California Trike Scoot

After the Classic, Greaser, Baby Doll and Military models, California Scooter Company is about to launch this Spring a trike scooter kit. All models are inspired by the Mustang motorcycle built in Glendale, California in the 1940s, 50s, and early 60s and brought back to life with 21st technology by the California Scooter Company.   

The trike model is a 100% bolt-on package requiring that you buy or already own a SCS motorcycle.  No welding, no cutting, no painting…just nuts and bolts. California Scooter Co. LLC is a California-based business under its parent company, Pro-One Performance Manufacturing, Inc.  founded and managed by Steve Seidner.

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21 Responses to “California Trike Scoot”


  1. 1 Brandon Dec 7th, 2011 at 10:27 am

    For ladies? Missing is the grocery basket.

  2. 2 Jason Hallman Dec 7th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Why is this here? Seriously…why is this here?

  3. 3 Betty Dec 7th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Haha … Brandon, that was pretty funny. I’m a lady, and while it looks like this could be a cute and potentially fun toy, I would still rather ride my regular motorcycles. Unless it had a basket for my groceries.

    I gotta get back to the kitchen now …

  4. 4 Kroeter Dec 7th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Not for ladies, but old people. When Grandpa can no longer handle his Hog, he can bop around town on this thing.

  5. 5 PKMomma Dec 7th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    WOW! Looks like CSC made a great business decision. Kroeter you are right – a few months ago 75 million baby boomers turned 65, but looks fun for ALL AGES. I will definitely check out their website.

  6. 6 Joe Dec 7th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Joe from CSC Motorcycles here. Thanks for the comments, folks.

    PKMomma, you are right on the money with your observation about the baby boomers (I’m one of them). And Jason, we get calls constantly asking for a three-wheeler, so we thought we would explore what it would take to create one. We love to tinker, and what you see above is just the start. There are a lot of design/style/theme possibilities for a CSC trike. Nothing in the works for a grocery basket yet, but we are talking about a Model T type pickup bed, a stake bed, a rear seat, and several other concepts. I was surprised at how well the trike rode and handled. You might be, too. If any of you are in the southern California area, please stop in for a factory tour. You just might be able to get Steve to toss you the keys for the trike…and then you can make your own decision.

  7. 7 FYI Dec 7th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Jason, why is this here? Many of us on that enjoy the two wheel lifestyle were bit by the bug at a early age, it all started somewhere and small bikes played a big part in that. I’m lucky enough to own three big street bikes, from 88HP to 200HP. It all started with my first mini-bike and a whopping 3-1/2 HP. I’ve learned there is always someone that is bigger, badder, and faster. I’m only 54 but when I’m on my CSC Motorcycle thats packs a whopping 13.3 HP life is a little simpler and i’m able to take in all the beautiful scenery here in SoCal. These small m/c’s are great for people who have ridden most of their lives but the big bikes may be just to much for them these days, but they are still on two wheels and that is what matters. These small bikes are also great for the beginner, and as they graduate to a larger m/c they may become your customers of tomorrow. Be careful in your actions and your words, you don’t want bite the hand that may be feeding you and your family in the future. Best of luck to you and your father building your business in these tough times.

  8. 8 nicker Dec 7th, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Well, it’s cute as a bug’s ear.
    And anyone who ever (built &) rode a doodle-bug when they were a kid loves this “return to a simpler time.”

    But , here in a nutshell is the problem with contemporary motorcycle scene……
    RE:
    “…100% bolt-on package…… No welding, no cutting, no painting…”

    God forbid today’s “enthusiast” should ever have to actually do any of that manual labor stuff.
    (doesn’t anyone take Industrial Arts anymore……..???)

    Could be one of the reason the country seems to be populated with people who need to be taken care of form cradle to grave……… 🙁

    -nicker-

  9. 9 Kirk Perry Dec 7th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    A return of the 3-wheeler (mule) ATC 90? I have one. 1978. Magneto and a headlight that dims and brightens with the rpm. LOve it. Has a hitch and a J.C. Whitney fat-tired trailer. Hauls firewood, roped-down stacks of chapparel, and I’d be lost without it. 🙂

    Can you put some fat tires and a trailer hitch on a CSC Mustang?

    Ever see what Honda has now to replace the “death ride” ATC 3-wheeler and the reasonably small 4-wheeler? In 2011 the 4-wheel ATV is as big as a 1946 Jeep. That big. 🙂

  10. 10 Betty Dec 8th, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Joe–the pick-up bed sounds cool! It sort of needs something back there since it doesn’t have a fender and it looks a little naked. I’m very interested in seeing how this evolves. Best of luck!

  11. 11 Kirk Perry Dec 8th, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I think a package truck kit, added to the three-wheel kit is the way to go.

    Bring the population back down to earth. Puddle-jumpers are essential. Mustang “Transformer” kits.

    Put an ice cream box on back, a thumb-bell on the handlebars and start having some fun.

  12. 12 Jason Hallman Dec 8th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    FYI: Thank you for your kind words instead of just bashing me online.

    Okay…I was a little brash and I honestly do my best to always be positive on this and other sites where I post. I am sorry I wasn’t as professional as I could/should be.

