Logos, legends, and lots of miles…

30 January 2015
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Steve and I are going to put a few miles on the RX3s tomorrow, and I’m really looking forward to it.   We’ll be posting lots more photos, so keep an eye on the blog.   There’s a slight chance of rain tomorrow. and that’s a good thing.   You’re probably thinking I’m nuts, hoping for rain on a motorcycle ride, but you get better photos on an overcast day.   It evens out the light and makes the colors pop a lot better.

Speaking of colors…you remember the CSC Stalker, the bike we did in a camo wrap for the International Sportsmen’s Expo recently.   When Steve put that bike together, he told me the color changes are  interesting.  Indoors, it looks mostly tan and brown.   Outdoors, it turns green.   I grabbed a photo of the Stalker today that shows the phenomenon well…

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The chameleon-like CSC Stalker

I’ve noticed a few folks on other forums talking about the CSC logo on the Stalker, with opinions going back and forth on the CSC logo versus the Zongshen logo.     Bottom line first:   The production bikes will have a CSC logo that looks like the one you see in the photo above.    We thought about this a lot.  We originally planned to go with the Zongshen logo because we didn’t want anyone to think we were presenting the bike as something other than what it is, and, truth be told, we didn’t want to offend Zongshen.   But when I was over in Chongqing last month, our Zongshen friends brought the subject up.  They told us that most of the other countries importing the RX3 (there are about a dozen now) use their own logo.   We asked Zongshen if they had any objection to us using our CSC logo, and they said they were fine with it.

It has been a busy month for us since my return from China.  There’s a 16-hour time difference, and what that basically means is that for us it’s been a near 24-hour day every day.   Our late evening is the morning and middle of the workday for our good friends in Chongqing, and we have been communicating with them every night on the nuances associated with getting your bikes exactly the way you want them.   It’s been one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done.

Logos, check.  On to the legends portion of this blog.

The bike we want to beat is the KLR-650.   Anybody who knows motorcycles (and I’m talking about real riders here, not the keyboard commandos who have nothing better to do than post negative comments on forums) knows that the KLR-650 is a good bike.   I’m one of those guys; I’ve owned my KLR for nearly a decade and you’ve seen lots of photos of it from my past adventures right here on the CSC blog.   The KLR is a cult bike.   A legend, if you will.   That’s what the RX3 is rapidly becoming.   We’re making it a legend, and when I say we, I mean you (our customer community) and CSC.    I believe the RX3 will unseat the KLR as the best deal ever in motorcycling and the best bike for serious world travel.   I’m looking forward to reading about the first person who rides a CSC RX3 around the world.   I can’t wait to read your RX3 adventures.   I’m going to make a few epic rides myself.

Legends, check.    Now, for the lots of miles part.

Steve and I have a ride planned for tomorrow that’s going to be about 300 miles.   That’s not an enormous distance, but we have a specific destination in mind that will make for some great photography.   You’ll know more on Sunday.   I feel like a little kid right now.  I can’t wait to get out and ride.   It’s going to be great!

Baja!  That’s coming, folks.   That ride will be about 1250 miles and we’ll do it in 5 days.    My good buddy J and I are planning that one now.   We want you to ride with us.   We’ll set an easy pace (about 250 miles a day), and we’ll show you some awesome sights.   It’s part of the adventure riding deal, folks.   No keyboard commandos here…we get out and ride!   This is the real deal.   I know for many of you there’s lots of reasons why you think you can’t go.   Take my advice: Lose them.   Folks, this ride is going to be great.   You need to do this.

Baja will be the first big multi-day RX3 ride for me, and hopefully, for you, too.   But we’ll have lots more RX3 rides coming, folks, both in the US and elsewhere.   Alaska.   The Canadian Rockies.   The Oregon Coast Highway.   Hell’s Canyon.   The Black Hills of South Dakota.   The Badlands.   We are making history here.   We’re making legends.

Would you like to see a few photos from some of my past rides?   Folks, this is what we (you, me, and the rest of our RX3 rider community) are going to be seeing!

Ever ride your motorcycle to Guadalajara just to watch the puppet show?  I have.  Why not do it again on the RX3?

Ever ride your motorcycle to Guadalajara just to watch the puppet show? I have. Why not do it again on the RX3?

Up close and personal where the deer and the buffalo roam in South Dakota?   Hey, I'm in if you are!

Up close and personal where the deer and the buffalo roam in South Dakota? Hey, I’m in if you are!

A ride to Oregon's Crater Lake on the RX3?  You bet!  So what if there's a little bit of snow!

A ride to Oregon’s Crater Lake on the RX3? You bet! So what if there’s a little bit of snow!

Perhaps a close encounter of the RX3 kind with Wyoming's Devil's Tower?

