Super Sherpa thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by AZstrommer, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. Lobo

    Lobo Wayfaring Strangely

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    I just saw that Kawasaki is bringing back the Super Sherpa for 2009. Sweet.

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  2. kwn306

    kwn306 Been here awhile

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    Moma Kaw messed up, that front fender is a joke, what happened to the old high front fender models? I live in VA and went to buy one for my wife for Xmas but was told they will not be available until late Feb.
  3. tomatoe333

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    The Sherpa never came with a high-mount fender as a stock part in the USA. If you want one, the KLR250 fender is a bolt-on replacement. Just order one when you order the bike, and use the 4 screws out of the old front fender to put it on.
  4. Rosie!

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    +1
    It seems odd that they spent a couple of years selling rather attractive ones to the rest of the world - the '06 and '07's have a high front guard, and are black/silver, and now they are going back to the low guard and army green :puke1 to re-release them into the states.
    It's a chicks bike FFS, why can't they keep it looking nice? :dunno
  5. Pedro Navaja

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    :huh
  6. Rosie!

    Rosie! Little MissAdventure

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    I meant it in the nicest possible way :evil
    I would expect women to comprise a larger-than-average proportion of the sherpa's target market. With this in mind, keeping it looking reasonably attractive would be a sensible move, especially if they are wanting to compete with the newly facelifted XT250.
  7. Pedro Navaja

    Pedro Navaja Long timer

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    Yeah, yeah. And the HD Sportster 883 is a girl's bike too. Bronson would be surprised to know that! :D

    I've actually been comparing the XT250 with the Super Sherpa. I haven't decided yet as I am waiting for the Super Sherpa to get to the showrooms so I can do a seat test and get a closer look at it. I don't like the fact that the pilot screw is encased on the XT250. Why would they do this? I am also wondering if I'll get the multiple orgasms option when I get my sex change operation :D
  8. sekalilagi

    sekalilagi Been here awhile

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    gawd I'm gender inappropriate! I wonder what of my other scoots?:rofl
  9. Pedro Navaja

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    I think the new rule is that anything less than 1,000cc for street, or less than 650cc for dirt, is considered a girl's bike. I wonder what the women ride? :D
  10. Randy

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    What's this you say? Do you mean something other than the typical brass plug? I can't imagine anything else.
  11. Pedro Navaja

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    Yes, why is that there on the XT? I would like the pilot screw to be accessible to the rider. Was this some type of emissions control preventive measure taken by Yamaha?

    Is the pilot screw free to access on the Sherpa?
  12. Rosie!

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    I've had a sit on the new XT, and it feels about the same as my '06 sherpa. I haven't ridden one, but the engine specs look very similar.
    The little plastic 'radiator' shroud things on the tank of the XT look like they would break easily, but the sherp is thoroughly droppable (once you've installed handguards).
  13. tomatoe333

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    Pretty much every street bike with carbs these days has something preventing you from playing with the pilot screw(s).

    There is a plug over the pilot screw on the Sherpa's carb, but 5 minutes with a drill/screw, and it's history.

    I doubt they'll have changed the carb jetting on the 09 Sherpa, so it'll benefit from DrJekle's rejetting, one part of which is removing the brass plug from the pilot screw and setting it properly.
  14. Pedro Navaja

    Pedro Navaja Long timer

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    Yep, I am actually leaning towards the Sherpa now. Just gotta do the seat test. What kind of top end speed are you seeing on asphalt with the Sherpa?

    Not sure why they geared down to 5-speed from 6-speed on the new XT. It would be interesting to see some power/torque curves.
  15. Pedro Navaja

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    Bummer, so the Sherpa has this plug also. My issue with having the pilot screw accessible is for altitude settings.
  16. tomatoe333

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    One thing I've been meaning to look into.

    You can get a mixture thumbscrew from a couple of sources that will fit the Mikuni BST carb on a KTM 640 Adventure. I've been meaning to see if it'll fit the Mikuni BST carb on the Sherpa.

    There isn't a huge amount of space to get to the mixture screw on the Sherpa, but you can loosen the carb boots and tip the carb sideways slightly to get to it. Easier to understand when you're actually looking at the bike than to describe it.
  17. ny-wolcott

    ny-wolcott Been here awhile

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    To answer the above questions, the SS cruises easily 60 -65 mph, and goes over 70. But hills and headwinds impede it some.

    Regarding the plug over the carb screw - don't be put off by it, as it comes out REALLY easily.
  18. Rosie!

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    On the flat, without any wind, I can almost get to 120km/h (74 mph) if I'm lying on the tank.
    It will sit at 100-110 ish ok (62-68 mph), unless there is a head wind, or a hill, then it slows down a bit.
    The top speed thing isn't too bad, I just sit on the throttle stop in 6th, and it's like having cruise control :lol3
    It can be a bit sluggish to accelerate towards the top speeds, so you need to be a bit strategic with overtaking.
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    Oh, so are we just talking about the brass plug? If so, then that isn't a big deal. Pretty much every street legal motorcycle has these and they are easily removed. I've removed a bunch of them over the years. From the original post on this subject I thought there was something new that prevented "tampering".
  20. hdgypsyman

    hdgypsyman Part Time Adventurer

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    I've used the jet kit from Dr. Jeykle of the Yahoo Sherpa group and my 2001 Sherpa will do an honest top speed of 79 mph indicated on my GPS. Comfortable cruise speed with stock gearing is 50 to 60 mph. I am 6' 3" and weigh 210 lbs. The highest mpg i've gotten was 84.3, but that was running along on a river road at an average speed of 35 mph. I consistently get in the 65-70 mpg range. The bike is a hoot to drive, and has taught me that a smaller cc bike can be a great tool.