Chang Jiang 750 sidecars in Beijing since
2001 and I have help countless amounts of riders
with their acquisition of Chang Jiang 750 sidecars
from many of the local dealers. From starting
out as a rider, to helping a local shop do a website, and now
to owning my own shops, I have many experiences
to share. I have helped a few other shops with
setting up their website and importantly because
I am a hardcore rider, speak the local language and my
previous job offered me lots of free time to enjoy
riding my CJ750, along with my friends we have
decided to help promote more of the CJ750 community
and clear up all this confusion and different
stories about CJ750 sidecars with no BULLSHIT tell you the real story to getting a CJ750. Every weekend I
am out riding in the mountains doing tours around the Great Wall, riding my Chang
Jiang 750 sidecar, and also I have done over three dozen rides that were more long
distance rides that were over 2,000km each, thus I have seen and personally experience sidecars
in action and also know how they perform. Importantly
I have made many local friends that have been
riding for decades and have accumulated their
years of experiences and now will share it with
you. My goal is to help to help out fellow Chang
Jiang 750 enthusiasts to not end up buying a lemon
or get ripped off.
1. Buying Advice:
a. Why a Chang Jiang?
b. Buying for Local Use
c. Buying to Be Exported
d. Narrowing Your Choices of Styles
e. So Where and When Do I look?
i. In Beijing
f. Going To Look At The Bike – Checking
out a Chang Jiang 750
i. The Test Ride
g. Closing the Deal
h. Picking up your bike
The Delivery - Congratulations on Your New
A Closer Inspection:
General, Take A Close Look At:
a. The builder
b. The Frame
c. The Wheels
d. The Common Leaking Oil.
e. The Spark Plugs
f. Cracks, Chips and Faded Paint.
g. Wiring - electrical
The Chang Jiang 750 Sidecar Motorcycle:
a. The PLA Bikes
b. The Civilian Bikes
d. The CJ750 as a SOLO
was introduced to the Chang Jiang 750 by Michael
Wix. and immediately fell in love with it because
there is a great community of people riding them
and also Beijing is Chang Jiang 750 capital of
the world. It attracts girls cause they just love
guys that ride Chang Jiang 750 sidecar motorcycles….what
more reasons do I need than that? (Almost forgot,
and all the trips out to the mountains and various parts of the Great Wall, and all
the friends we make going out on rides). I went
out and bought my first Chang Jiang 750 for about 1,000USD
and since have spent a countless amount of time
riding Chang Jiang 750 sidecars in the city and
different parts of China in different road conditions,
importantly have met many riders from all over
the world riding them and we have become friends.
I have been to many PLA warehouses looking at
old stock, to all the shops in Beijing to fix
my Chang Jiang 750 and have been to many places
in China and surrounding Beijing that I never
imagined that I would ever go to. It’s a
great fun toy to have and in Beijing and it is definitely
a Chang Jiang 750 heaven. I want to thank all the
guys that has made owning a Chang Jiang 750 part
of the my Beijing experience.
first Chang Jiang 750 was registered as a Chang
Hong. It looked like any other Chang Jiang 750
sidecar and not being able to read Chinese or
knowing the history of the Chang Jiang 750 sidecar,
I really did not give much thought about what
I bought because it all looked the same and it
ran the same as all the other sidecars. The engine
was running and had all the trimmings I wanted
and it was only 1,000USD, it was cheap and I took
a leap and bought it. From that point on my life
was about to change, not only did I meet more
friends, go out to see all the little parts of
Beijing and ride through all the hutongs looking
at old courtyard houses, then in late November
of 2004 I put up this web site and now its quite
famous and has changed the Chang Jiang 750 market.
It is the first site I know that has prices listed,
factual information and I am the only one that
gives an itemized quotation of what a restoration
cost. (actually owning the Chang Hong registered
bike gave me a shocker one day when a French bike
"dealer" looked at my registration and told me that
my bike was fake - another funny story of the
BS that goes on in BJ with bike dealers and this guy is almost out of business now, well he never had his own shop in the first place, only an internet website and he even calls himself "Mr. Chang Jiang". I have challenged him to bring a CJ750 to my shop and I will pay him 10,000USD. That challenge also got me kicked off the CJE community website and till today I am still waiting to see a fake CJ750. I cannot tolerate liars!
CJ750.net web site sure turned out to be a learning
experience and also I got to see the insides of
the Chang Jiang 750 business. Unfortunately the
Internet has not been a help to most of the guys
that are actually working on these sidecars in
Beijing. The are many CJ750 shops and mechanics
in Beijing whose livelihood are based on the Chang
Jiang 750 and are a crucial part of the Chang
Jiang 750 community. There are many dealers that
have been working on Chang Jiang 750 sidecar for
decades however due to their lack of ability to
communicate in English they are being overlooked
by many people in the international community
that want to own one of these bikes. My friends
and I have taken a special interest to help any
dealer with an actual shop to set up a web site
so that buyers will have more choices to choose
from and also to be more informed of what is going
on in the CJ750 market. CJ750 builders, custom
shops, will get more business and raise their
prices a bit, and the few shops/web sites that
are trying to corner the market will have to lower
their prices to compete when shoppers know the
real value of a Chang Jiang 750 sidecar and who
are actually restores them, brokers them, or are
just hustling them. There are some community web
sites that do post information however the integrity
of the dealers that sponsor the sites might deserve
a double check. You can check the site www.cj750.org for dealer information.
inquires that we get from our website and the
amount of questions I get about "fake"
Chang Jiang 750 versus "genuine" Chang
Jiang 750 sidecars, I would have to say that the
Internet has proven to be a channel that perpetuates
rumors and lies by some for personal benefit of
a few in the business of hustling Chang Jiang
750 sidecars and parts at very high prices. A
very sad part of the Chang Jiang 750 community,
however we hope things will change for the better
and more Chang Jiang 750 dealers will soon have
web sites up to offer you their services and products.
More information, more shops, more informed consumers,
more competition creates better products, prices
and importantly services. Please read all my FAQs
before you make your purchase. Also on the same
note, I get many calls from people in Beijing
asking for help because they have troubles liability
after an accident because of their "yellow
Hebei" plates. Please read our information
carefully and I repeat, DO NOT BUY an illegally
registered CJ750. Beijing plates are available
- I am sure most expats in their home country
would not bike a bike from an unknown source with
fake plates, so don't do it in China, importantly
the bike probably came from another biker unknowingly
owning my Chang Jiang 750 sidecar I have rode
all over Beijing and the surrounding areas almost
every weekend with different CJ750 sidecar clubs.
