Super Sherpa thread

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

  1. Rosie!

    Rosie! Little MissAdventure

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    I can't believe they've gone back to the army green, and the low front guard :puke1
    Were people complaining that the 06's and 07's were too practical and stylish? :huh
  2. alkie

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    Mmmmm, Tandoori donuts...

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  3. GP640

    GP640 Long timer

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    THAT is an awesome picture. That's gotta be North Etobicoke/Malton/ Brampton.
  4. IanC83

    IanC83 n00b

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    Im really psyched about Kawasaki bringing back the super sherpa for '09. Seems like the perfect small bore adventure bike...air-cooled simplicity but the bonus of having a dohc 4-valve head (as opposed to the sohc 2-valve XT and honda CRF), 6 speed, reasonable seat height, etc.

    ???'s for owners:

    1. What kind of MPG are getting?

    2. Has anyone tried 50-60mph light touring on a super sherpa?

    3. Is there much in the way of aftermarket accessories for this bike?

    Thanks for the info!
  5. alkie

    alkie n00b

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    Good eye!

    Actually, it was taken on Hwy 10 on the north side of Orangeville, just south of Hockley Valley Rd.

    My buddy (on his Honda TL-125) and I rode from south Etobicoke to Collingwood and back last Friday, following some GPS tracks that we found on the Ontario Dual Sport Club website. Once the fog burned off, it was an absolutely stunning day!

    To check out our route, go to the ODSC forums and look up the "CANADA GPS TRACKS LIBRARY" thread under GPS stuff. There are tons of great tracks. They are mainly Ontario centric, but you may find some in your neck of the woods.
  6. Twinsteel

    Twinsteel Been here awhile

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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/1999-2003_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/Brand/Kawasaki/Sherpa/for super sherpas.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. :D
  7. on2wheels52

    on2wheels52 Long timer

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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.
    Jim
  8. gatogato

    gatogato Been here awhile

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    Great bike for the money. It is the best value for the money.
  9. i82much

    i82much Adventurer

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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?
  10. montesa_vr

    montesa_vr Legend in his own mind

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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
  11. mel brooks

    mel brooks Dirt Chick

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    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. :D


    I like 'em both.
  12. GB

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    There were 2 other Super Sherpa threads on the go which have been merged into this thread. :thumb
  13. Mayertb

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  14. i82much

    i82much Adventurer

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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.
  15. alkie

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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.
  16. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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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.

    Cheers
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  17. Fubars

    Fubars What would Scoobydo?

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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....:eek1

    And if you have part numbers, that would be cool......:clap
  18. Coloradical

    Coloradical Long timer

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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.:rofl
  19. i82much

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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!
  20. ny-wolcott

    ny-wolcott Been here awhile

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    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.