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Old 02-13-2012, 02:22 PM   #16
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Any body try just dropping to 13 on the front? If so how is it?
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Old 02-13-2012, 02:30 PM   #17
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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.
Probably could to Sunday. Out at the Puerco.
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:58 AM   #18
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Pulled the trigger

350 in the house. nimble. feels lighter than my crf250. smoother, way more grunt.
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:21 PM   #19
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Finally got my new 350EXC out for ride after looking at in the garage for a week. Grat machine. light weight, good handling and way more power than my WR250F. It definatley is not a 450/500/530, but its has enough to keep you satisfied. Still has the stock gearing right now which is way too tall. couldnt even think about 6th gear until about 70mph. I think I'm going to go to a 14/48 or maybe even a 13/48. Anybody have a suggestion?
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:45 PM   #20
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plastic skid plate?

sorry for the late reply. plastic skid plate provides good coverage. does seem to scoop mud under the engine (maybe that's just me?).
also picked up a rekluse and a left-hand rear brake. will wait until after the dirt bike school (next weekend) to install.
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Old 03-02-2012, 08:29 AM   #21
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I just pulled the trigger on the 350. Decisions, decisions....well my deciding factor was fairly simple, the smaller bore does not wear you out as fast on those long days in the saddle. This bike has more than enough power delivery (for me) and one can always rev when needed. I'm keeping my little power starved wr250r as my reliable steed option for longer multi-day rides.

still thinking thru mods, but list ordered so far; starting with 48t gear in the rear as a good compromise for mixed riding, plastic skid plate, rad cooling fan, stiffer springs front/back for 210lb rider, scotts sub-mount, hdb handguards and top clamp, evo 8-cell battery, heated grips, eastern beaver 3 circuit solution w/relay (for gps, heated grips, powerlet) and padded seat (seatconcepts dot com).
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:03 AM   #22
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One of my boys recently took delivery of an EXC-F 350. What a nicely finished motorcycle! After a few days of practice he entered an enduro. He had fun, but it was tough on him. He said it would have been a lot easier on a 200...
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:06 AM   #23
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Added a 48 tooth rear, EE skid plate, and a DBG fastboy tool bag. This thing is great in the desert. Just enough power to do everything and I don't feel like I have to reattach my arms at the end of the day. Can't wait for the snow to melt up in the mountains and try it out in the woods. Probably will need to change to 13 tooth front.
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Old 03-16-2012, 01:24 PM   #24
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Ive got the new 350 and i love it, my previous trail bike was a wr250r and im completely happy with my decision on the 350, its got a ton more power and is very light, suspension blows the wr away.. with that being said my buddy has a new 500 we bought them together, he was on an xr650. he is thrilled to death with the new 500. the 350 will wheelie easy when asked, the 500 wheelies all the time..

they both need to be geared down a bit for the northeast trails. will do that asap..

hope this helps..
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:45 AM   #25
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This is a great thread, exactly the question I had. I first looked at the DRZ 400, it does not look like it could handle me beating it up in the trails. Then the Husky 310 and 450, nice bikes but the 450 is what I was leaning toward and it looked to me like it was meant more for a supermoto than dirt bike. Then I got to the KTM dealership this past Saturday, I am definitely getting the KTM EXC, but 350 or 500? This thread helped me decide, 350 it is, can’t wait!
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:19 AM   #26
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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.
I've always purchased metal bash plates, but dislike the engine sound echo, so thought I'd try a plastic one this time. First observation, the quick release latch setup is a point of failure. If this ever took a direct rock hit, the plate would be on the ground. As a preventative measure, simply replace the quick release latch with a bolt and locking nut.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:56 AM   #27
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I've always purchased metal bash plates, but dislike the engine sound echo, so thought I'd try a plastic one this time. First observation, the quick release latch setup is a point of failure. If this ever took a direct rock hit, the plate would be on the ground. As a preventative measure, simply replace the quick release latch with a bolt and locking nut.
Installing packing foam (or the KTMhardparts foam) between the skid plate and the engine will help with the noise.
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Old 05-29-2012, 03:35 PM   #28
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On the hunt for a used KTM 350 EXC-F w/ a California plate....wish me luck. :)
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Old 05-29-2012, 03:59 PM   #29
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If I had the choice I would take the 500 hands down.

I have ridden both (a friend owns both of them), both are bone stock.

They both feel about the same, except when you open the throttle on the 500, it just goes.

Both bikes are set up with Rekluse clutches and LHRB.

They both work great in the Western Washington rooty rocky snotty slippery single track.

That 500 is just amazing, it makes my EXC530 feel like a KLR650.
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Old 05-29-2012, 04:44 PM   #30
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500

I'd have to agree, with everything said about the 500. I commute on mine regularly and have trouble keeping the front wheel down in fourth gear... geared to 14/48. Stock is actually 15/45 and as mentioned too tall for trail work.

With 13L KTM tank and HDB Adv top clamp and hand guards, flatland skidplate, and have some Shinko 705's for street duty and light trail work.

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