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EPA Approves CSC's $3,000 Adventure Bike - January 2, 2015, 06:53 PM

I interviewed Steve a couple of years ago (featuring boomchic), they only had the Mustang at the time but talked about some innovative stuff in the lower cc space. If you loved the small sport and naked bikes from the big three and co, you gotta like this....



EPA Approves CSC's $3,000 Adventure Bike
RideApart By William Connor



Remember our posts about the $3,000 Adventure bike coming to the US, late last year? We've been excited to ride the new bike, but it involved some stipulations, as until today, there was only one CSC Cyclone legal in the USA. The company has been on edge waiting word from the US which could effect the price and manufacturing of the bike, if it didn't met certain US regulations. Well, as of today, CSC can rest easy as the EPA approved the motorcycle.

California Scooter Company (CSC Motorcycles) started out as a manufacturer of reimagined Mustang motorcycles. Now they have begun importing a bike that many in the adventure market have been pining for. A small displacement, full-featured ADV bike, for a targeted MSRP of $3,495.

The CSC Cyclone has a 250CC liquid cooled, fuel injected, and counter balanced motor with a 6-speed, adjustable suspension, and a set of hard luggage standard. They even come with engine guards and a 2 year warranty!


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One of the items that has been holding CSC back has been EPA certification. The Government is no longer an obstacle and EPA has certified the Cyclone for sale in the US. California still requires C.A.R.B approval to sell in the home state of CSC.

“We’re pleased with the EPA approval,” said Steve Seidner, CSC Motorcycles President and Chief Executive Officer. “The CSC Cyclone is an adventure touring bike that makes sense, and we believe its 250cc engine size is a perfect solution to real world adventure touring needs.”

“The combination of these two emerging markets – the adventure touring and the 250cc segments – represents a tremendous opportunity for CSC Motorcycles and for our customers,” Seidner said. It’s good to see that critical experts in this field agree with us; this is a great motorcycle and at its $3495 price, it represents incredible value. We know that the Cyclone’s quality is as good as or better than any other motorcycle on the market today, including expensive European imports that cost 8 times as much as the Cyclone.”

Yes it's made in China and yes it's 250cc, but this is what so many on the ADV community keep asking for. At $3,495, people now need to speak with their wallets and send a message to the other manufacturers about what they are willing to actually pay for.

The 250cc market has been exploding in the last couple years with Honda, Kawasaki, and even Suzuki introducing bikes that could easily power a competitor to the CSC. Can they beat it on price or will reliability become a major issue? Probably not, but the major manufacturers can easily package more features from their parts inventory to make a competitor with more safety items.



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Great machine for that price, sends a good message too. Spending 30K for a GS with bells and whistles is just plain sick.


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sends a good message too. Spending 30K for a GS with bells and whistles is just plain sick.
I think that's the main take away here. I doubt CSC will crash the adventure bike segment but it may push prices and development in the budget fun sector by the big boys.


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Great machine for that price, sends a good message too. Spending 30K for a GS with bells and whistles is just plain sick.
Yeah, I have issues spending big bucks on a big bore twin adventure bike. (KTM) But I *have* seen them ridden seriously offroad and up some reasonably difficult terrain. Think Taskers Gap level stuff.

One of these days I might pick up a used one from a friend. Just for grins.

But new? Doubtful.

If you are into pretty easy gravel road stuff this would likely be fine. But more difficult terrain I would look at a true dirtbike and deal with the conversion into a DP bike.


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Any idea if it's reasonable for commuting and highway? 250 with luggage on the highway sounds like it's a non-starter. Stick to actual adventuring with this one, for which it would probably work fabulously if it's easy to maintain.
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Any idea if it's reasonable for commuting and highway? 250 with luggage on the highway sounds like it's a non-starter. Stick to actual adventuring with this one, for which it would probably work fabulously if it's easy to maintain.
Pack light (I.e. <40lbs of stuff) and you should be fine.

$3,500 adventure? What's not to like?!
I love that the adventure category has had strong growth the last decade here in the states. I frowned that the small handful of players offered them at prices that made most shudder.



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In general, I'd be packing 40 lbs or less, and I only weigh 170, so maybe a total of about 230 lbs on the bike, including the panniers and bags and such. I was really wanting to buy a new Tiger 800, but they are still selling 2013s for 11k out the door. If I could get them below 10k OTD, I'd probably pull the trigger, but I just can't really justify it for a purely for-fun item that I won't be using all the time.
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I think these are pretty sweet. I couldn't see spending $12k+ for what's really a street bike with more ground clearance.

That said, these would have to be pretty good to keep me from going to a used wr250r, which are a known quantity, good on highway, pretty good off road, lots of electrical output, etc...
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385lbs seems like a lot for this bike.
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385lbs seems like a lot for this bike.
Seems about right for a budget 250. Ninja 250 is 375ish. You need to pay another 3 grand to get it under 300lbs (WR250R).

I imagine these will do really well if the quality is halfway decent. There are a lot of cheap ADV guys out there.
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EPA Approves CSC's $3,000 Adventure Bike - January 3, 2015, 10:57 AM

Wouldn't a used KLR be a better option for real "adventure" riding?
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I think it would be a great little commuter bike. Upright, room for groceries on the way home and all.. If it can handle a freeway speed of 65 or so it'd be just fine.


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EPA Approves CSC's $3,000 Adventure Bike - January 3, 2015, 01:35 PM

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Maybe. This just doesn't seem to be any more of an adventure bike than a KLX250 with a luggage rack. It's gonna be a miserable riding highway bike and gutless off road.
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Maybe. This just doesn't seem to be any more of an adventure bike than a KLX250 with a luggage rack. It's gonna be a miserable riding highway bike and gutless off road.
Kind of thinking the same thing... a 250cc thumper at highway speeds? Say goodbye to your teeth... this thing will shake them out.

That being said, I wish them the best. I think for an urban commuter, this thing could rock, but I wouldn't want to attempt a run up the Dalton on it.
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