And all of this translates into a fantastic ride chasing sand dunes. The Sherco's clutch pull is light. It has a light and progressive throttle response. And the handling - at least on the slightly firmer stuff - is predictable, and exploitable.
But, then the loose, high, and challenging dunes arrive. Now, the bike starts to move around as if it were high on something. The front wants to do its own thing while the rear chases a completely different line. I, in the meantime, try to make sense of it all while I grip the bike with my legs for dear life.
Within a few metres though it becomes clear the bike is the boss. Until the time the throttle is open - not necessarily turned to the stops, and the front is allowed to do its thing, I should remain upright. And I do, for a surprisingly long time.
We - the bike and I - charge up small dunes. We powerslide. And, when the sand underneath gives way, we do a balancing act that would give tightrope artists a run for their money, just to stay upright. But, with the throttle constantly on, the progress remains both swift and fun.
It's mind-boggling what a purpose-built machine can achieve even with an amateur on board. All you have to do is look ahead, keep the throttle on, and the bike with its tyres, its suspension, and the linear power delivery, just has you gliding over sand as if it were a surf board riding the waves.