Tough duty…

16 October 2014
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After spending most of my day in the office, the Boss wasn’t around and the keys to the blue Cyclone were.   You can guess where this story is going.  I suddenly had an urge to evaluate the Cyclone’s performance running into the San Gabriel Mountains, and that’s just what I did…

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You’re probably thinking it looks like it was a glorious day for evaluating a motorcycle in the mountains.

You bloggies are sharp…nothing gets by you!

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I only went a few miles up because I was on the clock…I had to get back to Cal Poly for a 4:00 p.m. class.   But I had to do it.   I knew you guys would want the results of the handling test, and here they are:  It’s superb…solid, planted, and confident.   It’s awesome.  Those of you on the list are going to love it.

I stopped at a turnout to grab a few beauty shots with my 12-24 Tokina lens…and with the San Gabriel Mountains’ vivid blue sky as a backdrop, I think I did okay…

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That blue really works on the RX-3.   My bike will be orange (more like a yellow, actually), but the blue sure is pretty.   We’re going to get lots of shots like the ones above on the upcoming Baja trip, and I really hope you can join us.   If you want to put yourself in these photos, just give us a call.

You know, I was only stopped at that turnout for a few minutes when a drop-dead gorgeous ’96 Vette pulled in.  I didn’t yet know my new good friends Froy (like Roy, but with an F) and Lorraine, but they recognized that the bike was something new and special, and they wanted to see it.

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I was drawn to their pristine ’96 Vette; Froy and Lorraine were drawn to the Cyclone.   We were each having fun taking pictures of these high performance toys when I asked Froy to grab a shot of me with the bike.   Not so fast, said Lorraine…she wanted to be in the photo, too…

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Like I’ve always said…being a blogmeister and chief test pilot for CSC is tough duty.

But hey, somebody has to do it…

 

A Road Less Traveled

16 October 2014
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We’re unconventional.   You already know that based on how we’re bringing the CSC Cyclone to you.   After long discussions and much thought, we’re taking a similarly unconventional path on the warranty and maintenance approach.  We’re betting that most of you either do your own wrenching already or, given the right support, you would like to do it yourself.

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Consider this:  When was the last time you took your bike to a dealer for service and came away feeling good?   Were you confident that the work was performed to your satisfaction?   Did you pay a standard rate for a job that you knew didn’t take as much time as you paid for?   Did the dealer tack on other “standard” charges that just didn’t feel right (for example, the infamous “shop supplies” hit)?

Okay, you get the idea.   Our intent is not to badmouth dealers.   We just want two things:   To provide a great ADV bike and to save you money.    We know we’re already doing that with the Cyclone (it’s a quality motorcycle at a great price).   We want to do the same thing with the service approach.    To get to the bottom line, we want to empower you to do your own wrenching.

Think about it.  The Cyclone is a bike designed to go the distance.   It’s an adventure touring motorcycle.  If you need to fix something in Panama when facing the Darien Gap, or Baja somewhere south of Guerrero Negro, or even somewhere in the middle of the Mojave Desert here in the good old USA, is there going to be a dealer nearby?   Folks, the simple fact is that when a bike needs work (especially an ADV bike), we’re on our own.  That’s especially true for the places we’re going on our Cyclones.

So let’s get to the details.  Here’s how our program will be structured:

  • We’re extending the Cyclone warranty to 2 years.  This is a quality motorcycle with a warranty to back it up.  The first year will be parts and labor; the second year will be parts only.  You tell us what parts you need, and we’ll shoot them out to you.
  • When you buy a Cyclone, we’ll include a service manual.
  • We’ll post detailed maintenance tutorials online.  These will include oil changes, valve adjustments, chain adjustments, changing the fork oil, suspension adjustments, lubricating the chain, adjusting the rear wheel for proper chain tension, adjusting the clutch, removing and reinstalling the wheels, changing tires, changing the air filter, using the electronic diagnostic system, and more.
  • For any work requiring the Zongshen diagnostic test devices (needed for seldom-required adjustments to the fuel injection system or for evaluating the electronics), at your discretion we’ll either sell the electronic diagnostic equipment to you, or we’ll Fedex one to you on a low-cost rental basis.

Our intent is to empower you to keep your Cyclone in tip-top condition, to save you money, and to give you the skills you need to address any maintenance items when you’re out in the middle of nowhere.

We realize there may still be folks who absolutely don’t want to work on their bikes.   We’re betting that won’t happen too often.    But if you’re in that category, fear not.   We’ll find an independent shop in your area and arrange whatever maintenance your bike needs directly with them.

