Jennifer’s new TT250!

Ryan just sent this great photo of Jennifer with her new TT250 motorcycle!

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Ryan told me Jennifer was going to ride her new TT250 home on the Pacific Coast Highway.   That sounds like a great ride, and the PCH is one of America’s great roads.

Jennifer, enjoy your new motorcycle!

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Good morning from Foshan…

Joe G and I are killing time until our meetings with the Guangdong RX3 start this afternoon, so we wandered around the Green Lake hotel and its surrounding areas in Foshan.   It’s at least a 5-star hotel, and when we wondered out into the oppressive heat and humidity this morning, we saw this Bentley parked in front of the grand lobby…

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Bentleys seem to be following me around.

We wandered down the road into a secluded area until Joe was chased by a goose (a real goose, not a Moto Guzzi).   We were out in the jungle, with bugs making the kind of noises and stuff you hear in movies about, well, the jungle…

Joe in China…

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Joe 2 in China.   I am getting old.  I can see it in this photo….

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The weather is like being in the Everglades in the summer.  It’s brutal.  But this is a cool place to be.

Here’s a shot of the very pretty young lady who helped us in the lobby this morning.  Her name is Tracy…

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Here’s another beautiful young lady we had a nice conversation with down by the lake…

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The Master at work…

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Here’s a photo of another young lady on a scooter…

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And finally, it wouldn’t be an overseas CSC moto adventure tour without my obligatory ornithological photo…

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Josh, I know you’re reading this.  That rooster sends his regards to Cal.

That’s it for a brief bit, folks.  Joe and I are back in the hotel soaking up the air conditioning.

As Arnold likes to say, I’ll be back, so as I like to say, stay tuned.

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Chasing the sun…

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Two guys headed to a hair-styling convention in Guangzhou…

After doing exactly that (i.e., chasing the sun, headed west out of LAX) for exactly 14 hours and 3 minutes, Joe Gresh and yours truly landed in Guangzhou yesterday just as the sun was setting.   It was a good flight…for whatever reason, we were bumped up to premium economy (which is about the same as flying first class on a US airline), and that made all that time hurtling west in a tiny tin tube a touch more tolerable.

So it’s 2:00 a.m. over here, and I’m wide awake.  That always happens on these secret missions to the other side of the world.   It takes a day or two for my bioclock to adjust.

There’s no riding in Guangzhou for us (or anyone else, for that matter…motorcycles and scooters are outlawed in this little town of 13.8 million people).   I’ve been to this city several times on prior projects, but we really didn’t see any of GZ yesterday.   The two Zongshen dudes who picked us up at the airport told us we’re meeting with the Guangdong RX3 Owners Club tomorrow (Guangdong is the province, or state, of which Guangzhou is the capital).   That should be fun.  An added benefit:  We’re going to see Lester, Kong, and Zuo, who rode with us on the Western America Adventure Ride.

We’ll fly to Chongqing (where our ride originates) the day after tomorrow (which is already tomorrow for us, if you can follow that).

Later, my friends…or as they say in China, bye-bye (no kidding, that’s Mandarin for goodbye)!

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Duane’s CSC 250 Mustang is on the block…

Our good buddy Duane (whom you’ve seen grace these pages over the last year or so) is really enjoying his RX3.   Duane wants to get a TT250, too, which means something has to go.   Yep, Duane is selling his CSC 250 Mustang…

Duane’s bike is about as loaded as a CSC 250 can get….wire wheels, luggage, rack, custom two-tone paint, spotlights, chrome goodies, and more.  That’s not Duane in the photo above; that’s a guy on a Harley who was so fascinated with the little Mustang he wanted me to get a photo of him on it!

If you’re looking for one of our classic Mustangs, you won’t find a finer example.   Give us a call at 909 445 0900 if you want to get in touch with Duane.

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New RX3 accessories

Wow, do we have a bunch of cool new things to bring your way!   Grab a cup of coffee and peruse these cool new farkles for your favorite motorcycle!  These items are machined billet aluminum or laser cut aluminum sheet stock, and they’re anodized in either black or a silver finish.   They do look good!

First, a billet sidestand pad for $54.95.  This is just the thing for parking your RX3 in soft soil conditions!

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Next up is our rear brake caliper guard for $28.95.

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We have the same for the front brake caliper for $24.95.

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Check out our new rear brake master cylinder cover for $26.95.

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We also have side radiator covers for $65.95 (for the pair).   These are cool.  They have the CSC logo cut into the aluminum.

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Here’s something that’s really cool.  You can get an RX3 headlight guard, complete with the CSC logo, for $119.95.

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And the last accessory I’ll share with you today (you might have noticed these in one of the photos above) is our new steel RX3 footpegs.   They are $99.95 for the pair.

