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Old 07-29-2014, 03:16 AM   #1
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What's the right bike for tails around here?

Hello, I moved to central NC over three years ago and had a 530exc. It was too much bike for the single track I encountered, so I sold it.

I'm ready to ride some single track now but would also like something I can plate to legally connect the dots of some good single and double track. I'm even interested in blitzing fire roads.

If I were only interested in FRs, I would have stuck with the 530. But, I'd like something single track friendly.

I am looking at a 250 and 350 XCF-W. The 350 is less than 4 lbs heavier and I believe the 350 opens up for versatility. Would I be incorrect in my thinking?

All that said, if I end up leaning towards a 350 XCF-W, why shouldn't I just go straight for the 2015 350 EXC-F? It's the same weight as the XCF-W, it will have an improved oil pump system, and it's already street legal.

Thanks in advance for your input!
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Old 07-29-2014, 04:28 AM   #2
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Unless you are a throttle jockey a 250-350 4st should suit you fine. I will agree the 500 series ktms are real beast in the single track.
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Old 07-29-2014, 04:54 AM   #3
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Unless you are a throttle jockey a 250-350 4st should suit you fine. I will agree the 500 series ktms are real beast in the single track.
Thanks!

Do you beleive a 350 is on the verge of being too much for Appalachia (NC, VA, TN, and WV) single track or is it just right?
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I will agree the 500 series ktms are real beast in the single track.

EXC 500 and a gym membership .
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Thanks!

Do you beleive a 350 is on the verge of being too much for Appalachia (NC, VA, TN, and WV) single track or is it just right?

Nope. You're looking at possibly the perfect bike for the job.
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EXC 500 and a gym membership .


I know what isn't well suited, a XR650L.
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Nope. You're looking at possibly the perfect bike for the job.

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Old 07-29-2014, 07:12 AM   #8
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Yes, the 350 EXC-F

The 350 350 EXC-F is probably the perfect choice. I have a 250 XCF-W and I love it and it is plated in South Carolina but it wouldn't pass the DOT inspection in NC. The 350 would pass out of the box and I have ridden a 350 EXC-F in the woods and could hardly notice a weight difference compared to the 250.
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Old 07-29-2014, 07:12 AM   #9
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Thanks!

Do you beleive a 350 is on the verge of being too much for Appalachia (NC, VA, TN, and WV) single track or is it just right?
The 350 strikes me as a great middle ground for a plated dirt bike.

I know folks that own both the 350 and the 300 smoker plated bikes and they swear by them - except if running pavement. But hey, if you're running knobbies on a sub-300 lb bike pavement is gonna suck regardless of what you buy.

KTM is still running the very fine atomizing injectors on their 4 stroke dirt bikes/dual sports the last I heard. The injector and filter from the factory have a reputation for causing problems with clogging. Larger aftermarket filters mitigate the issue to a large degree, however I don't know a single owner with very many hours on their machine that has not had to pull an injector or replace the factory filter on the injected dirt bikes. Many keep a spare injector handy.

I wouldn't condemn KTM for their ongoing fueling issues though I would prefer KTM opted to go with a less finicky injector and lose a couple of HP. I reckon they have to keep up the grand KTM tradition of having an "imperfect kick-ass bike" as Gary would say. ;)

Bottom line is that IMHO no one makes a plated dirt bike like the KTMs. They do frustrate at times though. :(
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:18 AM   #10
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Great feedback everyone, thanks!

I just got off the phone with a KTM rep re: the 2015 350 EXC. This bike will have the same weight of the current 350 XCF-W but with 100% street legal out of the box. The biggest change on the 2015 EXC will be a heavier cam to help with power delivery and better oil pump management. This sounds perfect for my needs. It figures that it's the most expensive option. I'll wait until it's released and give it a look.


On another topic, windblown101, do I know you from another forum?
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On another note, I found out NC has become more and more difficult to impossible to get a non EXC KTM plated.

The big KTM dealer near Morganton, NC (funcycles) told me they used to be able to plate 2 and 4 stoke KTM enduro bikes all the time. Now the DMV has told them no more.
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On another topic, windblown101, do I know you from another forum?
Yep. Sport-touring - Though I don't believe we've met. I use the same handle there less the "101" I had to tack onto the end.
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Old 07-29-2014, 09:04 AM   #13
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Leaning more towards impossible.....

If you find a loop, I would love to plate my 300SX.... I live in Yadkin and work in Winston BTW... Welcome

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On another note, I found out NC has become more and more difficult to impossible to get a non EXC KTM plated.

The big KTM dealer near Morganton, NC (funcycles) told me they used to be able to plate 2 and 4 stoke KTM enduro bikes all the time. Now the DMV has told them no more.
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Old 07-29-2014, 09:20 AM   #14
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Leaning more towards impossible.....

If you find a loop, I would love to plate my 300SX.... I live in Yadkin and work in Winston BTW... Welcome
I'll look you up when I get a bike to go ride!
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Whoot!

I just put down a deposit on a 2014 350 EXC!
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