More riding in Baja…

Our good buddy and intrepid adventure rider Pete captured some outstanding video during the recent CSC Baja expedition, which he shared with us. Enjoy!

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Enjoying the weekend…

I’m two days into a 3-day weekend and I’m having a ball.   I visited with Steve and Sara at the plant yesterday (those folks never take a break, and they were hard at it getting paperwork ready for the next round of bikes going out next week), and we had a good conversation.   We weren’t really open, but a couple of guys stopped by the shop and they were hugely intrigued by the RX3.   They’ll be back.    I can tell.

My good buddy Twin Peaks Steve (who also owns a CSC-150, a really beautiful black custom Bobber) picked up his new RX3 last week.   He lives up in the San Bernardino Mountains near Big Bear, and they’ve been having some weather up there.   It’s the same storm system that clobbered us in Flagstaff last week.   Anyway, Twin Peaks Steve wrote to tell us that the weather finally relented and he was able to get out on his new RX3.   Steve sent us a photo of his new motorcycle parked by what I’m going to guess is Lake Arrowhead, although there are so many little lakes tucked away up in those mountains I might be wrong.

Twin Peaks Steve's new RX3 in the San Bernardino Mountains

Twin Peaks Steve’s new RX3 in the San Bernardino Mountains

Steve’s black Bobber…a gorgeous custom motorcycle!

TP Steve, your new RX3 is stunning, and don’t let anybody tell you different…red really is the fastest color!   We need to get together for a ride real soon.

My next big ride is probably going to be to Laughlin, which is a cool place and a great area.   It will be a grand ride on Highway 62 through the Mojave Desert again (like we did when we went to Overland Expo), I’ll cross over into Parker, and then I’ll follow 95 on up into Bullhead City on the other side of the Colorado River.   I’m going to do a story on the motorcycle riding around that area for Motorcycle Classics magazine.   As you may know, I do a lot of their travel pieces.   I’ve been writing for MC for about 7 years now, and it’s a hoot.   If you have one of their magazines, go to Page 82 (where the “Destinations” pieces always appear) and odds are you’ll see my name at the bottom of the article.   And if you don’t have one of their magazines, you need to get one!  It’s one of the best motorcycle mags out there, especially if you enjoy reading about classic bikes.

I’ve done lots of good rides all over the US for Motorcycle Classics.   It’s a fun thing to do.   I’m thinking about some of the destinations I’ll visit on my RX3 and write about next, and you can bet some are going to be in Arizona, Nevada, and northern California.   I’m thinking about a ride up the 395 between Bishop and the Nevada border.   That’s a magnificent area.

No pachyderm left behind...

No pachyderm left behind…

I mentioned a day or two ago that I was going to get out on the range at the gun club, and this morning my good buddy Greg and I did.   Grand fun…I shot my 1911 .45 automatic and my Garand (hey, it’s only fitting to shoot those two, being it’s the Memorial Day weekend), and I took along my elephant gun.

Yep, I have an elephant rifle.   It’s a 98 Mauser and it’s chambered for .458 Winchester Magnum, and let me tell you, that puppy will shoot.   I was cutting three shot cloverleaf groups at 50 yards using the rifle’s iron sights (you don’t put scopes on elephant guns), and I was having a great time.  If they ever open up elephant season in southern California, no pachyderm will be safe when I’m in the woods.

Last night, I was getting things ready for this morning, and when I was setting up my .45 I let go of the recoil spring plug.   The part went flying, and I couldn’t find it.   I ended up moving both cars and all of the motorcycles out of the garage, and then all of the stuff on my workbench, and then all of the stuff under my workbench.  I found things that had been missing for years, and I finally found the part I had inadvertently launched.  It was hiding behind a box of Sierra rifle bullets.   All’s well that ends well, I guess, and my work area is a lot cleaner today than it was yesterday.

