Originally Posted by dvwalker
I'll add that choosing the 350 over the 500 was the right choice for me. I owed a crf450x for many years, which has similar raw power to the 500. For my style of riding, the 500 has to much throttle for a full day of riding the tight trails. I can ride much longer, smoother and safer on the smaller hp bike.
I prefer the EXC 500 over the 350 in the tight stuff.
It's a blast to ride.