Super Sherpa thread

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

  1. mxd253

    mxd253 Oh Bob Saget!!

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    Anyone have a rack they would part with? I got my woman a Sherp a couple weeks ago and she's already askin for one.

    P.S. this little bike is pretty freakin cool!

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  2. CaptUglyDan

    CaptUglyDan Been here awhile

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    I've been running these tires for a few years now, did a run down to central america and back with great results, sticky on pavement and awesome in dirt and sand, and as with any knobbies gotta watch out on rain slick roads, I usually get 8000 miles out of the rear loaded down.
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  3. Hawk62cj5

    Hawk62cj5 2 Cheap 4 a KLR

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    Thanks for the responses above yall .


    They look nice on there too . What sizes do you run on the sherpa ? How did they compare to the stock 4.10 trail wing as far as fitting.


    Still havnt decided yet , Im waiting to see what happens with work . If I get one of the jobs Im tring for Im going to you my bike for commuting so Ill go with the 705s or something similar if I keep in the same field of work (company vehicle included) Ill go with something a bit more Offroad friendly . The TKC look like a fair split though .
  4. Rx4Pain

    Rx4Pain Do something... even if it's wrong.

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    Hey guys, No i have not re-tried the Progressive Springs for the reasons I originally stated. I think changing oil weight might do me more good than the springs. They just compressed more (for at least the first 4 inches or so) than the stockers...and I was hoping for more compression resistance. That first 1 inch or so compresses soooooo quickly/easily with the weight of the bike/rider at rest, that the remainder of the spring simply acts too similar to the stock spring to cause me to change it. (I am not sure of the difference in the spring rate of the remaining springs in the Proigressives vs the stocker)

    I will likely sell them off and try a different weight oil.

    As for tires...(I know these are soft for the road butttt) I really enjoyed the MT-21's! They were very very good off road, fine on the pavement, but wear more quickly due to the softer compound.

    Ken
  5. Rx4Pain

    Rx4Pain Do something... even if it's wrong.

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    Tex Biker.

    I have a photo of my bike somewhere in this long thread. I chose a KTM Fender for a high fender option on my Sherpa. I think it was the EXC 250 or 300 model. I would have to double check, but it looks great, fits perfect after you grind off the plastic locater "nubs".

    heres is a thread that has my bike with the KTM fender on it: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=820992&page=2

    Ken
  6. NE Nomad

    NE Nomad *

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    Been looking into a round headlight mod for the Sherpa and came up with this:

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    Scavenged the scrapheap and found what I think is a 1983 XT250 headlight, which bolts right up. Had to swap out the sealed beam with a new 5.75" H4 compatible as not to mess with the wiring harness- plug and play. I dig it so far. Made a slick bikini fairing too but think naked is nice. Will probably rig something simple to keep moisture and debris away from the electronics. I'll post more pics when she's finished.
  7. Bravo21

    Bravo21 Been here awhile

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    I like it! Keep going.
  8. Sequoia

    Sequoia Been here awhile

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    Do you plan to do anything for a fairing now?
  9. NE Nomad

    NE Nomad *

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    I was originally going to slap something simple over the electronics as not to take away from the naked look but after a few rides decided that getting beat up by the wind wasn't worth it. Tried the National Cycle shield I used prior to the headlight swap but it looked ridiculous so after a few prototype fairings I decided on this:

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    It's a piece of Lexan cut just big enough to buffer the headwind and sealed up with garage door rubber to protect the electronics. Not perfect but I want to avoid detracting from the headlight. Gonna grin and bear it on a 300mi. loop to Vermont next weekend so we'll see...
  10. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    I like the round headlight, and also that green paint job!

    Please post up photos, details on your highway pegs.
  11. dirtysouthjacket

    dirtysouthjacket Been here awhile

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    Picked up a 2000 Super Sherpa with 3000 miles on it yesterday for my girlfriend. I've been looking at XT225s for the last month or two for her and had been really picky. I'm glad I waited! I really really like this bike. I think I like it more than the KLR650 I used to have (heresy I know). It helps that I think I got a really good deal. Only issues I think I notice offhand are the badly painted rear plastics (already cracking) and faded seat. I also think I want to end up with a little different front fender, its a little long and badly faded. All are pretty easy fixes.

