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Hey, folks…Joe Berk here.

Sue and I had dinner with Steve and Maureen a few days ago and we were talking about the Nethercutt Museum. I mentioned that we had recently visited the Gene Autry Museum in Los Angeles. That led to a conversation about who was going to organize the Meetup.com rides (you know, the Dual Sports and Donuts rides CSC does on the first Saturday of each month), and Steve asked if I would set up the next ride to the Autry Museum. Happy to do it, I said, and then Steve asked about the new ExhaustNotes website (it’s going well, and I’ll tell you more on that in a second). I asked Steve if he wanted me to do a guest blog for CSC occasionally, and he thought that was a grand idea. You didn’t think you would get rid of me that easily, did you?

So, first, the ride on 4 August: It’s going to be a regular CSC D&D ride, which means we’ll meet at the CSC plant at 9:00 and roll over to the Autry Museum. Sue and I were there a couple of weeks ago and it’s awesome. The Autry Museum has fantastic artwork, an entire wing focused on the cowboy movies and music that dominated the airwaves in the ‘50s and ‘60s, and a world-class firearms collection (including an original Gatling gun). They’ve even got a vintage Indian Chief on display (the motorcycle, that is). It’s a very cool place. On the way back, we’ll stop for lunch at Zankou’s in Glendale (it’s a local treasure and it’s one of my favorites).

Now, on to this business of the new website. Last year, Maureen made a comment that it might be a good idea if Joe Gresh (the Motorcyclist “Cranked” guy) and I started a website that consisted of two razor-sharp guys (well, that covers at least one of us) going back and forth on a variety of issues, mostly related to motorcycle stuff.  Hmmmm.  That might work. So…

ExhaustNotes.us went live last week (note the “.us,” and that it’s not “.com”), and it’s going strong. The idea is that the site is a focus point for links leading to the various articles Joe and I have written, and we have a new blog on the site (doesn’t everybody have a blog these days?). The focus will be on Baja and other motorcycle adventures. And, there will be a lot of banter back and forth between Joe Gresh and yours truly (as is occurring now on camera gear).

ExhaustNotes.us is not a CSC venture, and it’s not going to compete with the CSC blog (hell, the CSC blog is my baby, and I’ll still post on it from time to time). We’d like to invite you to follow ExhaustNotes as regularly as you follow the CSC blog. Think of it as the Dajiu and Arjiu show (or, as Gresh would say, the Arjiu and Dajiu show). You’ll see a lot of original material from both of us there. We’d like you to comment on each post. And here’s a spoiler alert: Gresh’s stuff is a lot better than mine, but don’t tell him I told you that.

Joe Berk

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How about this? Joe Berk retires and he has articles in the August issue of three magazines, all featuring CSC motorcycles (ADVMoto, RoadRUNNER, and Motorcycle Classics)! The latest is this great story about our CSC Baja tours, featured in ADVMoto magazine. If you rode with us in Baja, there’s a good chance a photo of you is in this article! We’d like you to use the link to read the entire article, but the opening sentence (which we’ll quote here) gives a good feel for what the story is all about…

I write the blog for CSC Motorcycles and one day I found myself in the motorcycle adventure touring business…well, that’s not entirely accurate. It’s not really a business because we don’t charge anything for the CSC tours. We use touring to generate interest and to make it easy for folks to get into adventure riding. And, in my opinion, there’s no better place to do that than Baja.

Take a look at the article, thanks to ADVMoto for publishing it, and thanks to Joe for writing it!

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CSC Announces City Slicker Electric Motorcycle

AZUSA, Calif. – July 11, 2018 – PRLog — CSC Motorcycles announced a new electric motorcycle today, the City Slicker, a motorcycle to be initially offered at the astonishingly low price of $1995 under CSC’s introductory “Don’t Miss The Boat” program.   The all-electric City Slicker motorcycle meets all US Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, and California Air Resources Board requirements, and the motorcycle is approved for all 50 US states.   Like CSC’s other offerings, the City Slicker is manufactured to CSC specifications by Zongshen, one of the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturers.

