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Old 05-01-2015, 04:51 PM   #1
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KTM 350EXC-F or Husky FE 350 S?

Which would you choose and why???

Both of these are on my new dual sport radar. As is the WR, but after to talking to a few people I'm not sure I'd be happy with it. Then others tell me for an occasional off road ride, the WR is the way to go as it is so low maintenance and yet better then the "typical" Japanese 250 like the XT, KLX, and CRF. Damn, is this now a 3 bike decision??

Realistically the WR isn't in the same class. What appealed to me was it is easy to own and can take a passenger. The KTM/Husky is lighter, more powerful, better looking, and has the lust factor. My last 3 dual sports were a 1993 KLX650C, 2006 KLR650, and a 2007 G650X XChallenge. I'm thinking highway use isn't a requirement. Just local roads and trails. I have a Tundra to take it (and her XT) if we go far. I'm completely undecided.

She said to buy the one I want. Don't buy the Yamaha if all you do is complain you wish you had the other one. Just do it. Which is awfully refreshing. Knowing what the WR is, I'm guessing I'm trying to see which way I should go with the other choice. I really don't like orange, so that's why the Husky has me excited. Of course I'm sure I can find black or blue plastics for the KTM if that's the consensus. Hmmm.....

So what say the inmates????

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Old 05-01-2015, 05:37 PM   #2
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Old 05-01-2015, 05:48 PM   #3
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I saw your thread. Thanks. But has anyone went KTM? Or why do you like the Husky better?
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Old 05-01-2015, 05:51 PM   #4
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Lack of kick start pushes me towards a KTM but the white, blue and yellow bikes are damn sexy
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Old 05-01-2015, 05:59 PM   #5
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The biggest difference between the two is the suspension. The Husky has the linkage rear, and the KTM has the link-less rear.
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Old 05-01-2015, 06:30 PM   #6
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The biggest difference between the two is the suspension. The Husky has the linkage rear, and the KTM has the link-less rear.
What are the pros and cons to both set ups?

Thanks so much.
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Old 05-01-2015, 07:36 PM   #7
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I can't really tell much difference between the link suspension on my 640 and the two PDS bikes I have owned. The bike mags like the Husky linkage setup better. So maybe it really is better.

But they are also all west coast riders. I just don't see much difference on my low speed east coast trails. To be honest, I would go white or orange based on which dealer seemed better or had the better deal.

Same basic bones under both.
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Old 05-01-2015, 07:41 PM   #8
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Old 05-01-2015, 09:13 PM   #9
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I saw your thread. Thanks. But has anyone went KTM? Or why do you like the Husky better?
The linkage on the rear works better than the PDS and they look a lot better. "In my opinion."
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Old 05-01-2015, 09:17 PM   #10
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Lack of kick start pushes me towards a KTM but the white, blue and yellow bikes are damn sexy
Easy fix on that:
http://shop.husqvarna-motorcycles.co...t-sport-1.html
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Old 05-01-2015, 10:30 PM   #11
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Some say this is ideal:
linkage = off-road riding
pds/non-linkage = track riding.

Are the Japanese vindicated after all these years as KTM felts PDS was "better"?
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The Husky has a much more progressive suspension. Linkage and 4CS closed chamber forks. It is stiffer. It is intended for more agressive riding. If you always ride fast trails standing with your elbows up, you'll like the Husky. The linkage is heavier, needs more service and hangs down low to get hung up on logs and bashed with rocks. The 4CS forks are new, somewhat complicated to modify. If you sit down and casually trail ride, the wheels will deflect off small rocks and the ride will be un-comfortable. Look to the KTM XCF model for a similar suspension set up.

The KTM has the less progressive suspension. PDS shock and Open Chamber forks. It is intended for classic 'East Coast' single track trail riding. The damping is softer, the PDS is less progressive. This is so you can hit large objects, like a 5 inch log, and the suspension will just suck it up and not deflect. Much better for sitting and a lot more comfortable. It will not work well for large jumps and big woops. It will bottom more easily and not stay up in the stroke for really agressive riding. PDS is great for maintenance - every 150 hrs, you put in a $25 dollar bearing using a hammer, no greasing or cleaning. Nothing to hang up on a log. Lighter.

Air boxes and sub frames are different. I like KTM's air box and filter better, and aluminum sub frame.

Engines are exactly the same. But, the Husky's use an older map and don't run quite as good as the KTM. This may have changed recently.

Both are great bikes for what they are designed for.
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Old 05-02-2015, 03:21 AM   #13
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Thank you Zuber. That's what I'm looking for. GD and some others have been very helpful and have suggested the 500/501 over the 350/350. That decision is also completely up in the air.
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Old 05-02-2015, 07:21 AM   #14
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I would only buy the 350 if I rode a lot of single track or in a lot of technical terrain. The 500's are better for dual sporting, have better resale value and last longer and require less maintenance. Probably a bit more entertaining to ride with the increased power vs the 350. I rode a 350 after riding my 690 once and said to myself "wow where is the power, this is boring".

This is article is good comparing the PDS vs linkage

http://www.enduro360.com/2012/03/21/...ersus-linkage/
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Old 05-02-2015, 07:34 AM   #15
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Thanks a ton Dave!!
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