A few months ago, we told you about Chinese manufacturer Zongshen’s new 250 cc adventure bike. Now that bike is coming to North America.
US-based California Scooter Company will be importing the Zongshen RX3; they’re calling it the Cyclone. You can read about the bike’s specs in our first article on the machine (liquid-cooled 249 cc motor, SOHC, four-valve head, etc. etc.). You can also see a CSC employee talking about the machine in a YouTube clip below; sure, there’s some marketing speak involved, but you get a good idea of what the machine’s all about. Supposedly, the bike will sell for $2,895 in the US, and come with a one-year warranty.
So, our big question is: Is the RX3 coming to Canada? We emailed one of their Canadian associates, but haven’t heard back. This machine would certainly fill a niche in the market that’s been ignored ever since Honda discontinued their NX250, but whether there’s enough demand to make it worth the hassle to import is another question. Chinese bikes haven’t lost their stigma of cheapness and unreliability yet, and you certainly have more cachet when you roll up to Starbucks on a Tiger or a GS.