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Old 04-05-2008, 12:43 PM   #31
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I don't have a current pic, but I can't say enough good things about my Sherpa. I bought it brand new last year, it's my first bike, and I have a great time with it. 22,000kms and counting, including one trip to Baja and back!

Damasovi, I don't know if you remember, but I was the girl that you met at Hussong's with Mitch (F650GS) and Gord (Dakar) back in September; Mitch was continuing through Mexico and Central America and you gave him the low-down on all the good places to visit in Baja. It's great to see you on here!

Pics to follow when I get home!
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Old 04-05-2008, 01:45 PM   #32
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I was looking at one the other day for my Father. He is looking for his first Dual Sport. I can't say that the bike impressed me in any way. Perhaps the current owner monkeyed with it but it was extremely slow to reach 40 mph. I gave up there and returned it to the owner. After reading all the praise am I missing something? The bike had around 2-3k miles and was missing it's baffle so I know it was lean. What kind of performance should be expected of a 250? I am not expecting miracles from a 250 but I think it should be able to keep pace with city traffic.

Help me make sense of it.
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Old 04-05-2008, 01:54 PM   #33
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After reading all the praise am I missing something? The bike had around 2-3k miles and was missing it's baffle so I know it was lean. What kind of performance should be expected of a 250?
It would make a difference if it's jetted and needle shimmed. It's not a rocket if you just got off a 650something, but rather but fun fun and easy to control and go go go. And no problem starting and keeping up with normal traffic up to 65. 65+mph acceleration--> leave that to the bigger bikes.
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Old 04-05-2008, 03:53 PM   #34
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Indeed, it feels funny to ride the Sherpa after a couple of summers with the 640. Last time I took it out I wondered why I had liked it so much... then I got into the tight little trails and remembered I could ride anything on that little bike.

Couple pics, me when I first got it and the wife last summer (she's claimed it now):

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Old 04-05-2008, 05:59 PM   #35
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From what I see it looks like it is at home on the FS backroads and that is what really counts. I do wish that there were more bikes that size in the 300-400cc range.

Thanks for your incite.
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Old 04-06-2008, 01:48 AM   #36
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Kawasaki still makes them, but we can't get 'em in North America.

Now only in Japan and Australia, I think.
and New Zealand! they also sell the agricultural version here called the "Stockman"
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Old 04-06-2008, 05:49 AM   #37
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and New Zealand! they also sell the agricultural version here called the "Stockman"
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Old 04-08-2008, 08:21 PM   #38
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Perhaps the current owner monkeyed with it but it was extremely slow to reach 40 mph.
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Help me make sense of it.
Sounds like there was something amiss with the bike. Gearing changed? Running lean? Something was wrong with it.

I took mine out on Sunday and did a few backroads not too far from me. I had no trouble doing 40 MPH and faster, on paved and unpaved roads.

If you're used to a bigger bike, it's not going to kick you in the pants in the same way. But if you rev the engine out, she'll move.
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Old 04-27-2008, 03:37 PM   #39
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picked mine up yesterday!

I just picked up my 01 Sherpa yesterday after a 6.5 hour down & back. It doesn't have tags on it now... so technically, I shoulnd't have been riding... but, I was too excited not to! Took it for a spin this morning and I'm counting the hours til the DMV opens.
I had been just about to bite the bullet and pick up an XT250, but found this gem hiding in the farm country of I-O-wah with 500 miles on it! I'm really glad that I was too indecisive. It fits me better than the XT and has some features the XT didn't have... if only it had a round headlight...
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Old 04-27-2008, 04:27 PM   #40
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Congrats Gelato.. share a pic when you get a chance.
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Old 04-29-2008, 09:14 PM   #41
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thought i'd throw in a link to a thread re. my super sherpa:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=214626
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Old 07-13-2008, 02:22 PM   #42
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Joined the ranks last August and been around a bit since then: desert trails, forest trails, etc. Next year..... Utah canyons.




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Old 07-13-2008, 04:53 PM   #43
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It fits me better than the XT and has some features the XT didn't have... if only it had a round headlight...
Well, a simple drop and broken headlight lens later and I'm experimenting with a Buell Headlight setup. I cringed at dremeling out the original fairing, but it was pretty scuffed up. Right now, it's held together with twist ties until I can fabricate a proper mount.

BTW, that's a Turbo City rack on the back (kind of hard to see). I'm really happy with it.



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Old 07-13-2008, 07:14 PM   #44
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Well, a simple drop and broken headlight lens later and I'm experimenting with a Buell Headlight setup. I cringed at dremeling out the original fairing, but it was pretty scuffed up. Right now, it's held together with twist ties until I can fabricate a proper mount.
That looks pretty cool. How bright are they compared to the standard headlight?
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Old 07-13-2008, 09:50 PM   #45
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Well, a simple drop and broken headlight lens later and I'm experimenting with a Buell Headlight setup.



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