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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by AZstrommer, Sep 3, 2007.
Currently, near Mulege.
I use Mexicali to come and go.
Thank you, you are a bit out of reach for now. Let me know when you are going back to Mexicali or better, when will you be driving by Ensenada...
Kawasaki still makes them, but we can't get 'em in North America.
Now only in Japan and Australia, I think.
Well, y'all know what Sherpas look like, so I figured I'd send a picture that features one of PA's fine roads!
Is that the town with the underground mine fire that they can't put out?
Yeah - Centralia.
That section of road is closed but you just ride your bikes around the barriers. That area is one of our favorite dual sport rides and there are some great twisty (nicely paved) roads for the sport bikes, too.
GOod news Turbo City has come out with a line of products for the Sherpa. Check it out http://www.turbocity.com/default.php?cPath=69_93
I hear they still sell new ones in Canada. Temping just to drive up and import one.
Wait, I already have one! I love that lil guy. It's as versatile as the old Honda trail 90. I can guarantee the Sherpa will be the very last bike to leave my possesion.
2007 is the last year for Canada. No 2008s. There probably are some new ones (2007) up there. I'll probably also never get rid of mine, even though I don't ride it much - but my wife rides it most of the time.
The new Yamaha XT-250 looks like a very worthy substitute for the Sherpa. Sit on one and close your eyes and you can't tell the difference. I haven't been on a ride with one yet, though.
It was a dumb move on the part of Kawasaki to drop the Sherpa from it's USA lineup. It has a very loyal following. I guess there just aren't enough of us!
All my favorite Kawasaki bikes are the ones they don't sell many of: Sherpa, KLX-650, ZRX, Z750.......
Just got my my "new" 2000 Sherpa, just 2300 miles and cosmetically perfect. The previous owner did a baffle-ectomy, which probably just made her a louder but not more powerful bike. Loud thumpers aren't particularly my thing, especially for the trail use I have in mind for this bike. Any thoughts on how to get a replacement without buying a new muffler? There is still a tailpipe, so I might be able to remove the rivets and use a universal muffler repack kit, but wanted to get other ideas before I take her apart.
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!
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.
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.
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):
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.
and New Zealand! they also sell the agricultural version here called the "Stockman"
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.
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...
Congrats Gelato.. share a pic when you get a chance.