SHERPA S 200 FACTS
WHAT THEY COST
Suggested retail price for the Sherpa S 200 was $825. The
estimated present price for a nicely restored Sherpa, like our
featured Early Years of Motocross Museum sample, is easy to
calculate—just add a “0” to get to $8250. Not a bad investment, if
you don’t count 45 years of storage.
Sherpa S 100, 125, 175, and 200. It reminds me of KTM’s
current lineup with multiple choices.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
I’m a big fan of the beautiful red fiberglass tank, and the
Sherpa’s aluminum fenders and side panels really complement the
polished aluminum engine cases and hubs.
Bultaco Motorcycles in Craryville, New York, has acquired
the Bultaco name in America. They can be reached at
(518) 851-7184 or at www.hughsbultaco.com.
American 200cc version of the S was available with
either a 19-inch or 21-inch front wheel, the smaller hoop
was the popular choice.
At fairground flat tracks all over the land, short-track
riders were discovering just how good the little Sherpa
handled in sideways action. It was as if the bike had
been designed with flat track as its major purpose. The
engine was strong and handled all sorts of modifications
with amazing reliability. Plus, the total package was
super light when compared to the other small-capacity
racers of the time. Americans loved the Sherpa S.
By the early 1970s, the Sherpa S’ major competition
came from another Bultaco—the Pursang. The Pursang
was a full 250cc, with a longer wheelbase and more
attractive fiberglass bodywork. The rise in popularity of
motocross pushed the sport to 125cc and 250cc machines,
and eventually the Sherpa S 200 was phased out in favor
of a 125 Pursang.