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Took these out for a proper shakedown at cobaw today

Certainly a lot slower on open tracks where the suspension is just not up to high speed hits, but that's pretty obvious.

Gearing is very low. 1st and second are mostly unusable. Hill climbs were best in 3rd or 4th. Only on the most technical sections did I drop back to second.

4th is a very usable gear for flowing single track 3rd for when it gets tight.
When it starts to open up 5th is too high. I think a smaller sprocket will be worth trying

In theory it has the same ground clearance as my 250x ~320mm but perhaps the softer suspension means it rides a bit lower as I dragged on the skid plate quite often. The pegs sit quite low relative to the frame and these dragged in ruts as well.

Even the standard trials tyres on both ends were decent. Will keep them for a while before thinking bout going for hybrid or mx tyres. A cheater front might be good for some extra ground clearance

Weighed it again with some electronic hanging scales.
96kg with a full 7L tank.

My 250x was 119kg with maybe an extra 1L of fuel

No crashes today which is unusual for me! This thing just changes lines up technical climbs on a whim and has great traction. I found I could more easily stay standing where on the Honda I would have put a foot down and started paddling up the rest of the way. Low height and weight meant no drops either.

Heavy flywheel makes it very difficult to stall and it started first kick when needed. Pivot turns are a breeze!

Overall very happy with it. There are a few things the Honda does better but I don't think they are enough to warrant keeping both


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Sherco X-ride review

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Took these out for a proper shakedown at cobaw today.Certainly a lot slower on open tracks where the suspension is just not up to high speed hits, but that's pretty obvious....
nice one, mini me. i've been itching to try the sherco x-ride and finally got the chance on a trip to canada and had very similar impressions to yours.

i found the frame and suspension is about a 50/50 mix of enduro and trials, and the engine and gearbox are pretty much pure trials.

this could be a good or bad thing depending on your riding. if you mainly do slow technical riding then the trials engine and spread of gear ratios will be good. but if you do a fair amount of open trails then those big jumps to fourth and fifth gear will be awkward, and the trials engine could feel too soft and unresponsive.

if you are looking for a hybrid bike that is around 70% trials and 30% enduro then this could be the perfect bike. otherwise you might be better off looking at the beta xtrainer or ktm freeride 250r.

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nice one, mini me. i've been itching to try the sherco x-ride and finally got the chance on a trip to canada and had very similar impressions to yours.



i found the frame and suspension is about a 50/50 mix of enduro and trials, and the engine and gearbox are pretty much pure trials.



this could be a good or bad thing depending on your riding. if you mainly do slow technical riding then the trials engine and spread of gear ratios will be good. but if you do a fair amount of open trails then those big jumps to fourth and fifth gear will be awkward, and the trials engine could feel too soft and unresponsive.



if you are looking for a hybrid bike that is around 70% trials and 30% enduro then this could be the perfect bike. otherwise you might be better off looking at the beta xtrainer or ktm freeride 250r.





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Sherco X Ride

Have done half a dozen rides on this now.
Cobaw, Kinglake and Bright technical single trail with average speeds of 20km/h or less.
It sucked at the stockmans rally where average speeds were north of 40km/h but that was obvious before I started. I just wanted to ride it once.

Both mine and burnsiesí air boxes have broken where they join the rubber connection to the carb. Have had to do some temp fixes while the dealer organises a modified replacement part.

Have been really surprised by the traction of the trials tyres front and rear. The front hasnít pushed or washed out but this could be partly be because I ride this bike a lot slower than I ride my 250x. The rear has only struggled on one red clay hill but there wasnít a bike with a regular tyre to compare to on the day. On snotty hardpack rocky hills it finds traction and drive much better than a regular enduro bike. Tyre wear has been great too. Also liking how easy it is to change 2ply tyres compared to 6ply on the 250x

Oddly it didnít come stock with a rim lock on the back, only on the front....after ripping a valve stem from the tube Iíve since installed a HD tube and rim lock. Thinking about trying Tubliss but seems like a lot of people arenít happy so may stay with tubes.

Clutch is so light. Much lighter than my mates ktm350.

Touch wood but I havenít even had a proper crash on it yet, just a couple of low speed drops. Again, riding slower helps but itís just so easy to ride so Iím not getting out of sorts.

Itís also helping me to improve log techniques, stand up riding, pivot turns etc, as at only 174cm and 66kg the 250x was a lot taller and heavier.

It starts easily and given the low height and heavy flywheel Iím yet to get stuck in a situation where itís stalled and been hard to kick start.

Stock jetting is ok and the carb is a fairly standard one so should be easy to get it even better.

Air filter access is a bit of a pain (3 screws) but the filter design itself is pretty fool proof with no chance of dust getting past the sides. Thereís a bit of room behind the air box to store tools and tubes which is pretty neat.

radiator is centrally mounted, so minimal chance of damage, and no guards needed. Has a fan, but havent heard it run yet.
Comes stock with a thick skid plate which is integral to the frame.
No linkage has been good for technical terrain.

Thinking about making changes to the gearing as I Really only use 3 and 4, with 5 just for transports. Faster single at ~40kmh you sometimes want to shift to 5 but itís way too big a gap. Thinking of gearing it higher so I can use 2,3&4 and make 5 mostly unusable, rather than just 3&4 and sometimes 5

Donít regret selling the 250x and with my son starting to ride now, the scorpa will be great for riding with him too. Also looking at trying a trials event too!


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