Ah, as long as I’m rambling along on this blog entry…I bought a book on Amazon yesterday, and I found I had let my Amazon Prime membership lapse (you know, the deal that gives you free shipping).   Then I saw the ad when I checked out (hey, those guys are smart)…if I ordered another $24 worth of books, I could get free shipping.   So, $72 later, I had my free shipping.   I bought a book about the missions of Baja (there are some incredible churches down there), and another book about Baja’s cave paintings.   You had a hint of what’s down that way from the blogs we did on our recent Baja expedition…

Justin, aka MacGuyver, relaxing on the steps of the 300-year-old San Ignacio Mission

A 10,000-year-old puma painting at San Francisco Sierra deep in Baja

That got me to thinking…why not another trip to Baja?   Perhaps an entry through Tecate, down through San Felipe to Gonzaga Bay on the Sea of Cortez, a turn to the west to take the dirt road across the peninsula through Coco’s Corner to Chapala, and then a run down to Bahia de Los Angeles?

What do you think?   Anybody wanna go?

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A 3-day weekend, a few photos, and more…

I’m really looking forward to the weekend.   You can bet I’m going to get out on the RX3, and I’ll probably fire up my CSC-150 Baja Blaster and run it around for a bit just to keep the juices flowing and the carb clean.  I don’t know where I’m going yet, but I’ll have the Nikon with me and I’ll grab a photo or two.  And I’m going to get out on the rifle range.  I’ve been so busy with other things I haven’t done any shooting lately, and a Memorial Day weekend just wouldn’t be right without sending some lead down range from the Garand and my trusty 1911.   Yep, I think time on the motorcycles, some shooting, and grabbing a few photos is just what the doctor ordered.

Speaking of photos, when I rode my RX3 to the plant yesterday and parked it, I looked down and there was a huge dragonfly right under the bike.  I had to grab a photo or two…



I had the Nikon D3300 with me and its general purpose 18-55 lens, which is okay for most things.   For a macro shot like the one above, I wished I had the D810 camera and its Sigma 50mm macro lens.   With that setup, you can get incredible closeup shots.    The little Nikon D3300 does a great job, though, especially on motorcycle trips due to its light weight and small size.   All of the recent shots you’ve seen from the Overland Expo and Baja trips have been with the D3300 and the 18-55 lens.   It’s an awesome travel combo.

I had the D3300 with me today when I stopped by our local Chevy dealer.   Folks, I am most definitely not in the market for a new car, but I like to look and I guess you could say I’m a Chevy man.   I am especially intrigued by their SS model, which is a high performance sedan with a Corvette engine.   It’s nice.   It gets terrible gas mileage (you even have to pay a gas guzzler tax) and it costs $50K (which is hard to reconcile for a Chevy), but it is an awesome car.  The sales dude was cool with me snapping a few photos, and here they are…





And I have more photos to share with you.  Our good buddy Bill had one of his several CSC-150 motorcycles up in the mountains last week.   Bill has an impressive vehicle collection including a real military Jeep.   When he bought his first CSC-150 and then his second, he sent me a photo of his Jeep and I told him he needed one of our Military Series “Sarge” models to go with the Jeep.  It was all the encouragement Bill needed to pick up a third CSC motorcycle, and here are his photos from his most recent ride…



I need to fix one of the rear turn signals on my CSC-150 (I broke the stem when I was taking my old KLR out of the garage a couple of months ago).   Well, as luck would have it, my good buddy Baja John sent me a suggested fix he used for a similar problem on his KLR…



It’s kind of a running joke among KLR riders to be as cheap as possible in everything associated with that motorcycle.   John may have set some kind of a record with his turn signal repair.   I had a good laugh when I saw it.

Later, folks….watch for more photos and stories, ’cause I’m getting my knees in the breeze on my CSC Cyclone this weekend!

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An awesome video from Fernando!

You guys will remember our good buddies Fernando and Juddy, who rode out to the Overland Expo last week…

Juddy is the guy on the left, and Fernando (wearing the CSC T-shirt) is the guy on the right.  If you’re wondering why they are smiling, I think I have the answer…it’s the ride they took to get to the Overland Expo!

Fernando is not only one hell of an RX3 rider…he’s giving Steven Spielberg a run for his money in the movie-making department!   Check out this awesome video Fernando just posted on YouTube…and keep an eye out for the javelina that cross these two RX3-mounted intrepid adventure riders’ paths at around 2:25…

Well done, Fernando…and thanks for taking the time to put this together!  I really enjoyed watching it!