    I've only made it to page 22 so far of the thread. I'm slowly going to read the whole thing. But my first real question is...

    Is lowering links the only way to get it lower? The PO made it sound like there was a way to adjust the suspension up and down some and that he had it on the highest settings. But he didn't do the best job of explaining it, if at all. Maybe he was trying to talk about preload and damper settings? It does seem to be sitting pretty high in the rear, and I know I can raise the forks a little. I'm hoping to get away without putting a lower/shaved seat on it. GF is 5'3 and she can only get one tiptoe down right now. Whats the most straight forward way to get it down 2 inches or so?

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    Other than that, there isn't anything from getting her riding. Also got to get a username for the site!
  12. DualSPRTfan

    DualSPRTfan Been here awhile

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    Looks very clean, nice bike, I am sure she will like it! :wink:
  13. cmean17

    cmean17 Nomad

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    So last night I decided to switch out my sprockets and chain (first time I've done it on this bike). With some WD40 everything dissembled easy but when I went to secure the rear sprocket I noticed one of the studs was damaged and I couldlnt seem to get the the damn bolt on. I spent 2 hours trying everything I could to get the fcking thing on but nothing worked and my patience is limited. Any suggestions to get the bolt on over the damaged stud or how to replace one stud?
  14. Hawk62cj5

    Hawk62cj5 2 Cheap 4 a KLR

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    In general you can retrace the threads of a stud with the proper sized die to clean them up . To remove a stud there are several ways , jam 2 nuts together and use them to back it out , vice grips and some luck then there are tools designed to lock down on a stud to remove it proper .
  15. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    Tex Biker -

    Canadian Sherpas come with the high fender, so another option would be to source one from there.
  16. sdd04

    sdd04 Long timer

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    Finally got the seat situation taken care of for my wife. She is much happier!

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    I put about 45 miles on this bike last night testing out the lowering links for her and the one thing that still bugs me about this bike are the brakes. The feel on the front master cylinder is a bit soft and notchy, and not a lot of stopping. Trying to figure out if that is normal for this bike or not. With the brakes I have on my 690, I'm use to a bike that stops, so the Sherpa may be doing what it is supposed to do.

    Thanks
  17. ssmschulz

    ssmschulz Sherpa Rider

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    Good looking bike - looks like you have a sweet deal hear. Lowering the bike is going to be hard due to its already low stature. If the bike is only going to be used on gravel and smooth trails, you could lower it with a smaller link, but if she is over 150lbs and you plan to ride rough bumpy routes, the suspension will bottom out. Shaving the seat will be the easiest and best way to not screw up the already limited suspension. There is plenty of foam in that seat you can trim. Just my $.02.

    I love my sherpa, bought it for the wife but I ride it all the time. Even though I say the suspension is limited, I ride it like I stole it all the time on whooped out single track chasing my buddies on their KTM. They are all amazed at what it will do.

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  18. sherpa nige

    sherpa nige Adventurer

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    The polisport free flow ufx universal front fender fits nicely on the sherpa. Chase the threads with your tap on the bottom of the lower triple clamp and reuse the low fender mounting hardware

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  19. El Brad

    El Brad Leave it long on top

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    Shopping around for a repair manual for my wifes 09, was
    wondering about the differences between all of the years.
    Do I really need one for our specific year or will any year work ?
    Most concerned about valve adjustment procedures/specs.

    Thanks
  20. CallMeBoog

    CallMeBoog hi functioning idiom

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    not all. My 2009 came with the low fender.

    I replaced mine with the ascerbis supermoto front fender, I was quite happy with it. If you go with too big of a front fender it will act like a sail.

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    it's also the same fender on my KLR:

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