I just wanted to drop a quick note with some thoughts on the Sherco 300i. About me 49 year old Senior A level rider, 5’ 11, 210lbs. I had a chance to ride my dealer friends 13 Sherco 300i again this weekend and the bike really impresses me. He’s been riding it all year and I rode it at the first ride and liked it a lot and this ride was no different. The bike is stock minus one step heavier springs front and back for his weight and a slip on FMF exhaust and hand guards. I’ve been riding my new Husky WR125 and really enjoying that bike in the 144 configuration and mainly the way the Husky handles and the confidence it gives me on attacking stuff on the trail. Well when I jumped on the Sherco 300i I felt the same confidence and that bike just works. The EFI is spot on and you really feel a good connection between your right wrist and the rear wheel. The handling is top notch from what I could tell the trail I was riding on had some ignorant tight stuff and it worked very well there but yet was really stable on the high speed straights. The trail had multiple log crossings and big rocks and you could just attack them knowing that the bike would just soak them up and not deflect to one side or the other. I mean yeah you felt them but you didn’t have to worry about deflection. I’ve owned a few EFI bikes Berg 390, KTM 350XCF and rode Kawi’s and Honda’s and Husky’s and my Husaberg had the best EFI of any of those bikes and the Sherco 300i EFI is on par if not better than the Husaberg I had. It just works and power is right there when you need it. The weight on the Sherco blows me away as well because it is the lightest 4 stroke I’ve rode to date. The Kawi and Honda MX 250Fs feel light weight but the Sherco is narrow and very light weight feeling you can flick it around really easy. Again the fit and finish seem to be very good. Even though I’m not a jumper/MX guy the few Jumps on the trail we were riding was handled well by the 300i and there was no lacking of power to clear them. The E-start worked great as well. My only complaint on the bike which is a minor one and probably can be resolved with in 10 minutes is the location of the On/Off Switch. Where it’s at on the throttle side it’s very easy to bump if your forward on the Bike and hit something and it shuts the bike off. I mentioned it to Harold and he said yeah he has the same problem and he needs to try relocating it so I’m sure he will look into it. So it was a fun day of riding and have to say I’m not sure how well the parts market is when it comes to these bikes and them being so new but, if your thinking about one I would say get it I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. “Clay” you might be getting a call from Harold in the future for an order on a 2014 300i-r model….I think it would be a nice bike to park in the garage beside my Husky 125/144 soon to be 165 2 stroke. Light weight 2 stroke and light weight EFI 4 stroke could be a whole lot of fun, then my only problem would be deciding which bike to take out racing or play riding “John01” You need to get up to Harold’s and ride his 300i, this bike will be a nice match for your 165.