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Abi, Tower, and Eddie…

Ryan received a nice note and a couple of photos from our good buddy Abi…

Hi Ryan,

I just wanted to say that the bikes arrived today.  I’ve been unpacking and putting them together.  I took mine out for a quick spin around the block and I loved it.  Appreciate all you guy’s hard work.

Thank you,




The story behind this one is that these three amigos (Abi, Tower, and Eddie) each purchased a new RX3 and had them all delivered to Abi’s home.

Abi, thanks for the note and the photos.   You guys are going to have a blast on your new RX3 motorcycles!

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A cool old BMW…

While on the Cal Poly campus today, I spotted this very cool ’74 BMW R90/6.   I’ve been seeing it around campus and I had the big Nikon D810 with me, so I grabbed a few photos…

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I’m guessing the rider is an engineering student, as the bike was parked outside the Cal Poly Engineering building.   Cool stuff…a motorcycle that’s 41 years old and is still being used as a daily driver.   There’s probably a story behind it, and when I spot the owner, I’ll see if I can get it for you.

One of the cool things about being on a college campus is I get to see some interesting bikes.   From time to time I’ll post them here.   That’s it for now…but keep an eye on us and on the blog.   We’ve received emails with some cool photos of new RX3s and CSC-150s, and I’ll post them in another day or two!

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Funky, or not?

Ah, that is the question.  I decided to go with Door No. 1.   I haven’t washed my RX3 since I purchased it.   I’m taking good care of it mechanically (I’ve already adjusted the valves, I changed the oil twice, I check my tire pressure religiously, and I’ve adjusted the chain).   But I haven’t washed it.

Part of it is the Baja thing.   I just feel a little better knowing that a part of Mexico is still rolling around with me every time I get on the RX3.   Steve calls it the Baja patina, and I like that description.

Part of it is the nature of the motorcycle…it’s not intended to be a piece of driveway jewelry (no “ride to live” silliness here, folks).   It’s designed to go long distances, and some of that is in the dirt.   Maybe not to the same extent as that BMW I showed sliding around in the mud at Overland Expo, but still, it’s off-road capable and it’s seen some serious off road miles.   You’ve seen that in some of the videos I’ve previously posted, and I have no doubt many of you have been off road on your RX3s.   I know Juddy, Greg, Pete, Abe, Fernando, and a bunch of the other guys from the Baja trip have said adios to the asphalt on more than a few occasions.   That’s a good thing.  It’s what this bike does.

And part of it is my KLR experience.  When I first bought the KLR, I kept it pretty much spotless.   Until my first tech day, that is.   A tech day is where a group of enthusiasts get together and one or two super knowledgeable guys walks you through adjusting the valves, installing the doohickey (a KLR-unique fix to a perceived Kawi design deficiency), and similar things.   I showed up on my immaculate KLR, thinking the reaction would be about the same as it was when I used to go places on my Harley or my CBX Honda.   One guy finally said something to me, and he said it in a clearly derisive manner:  “I think that’s the cleanest KLR I’ve ever seen.”   It was not intended to be a compliment.

So, I got the message.   I haven’t washed my KLR since then, and I’m going the same route on the RX3.

I sure love my RX3.  It sat outside in the snow and the rain in Flagstaff for 4 days, and when I tapped the starter on Sunday morning, it fired before the engine completed half a revolution.   Awesome stuff.

More on the RX3…the ride home from Flagstaff was exhilarating.   It was cold when we left, and we rode about 130 miles descending from Flagstaff to the Arizona desert floor before it started to warm up.   Freeway all the way, we ran at 65 to 75 mph the entire way on I-40 to I-15, and then down to the 210.   Most of it was between 70 and 75 mph, and we were passing a lot of cars and trucks.   I was surprised at how strong the bike felt (I sometimes forget it’s “just” a  250, and apparently, so does the bike).  On my first tank of fuel after filling up in Flagstaff, I recorded 72.2 mpg.  To be fair, that’s a long downhill ride and the cold dense air helped, but the bike was fully loaded and we were smoking right along.

