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Old 09-29-2008, 04:41 PM   #106
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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, 05:10 PM   #107
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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, 08:11 PM   #108
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Great bike for the money. It is the best value for the money.
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Old 09-30-2008, 05:40 AM   #109
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2009 Super Sherpa

I'm looking for a smaller 250-ish dual sport. CRF-230l, xt225, xt250, etc. I've seen the Super Sherpa spec'd out at 26-28 hp on various websites, whereas the others all seem to be between 17-20.

The numbers really don't jive to me. Has anybody ridden a Super Sherpa who can attest that it is noticeably faster than the other small dual sports? I know the Sherpa has a DOHC engine so it should have some more power, but can anybody give me an idea just how much more power a Sherpa would have at say, 65 mph, over one of the other bikes?
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Old 09-30-2008, 07:19 AM   #110
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The Super Sherpa was never taken seriously enough by the U.S. motorcycle press to rate a dyno run, and advertised horsepower numbers are quite fanciful and not useful for comparison.

You should check out this thread for a direct comparison of the bikes you mention:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=388621
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Old 09-30-2008, 08:10 AM   #111
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I'm looking for a smaller 250-ish dual sport. CRF-230l, xt225, xt250, etc. I've seen the Super Sherpa spec'd out at 26-28 hp on various websites, whereas the others all seem to be between 17-20.

The numbers really don't jive to me. Has anybody ridden a Super Sherpa who can attest that it is noticeably faster than the other small dual sports? I know the Sherpa has a DOHC engine so it should have some more power, but can anybody give me an idea just how much more power a Sherpa would have at say, 65 mph, over one of the other bikes?

Those 26-28bhp numbers are insane for the Sherpa.

I'd say it's more like 16-17, and that's without using any references.

The Sherpa engine IS smooth, and the tranny is silky. I think it's a more 'refined' bike than the XT 225.

I also have an XT 225, and the power is very similar. I think the XT may have a bit more down low. The XT's tranny isn't as smooth, but it's a new bike, and it will probably smooth out more and more as time goes on.

2nd gear wheelies are no problem with the XT 225.


I like 'em both.
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Old 09-30-2008, 08:19 AM   #112
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There were 2 other Super Sherpa threads on the go which have been merged into this thread.
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Old 09-30-2008, 10:07 AM   #113
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Dyno test

If you go to the super sherpa group in Yahoo two guys did a dyno test on two shepra's and they came out to around 15-16 hp as well. http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/...A/message/7794
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Old 09-30-2008, 10:32 AM   #114
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Sounds like the Super Sherpa has about the same power as an XT225, CRF-230L, or XT250. Kinda liking the XT225 if that's the case.
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Old 09-30-2008, 06:01 PM   #115
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As for mileage, I just got about 2.9 L/100 km of steady dirt road and light trail riding (that's 81 mph!) and 3.1L/100 km (76 mpg) city commuting. I don't think that's bad at all!

While the transmission is nice and smooth, I do have occasional troubles getting into first gear. It's a bit of a shock at a stop light, when I try to take off and the bike is in neutral or second gear and the cars behind are driving up your arse.

One other place to check for Sherpa kit is Turbo City. I have the Borrego rack, and it is really nice. The prices seem to have creeped up lately, but you can occasionally good deals at newenough.com.
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Old 09-30-2008, 07:49 PM   #116
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Sounds like the Super Sherpa has about the same power as an XT225, CRF-230L, or XT250. Kinda liking the XT225 if that's the case.
Having ridden a Sherpa & an XT225 I would say the Sherpa defintely has a small edge when it comes to power, eg the Sherp was happy cruising at 65ish, whereas the XT225 was workin hard at 60. 25 extra cc's & a couple more valves are bound to make a difference.

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Old 09-30-2008, 07:53 PM   #117
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I'm not on the YahooGroup list, so I'd like to ask this:

Anybody ever change out the countershaft seal? I just want to know if it can be done without pulling the tranny. That would suck....

And if you have part numbers, that would be cool......
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Old 09-30-2008, 08:05 PM   #118
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My girlfriend was looking for a bike in this class, so I test rode a couple while helping her look around. She ended up with a Super Sherpa since we found one for a good price but I thought it was smoother than the XT225. The XT seemed to be a little buzzier than the Sherpa. I also recently filled the tank for her and she got about 80mpg, granted she rides a little easier than I do.
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:05 PM   #119
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Having ridden a Sherpa & an XT225 I would say the Sherpa defintely has a small edge when it comes to power, eg the Sherp was happy cruising at 65ish, whereas the XT225 was workin hard at 60. 25 extra cc's & a couple more valves are bound to make a difference.

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Thanks Clint. How crazy is it that you can't test drive these things and figure it out yourself? Anyway if there is really a noticeable power difference that's something I would definitely consider to differentiate the two bikes and make a purchase decision. Thanks!
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:23 PM   #120
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I'm not on the YahooGroup list, so I'd like to ask this:

Anybody ever change out the countershaft seal? I just want to know if it can be done without pulling the tranny. That would suck....

And if you have part numbers, that would be cool......
Haven't done it myself, but understand it's simple. I've purchased a seal, so I can do it when needed on Pat's 2000 model. It's supposed to be a more common problem on earlier models.

Found the receipt for it, but there's no part number on it.(?) Any Kawi shop can get it off their microfiche or computer.
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