Perhaps a close encounter of the RX3 kind with Wyoming’s Devil’s Tower?

The Badlands...yep, it's on our list!

The Badlands…let’s do it!

On to a brief hint at the next big ride:  It’s being secretly planned right now and all I can tell you today is that I’ll be on it.  This one is going to be about 5000 miles.    Yep, you read that right.   We’ll be announcing more about this one in a few weeks.

Later, my friends.  I’ve got to charge the Nikon batteries and get my riding gear ready!

 

Bill’s latest toy…

28 January 2015
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You know our good buddy San Marino Bill and his CSC bikes from past blog entries…

Well, as it turns out, Bill faithfully follows the words that flow from these pages, and when he read about the war zone bikes, he didn’t dilly dally.

“You started it,” Bill told me when he was picking up his third CSC motorcycle (yep, you read that right…Bill now owns three of the modern Mustangs)!   And here it is, parked with Bill’s pristine US Army Willys!   What a fitting photo…two of the finest military machines ever made!

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“I started it?” I asked.

“Yep, read the blog!” Bill told me…

So I did, and he’s right!  This is from our 11 August 2013 blog and it was my advice to Bill:

I know you want to get a shot of your Willys with Steve’s Sarge, so swing by any time you want…or better yet, why not buy another CSC motorcycle?   We’ve been thinking about this, and maybe you need an OD green Military Series bike to round out your collection!

Bill, thanks for being such a great customer!  You’ve got me pumped up to get out on the Baja Blaster, so how about it, guys?   Who’s up for a ride in February?

 

Your bikes being built…

28 January 2015
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Ah, yes, my friends…your RX3s coming down the line!   The yellow one is mine!

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Soon, folks.   Baja beckons…

 

International Day…and a Baja update!

27 January 2015
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An interesting day, folks.   We received a nice email from the folks at Honley UK (the UK RX3 importers), and I saw an interesting photo of three RX3 motorcycles from my new buddy Ujang in Malaysia…

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Ujang tells me that the Malaysian version of our bike is carbureted rather than fuel injected.   However the go juice gets in there doesn’t seem to make much difference…it sure looks like those guys in Malaysia are having fun!   I know we are…we had a great time taking folks out for test rides this past weekend.

And there’s more coming:  Steve and I plan to rack up some heavy miles and grab some great photos this Saturday (so keep an eye on the blog).

You’ve all been asking about Baja, and folks, I’m as eager to hang a date on this trip as you are!  I’m tentatively planning either the last week in March or maybe the week before that, but I really won’t be able to nail this down until the west coast dockworkers settle their bargaining unit issues.   We’re watching that situation closely, and we’ll keep you posted.   Whatever the dockworkers do, we’re going to Baja!  It’s just a question of when.

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If we get to go in March, we’ll stop to see the whales in Scammon’s Lagoon, which is that lagoon you see just south of Guerrero Negro.   The Mexicans call it Laguna de Ojo Liebre, which I’m pretty sure translates into “the coolest destination ever!”

That’s where the whales will be, and here’s what it looks like when you get up close and personal with Moby Dick and crew…

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If we’re able to see the whales, we[ll go just a little further and use San Ignacio as our turnaround point.   It’s halfway across the peninsula, just southeast of Guerrero Negro about 70 miles or so.  There’s a cool old Jesuit mission down there in the town square that’s still an active-duty church, and I want to show it to you…

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And if we don’t get to see the whales, hey, that’s just more time to putt a little further south.  We’ll stay on the Transpeninsular Highway (the fanciest name ever for a two-lane country road) all the way to Santa Rosalia.   Santa Rosalia is a very cool little town, too, with an awesome view at sunrise looking north along the Sea of Cortez…

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One of the best parts about riding into Santa Rosalia is the descent.  This part of the road is called La Cuesta del Infierno, and it drops a couple of thousand feet in just a few miles to get down to sea level.  It’s awesome.   My buddies Carlos and Maria were with me one time in my Subie and we captured it on video.  I haven’t tried recording this ride on a motorcycle yet, but maybe I will on this next trip.  That would be super cool, because you’ll be in it on your new RX3!

We’ll continue south through Mulege (another oasis town with a dynamite mission).  Here’s a pretty cool shot looking out from the roof of the Mulege mission over the Rio Mulege.  There’s a family of vultures that live in those date palms, and if you look closely in the photo below, you’ll seem them circling in the sky on the right side of the photo…

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We’ll head south another 30 miles or so because I want to show you Bahia de Concepcion, the most beautiful spot on the planet.   Seriously, I’m not exaggerating when I say that.

