The California Scooter Company has added another motorcycle to their lineup, the TT 250 dual sport.
Long known for importing modern replicas of the old Mustang scooters, CSC has moved into the world of dual sport and adventure riding. First, they started selling the rebadged Zongshen RX3, the only quarter-litre adventure bike sold in North America. Now, they’re selling a dual sport 250 as well.
The TT 250 is built around a different motor than the RX3; it’s powered by an air-cooled 250 counterbalanced single, with a five-speed transmission. We haven’t had a close look at the engine, so we can’t tell you if it’s derived from an existing Japanese motor or if it’s an original Chinese design. From what we’ve gleaned online, and from what the photo indicates, it does seem to be CG125-derived, which is a good thing; the best Chinese engines are probably the CG derivatives. It also appears to be carbureted.
CSC says the TT 250 weighs 140 kg, but they don’t say if that’s a wet or dry weight. It has both electric and kick start, and comes with handlebar-controlled accessory outlets under the seat, and a 300-watt alternator as standard, something the Big Four still don’t offer on some larger 650-class motorcycles. The bike has a 21-inch front wheel and 18-inch rear, which should make it easy to find decent tires. The front suspension uses USD forks, and the rear suspension is adjustable, but that’s likely just preload.
US pricing for the TT 250 is very good at the moment; CSC has announced an introductory price of $1,895, if buyers put $1,000 down. They say the bike will be 50-state legal by this spring, and that standard pricing will be $2,495. There is no word on whether they will bring it to Canada; that probably depends on how well the RX3 does here.
Although it looked as if they were readying for a takeover of the industry a few years ago, Chinese bikes have once again fallen off the radar. It will be interesting to see where CSC takes their products, especially if they’re able to provide the warranty and customer service care that so many other importers neglected.