Being able to speak Chinese, and English I ended
up kind of being a conduit for the expatriate
community and the local Chinese. One influence
to write this is that I have met many foreigners
that have been royally screwed, meaning that they
paid tens of thousands of RMB and more, in some
cases a couple of thousand of USD, some guy cliams to be the only dealer in Shanghai and charges 18,000USD, or riders getting
something that is just common parts thinking they
got a one of a kind special item (genuine parts,
etc...), some dealer claim to be PLA exclusive, enought of the BullShit! I am tired of explaining about the PLA
bullshit and people asking me if one's Chang Jiang
750 is real or fake. The only thing I really know
is the person that blows this kind of bullshit
just buys CJ750 sidecars from other dealers and
does not even have his own shop. Actually paying
a bit more is not uncommon, but to pay a few thousand
USD or more for the same or worst is a different
story. The other issue I am tired of is getting
calls from people that have problems because they
have bought a CJ750 sidecar with Hebei plates
only later to find out that they are fake or have
gotten into an accident and have to pay tens of
thousands of dollars because their insurance will
not cover an illegally registered CJ750 sidecars.
Also I cannot help one register a CJ750 from Hebei
plates to Beijing plates cause the Hebei plate
bikes have no official documentation and may be
from a very questionable source (ie; stolen).
My answer is they should have done their research,
call the police and go back to the dealer that
sold them their bike. Legally registered CJ750
sidecars with Beijing plates and plates from other provinces are available. I will list what legal plates should come with.
couple of riders and I discussed doing this website, took a few days to come up with the website and in a month it was up and running. It
took a while because none of us actually did this
for a business but wanted to help out other riders
because we rode together. We created some fancy
web sites, however in the end we decided to choose
something that was simple and direct. We want
you to get to the pictures in three clicks and
be able to read relevant information pertaining
to the sidecar. The ZMW web site went up in December
of 2004 and it created quite a storm with the
listing of the local prices for a CJ750 sidecar
and from there we are known all over the world
and have clients from everywhere. Since our site
has thousands of clicks and the market situation has changed drasitically especially when our friends out number the
cartel and their threats have proven to be futile.
Also many of the "so called Cartel" is going out of buisnsess in Beijing and we are one of the few actual shops left - you can confirm that with youtube videos. There are more dealers with website, prices have
gone down for some, others have raised their prices.
Quality has improved and importantly people are
beginning to have more options to getting CJ750
sidecars and parts and the whole vintage BS has died out. What we have decided to do
is to make a list of all the dealers in Beijing
and China thus anyone shopping around can find
the best deal and importantly on our updated site
we have decided to list our prices again because
there is enough shops that have web sites and
clients are able to do their research and compare
so we are are going to set the standards. If any
shop wants to make a site, we are more than willing
to help. Since then we have also changed the name
to Big Bill's Bikes now and have moved locations
almost every year. This is due to the rising price of real estate in Beijing. The construction just does
may sound like a cynic to a few dealers and customes, hence my motto - NO BULLSHIT! - to
some degree I am, because I am very stubborn when
it comes to my moral standing and I will not cheat
lie or steal or will tolerate those that do and
have strong words for dealers that cheat or lie
to customers. Every day I get questions about
something being fake or real, someone needing
help because they got their CJ750 confiscated,
or the worst are accidents where the owner does
not have a legally registered CJ750. I also keep
emphasizing about not to buy a CJ750 sidecars
with Hebei plates because you will be in unnecessary
liability, may cause problems with people you
ride with, and if you are in Beijing and end up
in an accident, may be calling me for help or
advice. Many of these Hebei plated bikes come
from questionable sources and we have seen many
cases of stolen bikes with Hebei plates buying
one only goes to perpetuate criminal activities.
Just the same are dealers that sell the M5 wheels
with proven quality problems. They have fractures
in them and I have seen over 50 of them shatter
on rides. Why does dealer sell wheels that
put riders at risk of life and limb and even have a community website promote this dealer that is messing with riders lives? The good
ones are sold only by Jim Bryant and I. There
is absolutely no reason for such stupidity! Read
my FAQs, do your research, and save yourself some
trouble. If you were in the USA or a western country
anyone that sells you a faulty wheel knowlingly risking your life, he would probably
be in jail and the saddest part of this is that there is a community website promotes that dealers. Even the earls forks, one dealer cuts and spots welds them himself with only 3 weld spots to hold a whole fork together, this danger was stopped when the bike went for a license inspection in Australia. Thus you must get your bike from someone that rides and can be trusted to make your bike reliable.
my opinion, most of the Chang Jiang 750 sidecars
are very similar in looks, everyone gets there
parts from basically the same sources and suppliers.
The main difference is the restoration process
and what details go into your restoration. In
terms of dealers there are builders, there are
brokers, and then there are guys that just run
around bullshitting people and there are the few that are actually riders and put bikes together. There are honest guys
that will try to help you and there are guys that
are wolves in sheep skin. I think this kind of
people exist everywhere in the world, just like
some used car dealers or taxi drivers all over.
So I will say it again, do your research, and
buy your CJ750 from someone you can hold responsible
will not run away. Look for someone that has a
shop, local customers and actually rides. Becareful of the fancy paint job or BS story.
terms of what I think about the actual sidecars
sold, I have seen thousands of Chang Jiang 750
sidecars and strongly feel that the Chang Jiang
750 sidecar is better built by a shop in Beijing
than one from the “factory” in the countryside. Having
been to all the shops in Beijing, there is no
reason one should pay more than necessary for
a Chang Jiang 750, unless there is a specific
reason, a fancy Chang Jiang 750 sitting in the Ritz Carlton may be worth four times the price to some, however I think it is just excessive price gouging. Get an itemized quotation, if the dealer
can't do that, they do not deserve your business.
There are many shops that are willing to work
hard for your money. These sidecars are highly
available so check around and see what is available
in the market and shop around for prices. There
is no need to rush into a purchase and there is
no need to buy one with fake plates. We emphasize
this all over our web site cause we know of many
people that have been in accidents with yellow
fake plates and have paid out lots of money.
Why one buys CJ750 sidecars with fake plates when
legal ones are available is just really out of
our comprehension. Insurance is only 30USD a year,
first time registration is about 80USD.
All Chang Jiang 750s are real. (I am offering
a 10,000USD bounty for someone to show me a fake
2) There are tons of PLA parts floating around
the market. If someone claims they have exclusive rights - you know they are full of BS.
3) Almost all the dealers gets their parts from
the same sources.
4) There is no need to ride with the risk or financial
and legal liability with fake plates when Beijing
“Jing A” plates and legal plates are available.
5) The Chang Jiang 750 is high maintenance motorcycle. It needs to be treated like a vintage bike, with care and love.
If you want performance get a new racing bike
from HD, Honda, BMW, Ducatti or Suzuki, we also have those in stock to include Agustas, Boss Hogs, Big Dogs, Triumphs, etc.
