Easy Riders.

By Mark Andrews

Silkroad – Cathay Dragon Airlines. December 2012

Ditch the guidebook and take your seat for the loudest guided tour in China

The distinctive bark of a side-valve boxer engine knocks out the chirps of cicadas on a plane tree-lined street of the former French Concession. Few sights on Shanghai’s frenetic roads attract more than a cursory glance, but the passing of two Chang Jiang 750 sidecars on a Shanghai Sideways tour is one of them.

It all began with a rebellious streak in 1999 when the then 19-year-old Thomas Chabrières arrived in the city to work in digital advertising. His mother had always forbidden him from riding motorbikes, so one of the first things he did was to search for the largest one he could find – which happened to be a Chang Jiang 750 sidecar.

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Mark Andrews has written about everything from Japanese houses to heli hikes on New Zealand glaciers, test drives of Chinese cars to bar and restaurant reviews. He currently specialises in travel articles and reviews of Chinese cars plus articles about the Chinese auto industry.

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