Hey, more good news:  We just received permission from the EPA to take the RX-3 on the road for limited testing, and I think I need to do some limited testing right now.   Time to get my knees in the breeze, boys and girls!   Watch for photos later!

 

A cool ADV Pulse story…

10 October 2014
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The good folks from ADV Pulse visited us recently for a first-hand look at the new CSC Cyclone, and their feature story on the bike (and on us) is good.   No…I take that back.   It’s great!   Take a look by clicking here!

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It’s sure nice when people recognize a good thing.   These bikes are selling themselves, and I’ll say it again…like all of you who signed up, I can’t wait to get my new RX-3.   Baja, here I come!

I’m going to the races at the Pomona Fairgrounds tomorrow night with my girlfriend Susie and my good buddy Al, so watch for some exciting photos here on the blog in another day or two, folks.

That’s it for now…ride safe, my friends!

 

The International Motorcycle Shows!

8 October 2014
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We’ll be there!   If you want to get up close and personal with the CSC Cyclone, the IMS shows will be a great place to do so!

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We’ve made plans to be at the next several shows, as outlined here:

  • San Mateo (Oct 31 – Nov 2)
  • Phoenix (Nov 7 – Nov 9)
  • Long Beach (Nov 14 – Nov 16)
  • Dallas (Jan 23 – Jan 25)

And more…these are the ones on our horizon today.    You folks up north, in Arizona, in Texas, and even here in So Cal, hey, pay us a visit when you go the show!    Watch for more info on our booth location and all the rest of the good information.   We’ll be posting it right here, so stay tuned!

 

More Fairplex photos…

7 October 2014
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We sure had a lot of fun at the Fairplex Off-Road Expo this weekend, and I have a few more photos I’d like to share with you…

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Steve, Lupe, and Art

Hold my beer...and watch this

Hold my beer…and watch this

Lupe catching a ride in a Jeep

Lupe catching a ride in a Jeep

These young ladies were directly across the aisle from us...they like the CSC Cyclone!

These young ladies were directly across the aisle from us…they like the CSC Cyclone!

A one-track mind...

A one-track mind…

That’s it for now, except a note to you to keep an eye on the blog.   We’re doing the IMS shows with the CSC Cyclone, and we’ll post the dates and locations here!

 

Fun at the Fairplex!

5 October 2014
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Well over 100 degrees yesterday, folks, but we’re in an air-conditioned exhibit hall (Building 6) at the Pomona Fairplex, and we’ll be there today, too!

Just a few shots from yesterday, and I’ll be out there with my trusty Nikon again today!

Let’s start with this photo of two young guys getting acquainted with the CSC Cyclone. There were a lot of folks all over these bikes yesterday…

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There are tons of off-road and on-road vehicles at the Lucas Expo…I’m going back for more shots today, but here’s a hint of what’s out there…

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Tequila on tap…could things possible get any better?!?   Good times, and I’ve actually been to the rancho where they make this stuff in (where else?) Tequila, Mexico!

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Hey, check this out…the park rangers from Ocotillo Wells had an interesting exhibit that included my new buddy Scorpio.   I grabbed a shot getting as close as a I could using my flash…

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What happened next was really cool…the ranger pulled a black cover over the terrarium and used a black light to illuminate the scorpion.  I grabbed a shot with the Nikon through a peephole.  It’s kind of wobbly because I didn’t use the flash, but this photo (vaguely reminiscent of a scene from Predator) is still pretty neat!

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The Lucas Off-Road Expo is a big show (estimated to attract 65,000 people, a number I believe based on the crowds I saw yesterday), and like all big shows, the pretty girls were out in force.   This young lady (Elise) posed for lots of photos directly across the aisle from us…and she was happy to pose for me…

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One last photo, from a young fellow reacting to the Cyclone’s killer $3495 price!

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Watch for more photos later, boys and girls.   We’re headed back out there today, and I’m going to grab a bunch more!

Ride safe and stay cool…

 

Building 6, Booth 6109!

3 October 2014
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That’s where we’ll be showing the new CSC Cyclone this weekend folks….at the Lucas Off-Road Expo in the Pomona Fairplex!

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Please stop by to visit!