7) The CJ750 is a vintage vehicle designed from the 1930s and it needs attention, its a bike that
you will need to get some grease on your hand to be comfortable with,
it requires patience and constant maintenance.
that the Chang Jiang 750 sidecar is very old technology
and should be respected as an old motorcycle and
it does require high maintenance. It goes faster than it can stop. Be patient, read through my points and I hope that
you buy your Chang Jiang 750 as soon as possible
and join us on our rides.
I. BUYING ADVICE
Why a Chang Jiang?
There are many reasons to choose a Chang Jiang
750 especially if you live in Beijing or China.
Importantly I am in China so there is absolutely
no reason to buy anything else, the roads here
really suck, the drivers do not respect you, imported
parts are hard to get and the Chang Jiang 750
is a relatively inexpensive sidecar motorcycle. The Chang Jiang 750
sidecar is versatile, parts are cheap, there are
many repair shops, outcall road side service is
usually free, and most importantly, Beijing has
some great mountain roads for riding and tours. Just imagine a weekend riding to the mountains and camping out on the GreatWall and watching the sunset and sunrise. You can do that with a CJ750. Its one
of the few places in the world I have been to
that offers such incredible riding so close to
you are overseas, the Chang Jiang 750 is a collector’s
item and will sure turn many heads when you take
it out. To many Europeans the Chang Jiang 750
brings back memories of their childhood with their
dads or grand dads riding the original BMW R75
and R71 sidecars. The CJ750 is a collectors motorcycle.
do note that the Chang Jiang 750 is a vintage vehicle and to many it is high maintenance
vehicle and if you like to tinker with mechanics, don't mind
getting your hands greasy and using some tools,
you will definitely fall in love with this machine.
If you do not like to tinker, work with tools,
and do not know about the basics of engine mechanics
DO NOT BUY this motorcycle. The Chang Jiang 750 does not have fuel injection, rear disk brakes, anti-slip, etc...
Where you buy your Chang Jiang 750 sidecar motorcycle, how you break it in, and how you keep it maintained is going to dictate how your bike performs
b. Buying for Local Use in Beijing:
around and find out what is available. There are
about 10shops and CJ750 sidecars range about from
7,000RMB to over 60,000RMB. It really depends
on what you want to pay, what you are looking
for. What is important is that you really know
what your are paying for. There is only one point
that is really important and I emphasize it very
often and feel that it is never enough. BUY A
LEGAL BIKE! If you bought one that has fake or
questionable plates, bring it back to the dealer
and get a refund. If the dealer does not refund you call the police! Most important is to find a
dealer that has service and local customers. Do not buy a bike from someone that does not ride. They don't even know how the bike performs! You do
not want a lemon! You should spend your weekends
riding and not fixing your ride! It might sould incredible, there are shops here that do not even have a torque wrench or feeler gauge!
Chang Jiang 750 sidecars start from 38,000RMB
for a 2009 plate and about 25,000RMB for a 2003
in mediocre condition. Used 97 CJ750 with expired
registration can cost from 3,000RMB to 40,000RMB. 2011, 2012 Chang Jiang 750 motorcycles with Beijing plates go up to 60,000RMB.
For Beijing legally registered CJ750 it usually takes
about 3 days to do the title transfer. I have
seen many accidents and can say that if you have
an illegally registered bike or one with fake
plates you will be totally screwed. You will be
fully liable for the accident even if it is not
your fault. I really do not know why someone would
buy a CJ750 without proper registration when legal
ones are available, and from my inquiries with
owners of illegal Chang Jiang 750’s they
pay more than double what most of us would normally
pay for a legal one. If you own a Chang Jiang
750 with plates from another city and use it in
Beijing, you are basically asking for trouble.
Someone can steal your Chang Jiang 750 and you
cannot even report it to the police. If you get
into an accident caused by someone else you are
100% liable. Why anyone buys an illegally registered
Chang Jiang 750 is really beyond my comprehension
unless there are certain circumstances such as
not having a resident permit. If you do not have
a permit, it is less of a criminal offense to
ride a Chang Jiang 750 sidecar with no plates
than one with fake plates. Buy a legal one under
your friends name and get it licensed! In most
cases that I have seen CJ750 sidecars with illegally
registered plates cost almost double a legal one.
It just does not make sense to patronize criminals, you would not do it in your country, please do not do it here.
clear the information about buying a Chang Jiang
750 registered in other cities to use in Beijing.
A shop might tell you that you can ride it outside
of Beijing or whatever the story is and that there
is insurance on it, etc. Insurance companies will
insure anything; however that does not mean that
they will pay up and I can tell you that I know
people that learned it the hard way. People can
pay to have registrations done illegally, but
in an accident, and if the registration is illegally
done, you are 100% liable. Again the penalty for
riding an illegally registered Chang Jiang 750
is more serious than riding one without plates
To get around the high price of a legally Beijing license, many shops offer out of city license. This is especially relevant for riders in Shanghai. If you do own a Chang Jiang 750 that is
registered in another city, make sure you know
who it is registered to just to make sure you
know the registration is real and the actual owner
may make claims for the insurance.
are quite a few shops in Beijing that has very
good service or professional. I would recommend
going to one of the shops that has lots of local
customers, the reason being that the business
is based on service and not brokering bikes from
the “factory”. These shops are usually
not so fancy and may not have fancy sidecars on
hand to impress you, but they can get you a legally
registered Beijing “Jing A” bike for
a very good price and then customize it or rebuild
it. The shops that deal with local clients, offer
rides and are part of the biking community will
not screw around and risk trouble by selling you
an illegal sidecar. You should also get a warranty
from your dealer cause the CJ750 is a high maintenance
motorcycle. The local riders are smart, they will not deal with criminals, you also should not. This also applies to shops that steal my photographs or copy my website, use my text, etc. If you are in Beijing you will see a few shops using my pictures and name - Do not patronize them, they are theives, you would not support them in your home country, I recommend you not support them here either. If they do not respect and honor others, cheat and lie, do you think they will respect their customers once they have taken their money?
details may be found on our faq on Buying
c. Buying for Export:
are quite a few dealers that can help you with
getting a CJ750 for export. There are currently
quite a few dealers (not including virtual shops)
in Beijing that are selling Chang Jiang 750 for
the overseas market, however only a few shops
in Beijing that hands rebuilds CJ750 from PLA stock, the
others sell factory sidecars that are restored in Guangdong. You can check on
the Big Bill's Bikes faq details about buying
a sidecar for export and also compare its price
list and quality. Look for an honest shop that
is part of the community cause they really need
your business and will work hard to give you the
best for your buck.
you do deal with a shop on-line, get an itemized
list of the modifications that is going into your
sidecar. Shop around and get as much details as
you can. I would not recommend that you get a
“new factory” bike as currently they
are basically being restored from used bikes and
the guys slapping them together may not pay as
much attention to it as a custom shop in Beijing
that actually works on them. There are two shops
on the internet in East China that sells these
“factory bikes”, however they are
inexpensive and if you are lucky you may get something
good. In Beijing there are only about 20 shops
that repair and can sell you a CJ750, of those only
a few of them can do 100% ground up restorations.
