CSC San Gabriel Cafe Racer: $1,995

John Burns
by John Burns

For the money, these CSCs are not bad motorcycles at all (read how we liked the CSC RXR250 adv bike here) and now, well, this new San Gabriel Cafe Racer is even more ridiculously inexpensive.

CSC Press Release:

AZUSA, Calif. – May 18, 2018 – PRLog — CSC Motorcycles announced today that it is now taking deposits on its new San Gabriel motorcycles for summer delivery. The San Gabriel is a café-racer-styled motorcycle with an air-cooled 16.1 hp 250cc engine, 5-speed transmission, wire wheels, and four color options (white, black, blue, and mocha). The 270-lb San Gabriel has full instrumentation including a fuel gauge, a speedometer, a tachometer, and a gear position indicator. As is the case with all CSC motorcycles, the San Gabriel will include a complete shop manual, extensive online maintenance tutorials, complete parts support, and the superior reliability that defines CSC motorcycles.

“We built the CSC brand based on offering exceptional value to our customers and the San Gabriel is based on the same approach we’ve used with the RX3, the RC3, and the TT250,” said Steve Seidner, CSC’s President and CEO. “Our customers love our direct sales approach and our pricing. We’ve built a rider-friendly approach with our online maintenance tutorials, our parts availability, and our one-year, unlimited mileage warranty.”

“When we first offered the RX3 motorcycle nearly 4 years ago, people questioned the quality and reliability of a Chinese motorcycle,” Seidner said. “That perception is no longer an issue for us. Our bikes are built to our specs by Zongshen, one of the largest motorcycle manufacturers in the world. We and our customers have ridden these motorcycles across America, up and down the Baja peninsula, across China, and though the Andes Mountains. Our quality is great. Zongshen builds parts and sometimes complete motorcycles for many of the more-well-known motorcycle manufacturers. Our motorcycles are great machines.”

“With the San Gabriel, we’re doing several things to bring even greater value to our customers,” Seidner continued. “The San Gabriel has a low seat height and it’s a very light motorcycle, which makes it ideal for new riders. This is the bike that’s going to bring more people into motorcycling.”

Seidner explained that the bike relies on proven technology and offers great performance. “The San Gabriel uses a CG engine, which is a simple but very reliable overhead valve engine designed with reliability and low maintenance in mind. It’s quick, too. Originally, this bike had a 125cc engine; we specified our larger TT250 engine. It’s a real hot rod. We ride in the San Gabriels, and I knew that’s what we had to call this motorcycle. With its light weight, short wheelbase, and torquey 250, the handling is fantastic.”

“CSC will emphasize personalizing the San Gabriel for customers who wish to do so,” Seidner said. “We are encouraging our riders to personalize their bikes. We’ll have an extensive line of custom parts and accessories, and we’ll sponsor custom San Gabriel bike shows.”

Riders can pre-order a new San Gabriel motorcycle for $1995, with free shipping (a $500 deposit is required with order placement). Seidner explained that CSC encourages the camaraderie inherent to motorcycling, and the company will actively support clubs based on the new San Gabriel. Seidner added that CSC will organize rides like they do with the RX3 and TT250 motorcycles, including both multi-day and single-day rides. “We’ve done multiple customer rides now through Baja and the US, and our friends love them,” Seidner said. “Our objective has always been to not just sell you a motorcycle. We want to bring you into motorcycling. We want you as customers and friends.”

The pre-production San Gabriels are on display now at CSC corporate headquarters in Azusa, California. CSC will host events later this summer to show the motorcycles elsewhere in the United States (times and locations will be announced on the CSC website at

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