After several months of red tape, the CSC RX3 Cyclone has been approved for sale in Canada.
The RX3 Cyclone is a Zongshen-built (made in China) adventure bike that’s being brought to North America by the California Scooter Company (it’s available in other markets under other names). It’s a big step up from the air-cooled dual sports that originally came to Canada from China (Lifan, Konker, et al), coming set up with a liquid-cooled engine, touring luggage and two-year unlimited mileage warranty.
The most interesting thing about the RX3 Cyclone is CSC’s sales model. The bike will not be available in dealerships. Instead, just like in the US, Canadians will be able to buy the bike direct from the distributor, bypassing any dealer network. Basically, Canadians will pay the exact same costs as riders in the US, with a few extra fees necessary to import the bike.
In an email, CSC employee Joe Berk told us “The price is $3495 USD (plus a $65 documentation fee, a $195 setup fee, the shipping charge, a modest Canadian import fee, Canadian sales taxes, etc.). The motorcycle includes the panniers, the top case, the windshield, the engine guards, the skidplate, and all the rest (6-speed transmission, liquid cooling, OHC, counterbalancers, etc.). The tech specs will be the same as the US model (the 300-watt alternator, the handle-bar controlled accessories outlets, the 17-inch rear wheels, etc.).”
Berk says CSC is still working out the numbers on what the shipping fees, import costs, and taxes are.
You can find out many more details on the RX3 Cyclone at the CSC website here. They’ve added an accessories section, making it easier for Cyclone owners to farkle up their mini-ADV bikes. And CSC has also been busy testing these machines to show their capabilities, doing a 1,700-mile ride through Baja and a 5,000-mile ride through the Western US to prove the machines won’t break down shortly after assembly. Berk talks about these trips and the other red tape and negotiations necessary to bring the bike to North America in his book here.