I was browsing the CSC Motorcycles blog a few days ago and came across this excellent article regarding the CSC RX3 Adventure Motorcycle. That article is called "Proven Reliability of the CSC RX3 Adventure", and you can check it out by following this link. In short, the article sums up the various rides that CSC has sponsored over the last few years spanning tens of thousands of miles, but then goes on to talk about the broader market in which the RX3 is a part of. I found this information to be very interesting and wanted to share it here, as much of this information was a deciding factor when I purchased my CSC TT250 a few years ago.
Now the CSC RX3 Adventure isn't new, and neither is this information for that matter. The thing is, unless you are genuinely interested in what CSC is doing or did some research on China bikes; then this information might actually come as a surprise. The article details some of the backstory about the RX3, and how it is sold in various configurations around the world. It also talks a little bit about how the engine, which is the result of a collaboration between Piaggio and Zongshen, is specifically designed to be reliable and low maintenance. It is an interesting read, I would highly recommend you check it out if you have the chance.
So why is this important if it isn't anything new? Well, if you have followed my YouTube channel for any length of time, you should know by now that I am a huge fan of inexpensive, reliable and practical motorcycles. I started this whole journey on my CSC TT250, purchasing the bike because I had a need for an inexpensive form of transportation. As I was looking for a beater car, I came across an article advertising a dual sport motorcycle for $1895 dollars; the CSC TT250. I already owned a 2014 Honda CRF250L, but something about this extremely inexpensive motorcycle just seemed to fit bill for my cheap transportation needs.
That purchase slowly turned from practical commuter into genuine curiosity about how capable and reliable a $2000 dual sport motorcycle could really be. I mean, how much abuse could this thing really stand up to? If you are curious about said abuse, take a look at this playlist for all of my adventures on the CSC TT250 to see how it performed. In the end, it turned out to be a great motorcycle, and I stand by my opinion that it is a good option for anyone who has the right expectations. It's not a dedicated trail bike, enduro machine or motocross racer; but it is a cheap & reliable motorcycle that has the capability to get you pretty far off the beaten path if you can respect it's limitations.
Before purchasing my CSC TT250, I did a LOT of research before pulling the trigger. My two main sources were the ChinaRiders.net forum and of course; the CSC Motorcycles blog. The CSC blog at the time was written by Joe Berk, who served as an engineering consultant, Zongshen liaison and public relations specialist for CSC Motorcycles. Joe has since retired, but he still is featured as a guest blogger and has started a new project called Exhaust Notes with Joe Gresh of Motorcyclist Magazine.
I learned a lot of information from reading that blog. Not only did I learn about CSC Motorcycles, Zongshen, and the various bikes that CSC was importing; I also learned about the global motorcycle market the role CSC Motorcycles and Zongshen played in the grand scheme of things. At this point the RX3 Adventure had been out about a year, and the proven reliability as well as the mainly positive reviews of the bike are what made me pull the trigger on my CSC TT250. I won't go into all of the details here, but if you are curious you should definitely check out some of the older posts on the CSC blog. There is a ton of information there about all of the various CSC Motorcycles; as well as back stories, ride reports, general motorcycle content and much more. It's definitely worth checking out if you have the time.
I still check the CSC Blog from time to time, and I am really happy that I came across that article about the RX3. At almost 4 years since its introduction into the United States, the RX3 has proven to be an inexpensive and reliable way to experience adventure and life on two wheels. I have a lot of respect for CSC Motorcycles and their desire to think outside the box. Their commitment to offering practical and reliable motorcycles has really helped to change some of the perceptions regarding Chinese motorcycles here in the US; and I wish them nothing but continued success in this space. Now, if we could just get a release date on that RX4...