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  1. Bigbird

    Long term 300 SEF reliability?

    I have a '16 300 SEF Factory (bought it used from Chums). I did a top end at approximately 165 hours. It still looked good and rings might have gotten it another 40 hours or so. I raced the bike in 10 enduros and a couple hare scrambles this year. Won my class with 8 wins a second and a DNF due to a burst coolant recovery hose that I thought was a radiator hose at the time. Plus I ride weekly with a couple other A riders and our pace is usually pretty aggressive. I think Sherco is a pretty durable bike.
  2. Bigbird

    Thoughts on Shercos 4 stroke 300 factory edition?

    Another example of the brand's success is the repeat customer purchases. In a way, the changes made to the new, 2019 models with the KYB suspension has created a bit of a negative effect on the market of older Shercos. So many owners of Shercos are purchasing the 2019's and selling their older models that the used market is saturated. A good thing for anyone who might be contemplating a bargain purchase used bike. Really good value there. A disclaimer here: The '16 I own is my first Sherco. Previously, I have ridden KTMs or Husabergs with one Husky thrown in. I have never met Clay, the distributor, just talked to him on the phone a few times. In autos and motorcycles I look for value and instruments that fit my perceived needs at the time. For me, and I say me, Sherco does the best job of filling those needs.
  3. Bigbird

    Thoughts on Shercos 4 stroke 300 factory edition?

    Yes, you left the brand and some others for a variety of reasons have probably also moved to other bikes. But...the brand in the USA is growing. More bikes are being sold each year. More dealers are being signed up. The bikes are better each year. Despite how you try to spin information to the disadvantage of Sherco, the proof is in the continued success. NTXoffroad just became a dealer a few months ago and has sold a dozen or so bikes in the last couple months. According to him, he has more demand than he can get bikes. It is telling that you suggest that on the Sherco site you get pristine reviews because of control by the moderator. First, if you mean Clay is the moderator, you're wrong. It is owned and maintained by another individual not Clay. He only posts just as you or I do. Second, I was suggesting readers look at your posts here and find that there is an underlying theme of disparagement toward Sherco. There are many good even excellent bikes out there. Some are partial to a particular brands for a variety of reasons. Choose what you want, but don't bad mouth a good bike suggesting to the less informed that it would be a mistake to buy for the reasons you list because that is a lie.
  4. Bigbird

    Thoughts on Shercos 4 stroke 300 factory edition?

    Anyone who wishes to can research your posts and understand the bias I am talking about. It is unfair to the brand and I'm calling you on it. Done!
  5. Bigbird

    Thoughts on Shercos 4 stroke 300 factory edition?

    Facts Weantright, Facts.
  6. Bigbird

    Thoughts on Shercos 4 stroke 300 factory edition?

    Weantright is quite biased against Sherco, and I suspect it is because he had some falling out with the distributor. He is subject to hyperbole, and apparently has significant amounts of time to worry the subjective argument to death. FACTS: Sherco is a very good, reliable bike. I have a '16 300 SEF Factory that has been raced, dual sported and trail ridden at least once a week since purchased. The only DNF I had racing was when the hose from the radiator cap to the recovery tank split and I thought I had burst a radiator hose and subsequently retired from the race not wanting to overheat or damage the bike. I just did the top end for the first time a couple months ago. Looked good, but did it for insurance. Hours 160, could have gone safely another 40 hours, but I always refurbish my bikes at early intervals. I have access to and have ridden several different 350's, lately 2018 and 2019's. They are good bikes. For my riding (not speaking for anyone else), the Sherco is excellent, and a better choice given I have distilled down to one bike. I used the Sherco in New Mexico as a dual sport bike. Most of the riding was single track and two-track with some pavement transition sections. I raised the counter shaft sprocket one tooth to get a little more top speed, It was an adequate highway bike for those transition sections. Don't get me wrong, if I were to want a second bike again, it would probably be a new 350 XCF. Larger displacement bikes usually work better for dual sport. As a competitive, reliable race bike, it's one of the best I have had. Every KTM/Husqvarna/Husaberg I have owned have required modifications and had their own challenges. From suspension to starter motors to T-clamp offset issues to carburetors that would stick open at WFO to kick starters falling off even though they were secured with thread lock to loosing sprocket bolts to broken gears (not correctly heat treated), I could go on … The KTM family is far from perfect. On my Sherco, I changed the springs for my weight and added a fan. That's it. On the Sherco I won the TSCEC 70+ class with 8 wins and one DNF, the overflow hose, as an example of both reliability and competitiveness. The bike's handling prowess is confidence inspiring and the motor-gearing setup is perfectly matched to get you through the trails a quickly as anything I have ridden. As an example, my previous race bike was a well set up KTM 250XC. Two friends with whom I ride are about twenty years younger than I. Riding the XC, they have been slightly faster than I in a tight trail area we ride every week. When I got the Sherco, my trail speed upped to the point that I am always on their tails and have pressed them on more than one occasion. Support has been excellent. I have ordered a number of backup parts and the rebuild kit for my top end from the distributor and received everything I have ordered within three days, sometimes two. That's better than most brick and mortar dealerships. Now, I have two dealers in Texas to whom I can go for parts and support. NTXOffroad is one I have dealt with and the experience was great. It is always nice to work with someone who is enthusiastic about and a participant in the sport of offroad riding and competition. I remember KTM when it was on the ropes as a boutique marque, and watch it grow to the formidable brand it is today. Sherco is a quality product with a small but growing market and awareness. It has a lot going for it, and I am happy to give them my vote with my dollars, and it appears I am not alone. These are facts as I have experienced with the brand, not some suggestive, personally biased opinion by a person who appears to have an agenda to discourage anyone from looking objectively at Sherco as a viable brand. Further, just look at the success Sherco is having in international competition. At the very least, it is an indication of Sherco's commitment to the future and quality of the brand.
  7. Bigbird

    2019 300 SE-F power upgrades?

