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    Chinese Takeaway: Chang Jiang 750

    Briefly, the Soviets scored a pair of BMW R1939s in 71. They copied them and they became the already seriously appreciated M72s. When the 'Russians' got tired of the idea, the former German concept moved to China. There it was renamed Chang (Or 'Xiang') Jiang. Named after the Yangtze River, Blue River or Chang Jiang, the longest river in Asia and the third in length in the world, after the Amazon in South America and the Nile in Africa. More

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    M72: Almost half as expensive as an HD

    Prices in our hobby area? 'It's just what the madman will give for it'. In the past, everything cost nothing. So if you used to buy everything… In 1961 a Harley Liberator cost just 150 guilders. Driving and yes. In 1990 I bought a reasonable, well-running M72 sidecar combination for 250 guilders, so well over 110 euros. More

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    Classic motorcycles, such as Ratier and UT

    It's actually weird that we're always talking about a few names and models in the classic motorcycle world. The 'usual suspects' are of course Harley-Davidson, the BMW boxers, the heavy bikes of the major British brands and the four giants from Japan plus more than a handful of the most beautiful history More

  • Ural

    Ural: "I have problems with your ex" and a party

    Last Saturday Richard Busweiler from Genemuiden held a party for his customers. Of course it remains all hobby in the margin, but starting from a rejected sea container with a trade in old Russian motorcycles and then fifteen years later – still as an 'activity', because Richard has a neat job More

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    Refurbished. ZGAN or weakness bid?

    Refurbished Refurbished is a relatively new concept that is rapidly gaining popularity in the smartphone trade. Despite the fact that it appears more and more, it is not always clear what exactly refurbishment entails. By 'refurbished' we mean products that have been 'used' before and that are like new again thanks to a refurbishment by experts. More

  • M72, Ural, Dnepr

    Classical Russians: A growth market?

    Classic Russians: A growth market? In hard core Russian rider country there is some grumbling: Firstly, the 'new' Urals are so good that the charm of tinkering is gone. And the prices of the new sidecar combinations and classic Russians are no longer what they used to be… A new – but actually 'classic' More

  • The CJ 750. A takeaway Chinese

    The CJ 750. A takeaway Chinese. BMW´s R71 Mk III

    The CJ 750 Chiang Yangs are meanwhile replaced by more modern engines for the Chinese army. But the story behind the history of BMW's R71 after he started the business as an M72 in Russia, not many people know yet. The real history of the Chinese CJ 750 sidecar combinations. The More

  • Chang Jiang 750 G

    Made in China Ben has had such a Chang and liked the other pictures. Ben has sold his copy a few times and bought it back because the new owners thought the twin was too slow… Hence the nickname 'Jojo'. And the Richard that is being talked about is Richard Busweiler, the man who supplies the world from Genemuiden with old Ural and Dnepr sidecar combinations. Plus an occasional Chang Jiang. The Russian / Chinese motorcycle scene is a small world full of nice people and endearing budgets. More

  • CJ750 error

    The CJ 750 story

    The CJ 750 story. The history of the heavy Chinese engines. Which were actually heavy Russian engines. Which were actually heavy German engines. More

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