You can still buy a brand-new Ural sidecar motorcycle. They’re made in Russia, the Ukraine, and China. In this ebay auction, a seasoned owner gives a very honest assessment of the Chinese bike:
Chang Jiang CJ 750 with OHV 32 HP engine.At the time of listing it is showing 12,549 km (since imporation in 2001). Goes like a bat out of hell - ride it home!
All the 12 volt lights and blinkers etc work, electronic voltage regulator and recitifier located up under the tank.Starter motor is strong & reliable.Fitted with an Odessy heavy duty 12 Volt battery.This bike has had significant work and money spent on it.
It has a number of sensible upgrades including leading link front suspension, softer rear springs, high ratio final drive, four Ural wheels which have double the width brake drums, with dual leading shoe on the front. Even the sidecar brake is bigger than the original CJ one. I have NEVER had any problems with breaking spokes etc - very strong. ( In my opinion parts from Russia and Ukraine are cheaper, better quality, and easier to communicate with than dealing with China). Leather seat cover, H4 headlight, full NSW rego until April 2013 (by the way, the NSW RTA has these on their books as a Xiang Jiang not Chang Jiang). It has 3 new tyres today, including an Avon Sidecar Tripple Duty tyre on the back. It is fitted with blinkers but no sidecar handbrake (never had one since I’ve had it). It is fitted with a type 331 Nang Fang Gearbox which only permits selecting reverse from the Neutral position (the type 52 allows shifting directly from 1st into reverse).
This bike travels comfortably at freeway speeds squeezing out up to 130 kmph for overtaking, it sits equally as comfortably on 80 kmph on B roads. (80 kg single rider, minimal luggage, with neutral or favourable prevailing winds). The plugner suspension on the back is primitive so it can bottom out over undulations but it does have a friction steering damper, two new Brittish type front shocks & springs and also a new shock/spring on the sidecar wheel, so along the freeway you can ride hands free - absolutely no steering shaking, all the bushes are tight. The paint work is Super Cheap spray can Satin Black (mostly) and while you will never win any rally prize with this one (except maybe best rat bike) it does have HEAPS of character, & the brittish style mufflers sound awsome! The Chrome on the wheels, handlebars, and headlight rim is excellent. Chrome on the exhaust is chinese variety - non existant.
If you are not handy with a spanner then I suggest you stop looking now. To own a Chang Jiang & keep it on the road, you need to have a lot of patience, and a lot of skill to dismantle and repair (often and continuously), you need special tools, and you also need to develop a parts supplier network that you can source good quality parts through because the original stuff is shit quality manufactured by trained monkeys using crap metalurgy. If you buy a garage queen from a dealer in China it might look pretty but it will be double the price and won’t be sorted like this one is. However if all you want to do is look at it then thats OK. If you are in Adelaide or north Queensland be confident that you can buy this one and RIDE IT BACK HOME - (now there’s a challenge to all other CJ owners !) Dont pay 10,000 for a chinese garage queen cause no matter how much you polish a turd it will always be a turd.