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General Discussion / The Rest of the Story
« on: October 16, 2019, 11:33:05 AM »
Hey.....I was going to just leave this alone, then I was going to go into all sorts of detail but I have decided that I just want all of you that bought motorcycles from me that I did not voluntarily sell Sherco to RYP and abandon you. It was taken away from me by Sherco and given to them and RYP bought my assets and a blue sky payment that was 2.5% of another offer that I had on the table at the time. Yes .97.5% less than another offer.
The reason I have stayed on here for the last few months is because I wanted to help you all as much as I could during the change over period.
I told you all that I was going to build a brand here but I lucked into a contact with Jotagas just as they were about to start a new enduro line. I'll explain on the JTG forum how that all worked out.
I'm going to lock this thread so it doesn't get into a long negative thing.  That wasn't my point for posting this. The reasons I posted this is that I wanted you to know what really happened with me and Sherco. (BTW.....I was told last week that RYP got the Scorpa line the same way 10 years ago.  Sherco took Scorpa away from the original importer and gave it to RYP.)  Now it is my plan to be done with Sherco and the Sherco forum. Right now my email address is still the address but it will soon change to You are all welcome to contact me at any time. My phone number will remain 615-347-6519.
Thank you all for your kind words and support over the past few years. I had a lot of fun talking to you guys here!  ;)

Classifieds / 2109 SEF 250 FE
« on: September 24, 2019, 08:12:07 AM »
Factory Edition. Never started. I can ship it anywhere in the US for $400 or less. $8000

General Discussion / First Major Win for Sherco in the US
« on: July 08, 2019, 08:42:36 AM »
Wade Young won the Tough like RORR yesterday near Tamaqua, PA on a 2019 SE 300 FE. Nick Fahringer was second on a 2019 SEF 300 FE. Yes! A four stroke!
The event was tough! I think Nick said he was on the bike for 4 hours. The heat and humidity were pretty tough too. I hiked up a damn mountain to go to two spectator points and I so soaked in sweat that it looked like I had fell in the creek! Even my dog was tired!

General Discussion / Jarvis Video from Erzberg
« on: June 04, 2019, 07:13:08 AM »
Look at the lines he takes at 17:00 and 19:20. Then he falls in the snow right after that uphill!
That old man is impressive!

Classifieds / 2019 SEF 300 R sale
« on: May 17, 2019, 06:43:51 PM »
Got a couple of these left over. MSRP is $10k. Selling both for $8k each. I had a call from Tony at REP suspension in New England and he has a kit from the UK to turn the Xplors into the older oc WP fork, which was an awesome fork. $450 for the kit.

General Discussion / 2019 SEF 300 FE for sale in CA
« on: May 09, 2019, 05:17:53 PM »
With all of the stuff going on with the sale of my business I sent a customer in California the wrong bike. So if there is anyone near Manteca that wants a new 2019 SEF 300 Factory Edition I'll sell you the bike for $9200.

General Discussion / Design a New Model
« on: May 07, 2019, 03:37:41 PM »
Lets say you were going to design a brand new two stroke motorcycle for the US market. What are some of the things that you would want?  By this I mean a motorcycle that was built for you. The goal would be that when you got the bike that you did not have to buy or replace one damn thing to ride or race it. Here's a list of things I hear constantly:
E-start with back up kick start
6 speed
adjustable power valve
map switch that works (like on the Sherco)
choose your own gear ratios
stainless/plated exhaust
good skid plate that covers the linkage
spark arrestor
strong stator
lights that work
suspension sprung for you
lithium battery
seat height options
handlebars and grips that you want
KTM wheels (because so many KTM riders have spares)
good chain guide
Good tires for your area
O-ring chain
auto clutch option from factory
choice of hd tubes, mousses or Tubliss
Different size fuel tanks, or quickfill
HD radiators with a fan?
Rad guards
Rear disc guard

One of the biggest decisions would be TPI type or carb and here is where I get confused. Guys tell me they don't want a bike without back up ks because they do long rides and then they tell me they like the idea of TPI. To me that's a contradiction. TPI has more electrical parts that can break and you can't get the bike to run with 10 kick starters if they break. So what about a bike that came with an Lectron or Smartcarb?

Now keep something in mind: If a company produced this bike the weight would be higher than the comparable brands because it COMES WITH MORE STUFF!  I know you would think that everyone would figure this out but they don't. How do you market this?

And while I'm discussing this for the US I don't mean to exclude my friends from other countries. You all can chime in too!

General Discussion / New ELine Akro pipe guard.
« on: April 30, 2019, 07:11:31 AM »
Should have these in stock in a couple of weeks. No pricing yet.

General Discussion / New Issue: Shipping
« on: March 26, 2019, 07:49:53 AM »
I thought I had ran into every problem that could slow shipping down from France but now there's a new one. The US economy is doing so well that we are buying a lot of stuff from Europe so container space on shipping vessels are limited. My container has sat for two weeks at the port waiting to be loaded! Anybody got a fast boat I can borrow?

General Discussion / MR74 School Before Revlimiter
« on: December 29, 2018, 09:57:49 AM »
Super Mario is coming over for the Revlimiter in Texas in early March and will be here a couple days early to do a school there. Don't have any costs or anything like that yet. I'll post more info when I get it.

General Discussion / Service Manuals
« on: December 24, 2018, 07:57:01 AM »
Service manuals are now available to download from my site here:
Something to remember..Sherco only produces a new manual when there is a major change to the bike or engine. So if you have a 2015 SEF 300 you will need to use the 2014 manual.

General Discussion / Wade Young wins Roof of Africa....Again!
« on: December 10, 2018, 09:00:30 AM »
Look at the hole he steps in at about :30. I was wondering why he was wading into the creek!

General Discussion / Hoodies and Long Sleeve Ts in stock
« on: November 16, 2018, 12:25:00 PM »
Hoodies $40
Long Sleeve T-shirts $20

General Discussion / Weight
« on: November 08, 2018, 07:56:35 AM »
Weight was brought up in a thread about the 2019 changes and there is a point I want to make about this:
At what point does saving weight hurt reliability? There's not a week that goes by where I don't get a call from a guy who is done with the issues he has with a KTM/Husky Sometimes its almost a daily call. Have they gone to far with the weight savings? A few weeks ago I was at a race and a guy who rides the 250 A class was asking if he would have to change shifting forks mid year on the Sherco like he does on his KTM XC 250. I have never sold a shift fork.... in 7 model years! He said he had to replace some of  the shift forks in his transmission on his KTM mid year. Do Shercos break? Of course they do. Do they have reoccurring parts breakage? Yeah the starter gears broke on the 2 strokes and the regulators were a problem but those were design issues that have been rectified and not a weak part that breaks form hard riding.

I don't get the whole weight thing. Its like we look at a number on a bike and make a decision without riding it. The Sherco is heavier than the KTM but it carries that weight way better than the KTM. For example....The battery is 8 inches lower than the one on the KTM/Husky. Also the clutch is heavier because it has an extra plate. The crank on the 2t's is heavier which means it has smoother power. So yeah we're a little heavier but is that really a bad thing?

This reminds me of a story: I was in a bicycle shop one day discussing weight on rigid bike versus weight on suspended bikes. The salesman glanced at my gut. I started laughing and said "Go ahead and say it!" His face turned beet red! I told him I wasn't going to be offended if he said what he was thinking which was "Someone with a gut like yours doesn't need to be worrying about 2 pounds on a bicycle!" He claimed that's not what he was thinking but I knew it was and it was a good point!

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