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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by AZstrommer, Sep 3, 2007.
Thanks, that's not a problem!
Heres my 01 sherpa. Not many miles, but it sure is a fun ride. Ive got a trip planned for mid sept in the Black Hills.
Ive got some extensions for both mirrors, so its much easier to see behind me now. I wasnt used to having to shift my body, so I could see over my shoulders.
The red cap over the key socket, is to remind me, that theres a padlock in the rear disk...Its a good reminder for preventing those senior moments.
The center black box is the hour meter/tachometer. Really handy for keeping an eye on what revs its pulling.
Ive also changed both sprokets. I went one tooth bigger on front, and 3 teeth smaller on rear. The chain is stock, and didnt need to be broken. It will effortlessly cruise at 70mph now. Only downside, is that first gear is even more useless on the trail, its noticeably taller than stock. I had to modify a rear sproket from a klx300, as no one I know, has a 3 tooth smaller rear sproket for the sherpa. I milled out the ID, and added the correct hole spacing, luckily I have access to a CNC mill.
Ive also changed the pilot jet, to a #20, and it starts and idles so much better, especially on cold days.
Ive added some very bright red LEDs to the rack, and a strip LED light above the licence plate. Its pretty intense at night.
Boy that's a nice Sherpa. Musta been garaged most of its life. Mine probably sat out a lot as all my handlebar plastics are really faded compared to yours.
Where did you obtain that hour/rpm meter? I was thinking of something like that and yours is a tidy package. I also like the LEDs on the tail. Where'd you get those?
I think I got the tach from Aerostitch,about 40 bucks, and when ever the motor is running, it shows rpm, and when its off, it displays hours of run time. One wire hook up, to the spark plug lead. The leds came from ebay, 10mm and probably 50k mcd.
Unfortunetly,it has seen lots of garage time, only about 2000 miles on it.
Nice bike! Its so clean! :huh Get out n ride the snot outta it.
hey ya'll, got my super sherpa up for sale in the flea market...
it's got a 4 gallon fuel tank!
Borrowing some ideas from you guys, here's the first round of mods on my Sherpa.
I built a rear rack out of 1/2" square steel tubing, bent by hand, and attached to the turn signal mounts and the side cover bolt holes. An aluminum plate is attached with sheet metal screws across the two rails. I left the plate plain for now because I intend to mount a box there, just don't know what kind yet, probably a Pelican case:
I'll also be building racks later for side cases. These will probably be a pair of surplus ammo cans I picked up for $15 each. They're actually cases for military night vision glasses and I think they're a good shape/size for this bike.
I had to move the rear turn signals for the top rack, which was OK because I didn't like how much the stock ones stuck out. So I got a set of LED signals and mounted them to the sides of the rear fender. I also installed an extra LED brake light onto the bottom of the license plate that I had leftover from a car project:
In the pics you can also see the new Pirelli Scorpion AT rear tire on the bike.
Sherpa @ Devil's Den SP Arkansas this spring.
Sherpa @ White Rock Mountain this spring.
Sherpa riding piggyback.
This is how I get to take the bike on family campouts.
Today I saw at Walmart plastic waterproof(?) pistol cases with hinged top doors that looked like they might fit nicely as side cases. Around $10 each.
I'm going to buy a set and see what I can rig.
You talking about something like this:
Somebody over on the 'minimalist touring thread' used these as side cases and posted pix, if you want to see what they look like on a small bike (pretty good, I think). Go over there and scan the last 10 pages or so and you'll find the pix.
How do you like the tire? Im thinking it will be my choice for a new back tire. It should have better on road manners, and only give up a bit off road.
I love it so far. Not even 100 miles on it yet, and none of those offroad, but the street grip is great. If you want a tire that 'only gives up a little' offroad, this tire might not be it, from what I've read. It's supposedly a 90% street, 10% offroad tread.
I'm doing some tuneup work on a friend's Sherpa next week. Would someone have the valve clearances handy?
Intake: 0.10-0.19 mm
Adjustment is with shims, so if they're out of spec, you've got some work on your hands.
Don't forget some high-temperature RTV to seal up the half-moon ends of the valve cover gasket.
maybe you all ready now but this bike will be back for 09 in the US!! so if you want one then pay up!!
Wow, so the Sherpa is coming back to the US in '09. I wonder when it will actually hit the dealers.
Sourdough: Nice job on the mods. Is that a homemade rear rack? Nicely done. I like the tube storage where the OEM toolkit used to mount. I was thinking of something similar. What materials did you use and how do you use that storage space?