Wwii-styled side­car gets a new lease of life

MCN im­age This im­age was cre­ated for MCN last year, and – beam frame aside – ap­pears to be very close to sub­se­quent pa­tent im­ages

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In China it was still pos­si­ble to buy a brand new side­valve-en­gined bike de­signed in the 1930s, in the form of the Changjiang CJ750 M1 – based on the Ww2-era Rus­sian IMZ M-72, it­self a copy of the pre-war BMW R71 – un­til it was fi­nally killed by emis­sions rules in 2009. But now there’s this new Changjiang to re­place it.

Pow­ered by Cf­moto’s 650cc par­al­lel-twin, it­self a close replica of the Kawasaki ER- 6 en­gine, the CJ650 has 71bhp – which is three times more than the old CJ750 M1’s wheez­ing 22bhp. It’s emis­sions-le­gal around the world and far more re­li­able than the old boxer en­gines, although also now chain drive, rather than be­ing a shaftie.

The bike’s steel chas­sis is new, with swingarm rear sus­pen­sion in­stead of the old M1’s plungers, and the side­car is de­tach­able to make a retro solo, while the styling is still very much in the WWII vein of its CJ750 pre­de­ces­sor.

Changjiang’s tar­get price is around £6000; half what the old CJ750 cost. At the mo­ment, ex­port plans aren’t clear, but given the en­gine’s abil­ity to meet Euro rules, some might even­tu­ally reach th­ese shores.

‘The CJ650’S side­car is even de­tach­able to make a retro solo’

A mod­ern en­gine with thor­oughly retro, and mil­i­tary-in­spired, looks

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