Only a few of them are on the internet. The others shops that are selling on the internet are selling
BS and unfortunately some are highly promoted
by "community websites" to the cost
of misleading customers of the local situation
of CJ750 sidecar restorations in Beijing.
Chang Jiang 750 sidecars are original. I have
received and answered hundreds of e-mails asking
me about the price for an “original or authentic”
Chang Jiang 750. Or even more insulting is if
our low prices are for fake Chang Jiang 750 sidecars.
Most of the shops in Beijing will use PLA surplus stock
for export because it does not have a residual
value of the plates which civilian Chang Jiang
750 sidecars do. There are hundreds of these old
sidecars sitting in warehouses waiting for a new
home. This is military surplus. The Chinese PLA
in 2002 has moved on to using Jeeps and 650cc modern sidecars - the JL500.
If someone tells you they are the only one that
has them or that their sidecars are genuine or
claim PLA exclusive, they are basically full of
shit and you should seriously consider their sales
approach. Make sure that the shop you deal with
is a real shop and not a virtual shop.
To export your bike, the export as of 2012 is most easy from Tianjin - Beijing port is very hard to export. The bikes are exported as personal article. The time to export varies depending on how the clogs of customs work. Sometimes bike are approved for export in days, other times it may take a month or so. For importation, different countries have different rules. The USA requires an ISF form to be filled and filed with Homeland Security BEFORE the bike is shipped. For Australia you need to have proof the bike is vintage - photos before the restoration are needed for the application of Import permit. Spain is one of the most expensive Europeans countries to import a bike. Customs brokage fees can be up over 1000EUROs.
Importing a bike does not mean that the bike can be registered. Many bikes have run into problems which I will list:
1: lack of documentation to prove that it is vintage
2: the date of the bike say 1980s will require that it complies to the 1980s laws, thus some countries will require the bike to have emissions and brakes tested.
lack of vin and or engine number- quite a few builders have sent bikes without these numbers which were polished off when sandblasting the bike. Normally we put tape over this area to protect the numbers from being blown off.
When (before)you purchase your bike, make sure you know what is required for registration and that the dealer knows what is needed to be sent with the bike. Normally all my bikes have the following: blue registration card (issued by gov't), bill of sales, invoice, bill of laden.
d. Choosing Your
From the site that we manage, we have found out
some very interesting data about styles of sidecars
to the country. Americans like the flame and lots
of chrome on the sidecars with polished engines and second
choice are pinstripes (BMW R71 style). Europeans
like the WW2 military bikes (BMW R75 style) and
second choice are pinstripes R71 style with only a limited amount of Chrome.
least expensive CJ750 sidecars motorcycles are
the stock PLA CJ750 especially ones with 6V engines.
This is basic surplus military material. Most riders prefer
the 12V for the sake of conveniences. Many of
the older 12V engines are converted from 6V engines.
Remember there are thousands of old 6V sidecars
in military storage coming onto the market. 6V
engines are a pain in the ass especially if you
are riding off road or up hills and have to kick
start the engine. Most 6V engines were sold as scrap metal, however now (2012) there is a shortage of them cause not many riders used them or kept them.
the more expensive premium Chang Jiang 750 sidecars,
Danny California was really the first guy to set
the bench mark in aesthetics for these sidecars
and also in prices, some of his bikes sell for
over 18,000USD at the Ritz Carlton Shanghai. (I wish I had a few customers like
that). I have personally repaired a few of them and towed a few home, I will have to admit that the paint jobs are very nicely polished. The engines do not have imported bearings, which I believe is a MUST have item to ensure reliability. There are some items to look for because
a few shops do sell these high end premium restoration
Chang Jiang 750 sidecars and the quality of work
really ranges. Make sure that the shop re-welds
the frames, you can tell that by the fact that
the joint areas are not bulging with bondo to
make it smooth. Many of the other shops that make
premium bikes use lots of bondo to hide the weld
marks and rust. The bondo can crack after a rough
ride. Make sure you get a good paint job (many bikes look shiny cause they use lots of clearcoat however most paint shops do the process wrong and the paint will crack under the sunlight, get
high quality chrome that does not rust, and importantly
check out the modifications on the engine such
as carburetor type, high speed rear drive gear,
sectionalized wiring, etc. We have a whole list
of all the meticulous details that go into a Big
Bill's Bikes premium restoration so you know what
you are paying for. Of all the restorations I
have seen I can say that our restorations have
the most details and also best value, second to
Big Bill's Bikes I would have to say Jim at BMWsidecar
and FHL. Actually what really sets us apart from
the rest is that we are actual bikers and have
spend many weekends riding all over and many local customers Chinese and Expats. Our standard bikes come with items such as tapered bearings, sealed bearings, imported bearings, high quality tires, good chrome, LED lights, etc.
pinstripes sidecars, make sure the stripes are
seamless, and not just tape with clear coating.
Tape will wear off. Some shops will rip customers
off by just adding a few layers of clear coating
and insisting that the sidecar has been repainted.
Make sure your shop strips off all the paint,
smoothes out all the rough surface and properly
paint you Chang Jiang 750. Check on the underside
to see if it has been cleaned and repainted. For
paint job with pictures, we have seen many and
would not recommend you to it unless you are here
to inspect the bike before it is shipped. Make sure that the picture is airbrushed, not a film that is coated over with clear coat. If a
sidecar paint job has too much clear coating,
it will be smooth as glass however there is a
high risk that the paint will crack once exposed
to light heat and cold or it might wrinkle after a period of exposure.
WW2R75 replicas, check out the amount of modification
such as fender guard, pannier boxes that do not
fall off and are quick release, machine gun mount,
light cover, sidecar cover, decals, etc. Many
dealers just paint the CJ750 and claim them to
be an R75 replica. Check out the close up details
and ask for an itemized list. Again use Big Bill's
Bikes restoration list as a standard and for sure
you will get a well built bike with all the proper
all of these Chang Jiang 750 sidecars are the
same underneath, the styles is what makes them
different and also the way the Chang Jiang 750 is put together will determine how well your bike is and it makes all the difference to have a reliable bike.
e.i. So Where and
When Do I look if I am in Beijing?
of our friends that are in the sidecar business
has asked us to help them with a web site, however
we are limited in time, resources and decent URLs
so a friend our set up a dealer community site:
www.cj750.org This is so that you can really shop
around and find yourself a good Chang Jiang 750.
