The Mighty 625

Nope, it’s not a 625cc motorcycle.   This is another gun story.

It starts with the 1911 .45, the US Army’s semi-automatic handgun adopted that same year. Then came World War I, and suddenly the Army didn’t have enough of the .45 autos to go around.  But they loved the cartridge.  The answer was to have both Colt and Smith & Wesson adopt their existing large-frame revolvers to the .45 ACP cartridge and issue those revolvers to our troops to backfill the handgun need.    The Government designated the new revolvers as Model 1917s.


A US Army Model 1917 Smith and Wesson revolver.

After the war, Colt stopped making new Model 1917s, but Smith & Wesson continued the line and it became their Model 25 target revolver, which is still in production today.

After World War I, the War Department released the Model 1917 revolvers as surplus guns for sale to the civilian market. The used military guns were super cool, with their massive size, lanyard rings on the bottom of the grips, and “US” markings.  I bought a military surplus Colt M1917 when I lived in Texas 40 years ago for, I think, $100.  Then I sold it for about the same amount, and as has been the case with nearly every gun I ever sold, I’ve been kicking myself ever since.  I really liked that old Colt and I wish I still had it.

Somewhere along the line, a funny thing happened.   Shooters realized that the .45 ACP round in a revolver just flat works, both as a target proposition and for defense work.   I’ve been hooked on the concept for a long time.

Which brings us to the point of this story, and that’s my Model 625 Smith & Wesson. It’s a 4-inch-barreled stainless steel N-frame revolver chambered for the .45 ACP, it’s a direct descendent of the original US Army Model 1917 Smith & Wesson, and I love it.


My 625 Smith & Wesson and the .45 reloads it shoots so well.

It’s one of Smith & Wesson’s “Performance Center” models (that’s their specialty shop for producing precision custom revolvers).  Mine is a real honey.  At the police target combat distance of 7 yards, it literally puts those big old .45 slugs through the same hole, which is what I intend to do when we get together for our next milsurp match on the 21st of May.   If you’re in the area and you want to shoot with us, drop me a line.  We get more than a few CSC riders at our milsurp matches, and we always have a great time.

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RIP, Michael Parks…

I’m going to guess most of you are too young to remember a late 1960’s TV series called Then Came Bronson.   It was one of those TV weekly dramas about a good-looking young guy who encountered and solved one impending human tragedy every 7 days (no matter where he went on that Sportster).   Then Came Bronson starred Michael Parks, who died today, 10 May 2017, at age 77.   He was born in 1940 just down the road from us in Corona, California (my good buddy Matt’s stomping grounds).

For those of us old enough to remember Then Came Bronson, the opening scene is the one we remember best.   His encounter with the guy in the station wagon is classic…

I think a lot of guys my age were influenced by that scene.   The idea of just getting on a motorcycle and riding around America (or around the world, for that matter, as the RX3 is fully capable of doing) is a thought that stuck.   For all of its predictability and weekly drama (and the use of a thinly-disguised enduro bike for the scenes Bronson’s Sportster couldn’t manage), it was a good show.  It led to a lot of dreams in a lot of young minds, and for many of us (men of a certain age, like yours truly and probably a lot of you folks reading  this blog), it led to a lot of great adventures.

Godspeed, Mr. Parks.

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Our latest press release…

…is on the new RXR motorcycle, and you can read it here!

The New CSC RXR Motorcycle

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Interesting iron…

We sure do get some interesting trades and consignment bikes in here at CSC.  I was walking around with my Nikon this morning and I snapped a few photos of the latest iron to come in…a Triumph Scramber, a Honda chopper, a KTM 690, a vintage Yamaha triple, a big old Kawasaki roadburner, and a 750 naked Aprilia.







These tend to move quickly, so if you have an interest in any, please give us a call at 909 445 0900.

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A TT250 Review

Whoa, another TT250 review!  This is relatively well done by Brandon Jackson, who bought a low-mileage used TT.   It’s very good and mostly spot on.  Brandon likes the bike, he likes CSC’s customer support, and he likes the online maintenance tutorials.   You can read Brandon’s review here as it was published in

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Newcomb’s ride cancelled…

The weather guys are all saying it’s rain tomorrow morning, folks, so we are pulling the plug on the Angeles Crest ride on 6 May.  Watch the blog for our ride in June!

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The RXR!


Everything you want, and nothing you don’t.  The new 2017 CSC RXR!  No passenger pegs, no luggage, no rack, no guards, blacked-out heat shield, blacked-out mini-shield, and just $3495!  Folks, this bike looks much more dramatic in person than it does in the photos and it’s in stock now!




You can see the new RXR at the CSC plant, and we’ll have them in all colors.   Give us a call at 909 445 0900!

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16/41: The Sweet Spot!

That’s what we’re going with on the Café Racer for the countershaft and rear wheel sprockets…



I spent the morning trying different combinations on the Café Racer to get a feel for what works best, and the 16/41 gives a real nice blend of bottom end and highway cruising.  That’s the combo we’ll be delivering on our Café Racer bikes.  We will sell different gears, of course, and you may well want to see what works best for you.   Smaller engines are sensitive to things you’d never notice on a big bike…slight uphill and downhill grades, headwinds, tailwinds, what accessories you have hanging off the bike, and of course, rider height and rider weight.   If you’re a lighter rider you’ll see more top end, and if you’re a heavier rider, you’ll see less.  For the record, I’m about 180 lbs.

As the two prototype Café Racers were delivered to us, they had the 14/41 combo.  That combination is really peppy around town, but we wanted a more relaxed ride at highway speeds.   The 17/41 will get you up above 70 mph, but it just felt too tall to me.   The 16/41 felt perfect.   More good news is that you can swap any of the countershaft sprockets (the 14, the 16, and the 17) without having to add or remove chain links (the stock chain works with all of these sprockets).   We didn’t do any experimentation with the rear sprocket, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to.

Oh, one more thing:  With a full tank of fuel, the Café Racer weighs 273 lbs.  We weighed it this morning.

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Angeles Crest This Weekend!

Yep, we’re riding to Newcomb’s Ranch, and we hope you can ride with us!    You can get more info and sign up for the ride here!

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Us Versys them (or, letting the good times roll)…


Joe Gresh and his custom helmet on a Kawi 300 in Utah

My good buddy Joe Gresh recently published his review of the Kawasaki Versys 300 in the online version of Motorcyclist magazine, and as always, he included one of his signature outstanding YouTube videos.   We recommend you read his article (you can see it here) and watch his video (which we’ll include below).

You might wonder…why would we include a blog on a direct competitor to the RX3?   Hey, why not?   At $5399 for a new Versys (compared to our $3895), we think you need to know about the Kawi.   The Versys has optional crash guards (ours are included in the base price), optional top case (ours is included in the base price), optional side bags (ours are included in the base price), and of course, the Kawasaki dealer network’s freight and setup fees (our shipping is free and we charge $380 for crating, setup, and doc fees).   Hey, we want you to know about our new competition!

Here’s the video Joe did on the Kawi press junket…you should watch it.

And here are the videos Joe did on the 5000-mile Western America Adventure Ride and our ride across China, all on RX3 motorcycles…

I’ve had good times on my RX3 Baja adventures (as have you), on our ride through the American West, on the circumnavigation of the Andes Mountains in Colombia, and of course, on the ride across China last summer.   We did indeed let the good times roll!

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