*CSC 250cc RX-3 Cyclone

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Chad05gsa, Sep 3, 2014.

  1. buckthedog

    buckthedog Eastbound and down

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    Thank you! I'm trying to get my wife up to speed (kind of a pun there) to go with me. With 4 nursing jobs, an AC business and 5 kids between the two of us, I can't in good conscience as a husband and father go do my own thing for a couple or 3 weeks. Plus, I just plain enjoy her company. So either we both do it, or I'll be home with them, and Buck the actual dog. It's just how I roll.
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  2. Dualsport Chic

    Dualsport Chic Long timer

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    Makes you even better a person for understanding your priorities and paying attention to what matters here and now. May the universe grant you both the opportunity and good health to grab it when the time is right!
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  3. Jay_In_Milpitas

    Jay_In_Milpitas Zero to sixty in February

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    I've seen pictures of his wife he posted some time ago. If I were his age with a wife that attractive, I'd barely stay gone half a day.
  4. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    DS Chic,
    When you did the TAT, what areas were the "advanced" ones and what made them advanced? Just wondering as the TAT is something I've thought about doing at some point. I've done sand and rock while riding the RawHyde in Castaic, Mojave and Death Valley. I've done the WABDR which as some nice forest service roads but also some rutted, sandy and baby head rocky climbs and descents. I've done some snow but that was just dumb and I'd go when things were snow free. I've also ridden the intermediate rides at the Touratech Rally West and done some pretty hairy singletrack riding at a couple of our local ORV parks. All on my RX3 along with some long mostly road trips of 1500 and 2000 miles or so. I just hit the one year anniversary of the bike and my riding career and have 14K miles on it with no issues. Doing a 4700 mile trip next July to Prudhoe Bay, AK that will contain several "detours" on dirt to visit some cool places like Telegraph Creek. I'd previously read everything on the transamtrail.com website and reviewed it again and only see the reference to bike being larger than 400cc, a dual sport and later a mention of knobbies.

    Thanks for the info!!!

    Joe
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  5. buckthedog

    buckthedog Eastbound and down

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    You're a good guy Jay :) I just showed her that, she thinks we're both full of :topes .... sadly, work and kid activities keep us gone from can-see to past can't-see.
  6. Dr. Zombo

    Dr. Zombo I need a bike ...

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    Sorry for stirring up shit. Whether I do the TAT or not, I know limits are mostly mine, not the RX3's. I appreciate seeing both sides of view on the reliability and abilities of this bike, but if I don't get one (or the TT250), I think I'm missing out on a huge adventure - that being breaking out of my current lifestyle rut and LIVING again.
  7. buckthedog

    buckthedog Eastbound and down

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    If the pot never needed stirring, we'd never would move forward, it's all good. Some are just more vociferous about things. I'm passionate about stuff as well. There's no wrong answer. There is a world of awesome adventure to be had, and some of the most read and appreciated ride reports on this site are of trips taken on the "wrong" bike. Jdowns, RTWDoug, the dude on the postie bike going from England to India...the list goes on and on.
  8. Dualsport Chic

    Dualsport Chic Long timer

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    Hi Joe - I've only done the far eastern section of the TAT (via entire ride on the TET on my XT250) - however, many in NDR have either done the entire TAT or the more technical sections - CO etc. Through them I have been able to garner most of my information. I've been watching you and how the bike does as you are working the challenging terrain. Very glad to hear the bike is doing well thus far. Please continue to post up ride reports and keep us posted. Sadly for me with two spinal surgeries, I'll never be able to take the RX3 on my chosen terrain as it is still too harsh on my back in the technical stuff. But one of these days, once I escape from corporate life, the entire TAT is on the bucket list - just a matter of having the free time to make the entire run. Looking forward to your Prudhoe Bay adventure!
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  9. buckthedog

    buckthedog Eastbound and down

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    Joe, you certainly have shown what the bike is capable of, and (if I recall correctly, forgive me if I'm incorrect) easy for a relatively new ds rider to learn on, work on, ride etc. I wonder how things would've progressed for you had you started off on a 650-1200 cc adv bike.
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  10. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    Thanks DS Chic. I hope to also do the Colorado BDR and i’d guess the terrain on it is much like that of the TAT. That may happen next year but with the Alaska Trip overlapping the prime season for both it may wait another year. I will do a ride report thread of the Alaska trip. Thanks!