There are many decent guys in this business and
especially guys that have been building and maintaining
Chang Jiang 750 sidecars for many decades. They
might not know English but it is really worth
checking them out because you will end up saving
lots of money. I am not talking about thousands
of RMB, I and talking about thousands of USD.
We know many people that are really in regret
cause the difference is the in the thousands of
USD from buying from the wrong dealer and we are
not talking about a different product but the
exact same product. This map page is also to help
you out in case you are in town and your Chang
Jiang 750 breaks down. Ask around with people that
own a CJ750 because there are many shops with
different reputations and there is a few that
are famous for screwing people. It is not only
about spending money but quality of work, service,
and when in a country with such income disparity,
helping the small guys that work hard to make
a dollar should make your Chang Jiang 750 even
more worthwhile. If the shop does not have local
clients you should be aware.
Winter time is always the best time to buy a Chang
Jiang 750. Usually prices are a bit cheaper because
people are riding less. If you shop around bargains
are available year round especially from expats
that are leaving Beijing. There are some local
chat sites that occasionally post sales. The only
problem with buying the sidecar from an individual
is that when it brakes down some shops will purposely
screw you on fixing it knowing that you are a
new rider and did not get the sidecar from them.
There are a few shops famous for that, the way
around that is to ask them to let you watch them
repairing your bike. Ask them when they are going to take apart your engine and tell them you want to watch.
you start calling, you will need a little preparation
which is quite easy as we have spend many hours
on this site to help you with getting a Chang
Jiang 750 sidecar and I can say it’s the
only site made with the thought to help out riders
in BJ which is why we have a large selection of
FAQs, price list and map. You'll need to collect
your pricing information and details of what kind
of Chang Jiang 750 sidecar you want. With a budget
in mind go shopping! Check out what the each shop
has to offer. Again importantly do not
buy an illegal Chang Jiang 750 sidecar. Buy a bike from someone that rides and has a shop with customers.
to illegal CJ750 sidecars. If someone has sold
you one with fake plates, demand
that they return your money. If not, then return the CJ750 for a full
refund or call the police. Beijing "Jing
A" and legal plates on CJ750 are highly available at
all the local sidecar shops. Insurance is 400RMB
a year, third party coverage only. When you ride
such a vehicle you no only put yourself in a liability
but also to all the riders that are in your riding
group. Do your research, obey the laws and regulations
of China, and be considerate of those that you
ride with. If a shop is messing with you - Call the police and ask for City level police - not district. You are a foreigner and they will help you sort out any type of fraud.
are a couple of reasons this is really important:
a) It is less of an offence to ride an unlicensed
CJ750 than one with fake plates.
b) If you are out riding as a group and an accident
occurs, every one is responsible.
c) Pre owned CJ750 sidecars with legal "Jing
A" plates are available
d) Insurance cost is only 400RMB a year for 3rd
party insurance with coverage of 50,000RMB
e) Many bikes with fake plates are restored from
stolen bikes, you would not buy one in your own
country, I ask you not to buy them in China.
our Buying in
e.ii. Overseas - Where and
When Do I look if I am Buying Overseas?
out the search engines and do your research. Anytime
is a good time, it just depends on what you want,
how much you want to spend and which shop you
feel comfortable with. Every shop has their own
story so find out the details and bargain. Make
sure you get all the details before you make your
purchase. You should be able to establish the
type of shop you want to buy from and also the
price you want to pay. If you are going to spend
your hard-earned money on a sidecar that you will
have for a while, you need to confirm virtually
everything the seller tells you or you will end
up paying for bullshit and worst after the bullshit
is getting a lemon. The product is very identical;
the main difference is in the workmanship.
web sites may be misleading as they are for profit
and webmasters may have personal interest in promoting
certain dealers. Go with a dealer that has a large
amount of customer base and an actual shop. Make sure the seller can give you some references for his bikes and best if he has customers that are always coming to China because they can help with spare parts.
to look for:
the shop real or a virtual shop?
the shop rebuild Chang Jiang 750 sidecars or
do they just broker factory sidecars?
is my budget?
they pay attention to details and quality?
am I actually paying for?
do I get with my purchase (spare parts, after
is their reputation?
much am I willing to risk? (Remember in the
U.S.A. and Australia there is an anti Chang Jiang 750 squad at
customs, Australia has issued two brochures and listed in them are dealers that bikes cannot be registered - please read it in the attached 1, 2).
is very important: Do the shop have any local
business, is he a broker or restores himself?
the dealer a rider?
long has his business been in operation?
It is vital that your bike is tested before it is sent out to you. These bikes are hand put together and the best way to check the quality is for it to be on the road. When you do get your bike - make sure you change the motoroil, only a few shops here that I know of uses good motoroil, our bikes all use either Conoco 10/40 or Castro 10/40. The price is 4 times but I know my bikes motoroil is not going to burn up. Other dealers will not spend the extra money for your motoroil. At Big Bill's Bikes we send you a spare parts box standard so that you can have everything you need. We do not want to waste time going to the post office to mail you items, we warrenty everything we sell so that you are a happy customer.
More details are available on our FAQ export page
and also on our export PLA
f. Checking Out
a Chang Jiang 750:
are quite a lot of details to cover however if
you are in Beijing you are lucky because this
is Chang Jiang 750 heaven. If you are buying online…though
shit, you will have to trust your luck. If you
are in Beijing buying from an expat, because he
got suckered does not mean you have to be suckered
too, find out what the local shops are charging.
Check out the details and make sure you do not
buy someone else’s lemon, ask him where he got his bike, who does the maintenance work. Because we ride
often and run an informal club we have seen many
bikes and many problems. Over paying is normal
in China, but the most terrible thing is to get
a lemon cause you are stuck with something that
is going to suck up your time and make you unhappy
- money we can make, time and happiness is in
of dealers that do not have a shop or the switch
and bait technique especially ones offering vintage
hard to find genuine CJ750 sidecars. Beware of
anyone claiming to be exclusive or has hard to
of the parts on a Chang Jiang 750 are inexpensive
and can be easily replaced. What we normally look
a. Rust in the bucket (or there is a thick layer
of bondo covering the bucket)
b. Bent sidecar frame
c. Abnormal sound in the engine
d. Blue smoke from the exhaust pipe
e. Spray paint covering rust
f. Tire’s tread wear
g. Serious oil leaks
h. Amount of bondo covering damaged areas
i. Reverse gear transmission
j. Type of wheels - wheels are expensive!
the bike is not 100% what you want, do not buy
it. Check around there are many shops and so many
options to choose from.
