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Old 09-03-2007, 10:12 PM   #1
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Super Sherpa thread

I know the Sherpa has a bunch of fans here so I hope we can get an official thread started for the little beast.

Here's mine, complete with bedliner pant job.



Cheap, fun, and reliable.



Is it just mine or do most Sherpas have banged up tanks? The other side is much worse.

Let's see your mods.

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Old 09-04-2007, 10:33 AM   #2
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You used bedliner paint, how's it holding up? I was going to use Kylon Fusion paint on my KLX250's plastics - sounds like it would also work pretty good.


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Old 09-05-2007, 08:48 PM   #3
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You used bedliner paint, how's it holding up? I was going to use Kylon Fusion paint on my KLX250's plastics - sounds like it would also work pretty good.


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So far, so good on the paint. I used that kind you can buy at Pep Boys for about $8.00 for a spray can. Gas doesn't affect it at all. No chipping yet and if it does, just spray over it.

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Old 10-18-2007, 03:33 PM   #4
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More Sherpa's ???

There has to be more Sherpa owners out there - let's see them !!

Thanks !!!
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Old 10-18-2007, 03:56 PM   #5
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1000 miles in 24hrs on a Sherpa

This link should probably be included here:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=275752

Sherpas are cool!

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Old 02-18-2008, 03:50 PM   #6
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Bump.

Really enjoying my new to me Super Sherpa. I put a high front fender on and changed out the Trailwings for some Maxxis C6006's. Fork seals are leaking so I need to do that when (if) I return to the states.

Got it to haul on the back of the RV I'm now living in fulltime.

Been in Baja for the last couple of weeks and having a blast exploring.
Lot's of fish tacos, Negra Modelo's and Tequila.
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Old 09-04-2007, 01:59 PM   #7
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The Super Sherpa has a remarkably wide-ratio six-speed transmission. It has considerably more spread than the new KLX250. Yamaha's XT225 is the only current motorcycle I'm aware of that has a wider spread from first to high gear.
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Old 09-04-2007, 03:09 PM   #8
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Laugh Sherpa

I have over 5000 miles on my 2000 Sherpa & I love it more with each ride.

RE gear ratio spread: the split between 2nd and 3rd seems too much for me but I love being able to ride 70mph. Can't have it all i guess.
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Old 09-04-2007, 04:15 PM   #9
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I'm looking for one

But budget won't let me get one a while...

I keep seeing them pop up for sale now and again on craigslist mostly.

Just got back from a car trip to Hart Mt. Man, I am Jonesing for one bad...heck, even my wife is like, "Damn, having something to get to really remote places...would be fun".

I just don't want to buy some offroad bike that has to be hauled to where it can be ridden.

I missed getting one off of craigslist by this || much a while back. Still regret it.

Hopefully the spheres will align and I will have the means and opportunity coincide.
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Old 09-04-2007, 08:49 PM   #10
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Yup, got 2 low mile examples. One for my lady, Pat, and one for me. Her's is lowered 2 inches.

They are truly amazing little bikes. Sooooo capable in almost any situation. Fun, light wieght, great gearing, etc. And about 80 mpg!!

For other info and tech stuff, take a look at
1999-2003_supersherpa@yahoogroups.com (that's an underscore right after 2003)
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Old 09-05-2007, 02:18 PM   #11
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I know it would vary with riding conditions, but how many miles on a tank can be expected if you are doing highway miles? What about taking some gravel/dirt pretty easy?

I can get about 250 miles in my Ninja 250, if I am not flogging it...not too bad for a 4.8 gallon tank.
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Old 09-28-2008, 12:22 PM   #12
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Feedback on the Kawi Super Sherpa

Im really psyched about Kawasaki bringing back the super sherpa for '09. Seems like the perfect small bore adventure bike...air-cooled simplicity but the bonus of having a dohc 4-valve head (as opposed to the sohc 2-valve XT and honda CRF), 6 speed, reasonable seat height, etc.

???'s for owners:

1. What kind of MPG are getting?

2. Has anyone tried 50-60mph light touring on a super sherpa?

3. Is there much in the way of aftermarket accessories for this bike?

Thanks for the info!
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Old 09-29-2008, 05:41 PM   #13
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Check out this thread for most of the answers:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=263308

Also check out the Yahoogroups Sherpa site for lots more:

http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/...03_SUPERSHERPA

Plenty of people tour on the Sherpa, and the aftermarket is OK. Not great, but OK. These guys make a decent line of luggage options and a few other things, and there's more out there if you poke around:

http://www.happy-trail.com/category.aspx?categoryID=722
http://www.dual-star.com/index2/Bran...%20sherpas.htm

Most people get 70 mpg easy on their Sherpas in all-around riding. I've only been through one full tank on mine (just bought it) and I got about 65 mpg. But my bike has a shorter (13-tooth) front sprocket, which is more suited to offroading and probably hurts my mpg a bit. Stock is 14-tooth. I'm going to a 15-tooth to drop the revs at touring speeds a bit more.

In short, great bike with a decent aftermarket and strong peer support.
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Old 09-29-2008, 06:10 PM   #14
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I had one a few years, mainly for my son when he was limited to a 250 or smaller. I thought it was a great little bike, was pretty comfortable at 70mph. But it was still a 250, even my kid saw how much 'neater' the DRz400 was when he turned 16. But were circumstances different and a S Sherpa was all I had I could live with it and still have some grins.
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Old 09-29-2008, 09:11 PM   #15
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Great bike for the money. It is the best value for the money.
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