    I am leaving for the Brunes Mill races and won't be responding to any rebuttal posts until Monday.
  8. Bigbird

    2019 300 SE-F power upgrades?

    I should also admit that I am the young one in this class, and have that advantage as I am a couple months away from 71.😁 And... hey I am having a lot of fun in this old fart class. Some really nice guys.
  9. Bigbird

    2019 300 SE-F power upgrades?

    I too was talking about power, not handling. Usable power across a wide range of conditions that translates to speed and control, not dyno or straight line acceleration power. There are many bikes that have this, Sherco is one of them. Once again, using straight line acceleration is not a good reference as I said before. As to '19 vs '17 Fe's, I currently ride with two individuals who are about 20 years my junior and both of them ride '19 KTM's. One a 350XCF and the other a 300XC. I have no problem staying with them in any of the rides we have done. That includes really tight woods riding and junkets to New Mexico and Colorado. You seem always to want to disparage the Sherco. I am calling you on this. Sherco is a damn good bike. I provided my real life info as a rider of a Sherco for the specific purpose of presenting a case that Shercos are equally competitive with all the other bikes seen at the races. At my age I really don't need or care to tout myself other than providing a reference from a credible source as to the capability of the Sherco 300 SEF-R.
  10. Bigbird

    2019 300 SE-F power upgrades?

    Not the best reference for trail performance. How many times in a tight off-road race do you hold it full throttle and for how long? I find my 300 SEF Factory to be a far better trail/race bike to my previously owned FE350. I am definitely faster and currently leading my class in the TSCEC races. I have won 7 races out of 9, placed second in one and didn't race the other. And... I win by over 30 minutes in each enduro. Full disclosure, I race against other 70 year olds. There are five of us who compete. I have raced A class for about 30 years through all the classes and age groups with a couple districts championships, some seconds in class and a couple thirds throughout the years. I have owned many, many bikes of differing Marks. I have the experience and results to make declarations about bike performance. The Sherco 300 SEF-R is a great bike to ride, is reliable, and is very competitive. The problems I have had have been small, few and considered in the range of normal issues on a bike that is raced and ridden frequently and hard. Pretty much the same as my previously owned KTM's, Husky's, and Husaberg's. The 300 won't make the same power as larger displacement bikes, but they come with their own disadvantages. Your choice. It's the same as would be in any discussion about choices in bikes using displacement as the criterion. This rant is because the brand, Sherco, deserves to have other opinions presented for consideration besides Weantright.
  11. Bigbird

    Sherco 2019

    Check Shercoforum.com .
  12. I too have used the Maxis I/T and Desert I/T. Those are some tough tires, and used to be my go-to tire when I lived in Arizona. I don't have enough time on the 525 to give you a full recommendation regarding tire wear, but it still looks new after about 15 hours. Again, haven't been using it on terrain that usually tears up tires. As far as handling, I would give the edge to the 525 over the Maxxis.
  13. I have one in 110/100 18 size on my '16 Sherco SEF-R Factory. I previously had a 525 Cheater, and before that a 505 Cheater on the bike. I put the regular 525 on for the summer to see how it works and plan to go back to the Cheaters when racing season resumes. I have been riding in dry, sandy/loamy soil conditions on the regular 525, and it works pretty good. Traction in acceleration and cornering is good. I can feel some loss of traction on steep downhills in soft-on-top-of-hardpack soil, but not alarmingly so. Wear is quite good, but I am not stressing the tire in rocky conditions. I plan on doing more rocky type riding soon, and we'll see how well it wears and handles that challenge. I think the traction advantage of Cheaters over the regular tire argues the Cheater use for racing and aggressive riding, but I am happily surprised at the level I am getting from the regular tire. For me it performs similar to the AT81. BTW, I am running 7 psi the the Shinko. I used to run 4 psi in the AT81, and I usually run 6/7 psi in the Cheaters.
  14. Bigbird

    Sherco 2019

    Damn! Based on my great experience with the '16 300 SEF-R Factory, this could be a defining bike.
  15. Bigbird

    '16 sefr300

    If you go to shercooffroad.com you'll be able to find a side by side comparison of the '16 to the '17 and should be able to extrapolate to the '18's specs for further comparison. I have a '16 Factory 300 SEF-R and bought it even though I could have had a '17 at the time. The deal maker for me was the CC WP fork which I prefer. Of course a '16 is a used bike so you have the wear and tear issue to consider, but my bike has been stone reliable and the best performing bike out of the box I have owned.