Italian-designed, Chinese-made, 250cc, 19hp, and 83mph top speed bike is beautiful!
So, I've been looking at the CSC offerings. Dual sport or a cafe racer for $2400 shipped and the RX3. Really liking the RX3, but I was getting the bug for an around-town 250 that could handle short stints on the highway and maybe even a gravel road or two. The SG250 looked great, but that 68mph top speed and super small size (26" seat height and a 50" wheelbase) put me off a bit. And then... I found the SSR Buccaneer. It's designed by Italjet, and sold as an Italjet in europe. Here, it's sold as an SSR. It's got a 19hp clone of the 250cc V-twin Virago mill, and has an 83mph top speed in perfect conditions. (Full tuck, tailwind, downhill). That equates to a sustainable 75mph on a straight and level road, and 71mph on an extended uphill grade. That's WAY better than the TW200 for the street. It's not as smooth and powerful as a ninja 250 by any stretch, but it's a really nice looking machine that has a lot of ground clearance and even comes with a belly pan, headlight guard, and dual sport (ish) tires.
I really like the look of this, and I want one pretty badly. It looks like a motorcycle should look. I've viewed a bunch of videos on youtube, and it goes pretty well and sounds really good. It's a capable street bike that could dabble on some dirt, and look really good doing it. It's not TW-capable off-road, but to be honest I almost never road my TW off-road. I commuted on it 99.8% of the time.
Another thing... it has a 4.5 gallon tank!! 280 miles before reserve assuming 70mpg.
I'm going to see one this weekend, I think...