“We’ve done very well bringing Zongshen motorcycles to the US,” said Steve Seidner, CSC’s Chief Executive Officer.  “When we first saw the City Slicker, we knew it was right for the United States,” Seidner continued.   “We worked closely with Zongshen to tailor this extremely affordable, high quality motorcycle to US expectations.  The build quality is world class, and the bike is just plain fun to ride.  Riding an electric motorcycle is a uniquely-different experience.  The City Slicker is completely silent, and it is very quick off the line.   The experience is like riding a bicycle downhill or sailing. It’s different and it’s fun.”

The all-electric CSC City Slicker uses a nonhub motor and final drive is via belt drive, which eliminates the chain noise created by other electric motorcycles offered in the US.  The City Slicker has two operating modes controlled from an easily-accessible handlebar-mounted switch.   In the Power mode, the City Slicker has a top speed of 46.6 mph and a range of approximately 35 miles.  In the Eco mode, the motorcycle has a lower top speed (37 mph) with a greater range.  The City Slicker requires 6 to 8 hours to recharge a fully-discharged battery using a standard 110VAC outlet.  Instrumentation includes a speedometer, odometer, and trip meter, as well as a cellphone-like battery status indicator and a motor temperature indicator.  Controls are similar to conventional motorcycles, with the exception of no clutch and no gear shifting.   The motorcycle has inverted forks and a large, lockable storage compartment where a conventional motorcycle fuel tank would be located.  The City Slicker also has a unique reverse drive feature.  The City Slicker has hydraulically-operated front and rear disk brakes.

Azusa-based CSC uses a direct path to market for its motorcycles (CSC sells direct to its customers, with no dealers).  Motorcycles are shipped from CSC directly to customers’ homes, with no assembly required.  The City Slicker is available in two colors (blue or red).   The electric motorcycles will have a one-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

“As we have done in the past with the RX3, the TT250, and our other motorcycles, we are offering a Don’t-Miss-The-Boat introductory price of just $1995,” Seidner explained.   “We’ve found that our Don’t-Miss-The-Boat introductions get the word out quickly and accelerate market acceptance.  After the initial shipment, the City Slicker’s price will be $2495.   That’s still many thousands of dollars less than any other electric motorcycle offered in America,” Seidner said.  “We are taking deposits now and the motorcycles will be here this fall.”

For additional information, please see the CSC website http://cscmotorcycles.com or call 909 445 0900.

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We are now accepting $500.00 deposits on the new City Slicker electric motorcycle. Our order has been placed to the Zongshen factory for 2019 model. The bikes should be here at the end of September, Just in time for Christmas.

This is a Don’t miss the boat price, $1995.00 ( Regular Retail $2495.00) plus $345.00 assembly/ inspection/Ocean Transport and $55.00 doc fee, Total price delivered to your door is $2400.00. Shipping is FREE, You will save $500.00 by placing your order on the first shipment. If you want to get one on order please give us a call at 800-884-4173 and we will take your order over the phone  or order online here http://store.cscmotorcycles.com/2018-City-Slicker-E-Bike-p/zcs-2018.htm

California buyers will pay sales tax and license, Out of state buyers will pay your state tax and license fee when you register the bike in your state.

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Had a little spare time on Monday and took a cool short ride up GMR (Glendora Mountain Road) on the TT250. The weather was great and the traffic is light up there on Monday’s, which made for a fun ride. GMR is close to my house so it only takes about 5 minutes to get on the road that leads up the hill.  GMR

Here is a  picture of my TT250. This picture was taken close to the top of GMR at one of the turn out’s in the road.  At this time of year you have to watch out for rattle snakes and other wild life, so I didn’t stay around in the dirt too long!!