for buying from the internet, you are at risk
to who you can trust or not trust. Doing business
with a guy that is thousands of miles away is
not the same as doing business with someone down
the street. My recommendation is to go with a
shop that rebuilds them and not brokers though everyone cliams to rebuild them,
and one that has ride experience. Look for a shop that
is busy and caters to the local market. If the
locals are going there, they have to be doing
something right. Almost all export bikes are from
PLA surplus stock so there is no reason to pay
extra for someone using the PLA name.
f.i. Test ride:
test ride is important especially if you are buying
the Chang Jiang 750 sidecar as is. During the
test ride you will have to listen very carefully
and pay close attention to the "feel"
of the engine because most of the problems that
can not be seen by examining the bike can be discovered
through the test riding procedure. Feel the response
of the acceleration, and also listen for any strange
clicking noise. When applying the brakes make
sure that the bike does not drag or the front
wheel have a strange wobble. It is normal for
the handlebar to wobble. Let the engine run for
a while and feel the temperature. Beware of strange
clicking noises in the engine.
f.ii The Document Inspection:
you decide to buy your Chang Jiang 750, if it
is from a shop, they will be able to assist you
with all your documentation. If you are buying
from an individual, I strongly recommend that
you take it to a shop to have everything checked
and pay only after the title has been transferred.
Give a deposit and pay balance when every thing
There should be no liens or traffic warrants outstanding
The registration should be up to date
All invoices should be present
There should be a vehicle ownership certificate
A blue registration book
Name of owner in registration book should match
Numbers in registration book match the frame and
title cannot be transferred without all liens
and traffic warrants being cleared. They are the
seller’s liability. When the title is transferred,
make sure that the Road Tax Bureau is also notified
and the name is changed or in the future you will
not be able to update the road tax which will
accumulate and also penalties will be added onto
the bike. My German friend has this problem which
is why he had to sell the Chang Jiang 750 at a
very low price.
warning, in 2006 I had a CJ750 that I bought at
a very low price from a German expat that left
China. Because his documents are not complete,
this CJ750 is registered in 2004 (Jing A 520).
He bought his bike from a well known internet
dealer that calls himself “Mr. Chang Jiang”
and the guy that that dealer buys from (his partner
on the north 5th ring road) has left town (Xiao Wei). During
the purchase the buyer was not fully aware of
the whole document transfer process and it is
incomplete. The internet dealer will not provide
service for the bike and also will not provide
the updated material to complete the registration
process because his partner is gone. Thus the
bike is in good condition, however the documentation
problem it has made the CJ750 lose its value because
the road tax registration cannot be renewed and
penalty will be applied every year and it cannot
be insured. Moral of the story is make sure all
your documents are complete and best to buy it
from a shop where you can find the owner that
did all the work. Also many foreigners here take
it lying down, if a guy messes with you or cheats
you, call the police! They will help you out cause
many of the shops operate illegally.
you deciding to buy this because you know it is
the right bike, or because it is the right bike,
right now? Check around and ask questions. Be
patient, now a sad note about patience, if you
have come with a local colleague he may ask you
to wait and look around or he can find a better
deal, be careful that he might have his finger
in the deal. We have seen this many times especially
with the some of the local translators for the
U.S. Embassy contractors that come to China. They
all come back after the sales and demand a kick
back from the sales of the sidecar and though
it is a common practice for some shops that charge
a very high price, however this is not a practice
at Big Bill's Bikes. We offer fixed prices and
does not give referrals or kick backs to your
translator or driver. Do your research. And for
those that are working in the U.S. Embassy, I
am an American so no need to bring your translator
to help you pay more. I hope US Embassy staff see this - everyone that has bought a foreigner over to help with the purchase has asked us for a kickback - we do not give kickbacks and I don't care if you are DSP embassy staff!
you like it, it is mechanically sound and you
like the cosmetics, you have a reliable maintenance
history, you can afford it AND it is what you
have been seeking…….Congratulations!
You will probably get to this point at least once
before actually succeeding in buying a bike.
Closing the deal:
you've decided to buy the bike.
one; is to come right out and tell him you want
to buy it, then ask for a schedule of when you
can take hand of the bike and all the details
you want on it done. Depending on the dealer you
will have to negotiate the price. At Big Bill's
Bikes, Jimbo's, FHL, Jiang Wei's, there is not
much negotiation because the prices are rock bottom
and bargaining is not the norm. At a few other
shops you can ask for up to half off so check
on out the our prices list and you will see what
we are talking about. In terms of cost there are
other items to consider that needs to be in the
budget. The options are endless such as type of
handle bar, blinkers, wheels, new tires, better
carburetors, new battery. By now you already have
a budget, however consider the following items
to be in your budget: helmet, lock, bike cover,
extra motor oil, tools, the list goes on. Remember
that there is always someone offering something
cheaper and most likely they will cut some corner
to make it back up. At our shop we throw everything with the price so we do not waste time haggling, we want you on your bike and riding asap importantly we want you to be happy and your friends will also buy from us.
two; is to prepare for buying the bike. First,
how does the seller want to be paid? Cash is the
easiest but you should consider some protection
should something go amiss. It is best to bring
someone that has experience to have a final look
at the bike and even take a photo of it to make
sure it’s the same bike that you paid for
will be the same as you are getting. Pay a deposit
and the balance on delivery. If its a local sales
I would wonder (and be very cautious) about a
seller that demanded the entire amount in cash
before showing you the bike. Now is NOT the time
to lowball, the seller is taking a chunk of time
from his day to sell you a bike you have told
him you want to buy. Making this appointment in
order to make a wild stab offer is not only dishonest,
it certainly will not do much for your reputation
in the (normally very tight) Chang Jiang 750 circles.
Be careful of dealers that do the bait and swap.
We have some friends that thought they were getting
a 1960’s Chang Jiang M72, but ended up with
a Chang Jiang 750 registered as a Hong Yang that
was like any other Chang Jiang 750.
If a dealer offers you a 1960's bike - you better check our M72 page and notice the differences.
three; involves documentation. Bring you passport
with a valid residence visa and work permit, a
business card. The dealer will need it for a few
days to transfer the title.
I. Picking up your bike:
Now the bike has arrived and you need to pick it up, the crate is normally around 1.4 tall, 1.6 wide, 2.4 long. You can haul it home or depending on who built your bike, you can ride it home. If you plan on riding it home then bring the following item to make sure you can ride bike: Air pump, size 36 battery, tools - screw driver, wrench set, hex keys, gasoline.
The delivery - Congratulations on your Chang Jiang
sure you have all the items that comes with the
bike (basically all the documents), and the insurance
is up to date.
bike should be everything you asked for, sit on
it, go for a test ride, make sure of the following:
Bike is the same one you test rode
Blue book (registration)
Ownership certificate (green book)
Receipts/invoice (transfer invoice)
Battery is fully charged
Wheels and tires are in good condition
Sit on the bike and make sure the brake and foot
peg is in comfortable position.