This is one of my favorite photos looking out over Conception Bay, and it’s one I want to duplicate with your RX3 motorcycles in the foreground…

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Folks, this is going to be an epic trip.   You’ll be remembering it for the rest of your lives.   Trust me on this…Baja is that good.   And your guides are a couple of old Bajaenos…yours truly and my good buddy J.   We know our way around and we’ll show you a good time!

As always, stay tuned, keep an eye on the blog, and ride safe!

 

Accessories!

24 January 2015
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You asked, and here we go!   As promised, here’s a summary of the accessories we’re offering for your new RX3 motorcycle!

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Tourfella quick-detach aluminum luggage.  This is a great setup, including top case, side cases, all necessary mounting brackets, hardware, locks, and keys. The top case can take a full face helmet.   $849.95.

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Instrument mounted accessory power outlets.  The left accessory outlet is a standard 12V cigarette lighter configuration; the right accessory outlet is a 12V USB configuration.  Both outlets include rubber sealing caps.  Your RX3 is already configured to allow connecting this accessory outlet pack to the main harness.  $99.95.

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Magnetic tank bag.  Bag includes carrying handle and see-through map pocket.   This is a handy place to carry your camera and other things you need in a hurry.  $44.95.

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Dark-tinted tall windshield.  This windshield is the exact configuration of the standard clear windshield but with a dark tint.  $49.95.

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Center stand.  This allows for easy maintenance and it attaches permanently to your RX3.  Includes all required mounting hardware.  $129.95.

 

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Maintenance centerstand.   This attaches to the motorcycle to place it in a vertical orientation.   This accessory does not permanently attach to the motorcycle, and it cannot be used with the accessory centerstand shown above.  $49.95.

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Accessory lamp kit.  Includes six CREE 5-watt LED lamps on each side and all required mounting hardware.   This is a very high quality light kit and it is BRIGHT! And don’t worry about the draw…the 300-watt alternator on your RX3 can handle it and a whole lot more!  $359.95.

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Accessory lamp kit.  Includes four CREE 5-watt LED lamps on each side and all required mounting hardware.  It’s the same ultra high quality as the lamp kit shown above, but in a square lamp configuration.    $299.95.

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Accessory lamp kit.   Includes single CREE 10-watt LED lamp on each side and all required mounting hardware.  Super high quality, just like the ones above!  $259.95.

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Oil filter.  $11.95 each, or $49.95 for a six pack.

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Oil change tool kit.  This tool kit includes a carrying pouch, a mini-ratchet, a socket extension, an 8mm socket, and a 17mm socket.  This custom kit has all the tools you need to change your oil.  $39.95.

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Oil change service pack.   This includes everything you need for your first RX3 oil change (fully described in our online maintenance tutorial), including the Oil Change Tool Kit shown above, a drain pan, a funnel, an oil filter, and 2 quarts of motorcycle oil.  $59.95.

 

If you think you might want any of the items when you pick up your new motorcycle, please shoot an email to us (info@cscmotorcycles.com) or give us a call at 909 445 0900.   There’s no obligation on your part; we just want to know how many items we’ll need to meet your needs.    Our objective is to never have you wait for a part or an accessory, so if you think you might want something, let us know!

Oh, and one other thing…the above list is not everything.  We’re developing new accessories every day (including a complete line of RX3 riding gear), and we’ll be posting these cool items and their prices right here on the CSC blog!

 

Today’s open house…

24 January 2015
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We had a lot of fun riding up and down Azusa Canyon today introducing folks to the new CSC RX3, and giving some folks who had not yet signed up a chance to see and ride the bike.   Great times, folks…with just a few photos to share from today’s grand adventure…

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Our good buddy Bruce (one of the guys who rides a CSC-250 P-51 Mustang painted to match his Harley) even showed up in his brand new Morgan 3-wheeler!

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Good times, the strong Santa Ana winds up in the mountains notwithstanding!  We’ll do this again soon, so keep an eye on the blog if you want to ride with us!

 

A gorgeous desert camo CSC-150!

23 January 2015
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Steve and I will be at the plant by 9:00 this Saturday, and we’ll have a pot of coffee going if you want to stop by, see us, and test ride one of the new CSC Cyclones.

I was in the plant this afternoon and I spotted this desert camo CSC-150.   It’s one of the war zone motorcycles I mentioned a while back, and Steve is dealing.   I think this color combo is one of the prettiest motorcycles we’ve ever made, and if I wasn’t already riding my Baja Blaster, this would be the one I’d be riding!   It’s a beautiful bike and you have to call for the price (and our number is 909 445 0900).

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Those .50 cal ammo cans, black wheels, and fork gators really work on the Military Series bikes.

We’ve got a bunch of folks who are stopping by for a spin on the Cyclone, but we’ve always got room for more.   We hope we see you tomorrow!