My rear tire is doing well.   That photo you see above is with about 2500 miles on the tire, and it’s still showing no wear at all with over 3000 miles on the bike.   I think the tire is going to go 5000 miles before I need to replace it.

You guys are probably starting to accumulate the miles on your bike, too.   Don’t forget to inspect the valves, folks.   You may not need to adjust them, but you should check to make sure they are not running tight.   The exhaust valves are more likely to need adjustment than are the intakes, but you need to check both the intake and the exhaust.

Arizona was a nice ride.   We had a great time rolling across the Mojave on CA Hwy 62 and crossing the border at Parker, we had a nice stay in Salome, and then the run up to Flagstaff on 89A through Prescott and Sedona was spectacular.   I’m thinking I want to go back and do it again, maybe as a 3-day, 1200-mile, long weekend adventure ride with a few other guys on CSC RX3s.

Anybody else wanna go?

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Ted Simon

Wow, talk about motorcycle royalty!   Folks, check out this Rusty Childress photo of our CEO Steve Seidner with world traveler and author Ted Simon at Overland Expo in the CSC booth!


Most of you almost certainly know who Ted Simon is, but for the two or three people reading this who do not, allow me to tell you:  Ted Simon is the very first person of the modern era to ride around the world on a motorcycle and write a book about it.  He did it on a 500cc Triumph twin (back in the days when they weren’t too reliable) and his book is a classic that belongs on every rider’s nightstand.   The title is Jupiter’s Travels, and it’s incredibly well written.  I have an autographed copy, and I’ve probably read it four or five times.  Yes, it’s that’s good.


The photo of Steve and Ted is by Rusty Childress, who was at Overland Expo.   Rusty gave us permission to use his photo on the blog, and guess what else….Rusty bought an RX3!   Good times, good stories, good photography, and wow…Ted Simon!

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Overland Expo…muddy and fun!

The weather was moderately better today, but it was still cold and wet.   It rained all night and it was snowing when we woke up, but the sun put in an appearance or two.  All that precipitation, though, made for interesting surface conditions at Overland Expo…


The guys and gals out here on adventure bikes loved the mud.   Take a look at this KTM dude having fun…


And if you want to see what it was like rolling around in the mud, check out what a skilled rider can do with a 600+ lb GS1200A…

Susie is out here with me and when we had a break in the rain we walked around the Expo grounds a bit.   This Mercedes camper was pretty cool…


There were a few food vendors, and this one grilling lunch made for a good shot.   It was raining when I took this photo…and you can kind of get a sense of how cold it was out here…


Here’s a pretty cool Jeep conversion…it’s been modified to a 6×6 configuration.   This is impressive stuff…


Action at the CSC booth was brisk.   Folks had heard about the RX3 and were eager to see it in person…


We saw quite a few friends, we made quite a few friends, and we had a good time.   Here’s a shot of Juddy and Fernando.   Both of these good guys ride CSC RX3 motorcycles.  You’ll remember Juddy from our Baja trip.   Fernando wanted to go on the Baja Run but couldn’t make it this year…he’ll be riding with us on the next one…


I finally had the great pleasure of meeting our good buddy Craig, who is a real gentleman.   He is also an RX3 rider, and he loves his new motorcycle.   I wanted to grab a photo of Craig, but I was enjoying the conversation with him so much I forgot to do so.   I finally remembered the camera as Craig was leaving on his RX3…


And of course, our great friend Paul, who rode out to the Overland Expo on an RX3 with Duane and yours truly…


I got to know Paul better on this trip.   He’s an amazing guy.

I finally had an opportunity to meet Andrew Pain.  I had corresponded with Andrew before, but this was my first chance to actually meet him.   Here’s a shot of Andrew and Steve…


Andrew is an expert and author on world travel on small displacement motorcycles.   He’s written several books on this topic, and he’s covered some serious miles on his Yamaha 250.   He rode here from Wisconsin on his Yamaha…


Andrew and his girlfriend are buying two new motorcycles, and you can guess what they are going to be.   We’re eager to see this happen, as we know Andrew will be writing about his exploits on his new RX3.