Load up on gas!
that if your bike has just been restored, the
first few hundred kilometers will be quite testing
because it takes a bit of riding to teeth in all
the gears. Nuts and bolts may come loose, seals
may start to leak oil, brakes may loosen up, wiring
may also loosen up, the wheels may start to re-align.
sure the seller gives you a going over on all
the operating points such as how to kick start
the bike, where the gas reserve is, how to find
the electric breaker switch, how to open the gas
II. CLOSER INSPECTION
Who puts your Chang Jiang 750 motorcycle sidecar together is the most vital part of buying the Chang Jiang 750 sidecar detail that
is going to determine if you get a POS (a lemon) or not.
If you are in Beijing there are over 20 shops
you can go to for a Chang Jiang 750. On the high
end there are about 6 dealers that are able to
help you in English.
The difference in getting a good or bad Chang Jiang 750 is
basically the quality of restoration, and the price, most of the bikes look the same from afar, you need to be close up to see the real difference especially with chrome parts. An example of how prices can range. One
shop has Hebei plate bikes for 28,000 (illegally
registered) while another shop has legal “Jing
A” Beijing plates for only 8,000 RMB. Both
bikes are identical from engine, wheels, chrome,
tires, etc. so do your research and check around.
One shop may charge 60,000RMB for a premium restoration
while another offering you the same is only 30,000RMB.
I have met a Chang Jiang 750 owners that paid
over 150,000RMB (23,000USD) for their ride and it broke down
near my shop and he complained that I was going
to charge him 100RMB to get his bike running again.
is a misconception that with lower price you get
the same quality product, unfortunately this is
not so in Beijing because the source of the Chang
Jiang 750 sidecars, engine, parts, accessories
are almost all the same however it is the workmanship
that counts. The way over price shops are looking
for customers that do not know better or have
not done their homework, which means mostly expats
just arriving in China and rushing to buy a Chang
Jiang 750, while the local shops that cater to
local customers are servicing customers that already
own a Chang Jiang 750 and know the market situation.
There are good shops, bad shops and then there
are the idiots to avoid. Do your research!
my experience I would recommend one to purchase
a Chang Jiang 750 from a shop that’s primary
business is maintenance and riding. This is because the guys
at the shop know what is going on with the Chang
Jiang 750 from its engine, to the electrical to
the transmission to make it run properly, and importantly if I have a
problem I can give them a call no matter how far
I am out of Beijing and someone will come to help.
b. The Frame: Look extremely closely at major
weld points. While welds rarely go bad, it is
not unheard of and certainly difficult to find
until major damage has resulted. Pay particular
attention heavy bondo weld points as some dealers
think that they can charge more, basically they
are trying to copy premium restorations. A correct
premium restoration will re-weld the joint areas.
Importantly look at the sidecar frame to make
sure that it is straight and none of the bars
are curved which is evidence of a previous accident.
We have seen many bent sidecar frames which results
in bad wheel alignment and excessive wheel tread
wear. Some dealers will use lots of bondo on their buckets to hid the fact that the buckets seams are swollen from rust. Make sure you bucket does not have too much bondo. Bondo will also crack if not applied properly.
The Wheels: Wheels are unfortunately often overlooked
in assessing a used Chang Jiang 750. Wheels are
quite expensive to replace and many say dangerous
if the brake lining is worn, or the gears are
worn. Often a problem can not be "felt"
at normal test drive speeds, it is best to take
off the wheel to have a closer inspection of the
insides of the hub to make sure that all the teeth
wheels cost hundreds of 800RMB to replace so make
sure that they are in good condition. The Guan
Jun brand alloys are the best. I recommend them
for long distance trips and rough riding. However
if the brake lining is worn, the wheel is only
good as a side wheel.
are quite a few different types of spokes going
around the market. A fact to note is that the
excellent quality chrome spokes break easier than
normal quality chrome spokes, however the excellent
quality chrome will shine and not rust. The stainless
steel spokes are very strong, however when used
with the alloy wheels, they can tear off from
the hub under rough riding conditions or warp
is hard to find a 100% true Chang Jiang 750 wheel
because the steel rim are too soft. Most of local
guys that I ride with have alloy wheels and some
of the more expensive restorations have alloy
new M-5 wheels. Jim Bryant originally ordered
these wheels and had a very tight QC on them.
One of the more populate online dealers promoted on a Chang Jiang Community site got backdoor
access to all the bad quality wheels and unloaded
them onto the market. A serious warning, these
are defective wheels and can cost you your life.
However many customers are not aware and are buying
them. Not only are they ripping you off, they
are playing with your life. If you want good quality
M-5 type wheels get them directly from Jim Bryant.
Anyone else offering you M-5 wheels, if you buy
them, you are playing Russian Roulette. Riding
a motorcycle is a serious matter that can cause
you your life!
d. That Leaking Oil: You will find a few drops
of oil under the Chang Jiang 750, this is normal.
You might want to place some cardboard under the
bike to keep the floor clean. A few drops is normal,
however if you are getting a puddle that is a
problem. Oil fume also comes out of the front
top right side of the engine and it is suppose
to go back into the air filter so some parts of
the CJ such as the oil filter will be a bit greasy.
Some CJ 750 sidecars have been modified so that
the fumes go out the back of the bike. This is
done with extended hoses. For the European markets,
countries such as Austria and Germany are very
strict about pollution and leaking oil.
of the places to watch for leaking oil that will
need immediate repair is the transmission (will
send oil all over your ankle), engine back seal
( you do not want oil to get on to your clutch
plates), engine front sea (can damage alternator)
back rear drive (it will leak onto your brake
shoes and also dirty up your wheel), front wheel
(bad shock seal).
Spark Plugs: Pull one of the sparkplugs and closely
inspect it. Spark plugs are a great indicator
of undiagnosed problems with the bike, from carburetor
adjustments to major ignition malfunctions (remember,
with fuel to air mixture would show up immediately
on plugs by the amount of carbon residue). If
it is too lean the engine will run hot and back
fires often, if it is too rich, the engine will
get too much carbon buildup. When the CJ750 is
newly restored be prepared to change plugs often.
Cracks, Chips and Faded Paint: Chang Jiang 750
sidecars in Beijing go through some rough roads
however it is not too expensive to repaint. What
you do have to look for is if there is any damage
that is under the paint. If you have a newly painted
bike and it is cracking or chipping then the paint
job has a problem. If you are getting your bike
restored make sure the shop gives you some type
of warranty. If you have a CJ750 that has black
paint and you bought it stock, it is important
to find out if your bike has been repainted or
just clear coated. If it is just clear coated,
it will crack and chip after exposure to the sun
light and rough weather. A few dealers order NanChang
bikes and then they get to Beijing they are given
a thick layer of clear coating to make it look
shiny and thus they are sold at a higher price.