    Buck, I think things would have been more difficult for me on a bigger bike. First, I am 5’7” which limits the bikes I can actually get on, especially as a newb, since I want to get my feet down. I also weight 120 pounds and my power is for bicycle racing so picking up a beast like that would require a pulley system. While there are some rides I pass on attending due to the terrain, the bike hasn’t stopped me from doing some above my skill level stuff and it’s also just so darn comfortable getting there and back on the road. I realize that a Venn diagram would show ADV and DS crossing over each other partially and that the RX3 is more road biased than an enduro Bike lots of the guys ride here but it keeps me from speeding and riding the stuff above my skill level at ludicrous speed. Plus most of the guys here will trailer their bikes since they don’t like riding them on the freeway. I enjoy the whole experience.

    Later all,

    Joe
  11. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer

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    Thank you very much for posting the link of RTWdoug riding the TAT on his old HD side car rig! :beer
    It is amazing... :yikes
    Through the deep sand, water crossings, mud, rock studded hill climbs in Colorado to get over the passes, using his electric winch as needed to make progress when his 4 1/2" ground clearance proved to be not enough or his one wheel drive couldn't get traction.
    Wow :hide

    Can the RX3 do the TAT? I think it would be easy-peasy in comparison. :imaposer

    And Doug wasn't the first or only rider to take a hack over the trails. :ricky

    Absolutely amazing and some stunning pictures too. :gdog

    An awesome read that I now highly recommend :clap

    Now I want to read his RTW RR on his 1928 Indian :loco
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  12. pyoungbl

    pyoungbl Colonel Blood

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    Doug has done some amazing trips. I recall his trip across Russia (and other places) on a Sportster. That put Iron Butt into a whole new world. The guy does not know the meaning of the word can't.
  13. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer

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    I just posted this on the TW thread but wanted to copy it here for future readers who question riding the TAT on an RX-3 or another small bike.



    I've been reading an excellent ride report of a trip on the TAT (Trans America Trail) by RTWdoug.

    What made this rr different is that he did it on a Harley... with a sidecar! Great pictures too.
    Funny guy with lots of riding experience on various bikes, like his Dirtster (HD Sportster adv bike) and his RTW trip on his 1928 Indian.
    He made the TAT trip in 2013 so it is not new but still a great read, or just to skim for the pictures of a side car HD on dirt trails.
    (Ride Report link HERE)

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    And what exactly does this have to do with our TW's you are wondering?

    Because I just read this post he made after reaching the Pacific Ocean in answer to a question someone asked:


    DiggerD said:

    So, my question Doug, as you had plenty of time to ponder on your ride, "What bike did you really wish you had on this trip?"
    Not being a wise ass, just your thoughts, and you don't have to go too deep, just the bike will do.
    :wink::wink:


    "Even tho I havent had the chance to ride one, I think a Yamaha TW200 would be one of the best & easiest bikes to do the TAT on.
    Fat tires would be good for gravel & sand, light weight good for the really rough stuff.
    I'm currently on the lookout for a TW with a bad motor, as I have an idea.......... (no, I dont think I will do the TAT again!)

    On the other end of the spectrum, a full dress harley with a sidecar is possibly the WORST bike to do the TAT on"
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  14. GordonLightfoot

    GordonLightfoot McRib Master

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    Got my shipping notice today. :clap

    Not sure of the delivery date yet, but it's going to be a long few days...
  15. Dr. Zombo

    Dr. Zombo I need a bike ...

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    Dan, hoping you're rapidly on the mend - we can't wait for you to regale us with tales of debauchery from SA!
  16. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried

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    Have been given ok to return to work next week. Cognitive test results were improved from last week. Not really looking fwd to it but gotta get back to normalcy whatever that may represent. Still no memory of a good chunk of that day as well as the following day or two. Gotta accept that I guess. How soon I resaddle and what I do going forward is not clear. Felt weird even driving a car today. Such uncertainty
  17. buckthedog

    buckthedog Eastbound and down

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    I understand your position. Whatever you decide, it's your choice and you don't seem the type to care what others think of your choices ;) (I mean that respectfully). Life is all about chapters of a book. Maybe you are starting a new one. It's one reason I drive a Jeep. Top down, doors off, it's a similar feeling as when I ride. Plus, Buck the dog (and Smedley the dog) get to go.
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  18. WoodWorks

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    FTFF Danimal. Keep climbing.
  19. Dr. Zombo

    Dr. Zombo I need a bike ...

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    Just more than glad you're still with us, Dan. Give yourself time to heal completely - the path will show itself when it's time.

    quick motorcycle content though - any inmates in this thread try/ride the CSC tt250? I am reviewing the TT250 thread as well.
  20. Pbro63

    Pbro63 csc RX3 250

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    Hang in there Dan and take your time. Glad to hear you're on the mend.
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