So, on to a new topic…we’ve seen a comment or two about the RX3’s seat.   It seems there are a couple of guys out there who think the RX3 seat is uncomfortable on a long ride.

Folks, I just rode 1700 miles in Mexico on my RX3, I did another 600 miles through California and Arizona to get here to the Overland Expo, and I’ll be rolling on another 500 miles on the trip home tomorrow.   I have the sheepskin cover on my bike’s seat, and that makes long distance riding quite a bit more comfortable.  It still gets a bit tiring, though (that’s a fancy way of saying I get a sore butt from long hours in the saddle).   My solution? I just stand on the pegs for a few seconds when my butt needs a break, and I’m good for another 30 or 60 miles before I do so again.

Anyway, you’re probably wondering where I’m going with this discussion.   Well, here’s the deal….Steve and I watched a steady stream of ADV bikes rolling by today, and we concluded that they must have absolutely terrible seats.   We base this conclusion on the fact that nearly every rider was standing on the pegs as they rode by.

Here, see for yourself…











We’re thinking we might have a market for CSC RX3 seats for everyone who rides an adventure touring motorcycle.   I mean, why else would all these riders be up on the pegs?

On a more serious note, we are in the process of developing a seat option for long distance riding.   It’s a few weeks out, so keep an eye on the blog.  We’ll post about the new seat option as soon as we have it.

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Rain, snow, sleet, and hail…

It was snowing when I woke up at 3:45 this morning, and it’s snowing now at 9:00 p.m.   It didn’t snow all day; it stopped snowing when it changed to sleet, or hail, or just plain old rain.  It has sure been a wet day.  That notwithstanding, we had a good time at Overland Expo showing the RX3 to the adventure riding (and driving) community.


There are two kinds of vehicles here…adventure bikes and adventure trucks.   With the exception of the RX3, there’s really nothing new from any of the other motorcycle manufacturers.   The bikes are the by-now standard run of $26K Beemers, $22K KTMs, and (my favorite adventure bike other than the RX3) KLR-650s…





Lots of folks are camping out here.  My buddy J rode his KLR down from northern Nevada and he’s camping.   Paul (who rode in with us) is camping.  You can see a small number of the tents in the background in one of the photos above.   Brave souls…the temperatures dropped to freezing at Mormon Lake last night.  Me, I had my fill of sleeping on the ground in freezing weather in the Army.   Let me tell you, the Marriott Courtyard in Flagstaff is nice and warm.   And dry.

Here’s a KTM with an interesting decal collection.


There were several Urals here, too.   These are interesting bikes.   I think it would be cool to own one, but the reality for me is if I had one I would probably ride it a couple of times and then leave it in the garage.  I still think they are cool, though.   The sidecar wheel on a Ural is driven (they have two-wheel drive), and these things were perfect for getting around in the mud that was Overland Expo today.


I like this.   I am thinking we need to get something like this as an RX3 accessory.   I talked to a guy who made these at the Overland Expo show today, and he told me the BMW GS1200 guys really like them because a headlight on that bike sells for $1500.   $1500!    My first reaction is that can’t be right.   Then again, who knows?


Another Ural.   My photography was hampered by a desire to not let the Nikon get too wet.


Another photo of the same bike.   These motorcycles make good photo subjects.


One of the cool parts of the show are the ultra-high RVs.   Imagine that…RVs based on a Mercedes Unimog chassis and designed for off-road use.  Folks, we are in big boy territory here!


I talked to the owner of this one, and he told me he paid $100K just for the chassis.   He has a temporary camper shell on it while he is deciding if he likes the chassis.


This puppy in the photo below is a cool half million bucks!  I like the color, too.  It matches my RX3.


And my final photo for tonight…a fire-engine red uber-RV.    I can’t imagine me buying one of these, but they are sure cool toys.


I received a text message a few minutes ago from Juddy and Fernando…they braved the snow and the rain and made it up to Prescott on their RX3s.   They’ll be here at the show tomorrow.  I’m signing off for tonight, my friends.  It’s been a long, cold, wet day and I’m calling it a night.

As always, more to follow…

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