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Cycle News 2019 Issue 24 June 18

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P94 2020 SHERCO OFF-ROADERS RIDE REVI EW I t was a big week for the French/ Spanish motorcycle manufacturer Sherco. It recently invited journalists— and its dealers—from around the globe to get a sneak peek and a taste of its entire fleet of 2020 off-road and trials motorcycles. Cycle News was one of a few U.S. media outlets that were invited to the hills near Lake Maggiore, where the company chose to reveal its latest two-wheel, knobby-shod creations. And there are lots of them. History 101 But first, a brief history lesson. You might have heard the name Sherco but most likely don't know much about the brand. Don't feel bad; many don't, mainly in this country. Sherco is well known in Europe and in Australia and has been around for only 20 years (since 1999) and was founded by world-class trials rider Marc Teissier. Sherco started out as a trials-bike manufacturer in Spain and success immediately followed. Riding a 250cc Sherco Bultaco in 1999, Graham Jar- vis won the Scottish Six Days Trials, his first of three SSDT wins aboard the brand. Sherco suddenly became the trials bike to own. In 2002, Sherco opened a second production plant in Nimes, France, where it started building off-road bikes. In 2004, Sherco produced the first electronically controlled fuel- injected enduro motorcycle (450 and 510cc four-stroke). In 2008, Jarvis won the Romaniacs extreme off-road race on a Sherco. A year later, Sherco started getting serious about rally rac- ing and started winning rally champi- onships and eventually its first stage in the Dakar Rally (2010). In 2011, Fabien Planet gave Sherco a French Enduro Championship in the E1 (250cc) class. SHERCO SAMPLER BY KIT PALMER

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