While I try to avoid buying things made in China (not easy, and I certainly can’t do it for everything) this bike has some pretty fair reviews online. Sure, it has rear drum brakes, tiny front disc brakes, and front shocks that look like they came off of a bicycle. But that isn’t the point with this bike, at least not in my opinion. If you want a fun little commuter bike (assuming you aren’t on the freeway much, or at all), the CSC SG250 San Gabriel Motorcycle checks a bunch of boxes. All for less than $2k!
The SCS brand is shipping directly to customers, bypassing the traditional dealer network. The SG250 arrives in a large shipping crate and takes about 30-minutes to get the bike on the road. In fact, it comes with some fuel, oil, and a charged battery already installed, all you have to do is install the mirrors.
You aren’t going to win any races with this 229.5 cc single-cylinder engine, but it is pretty smooth due to a counterbalancer. Power is 16 horsepower at 7k rpm and 13.5 foot-pounds of torque at 5,500 rpm. Not particularly fast, quick, or powerful – but good enough for fun times in the city.
The SG250 San Gabriel comes with a one-year unlimited-mileage warranty. Most of the time CSC will just mail out defective parts as they don’t have a dealer network. If, however, you can’t do the repair yourself CSC will work with your local shop to get the fix completed (at least that is what they are saying at the time being).