CSC Motorcycles U.S.A. will be bringing in the RX-3 Cyclone Adventure-Touring bike into the United States by early next year, all for the remarkable introductory price of just $2895. The bike will be powered by a 250cc, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, Single with four valves, overhead camshaft, disc brakes, adjustable suspension, six-speed transmission, luggage rack, and even a one-year warranty. Basically everything you’d expect from a proper motorcycle.
Never heard of CSC or the RX-3 Cyclone? Here’s a little background: The RX-3, which draws certain similarities to the BMW F800GS and Honda NC700X, is a bike developed by Zhongshen in China and is already available in several world markets. CSC will just rebadge them. CSC is part of Pro One, a company that also makes accessories for Volkswagens and V-Twins. It also used to make boutique choppers during the years before the Great Recession. Their relationship with Zhongshen began by buying 250cc motors for its Mustang, an oddball cruiser/scooter that is a recreation of something from the 1950s.
When CSC reps saw the RX-3 during a visit to Zhongshen’s factory, they were impressed with the bike’s contemporary appearance and level of equipment, so they decided to import the RX-3 for American riders who are looking for an entry-level Adventure-Touring motorcycle at a price that just can’t be beat.
“Our first shipment of RX-3 Cyclones will sell for $2,895, and we’re taking names for the first increment at this price now,” said Steve Seidner, President and Chief Executive Officer of CSC Motorcycles. “After the first shipment leaves the port, our retail price will be $3,495, which is still an exceptional deal for this motorcycle.” Seidner explained that the company is making a splash with the $2,895 introductory price to highlight the new motorcycle.
“We think a 250cc motorcycle is the perfect size for real world adventure touring,” Seidner said. “The bike has a sensible saddle height (31.3 in.), it can cruise at highway speeds all day long, it has comfortable ergonomics, and it has the right ground clearance and tires for off-road explorations. We didn’t want to offer another “me, too” 700-lb adventure bike that requires a 38-inch inseam and costs as much as a new car. Our niche is high-quality small motorcycles. It’s where the market is going. We think this bike makes a lot of sense, and we know Zongshen’s quality is top notch. Zongshen is one of the largest motorcycle manufacturers in the world, and the engines we buy from them for our CSC line of Mustang replicas have performed flawlessly.”
CSC claims its 250cc Thumper puts out 24.8 horsepower, which is respectable for the class. Other notable features include a 3D antifog fisheye headlamp, LED lights, a travel suitcase, and a multifunctional USB interface.
The RX-3 Cyclone has yet to go thru DOT, EPA and CARB testing, but CSC rep, Joe Berk, says the process shouldn’t take longer than 90 days for full 50-state certification, so U.S. deliveries are expected early in the New Year. CSC will maintain a full complement of parts and accessories for the RX-3 Cyclone motorcycle at its Azusa, California facility.
For the introductory $2895 offer, riders should call CSC’s toll-free number (800-884-4173) to be included on the list of first-shipment buyers. When the bike completes the US certification process, those wishing to purchase one of the new CSC Cyclone motorcycles (and who have reserved a spot on the list) will need to provide a $500 deposit. Interested parties should contact CSC Motorcycles at the number above, or visit their website for more information.
The RX-3 will be available in orange, blue, white or red.