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Old 01-13-2013, 06:26 PM   #32498
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Location: Ramona, CA.
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Originally Posted by UtahFox View Post
How about a teaser pic of the bike before you get started?
I feel fortunate to live so close to Pamo Valley......Lusardi Truck Trail, Black Mtn Truck Trail, and Santa Isabel Truck Trail are all ~15 minutes from my driveway along with a few side area to ride I headed over there with my friend Ron around noonish to break-in the 350XCF-W and get a general feel for the bike/suspension modifications.....and just generally enjoy the day......

Wow, that bike is rolling DOPE and I'm addicted already......very light, peppy and smooth fuel injection.......pretty apparent that it'll have plenty enough juice on the trails "for me".......(I haven't railed on the throttle yet.....was told to behave on the first ride)....just took it for a nice/short ~40 mile loop today and had a blast........time to dump the oil/filter and hit it a bit harder on the next ride.....

I didn't notice any of the "popping" on decel that I've read about......maybe that's unique to the EXC version.....

Definitely a much greater overlap between the 300XCW and the 350XCF-W as opposed to the 300XCW the WR250R.......the 300 and 350 both are very light and very fun whereas the WR was fun but also a bit porky......that said, the porkyness/beefy subframe/350 watt alternator made it a great ADV "traveler".........the 300 will likely be relegated to technical missions on mtn goat trails and/or heavy sand (dune) rides........slap in the right gearing and that bike kicks ass in either scenario........the 350 is replacing the WR as my new "anywhere" bike......the 350 is clearly more of a trail performer/true dirt bike than the WR and I wouldn't want to use it to go to Alaska or some other multi-week trip as I would on the WR ......but I'm confident it'll be a nice platform for short multiday exploration once I add on bigger tank or Rotopax mount.....probably not as comfortable as the WR for the inevitable/boring slab sections but it'll truly go "anywhere" once you're off the boring sections.....

A few pics

Up top on Black Mtn TT:

(you can see the trail winding up down below.....just left of the bike in the pic below)

Cruising through the trees on Santa Isabel TT before the traverse over to Black Canyon

Santa Isabel TT in the background...... fun traverse in either direction

Also parted ways with the WR today......sold it as a parts bike to nearby couple with two WR250X all my WR250R farkles and stock stuff is was fun while it lasted......

See ya on the trail(s)!
Chris Crawford (Crawford + 4 kids = Crawdaddy )

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