 

More comparison shots…

2 October 2014
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I think I will ride my KLR 650 to work tomorrow just so I can take some photos of it next to the CSC Cyclone.   I’m still jazzed about the side-by-side photos I grabbed of our good buddy Dean’s DL650 next to the Cyclone, and I’m including a couple more here so you can get an idea of the bike’s size…

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This is a cool shot, too, because it shows the tail end of both bikes.   Note the much narrower profile of the Cyclone versus the WeeStrom…

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The Suzook doesn’t come standard with the luggage you see in the above photo (the Cyclone does), and like I said yesterday, the out-the-door price of the DL650 is something well north of $9K.   Suzuki has a version of the DL650 that comes with panniers (the side cases) but not a top case, and that bike’s MSRP is $10,049!   The Cyclone is $3,495, plus DMV fees, taxes, and a $35 doc fee.

Somewhere-In-MexicoDon’t get me wrong, folks.  I’m not badmouthing the Suzuki.   I’m proud of the fact that I bought a Suzuki L-twin from Steve’s brother when Suzuki first offered a Ducati-like L-twin back in 1997.   That was my TL1000S, and it was a dynamite bike.   I’ve never owned the V-Strom, but it would have been on the list had the Cyclone not come along.   You wouldn’t go wrong with either bike, but your wallet sure would be a lot lighter if you opted for the Suzuki.

That shot to the left is yours truly with the TL000S a few years ago.   If you guessed Mexico, you would be correct.   If I recall correctly, my friend Marty snapped this photo in the volcanic sulfur fields north of San Felipe.   Dramatic scenery and the whole area smells of sulfur.  You can bet I’ll be grabbing similar photos with the Cyclone sometime in the near future.

Anyway, I want to get a photo of the KLR next to the Cyclone, and that’s on the agenda for tomorrow or maybe this weekend.   The KLR goes for something north of $7K now, I believe.   It’s also a good bike, but I don’t believe it’s in the same league as the Cyclone from a fit and finish perspective.

One more thing, and that’s the Lucas Off-Road Expo at the Pomona Fairplex this weekend.  We’ll be in Bldg 6, Booth Number 6109.   Please stop by, and as always…

Stay tuned…

 

More good Cyclone stuff!

1 October 2014
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Here’s another photo from the Open House this past weekend, folks, showing a DL650 Suzuki alongside the CSC Cyclone…

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The Suzuki?   Well, well north of $9k.   The CSC Cyclone?   $3495.

And, just to stir the pot a bit more…I grabbed this when nobody was looking to give you a very rough idea of our future accessories thinking…

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More exciting news:  We’ll be showing the Cyclone motorcycle at the Pomona Fairplex this weekend.   It’s the Lucas Oil Off Road Expo, and we’d love to see you.   Just look for the crowd around the newest and most exciting motorcycles in the world, and that’s where we’ll be!

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Keep an eye on us, folks…there’s lots more coming your way!

 

The Open House After Action Report…

29 September 2014
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Wow, what a weekend!    Turnout was brisk, we took pre-orders on a bunch of new Cyclones, and everyone had a great time.

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Lupe and the RX-3.    I know what you are thinking.    Yes…they pay me to do this.

The most prevalent comment I heard on both Saturday and Sunday was this:   The photos on the Internet don’t do the new Cyclone justice…the bike looks way better in person than it does in the photos.  As the guy who took most of those photos, I don’t if I should take that as a compliment or not, but I have to agree that the RX-3 is one fine-looking motorcycle.   That’s not just my opinion…it’s what we heard from everyone.   We didn’t have to ask anyone if they wanted to sign up…they all told us.  Wow.

And you know the Internet has been lit up with comments about this great new motorcycle.   An interesting question emerged on the ChinaRiders forum, and that’s what colors are selling the best.   Here’s how that one shakes out based on the pre-orders we’ve been taking…

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We call the color of the bike I’m getting orange, and I guess it is, but I think the color is really closer to a dark yellow.   Like I said, it’s the bike I ordered, and I like it a lot.   It’s kind of funny…it’s the one I like and I guess because of that I’ve been posting mostly photos with the orange bike.   The pattern has been this:  Whatever color I feature on the blog, that’s the color we get the most orders for.   When I post a photo of a blue RX-3, we start getting more orders for it.  Our red bike is in certification testing right now, so I don’t have as many photos for it.   And we don’t have a white one yet.   We’ll see how those colors do when we start posting more photos.

Hey, here a few more photos from our great weekend…

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Twin Peaks Steve

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MotoMapper, aka Agent 007

Happy campers who made the list

Happy campers who made the list

The blue Cyclone

The blue Cyclone

I’ve got more photos and I’ll post those in the next few days, folks.  Like always, the best part of these events is meeting and making new friends, and we did a lot of that on Saturday and Sunday.

Good times, with much more to follow.

Stay tuned!

 

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