Luke L.wrote a review of Kuat Sherpa Bike Rack on August 28, 2014
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Bought this on a friends recommendation because I needed a 1 1/4" rack for my new urban whip. I already had a 2" Thule T2 for my truck but I didn't want to mess with an adapter. Wish I had just bought a second T2 in 1 1/4".
The Sherpa has been nothing but trouble from the start. Had to redrill on of the bolt holes to put it together since one of the holes did not line up. Once I got it on the problems continued. The threads in the tongue stripped out on my first road trip with it. The Kuat design is far inferior to the Thule. Kuat replaced my tongue under warranty and I added a bolt to the inside of the tongue so that it doesn't strip out again. I've had my T2 for four years without problem.
Even when the tongue bolt is cranked tight it wobbles horribly compared to my T2. I realize that this is partially because of the smaller receiver size but I doubt a 1 1/4" T2 would be this bad. Every time I hit a dip in the road or corner hard I can hear it creaking inside my whip. Every time this happens I look in the rearview to make sure it's still there and think to myself "I wish I had just bought the Thule.".