    I tend to look at things from the perspective of “what if I were selling or servicing that product” and to be honest from the information presented here and from what I see in the photo my first impression is that the package is not complete. Because of my location (Plant City, Florida) I have a ton of snow birds with trikes that I see all winter long for service so I know that there is definitely a difference between a bike and a trike when it comes to equipment, service and definitely safety. Last year two of my customers were killed in a very small window and one of them was on a Gold Wing Trike. I never like to hear of anyone going down. The lack of fenders and outboard lighting seem unsafe to me and if a company isn’t concerned enough to include those items I question the overall quality of the product.

    Perception is reality and if I am wrong I will gladly belly up to a full bowl of Crow…but to be honest what is being presented is perceived (by me) to be unfinished.

  13. 13 Kirk Perry Dec 8th, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    For all their “utility”, I couldn’t find one (1) ATV, sold on the market down in New Orleans, or anywhere else in California that had a trailer hitch, or with Honda, none that could ever be adapted for one.
    Consequently, if my Honda 90 motor kacks …… none of the repop Chinese motors will fit (bolt pattern) and/ or none of them are two-speed transmission (Hi-Lo gearing) that the ATC’s need.

    The CalTrike has a motor larger than 90cc. It’s got the power. The rear sprocket’s in the middle of the axle.
    Buy (3) 22 x 11-8 tires/rims/ 4-circle pattern bolts/dust cap/grease seal/ stnd. 1″ axle stub & )2) high speed bearings …for $99. ea. from Northern® and try it out.
    Bend your front forks close to the tire like Honda did.

    The 3-wheel “Mule” opens a new market, where the machine becomes a legitimate “farm vehicle” and itemized or amortized expense for property owners.
    Comes with a “novelty” disclaimer to ward-off spine injuries.

  14. 14 TK Dec 8th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Howdy everyone,thought I should clarify questions and comments here.Our engineering development prototype trike unit isn’t finished yet…it’s just the bare bones right now. But it’s fully functional, and I’ll tell you what: It works! Steve wants to work on getting the gearing perfect, finishing a few minor engineering details, and developing a family of trike accessories. The accessories list sounds super cool…a pickup bed…a polished wood stake bed…a rear seat option…a service compartment…and the list goes on! The finished product will have all the bells and whistles, fenders, turn signals, tail lights. Everything that it takes to make it D.O.T approved. So stay tuned as the prototype you see above morphs into our completed project.

  15. 15 Joe Dec 8th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    TK is right…the original information on this project was published on the California Scooter Company blog (http://californiascooterco.com/blog/?p=6228) last week and it explains that the photo above is an engineering development prototype (it’s not a finished bike). You can read more about it on our blog. We have a YouTube video on the blog showing the trike in use, too

    .

  16. 16 Smittydog Dec 8th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    What the f-ing hell is that?

  17. 17 FYI Dec 8th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Jason, no worries. Looks like TK and Joe cleared things up and verified what you stated “looks unfinished” a work in progress lets say. Sorry to hear about your two customers, many times customers are also close sometimes friends.

  18. 18 Rip Dec 12th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    TK , Joe and Steve,

    Just returned from China your ideas are nothing new you have just added bigger fatter wheels. Chinese have had this type of bike for many years using them for everyday commutes to commercial haulers and taxi’s. Out with the old and in with the older….economic like a Smart car though…

  19. 19 Rick Lossner Dec 13th, 2011 at 7:40 am

    I’ve seen these ( not the trike of course) at rallies ….

    1. Fit / Finish is good
    2. They are rideable .. at my size , I was surprised I could actually get around on it
    3. At the price, I’m surprised they sell 🙁 But, if you’ve got the cash, or you simply want something like this to putt around at rallies with or around town ( vs a moded) .. wtf, go for it. Seems like you’d be better off on a used sporty for the $….

    Good news is .. these guys are making it in this economy …. Maybe BBC should have merged with them? LMAO

  20. 20 Joe Dec 14th, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Rip and Rick, thanks much for your comments.

    Rip, we know that three wheelers have been around for a long time, and we have most definitely reached back to the original Mustang days for our inspiration (check out today’s CSC blog at http://www.CaliforniaScooterCo.com/blog). I think if get a chance to examine our bike a bit more closely you would agree that there’s quite a bit more to it than just bigger fatter wheels. Sounds like you get around quite a bit (China…wow!), so the next time you are in So Cal, please stop in for a visit. We’ll give you a factory tour and I’d be happy to buy you lunch. There were be any cobra or sea worms on the menu, though!

    Rick, the good news most definitely is that we are making it in this economy, and we are creating manufacturing jobs in California. And you are right, our bikes do get around pretty good. I don’t know your size, but I am a, well, a full-figured rider, and I rode mine (along with several of my friends on their CSC motorcycles) all the way to Cabo San Lucas and back last year. You can read about that here: http://www.motofoto.cc/california_scooters_conquer_baja!.htm And just a few weeks ago, we rode our CSC bikes in the Death Valley Hell’s Loop Endurance Rally. But don’t take my word for it…we’ve got the same invitation for you…come visit us in La Verne, and we’ll take you out for a ride in the San Gabriel Mountains. And the same invitation stands for lunch!

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