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HAVANA: Cuba's love affair with 1950s-era American cars is still intact, but the communist-run island also has a lingering attachment to a stalwart of Soviet-era leftovers: the motorcycle sidecar.The 59-year old makes a living as an instructor teaching people how to handle the sidecar in Havana's traffic, where riders seem able to squeeze the machines through the narrowest of gaps.Cuba lags several decades behind the rest of the world due to a crippling U.S. embargo, so the makers' badges on the ubiquitous sidecars speak of a bygone world, with names like Jawa from the former Czechoslovakia and MZ from the former East Germany, as well as antiquated Russian Urals, Dniepers and Jupiters.It costs less than a car, still out of reach of many Cubans.Settled on the island with his Cuban wife, 38-year-old Frenchman Philippe Ruiz didn't realize at first how ubiquitous the motorcycle sidecar was.
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