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Old 01-12-2021, 11:47 AM   #1
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Default CSC Monterey first ride: Retro electric scooter performance at an e-bike price

CSC Monterey Electric Scooter Dreams Of Being A Super Cub Someday

Friendly design that looks more than slightly familiar.

What if I told you that you (yes, you) could have an electric Honda Super Cub under your holiday tree this year? OK, not so fast. The CSC Monterey, as you may have spotted, is not an electric Honda Super Cub, but it definitely wishes it was.

Weíve written about CSCís affordable motorcycles in the past. The California-based importer brings over a few models of bikes from Chinese manufacturer Zongshen, and has a selection of both electric and piston-powered offerings. The Monterey scooter is the latest two-wheeler to join its lineup, and itís easily the most friendly-looking model they currently offer. I mean, how could it not be when its influence is that obvious?

We havenít gotten our hands on one of these, so we have no idea what theyíre like to ride, or what fit and finish is like up close. The photos look great, but donít tell you much about what itís like to live with one of these on a daily basis. Still, for an MSRP of $1,995, itís probably a lot easier to convince someone to take a chance on this scoot.

CSC Monterey - Yellow
CSC Monterey - White
To be clear, this is very much an around-town vehicle. Top speed is a claimed 32 mph, and max torque is 88 ft-lbs. Range is anywhere between 20 and 65 miles, depending on the usual variables. Battery is a 60V26Ah unit, and power is provided by a 2.4kW brushless motor.

Vehicle weight is listed as a math problem. Consult the specs, and youíll see that the battery weighs 20 pounds. Meanwhile, further down, listed vehicle weight without the battery is 158 pounds. Putting the two together gives you a total vehicle weight of 178 pounds, which apparently was simply too much effort for this spec sheet to do for you. It seems like the kind of situation where a person writing the sheet thought they were being clever, but the end result looks like they were trying to hide something.

Anyway, max load weight is 300 pounds, including the rider and any passenger or added stuff they want to cart around. It rides on 17-inch wheels, has LED lights, an unexciting conventional and nonadjustable suspension, and drum brakes all around. Itís cute in photos, but is it any good to ride? We have no idea, but we hope youíll let us know if you try it.
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Old 01-12-2021, 12:00 PM   #2
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Problem with scrooters for me is they require a bike license and yet they don't go fast enough to get to the DMV safely to obtain my license. I'd get run over by a UPS truck from behind before I get there.
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Old 01-12-2021, 12:26 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by oichan View Post
Problem with scrooters for me is they require a bike license and yet they don't go fast enough to get to the DMV safely to obtain my license. I'd get run over by a UPS truck from behind before I get there.
In CT, as long as you don't exceed 49cc/2hp you don't need to register it or have an M endorsement on your license; you do require an operators license though. A Honda Ruckus is an example of something that would not have to be registered as a motorcycle in CT.

As long as this thing doesn't make more than 2hp, it doesn't have to be registered, in CT at least.

I keep my M endorsement up, I may not use it, but I keep it because I will use it again, eventually.
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Old 01-12-2021, 03:03 PM   #4
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Yeah, this is capped at 32mph so that it fits the definition of a 49cc scooter.

In 12 states, you don't need a license at all (usually need to be 14-16 or older).

You only need a motorcycle endorsement in 5 states (AL, AR, CA, ND, TX) for a 49cc scooter.

In 22 states you don't need to even register the vehicle. You can just ride it like a bicycle on public streets.

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