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Old 02-02-2012, 10:12 AM   #1
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Ktm exc 350 vs 500

GENTS, A SIMPLE QUESTION:

I'm looking for a plated trail bike and trying to choose between these two. For those few of you who have ridden both is it worth trading the nimbleness of the 350 for the grunt of the 500???

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Old 02-02-2012, 08:34 PM   #2
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Depends what purpose u want it for?
The new 500 is very nimble and easy to ride for its size...
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:10 PM   #3
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Depends what purpose u want it for?
The new 500 is very nimble and easy to ride for its size...
Well, of course, I want it all. I want something that will handle steep, rocky single track (down, especially) but be able to get out of its own way without having to ring its neck. I want to be able to get the front end up effortlessly without frying the clutch.

Is the 350 up to this?
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Old 02-03-2012, 12:14 AM   #4
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I'm also interested in the plated 350 exc.Would appreciate any info from owners. Lots of info on the 500 but have yet to see any on the 350.
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Old 02-04-2012, 10:19 AM   #5
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Well, of course, I want it all. I want something that will handle steep, rocky single track (down, especially) but be able to get out of its own way without having to ring its neck. I want to be able to get the front end up effortlessly without frying the clutch.

Is the 350 up to this?
You know you want the 500

I'm sure the 350 is easier to ride and faster too, but there is no substitute for the torque of a big thumper trying to rip your arms off.
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Old 02-04-2012, 07:28 PM   #6
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KTM is staking a lot on these new EXCs and likely has done them right. That 350 just might be a game changer given the first reports. Might get scarce quick.
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Old 02-04-2012, 07:41 PM   #7
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500 all the way!!!

I am a trials rider at heart but thats not to be had while stationed in Florida. I usually ride a 250 2-stroke for its nimble handling characteristics. The 500 feels just as quick but I don't have to beat myself up trying to find the sweet spot in the motor all the time. It's super easy to ride for all day fun! Look up my posts and you can see some of the videos I've posted with some open fire road riding and some really tight single track. Look at the too post to this page, it's from earlier today. Wheelies like a dream.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...0288&page=1275
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Old 02-04-2012, 08:15 PM   #8
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ive riden the crap out of the 350 now for 3 months and can say 500s bring it on in the tight stuff and i will wipe your butts.
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:11 PM   #9
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ive riden the crap out of the 350 now for 3 months and can say 500s bring it on in the tight stuff and i will wipe your butts.
You want to wipe thier butts?

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Old 02-05-2012, 11:07 PM   #10
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I haven't ridden a 350 kuz I bought a 500....and I could not be happier! Here is a thread on the mods....

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=746534

The 500 EXC come geared with 16 / 45. Much too tall for the riding here in Utah so I regeared it to 13 / 45 which is perfect for my use as a light weight dual sport / go any where bike.

I am most amazed with the linear powerband & the fact that it will chug down to the bottom when climbing a hill or riding thru the trees. This makes shifting optional in the tight stuff. With these gears it will still do 80 mph which is fast enuf for a 267 lb (wet stock) bike. And it handles like a Schwinn on the trails. From all I have heard, the 350 is much more of a hi RPM motor. The 500 is a long stroke version of the 450. So it is torquey.
This bike replaced a XR650R which pulled like a tractor up the hill. I was afraid the 500 would not...but it does...and weighs 75 - 100 lbs less.

Remember, there is no replacement for displacement!

Buy the 500 & some anti grin soap! You will not be sorry!
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:00 PM   #11
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i bought a 350EXC and love it ...

15 hours so far.
Added larger rear sprocket, plastic skid plate and cycra handguards.
Thought about the 500, but I have a 690 Enduro (not a dirt bike, I know).
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:55 PM   #12
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Just bought a 350 yesterday. How is the plastic skid plate? Not sure if I want that or an aluminum one.
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:31 AM   #13
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Just bought a 350 yesterday. How is the plastic skid plate? Not sure if I want that or an aluminum one.


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Old 02-13-2012, 12:32 PM   #14
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Hey Dion, dont want to hijack the thread,but anybody riding this coming weekend? Ready to give the new 350 some seat time. Rode it home from R&S and thats about it. Dying to try out it's dirt legs.
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:58 PM   #15
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15 hours so far.
Added larger rear sprocket, plastic skid plate and cycra handguards.
Thought about the 500, but I have a 690 Enduro (not a dirt bike, I know).
What size sprocket did you go with? I am trying to decide between a 48 and a 50.
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