system, similar to the one that came on KTM motocross
bikes in the time before the 4CS. The shock is a WP with a
5.1-kilogram spring and valving that was inspired by a Euro-only motocross version.
Okay, we might never have ridden a Sherco, but we have
a lot of time on KTM, Husky, Beta, TM and Gas Gas 300
two-strokes. How different could it be?
Plenty. The first thing that stunned us about the Sherco
was the power. It’s a rocket, particularly from the midrange
up. It feels like it could go toe to toe with a 450 motocross
bike in terms of sheer acceleration. That’s the exact oppo-
site of most Euro 300s, which make all their power at the
bottom. The Sherco has good response way down low,
but then things slow down for a brief period, and it takes
its time climbing into the midrange. Then the motor comes
back alive, and it positively wails on top. That gives the
bike a distinct two-level personality. If you’re on tight trails,
you can ride the bike just above idle all day and have good
results. The power is crisp, and the bike has a smooth
nature with good flywheel effect. It’s very, very hard to stall.
When you get into more open spaces or even on a tight
track, you tend to rev the motor a little higher. That’s where
it can feel overly mild, even sleepy. With a little more space,