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You can place your order for these now, and we’re expecting them in within the next 45 to 60 days.  These are so new they aren’t even on our CSC website yet (they will be in a couple of days).   You can pre-order these by calling us at 909 445 0900.

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MO picked up our press release…

…on the upcoming China trip.

http://blog.motorcycle.com/2016/06/21/manufacturers/csc-manufacturers/csc-goes-ride-around-china/

There’s a comments section…you might want to weigh in with your thoughts!

Thanks, folks.

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William’s cool RX3 video…

Our good buddy William posted a fantastic video about a trip through Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.   Take a look at this, folks!

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Be happy in your work…

…and I sure am.  Imagine that, getting paid to ride a motorcycle around China!  And hey, that’s not all.  Just as I did for the Western America Adventure Ride and the very-capably-led Colombia moto expedition (with a tip of my helmet to my good buddies Juan and Carlos), I’m going to write a book about the upcoming China adventure!

First-6x9-ALithosI’ve got good news, and I’ve got more good news:

  • Riding China will be available by the end of August.   Our China adventure is 37 days long, I’ll write the book as the trip progresses, I’ll return to the US around 8 August, and I’ll wrap it up when I get home.  You can bet it will contain great stories and awesome photos just like 5000 Miles at 8000 RPM and Moto Colombia! (don’t take my word for it, though…check out the reviews on Amazon.com and on the Internet forums).
  • You can preorder Riding China now through CSC, and we’re running a couple of “Don’t Miss The Book” specials I want to tell you about.   Riding China will retail for $22.95; if you preorder it now we’ll ship an autographed copy to you for just $15.95 (plus shipping) at the end of August.
  • Here’s the second of our “Don’t Miss The Book” specials:  We’re doing a Chronicles of CSC:  The Trilogy special…you’ll get 5000 Miles at 8000 RPM, Moto Colombia!, and Riding China (all autographed) for just $39.95 (plus shipping)!   That’s like getting the Riding China book for free!   All three books will ship to you as soon as Riding China goes to print, which will be the end of August.

Both of our “Don’t Miss The Book” specials are good only until our China ride ends!  We’ll have a link on our site for these specials in the next couple of days, or you can phone your order in by calling us now at 909 445 0900.

Two more days, folks, and then it’s wheels in the wells and I’m bound for China.  Woohoo!

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Our Father’s Day Sale…

…and it’s good to the end of the month!

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RC3 Fork Maintenance Tutorial

This maintenance tutorial addresses RC3 fork maintenance.

Lift the front end of the motorcycle and remove the front wheel and tire in accordance with the front wheel removal tutorial.

Remove the four Allen bolts securing the front fender and remove the front fender.

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Loosen (but do not remove) the two Allen pinch bolts on the upper triple tee.

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Loosen (but do not remove) the Allen bolt securing the fork top clamp.

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While holding the fork, loosen (but do not remove) the lower triple tee Allen pinch bolts.  When both are loose, the fork will be free to fall, so make sure you are holding it as these bolts are loosened.

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Carefully slide the fork from the triple tees, taking care not to scratch the front fork anodizing.

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Using a small screwdriver, gently pry the lower fork seal away from the fork upper, taking care not to scratch or gouge the fork upper.

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Fully unscrew the damping adjuster until it can no longer be turned.

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Unscrew the front fork cap assembly.  We use a rag over the aluminum hex head and a socket one size larger to avoid marring the cap assembly.

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The fork contains oil, and when you remove the cap assembly, tilting the fork down will allow the oil to drain.  Drain the oil into a receptacle.

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Next unscrew the fork cap assembly from the fork internal rod.   This is made challenging by the fork spring and the lock nut arrangement securing the fork internal rod to the fork cap assembly.

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After unscrewing the fork cap assembly, remove the fork spring.

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Remove the inner clip securing the lower fork seal.

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At this point, the fork lower can be removed from the fork upper.  Drain any remaining oil in the fork lower.

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Inspect the condition of the seals, the spring, the fork lower plated surfaces, and the bushings.  If any parts are damaged, please contact CSC for replacements at 909 445 0900.

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The fork capacity is 270cc of fork oil.  We generally use 10W fork oil when replacing the fork oil.   Please contact CSC at 909 445 0900 if you need fork oil.

Assembly is the reverse of disassembly.   Torque all fasteners in accordance with the torque table in the CSC RC3 Owner’s and Service Manual.  Torque the fork cap assembly to 35 ft-lbs, but do so after the upper and lower triple tees (but not the fork top clamp) pinch bolts have been tightened.   Torque the fork top clamp pinch bolts after torqueing the fork cap assembly.

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