Wiring: Local CJ 750 riders love to customize
and pimp their Chang Jiang 750 sidecars. Unfortunately
this often means irrevocable changes to such necessary
things as blinkers, sidecar buckets and brake
light or head lamps. Any nonstandard wiring that
was added with anything less than the OEM procedures
is bound to cause you problems and headaches.
Look for soldering and high-quality wiring connectors
on any non-standard electrical work. Also keep
an eye out for chaffed or abraded wiring (the
most frequent cause is replacing zip-ties after
adding new wiring to a bundle or moving or re-routing
wiring.) Pay attention to wiring around fairing
pieces and especially under the seat.
h. Faith In Odometers: This is an easy one…
don't have any. It is too easy to replace flaky
odometers, most of them do not work properly.
I use an electronic bicycle speed odometer which
is very accurate and has many functions such as
letting me know how many calories I would be burning
if I was on a bicycle.
The Chang Jiang 750 Sidecar Motorcycle:
The PLA Chang Jiang 750:
Chang Jiang 750 has been in production for almost
half a century in China, supposedly 30,000 of
them per year till the early 2000. That is over
1.4 million produced. This vehicle was originally
used by the communications bureau and the military.
In the 80’s civilian started to use them.
In military areas such Beijing, Shangdong, Xiamen
there are thousands of these sidecars and they
can be seen in many places. The PLA used these
sidecars till 2004 and they are no longer in commission.
The jeep has replace the sidecar as a small vehicle
for mobilization troops. However in some areas
the armed police and the city management are still
riding sidecars but not the Chang Jiang 750. The
army now has a 650 sidecar from JiaLing. They
are similar to the TDM - V type engine, dual sport
are many rumors of how different the PLA sidecars
are from Civilian sidecars and that they are better.
All this Bullshit! In fact the major difference
is not between PLA to Civilian but 6v engine to
12 v engine sidecars. The unsubstantiated fact
if they are better or not remains a big debate
on the internet, however I have seen both and
can tell you that there is not much difference.
Many PLA sidecars are licensed for Civilian use
so that right there throws a spanner in the rumor
that there are two types of sidecars. The PLA
unloads there inventory of surplus CJ750 sidecars
every year and the parts are used on civilian
models of the Chang Jiang 750 have minor differences
in the sidecar frames such as grease nipples on
the neck of the frame, and also seat, however
how useful these grease nipples are to remain
a mystery and whether if one drill a hole and
installs it afterwards makes a big difference
or not or in most cases the grease will out last
the bearings. Every few years the production of
sidecars had some modifications and changes to
them so to find two exactly the same is not easy.
Even the frame jigs are different in length. Some
years the frames are smaller, some years the frames
are more tubular. Gas tanks from different years
also varies from size, to shape and how the back
is the rumor that the metal works from the 1970’s
are better, again unsubstantiated and I have seen
buckets from the 1970’s which are even thinner
than the ones made today. And for those that like
the nostalgia of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s
this was a very turbulent time in history and
lets not forget about the great leap forward,
communes, Lysanko’s economic theories, the
burning of door hinges for metal, and the start
of the cottage industy of mass production of inferior
Military warehouse all over China, Chang Jiang
750 sidecars are being sent to the junk yards
or are being sold as surplus so there are many
sidecars available and no one has exclusive rights
to them and importantly they not hard to find.
Most of the sidecars today are from PLA storage
because the Nan Chang Air Craft Factory itself
has not had a production run since 2002.
all Chang Jiang 750 sidecars for export are from
PLA surplus because there is no residual value
where as civilian Chang Jiang 750 sidecars have
licenses that can used. There are thousands of
old PLA Chang Jiang 750 sidecars waiting for a
b. The Civilian Chang Jiang 750 Sidecar Motorcycle:
civilian sidecar is basically a Chang Jiang 750
sidecar that has been properly documented, registered
and licensed for road use by a civilian. Depending
on what city you are in China there are different
rules. I will speak for the city I am currently
in which is Beijing.
from the Beijing vehicle registration bureau claims
that the maximum number of sidecars registered
was 17,000. All Chang Jiang 750 comes in 12v 24hp.
Guan Jun, and Xiang Jiang sidecars comes with
the 32 hp engine.
are 6v sidecars available however most riders
prefer 12v, for the sake of convenience and advantages
such as brighter headlamp, louder horn, starter,
etc. For those that want 32hp engines, that is
an after registration modification.
1997 the Beijing government passes a law that
requires the Chang Jiang 750 to be salvaged after
10 years. What does this law actually mean is
still in question. Currently 1996 and 1997 licensed
Chang Jiang 750 sidecars are still allowed to
be sold and registrations transferred. For newly
registered licenses one must hand in an old registration.
This basically means no new registrations are
issued but if you have an old registration you
can transfer it to a new one that is valid for
another 10 years.
from the Chang Jiang factory, there are quite
a few other “factories” that restore
Chang Jiang 750 sidecars and register them for
civilian use. These Chang Jiang 750 sidecars are
registered as Hong Yang, Xuan Wu. Other manufactures
also include Chang Hong.
Chang Jiang 750 sidecars are highly available,
why one buys a Chang Jiang 750 sidecar without
proper plates, without proper documents, is really
beyond my comprehension. And in most cases those
people that do buy these illegal CJ750 sidecars
usually pay more than double what a legal one
for the Chang Jiang 750 are an interesting story
itself. The Chang Jiang factory was out of money
so it gave all its dies and molds to their creditors.
Now all parts are made from various people that
have the dies and the quality varies. There is
lots of rumors about old parts being better, etc.
the amount of parts I have seen, there is bad
and good parts, you just have to look closely
and in many of the parts such as crank shaft,
it may look fine however you will never know till
you put it in and run the engine. One cannot really
tell the metallurgy from just looking at the part.
d. The Chang Jiang 750 as a Solo:
The Chang Jiang 750 is very old technology. The bike as a solo requires that the rider is experienced in riding a vintage type motorcycle. The front of the bike is very heavy, the frame flexes and is not very stable around hard turns. Do not try leaning this bike too much or it will slide out from under you. The front brakes are not very effective. Having said that, the Chang Jiang 750 as a solo is a very fun ride and play around with especially for those that are vintage bike collectors. It wont stop on a dime and you wont be able to pull a wheely, however it will offer you many years of fun if you take care of it. On my solos, I install high speed rear drive, use racing tires, M5 hubs, and a grenade box on top of the pillion rack for tools and as a seat.
that is my story and quite alot of words to digest.
Now you can proceed with getting a CJ750, and
hopefully all this text will have put us higher
on the google search. Feel free to drop me a line