Trials/Trail Hybrids

Discussion in 'Trials' started by lamotovita, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. Bucho

    Bucho DAMNrider

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    Has the EM Escape come up yet on this thread?

    I always thought it looked cool, but I've never seen one in person. I've spent an hour or so on a friend's EM trials bike I was pretty impressed with it.

    To me a big benefit would be the much quieter bike
  2. jcone

    jcone Dream it Build it Ride it

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  3. jcone

    jcone Dream it Build it Ride it

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    The clutch feels good and smooth it’s not hard to pull at all, yes first gear is stump pulling low but I like it for tight maneuvering, the 140cc is a good motor Almost went for the 190cc but didn’t have room for a battery or oil cooler and that would of taken away what look I was going for. I’m very pleased with the 140cc.
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  4. Lotus54

    Lotus54 Ngana

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    I have an Escape ‘R’ (real clutch) on order. Supposed to be enroute to the States now.
    I will be reporting on how I like it- how it works out for me as soon as I can.
  5. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 49 years Supporter

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    Love to hear of your direct experience with the bike! In-depth explorations by direct users are the best feedback.
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  6. Bucho

    Bucho DAMNrider

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    Cool! Can't wait to hear about it.
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  7. DyrWolf

    DyrWolf Long timer Supporter

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    Kawasaki is releasing a bunch of new bikes at the end of the month. I hope we get a 180 lb
    Super Sherpa with better suspension for $4999.
    I’ll ride it till i get my white 4 ride
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  8. thegraydog

    thegraydog 2 wheels X 6 ways

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    Not asking much! Pay off your student loans too?
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  9. 10K

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  10. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 49 years Supporter

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    I had two Super Sherpas. Very practical bike.

    I'm skeptical. That Kawasaki can come up with in any one of the new bikes that will make me sit up and pay attention, then after investigation have me wanting one.

    Say a truly off road capable Super Sherpa with a large enough engine to be a do-all bike (350-400cc), or a KLR700 that is not an 'adventure' bike that is even blimpier and less off road biased than the Gen 2.

    It's asking a lot to see what appeals to me from Japanese companies as they have tended to get stuck in the last decade. I think maybe they know there are too few of me to buy bikes from them, so I have to buy European.
  11. Yinzer Moto

    Yinzer Moto Sloppy 300 rider Supporter

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    A buddy has a Sherpa and really makes that bike work well. He is over 6’ and over 200#. Cogent made a rear shock and some fork valving for him. He had a custom tall seat made.

  12. Norman Foley

    Norman Foley Devotee of the Husqvarna Supporter

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  13. Yinzer Moto

    Yinzer Moto Sloppy 300 rider Supporter

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    He usually does not do dirtbike rides on the Sherpa but I think something was broken on his dirtbike. Typically he rides the Sherpa as a local dual sport.
  14. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 49 years Supporter

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    That Super Sherpa always looked like it had a Suzuki engine design. Exhaust valves would go to zero clearance way early, as in maybe 10k miles. Both of mine did that. That would show up as difficulty cold starting as the valves would leak a little until the engine warmed and the exhaust valves were able to then fully close again. Shim over bucket design so you have to pull the cam. I simply ground the little space pucks thinner to do the adjustment.

    The suspension on those is glue slow, so replacing shock or re valving shock and forks would definitely make a big positive difference.
  15. DyrWolf

    DyrWolf Long timer Supporter

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    Did your friend buy his in va bass pro shop parking lot. I sold my last one to a guy near Pitt.
    I must be the only person that bought a Reflex and Super Sherpa. Gluten for punishment
  16. Yinzer Moto

    Yinzer Moto Sloppy 300 rider Supporter

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    I think he got it locally.
  17. thegraydog

    thegraydog 2 wheels X 6 ways

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    The Super Sherpa is a remarkable travel bike. I have followed one, a 2009, for over ten thousand miles of the west. As 'bene suggests, it could use 25% more thrust. As DyrWolf dreamed, why not lose over a hundred pounds while it gains 25% horsepower! We would have two of them so fast we would give away the old bikes! My old bike of the moment is a 2019 XT250, best thought of as a trials travel bike, and not as quick as her Sherpa...
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