After being in China for a couple of years, we decided it was finally time to buy a Chang Jiang 750 Sidecar Motorcycle. I had been looking at these bikes for some time, and after deciding we were going to buy one, I designed the paint scheme, as I liked blue, and the wife wanted some silver paint on it. On May 1, 2013, we put down our down payment of 15,000 rmb, and were told it would take about 6 weeks. Well, this being China, things always take longer than expected, and 6 weeks came and went. Finally on July 20, we were able to pick it up, and paid the balance of 23,000 rmb. This included the cost of the bike, plus registration paperwork, and 1 year of insurance.
In order to legally drive one of these in China, you must have a Chinese driver’s license, and it has to have the motorcycle endorsement. Being from the US, you don’t have to take the driving portion of the test, but you do have to take the written test, which is no small feat. They have a bank of 1300 questions, and test you on 100 randomly selected questions, and you have to score 90 or better. In order to get the motorcycle designation, you have to have a motorcycle endorsement on your US driver’s license and then submit some paperwork that says that includes 3-wheeled vehicles (motorcycle w/ sidecar or similar) After seriously studying for this test, as it’s mostly memorization (common sense cannot be applied!), I passed it in November of 2012.
Here’s my new bike!