On my way down the hill I noticed this in the road on one of the hair pin turns, Not good !! You can see the skid marks and tire marks in the dirt where some Ricky racer went over the side of the mountain in a car. Bummer…

SAN GABRIEL

We get a lot of tourist in the shop all the time. Most retired people go on trips like Hawaii, Europe, Asia, but this guy tours motorcycles shops. Actually, this is our good buddy Joe Berk working with Carlos to put together the shop manual and service tutorials for the new SG250 San Gabriel. The San Gabriel bikes are coming in next week and we are getting everything ready to start shipping them out to all the folks who put there deposits down on the first shipment.

This is one of the CSC service technicians Carlos. He know’s the SG250 like the back of his hand. He has taken them apart and put them back together many times over and I would say he is an San Gabriel expert tech.

Have a great 4th of July

We want to wish everyone a happy 4th! We will be closed on the 4th for the Holiday but will return on Thursday to our normal business hours. As you all know we have been working on our new website and it’s coming along great. We should have all the factory replacement part pages and accessory pages up by the end of the week. In the meantime if there is something you need please give us a call and we will be happy to take your order over the phone. Enjoy the day off, be with family, and eat lots of BBQ. Don’t forget to go for a ride on your CSC ZONG.

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We loaded up the truck with two of the new SG 250’s and headed over to the Irwindale speedway drag strip for a night of fun. It’s only about 10 minutes from the shop and a great time for racers and viewers alike. The flyer that we had for the event said that only a helmet and proper safety gear is required to race. Gerry, Joey, Willie and Duane all rode their bikes over to the drag strip thinking they all had the proper safety gear to find out that they were misinformed.

We were only able to race one bike after going thru tech where we were told rider’s must have a leather jacket, shoes that go above the ankle, and a helmet that is Snell approved. We were able to talk the tech guy into letting us run with a non leather jacket and had to rent a Simpson Snell approved helmet. Gerry was the only one who had boots that were above the ankle and was allowed to race.

Once we got Gerry and the bike thru tech everything smoothed out and we had a great time racing the SG250. Gerry made about 5 or 6 passes through out the night and the bike ran great every pass.

The Toyota truck all loaded up with two SG250’s ready for the races. The two bikes fit perfect in the back.

Gerry in the staging lane getting ready for his first pass of the night.

First pass we got matched up with a bike twice our size.

That guy got a good hole shot off the line.

Photo by Joe Berk: capturing Gerry at about 200 feet out.

The track was a 1/8th mile which is only 660 feet. Gerry got the SG up to 54.03 MPH

It was a lot of fun talking in the Pitt’s after each pass.

Our good buddy Kirk challenged Gerry to a drag race with his SV650

I think Gerry got the hole shot on this one, I think Kirk ended up catching Gerry at the end.

There were a few nice vintage bikes there, here is a nice old Indian, didn’t get the year.

Here is a Pierce motorcycle, it’s over 100 years old. I think it is a 1912.

All in all, we had a great time at the races, and had a lot of fun with the crew. The drag strip is just a few miles from our shop and with summer here I think we will be visiting the track a little more often. I am looking forward to our SG250 shipment coming in and I am sure we will see some of our customers out at the track with their new SG250’s. Maybe we will have a CSC drag day with prizes for the fastest bike!!

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Just wanted to let everyone know that we are setting up a new website, We have been getting a lot of e-mails asking what happened to all the parts and accessories. No worries, we still have everything and we will have all the replacement parts books and all the accessories back up on the new site hopefully by this weekend.

The IT people are working hard at it right now , in the mean time if there is something you need just give us a call and we can take your order over the phone. 800-884-4173

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This Thursday night at our local drag strip there is antique motorcycle drag races. You can bet we will be there with a couple San Gabriel Cafe Racers. This is exciting, That’s right you read it right here, we are going to run the San Gabriel down the drag strip. We will take a lot of pictures and post it right here on the blog this weekend. If your local come on out to the track, its $10.00 to watch and only $20.00 to race.

