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The 250cc and 300cc Shercos have always been deemed excellent by the press.
The Se3.0i-R. The 2011 Sherco model was voted “best enduro bike” last year (all
displacements combined) by a panel of French Enduro specialists. Yet, the Nîmes
engineers have not fallen asleep on their laurels. The 2012 machines have received
a lot of work, the chassis has been completely redesigned and the engine has been
Sherco frames are famous for their excellent adaptation to the practice of enduro
racing in all conditions. There is a big revolution in 2012, the enduro models are
receiving a totally new, semi-perimeter frame made from chrome molybdenum. This
new design was chosen after extensive testing in the enduro environment and
proven to provide excellent performance in this discipline. The shape and thickness
of the various frame components varies depending upon the constraints and loads
applied to them. This results in high lateral stiffness (for more precise handling,
better control in the corners) without increasing the longitudinal stiffness (providing
excellent comfort and a neutral feeling in all circumstances). This new configuration
allows a clearer focus on the rest of the components, the swing arm, the exhaust
and the fuel tank have been redesigned to enhance the total feeling of the bike. The
2012 Sherco becomes sharper and more accurate, while keeping the tracking and
feel of the front end that has made its reputation.
With this new frame the components have been optimized by perfectly incorporating
an 8-liter fuel tank (very useful in enduro racing and also in touring), and a larger air
filter that allows more direct airflow into the engine intake. The routing of the wiring
harnesses and the location of the fuel injection connectors (new and fully sealed)
were very carefully thought out when designing the new frame. Sherco has leveraged
its experience as a pioneer in the utilization of fuel injection on enduro motorcycles.
Sherco has been producing enduro motorcycles equipped with fuel injection for
8 years. The 2012 Sherco is the result of a careful redesign which has produced
an extremely compact machine with very natural ergonomics. The new frame provides
a machine that is more manageable and provides increased riding pleasure, it is
also incredibly effective in races where the rider is racing against the clock.
The new frame is not the only good news for 2012, the new bike is equipped with
new suspension units both front and rear. The new WP rear shock absorber is
enhanced with new control links for a more progressive feel. The front fork is a new
48 mm diameter WP model that was developed in conjunction with the Sherco factory.
The new triple clamps are made by Neken and are fully machined. The suspension
units are fully adjustable in order to accommodate various rider weights and
riding styles. The front suspension units are light and very rigid and provide better
accuracy and excellent front end control. The suspension system has been developed
to work perfectly with the new frame, with the aim being to provide outstanding
control on large impacts and very bumpy sections while maintaining a great level of
comfort on small bumps, conditions that are often met in a modern enduro. In addition
to WP, the renowned Brembo brand makes its appearance on the 2012
Sherco. This has led to an improvement in the feeling of the clutch and brake systems
and provides gains in braking power and gives them a more progressive feel.
The body work is also new: lighter, more durable and more ergonomic. The finish is
flawless and the rear fender has two lifting handles.... One more sign that Sherco
is providing a very strong focus on the Enduro scene, Enduro bikes by Enduro
In 2011 the 250cc and 300cc motors were hailed for their performances. The
2012 models have been further enhanced with a new cylinder head that improves
the power at all speeds. The ignition mapping has been revised to compliment the
engine updates, they have also received a new exhaust system that has been completely
redesigned, it reduces the noise level of the engine at the same time causing
the spent gasses to slow down allowing the engine to gain more power. It’s build
quality is impeccable, it is TIG welded using stainless steel tubing.
The 300 piston is lighter and stronger, it was developed by a technology called
"double bridge forging" which is used in Formula 1 racing. This is a new technique
which increases the life of the engine in extreme conditions, while allowing high
engine speeds (up to 13,500 RPM). The clutch in the 300 has also been changed,
with a new housing to account for the increase in power. The slow speed power
curve has been revised to provide a softer feel when running at slow speeds.
Already deemed the best enduro bike in 2011, the motor of the 300 Sherco has
been greatly enhanced this year. Now residing in a new modern chassis, it exacerbates
the gap on its rivals in 2012.
. Semi-perimeter steel frame (1 kg lighter)
. 8-liter tank
. Larger air filter
. New shock absorber linkage for more progressive feel
. WP shock absorber
. WP fork (R series) 48 mm diameter
. Brembo brakes
. Brembo clutch master cylinder
. Neken, adjustable triple clamps, fully machined
. Exhaust, more efficient, quieter, (brushed stainless tubes and TIG welded)
. Body work 100% new, more ergonomic and durable.
. New wiring harness with sealed connectors
. Strengthened cylinder head (improved performance and durability in extreme conditions)
. New ignition map (better responsiveness, more power at low and high speeds)
. New clutch (300cc only)
. New piston lighter high tech "double bridge forged" - (300cc only)
. Higher Seat
. Lithium battery
. Reinforced radiator
. Xenon headlight
. Handlebar pad
. Frame protection
The large Shercos evolve very smoothly this year. The 450 and 510 receive a new
front fender and a new redesigned number plate that modernizes the overall look.
The big benefit is the new graphics that is common to all of the 2012 models.
. Front fender
. Number plate
. 2012 Graphics