SHERCO 4.5I ENDURO (2004 - on) Review
At a glance
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
Sherco aren’t exactly a household name in the UK. But for fans of enduro riding this Spanish firm is quietly creeping up the popularity ladder. The motor’s powerful, the brakes brilliant, the ergonomics spot on. The only question is over the makes reliability, but barring some rogue electrical problems the factory seems to have answered that query convincingly. You’ll probably buy a CRF450X or KTM 450 EXC all the same…
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
The plush 46mm Paoili forks cope well with a range of conditions and only heavier riders (over 90kg) will find the need to move to stiffer spings. The Italian firm’s shock is also excellent and the adjustment actually makes a noticeable difference to your ride. The brakes are equally impressive – though they might be a bit too sharp for newer riders. It’s a great bike to ride hard.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The benchmark in class is Honda’s almighty enduro weapon the CRF450X. The SOHC Sherco is more user-friendly, lacking the ‘hit’ of the Honda. Later bikes ape the pre-’04 Husabergs with a switchable ignition setting to give the rider greater control over the power delivery according to the circumstances.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
Early Shercos weren’t exactly blessed with copper-bottomed reliability. But recent campaigns in the World Enduro Championship have helped the company hone their build and component quality. But given the fact that the dealer network in the UK is tiny most buyers will feel safer buying Japanese, Husqvarna or KTM.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
Shercos are cheaper than the equivalent KTMs or Hondas but not enough to persuade many folk from swaying from the way of the orange Austrians. Secondhand values for all off-roaders is weak, but especially so for non-mainstream tackle like the Sherco. Find a Sherco 4.5l Enduro for sale.
Excel rims and Paoili forks and shock are about as big a brand name as you get on the Sherco.
|Engine type||4v single, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Tubular steel cradle|
|Fuel capacity||8.5 litres|
|Rear suspension||Preload, compression, rebound|
|Front brake||Single 270mm disc|
|Rear brake||240mm disc|
|Front tyre size||90/90 x 21|
|Rear tyre size||140/80 x 18|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||35 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£67|
|Annual service cost||-|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||48 bhp|
|Max torque||39 ft-lb|
|Top speed||78 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||15.6 secs|
|Tank range||70 miles|
Model history & versions
4.5i SM: The 4.5 get the supermoto treatment: 17-inch Excel rims, stiffer, lower suspension, Brembo radial brake and 320mm wavy brake disc.
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