Come on out and see who will be riding the San Gabriel down the drag strip, will it be Joey, Gerry or Wade and Willie? It might even be Joe Berk!

See you there.

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You know that $1.9 million motorcycle created by Harley-Davidson? The blue one with diamonds embedded into the handlebars, and foot-pegs plated in gold? I was doing some budgeting earlier this week and figuring out the numbers to buy you one, but then I came back to reality. What if some of you didn’t like that shade of blue? I didn’t want to put you in that position, so I decided to do my research and find something a little more reasonable in the color sector!

All jokes aside, there are various motorcycle brands popping up and creating new rides to compete with the top dogs. And while some people might have their own personal opinion about competition, I firmly believe that competition forces established brands to work even harder. When we’re surrounded by bike makers that are constantly striving to reach the top, that means better options for us. So what’s not to like?

The CSC Cafe Racer - YouTube

Source: CSC150Man

Where did my research land me? Say hello to a motorcycle company by the name of CSC. While they’re new to the game of motorcycle innovation and creation, they’re trying to make up for their lack of history by allowing you to keep a few more bucks  in your pocket! They’re trying to change the standard price expected when you buy a motorcycle, and if you’re in the market for something that’s a bit more cost effective than your favored Harley, this might just be the bike for you.

Their new SG250 Cafe Racer only cost $1,995, and if that number doesn’t shock you, then I feel like your budget expectations are just a little too far removed and you can afford that $1.9 million Harley. But for the rest of us, this is a price that’s pretty unheard of within the industry. There’s always the chance that, with a lot of hunting and research, you can buy a used ride that’s this price. But a brand new bike? Pinch me, this is a dream. But not too hard, I tend to bruise easily.

Source: CSC Motorcycles 

While the look and feel of this bike might not be favored by everyone, that’s the beauty of the industry. There’s a bike out there to please every individual person, no matter how “out there” their style might be. And if I can predict who’s going to favor this bike the most, of course it’s going to be the millennial’s. This will especially be the case if they’re brand new to riding, and they want their first bike to be a price that’s a bit more manageable.

Most people don’t go and splurge on a $25,000 Harley when they first learn how to ride, because there’s always the chance that an accident might happen or you don’t fall in love with the way of life like you thought you would. This is perfect for those people because it will allow them to start to feel confident riding on the road, all without a hole burned in their pocket. This is also an awesome option for someone who wants an additional, manageable bike to take out for a ride. You might love your tour bike, but sometimes you want to ride something a little more simplistic, I get it. This is an option to consider!

Source: CSC150Man

But that’s not where it ends with CSC, because they’re looking to put the bike experience directly into the hands of the owner. They create in-depth, online material and tutorials to explain how to fix any issues that the bike might have. And while other companies create similar content, these tutorials are detailed and specific to the exact bike you own. Which is awesome.

Personally, I really struggled to decide between the $1.9 million Harley and this CSC $1,995 option. I almost bought the Harley, but then I realized the 5-carat diamond ring it comes with probably wouldn’t fit my finger, so I’d probably opt for the CSC instead. It’s all about being realistic.

Thanks to the gang over at Rumble-on, And thank you Cam for writing such a great piece on our new San Gabriel.

The first shipment of the San Gabriel are due in at the beginning of July, So if you are interested in reserving one go to our website and get you deposit in.

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All our bikes are on sale until the end of the month and bikes are moving out fast everyday. This is one of our newest TT250 owners, meet Jerry.

Jerry is a long time bike owner and has owned just about everything there is to own in the bike world. Jerry is going to use his new TT250 for all around town, he had the 47 tooth sprocket installed for mostly highway riding. Jerry has a big motor home and plans to hang the TT250 off the front of his motor home and use it when the motor home is parked in the camp grounds.

Thank you Jerry for choosing the CSC TT250, enjoy your new bike and Happy Trails.

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