Really liking the look and feel of the XT250 from Yamaha. However I'm keeping my eyes peeled for a used Super Sherpa also.
I heard the Super Sherpa's were a great machine. Add in used the price point is a lot better considering I would most likely have to buy different gear. But there is just something about a new engine that I love.
I have a 2009 Super Sherpa that I bought new at my dealer a little over a year ago. I’m almost at 5K miles now and it’s been a great bike; more of a street oriented, non-competitive duallie than others I’ve owned, but very rugged in comparison. I use it for everything from commuting to work, to local trails (forest roads and like), errands, dual sport gatherings and I’ve done some minimalist touring on it…and plan to do more on the touring side. I re-geared for a top speed of 80mph (read on my gps) and I get a consistent 65mpg city and north of 70mpg otherwise. Ugly as sin, but it's one of the finest and funnest dual sports I've owned. On the seat height its 33 inches, but plan on another one or two inches for a good airhawk if you ride it more than fifty miles.
Last December I did a 750 mile tour of South Florida and Everglades National Park with it…had an awesome time!
Check out the Super Sherpa Thread
over on Adventure Rider for all the requisite mod insight. I’m XRWilly over there.
P.S. I would love to have a BMW but I feel the 650's are so close to the Versys that it would be redundant. Never ridden one so I wouldn't know. Would prefer something in the 250cc range.
If you have an eye for BMWs, they made a smaller dual sport model from 2008-2010…the G450X…which was discontinued back when BMW bought Husquvarna. I still see them around though, including from time to time new models in eBay still sitting on dealer showroom floors. This model has all the high-tech bells and whistles including EFI and dual-mapping, plus some interesting suspension and weight distribution characteristics. My 2009 G450X in the photo below was dressed more for single track, so don’t let that influence you…it was a cool DS motorcycle and I know many who use them much like I currently use my Sherpa. Unfortunately, I needed to unload a motorcycle when I got my XT1200 last fall and when it came down between the G and the Sherpa…the SS was the bike I decided to keep for my lites dual sport.
P.S. I think the TW200 is a cool dual sport and would like to own one some day.