 

The mighty Six…

23 January 2015
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The kids have moved out.  Actually, they moved out quite a while ago.   Getting them to take the stuff they left behind…that’s another story.   Susie and I are going through one of the (now) extra bedrooms and making boxes of their stuff for them to take home on the next visit.  Actually, it’s boxes of their stuff that I’ll sneak into their cars on their next visit.

Anyway, while going through the debris and detritus left in the young ‘uns closets I came across some old photos.   A couple caught my eye…one was a close-up of my old CBX Honda’s engine.  You saw that a couple of blogs down.   This next one is another shot of the same CBX.   Those old film cameras that I shot with in those days did a nice job, and the photo brought back memories of one my more memorable motorcycles.

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The mighty Six…my old 1982 Honda CBX

I bought the CBX in 1992 (when it was already 10 years old), but the bike only had 4500 miles on it and it was in pristine condition.  The price was $4500, perfectly matching the mileage.  Everything was stock, and everything was in perfect shape (other than the tires, which were cracking with age).

I must have gone back to Bert’s four times drooling over that bike, and when I finally made up my mind to buy it and went back for a fifth time, it was gone.  Sold.  I’d lost my opportunity.  Ah, well, I could bounce around for a while longer on my Harley.

Bert’s was a magnet, though, and lots of times after work I’d stop there just to look at the motorcycles.   The place was like an art gallery to me.   I just liked to look.

So, you can imagine my surprise a month or two later when I stopped in again and the CBX was back on the floor.    The bike had been sold to a Japanese collector, I was told, and the deal fell through.

Opportunity didn’t need to knock twice for me.   I bought it on the spot.

The CBX was an amazing motorcycle. 1050cc. Six cylinders. Six carbs. 24 valves. Double overhead cams. Actually, it was quadruple overhead cams. The cylinder head was so long each cam was split in two, and the two halves were coupled in the middle by what are called Oldham couplers.

The CBX didn’t have much bottom end, but once the engine got going, the thing was amazing. And the sound! Wow! It sounded like a Formula 1 race car. I read somewhere that the Japanese engineers actually spent time on a US aircraft carrier listening to fighter jets take off, and their objective was to make the CBX sound like that. When the conditions were right, I convinced myself I could hear the F-14 in my CBX.

The bike was fun, and it drew the looks wherever I rode it. Honda only made the CBX for 4 years (1979 through 1982). They were expensive to manufacture (it seemed like every fastener was a custom design) and they didn’t sell all that well. But it was an awesome display of technology. I’m a mechanical engineer, and the design spoke to me.

I never had any regrets with that old CBX.  I rode it hard for the next 10 years, and other than dropping it a couple of times in 0-mph mishaps (see the blog below on dropped bikes), it served me well.   I rode it all over and it never missed a beat.   When I first bought it, I could walk into any Honda dealer and buy parts for it (even though it was 10 years old).   10 years later (when the bike was 20 years old), that wasn’t the case any more, and that scared me a bit.   The CBX was years ahead of its time and it was complicated.  I realized that if something on that bike broke and I couldn’t find parts, I’d have a $4500 paperweight.

In those days, I was on a CBX Internet mailing list.   I put a note on the CBX mailing list advising folks that I wanted to sell the bike, and it sold that day.  I got a fair price for it, and the mighty Six was gone.   No regrets, folks…I had lots of fun and it was time to move on.

 

A Shipping Delay

21 January 2015
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The bottom line first:   We are delaying shipment of the CSC Cyclones from Zongshen from 25 January to 9 February.   I know this is a disappointment to you (it is to us, too), but it is unavoidable.    The problem is a western US port work stoppage.   Everything coming by ship across the Pacific is being held up at sea at all of our ports, with Long Beach (our port of entry) having the worst problems.

There’s a labor action between the west coast dockworkers (the International Longshore and Warehouse Union) and their employers (the ports) that is preventing the ships from being unloaded.   We’ve looked into bringing the ships into other ports, but the problem affects the entire western US.  Rather than have the ships simply sit at sea (as many are doing right now), we’ve discussed this with Zongshen and our new ship date is 9 February.  We’re hopeful the labor issues will be resolved by then.

I wish this wasn’t happening, but it is.   We’ve been watching this closely and we wanted to let you know what we are doing.

Folks, we’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

 

You talkin’ to me?

20 January 2015
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Hey, you!  Yeah, I’m talking to you!

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Wanna ride the Cyclone this Saturday?   Steve and yours truly will be at the plant from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and if you want to ride the hottest thing on two wheels to come down the trail in a long time, this Saturday is your opportunity!

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Give us a call at 909 445 0900, and we’ll get your name on the test ride roster!    We’re located at 1331 W. Foothill Boulevard, Azusa, California 91702.

 

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