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Old 01-20-2013, 07:26 PM   #172
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Joined: Jun 2007
Location: Ramona, CA.
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Trail Tested/Broken In.....

Just back from Bullhead City...... the KTM 350XCF-W is now officially broken in and I've adjusted to its handling/power after ~8 hours/~250 miles on the clock......simply put, the bike is a dream on the trails.......very light/responsive.........probably the best dual sport bike I've ridden/owned for "trail" riding.........seems more peppy/strong than my old 400 EXC.....especially when you bang hard on the throttle.......I was surprised (pleased) by the fun "hit" in the power band at mid/three quarter throttle.........uncharacteristic for a four stroke........they're usually pretty boring/flat/linear as you roll on the power...........sure, it doesn't have the bark/top end of my old 520 EXC/620 ADV, but there's plenty enough low end torque/top end speed "for me"......wicks up to 70 easily yet also very easy to ride in the tight stuff given its weight/smaller power plant.....

The behemoth 5.3 gallon Acerbis tank took a bit of getting used to in terms of width but I've adjusted........at 3 gallons the bike actually feels LIGHTER than the stock tank with two gallons since the weight is carried lower with the big Acerbis........speaking of low, I low sided once this weekend........nice to have the radiator protected from side spills in rocks........I filled it with 4 gallons yesterday morning just for kicks and the front end was STILL light/responsive........I have some big rides planned where the stoooooopid full tank range will be nice to have in reserve....glad I pulled the trigger and went big on the gas tank....

It's definitely a bit more buzzy than the WR250R on the boring highway stretches between trail segments......that's where the porkiness of the WR pays off and why it would still be my bike of choice if my mission statement was a "traveler" for longer trips/baggage......I've already changed the stock 13T counter sprocket to a 14.........once I eat up the 52T stock aluminum rear sprocket I'll probably move down to a 50T steel sprocket....that'll address some of the buzziness at ~60+ mpg......I'm not there that much anyway......I'm a trail rider not a racer.....

A few pics from the weekend:

Nice to have stoooooopid range when you're out in BFE



Sunset high above Lake Mojave:



Did I mention there's a lot of fun single track out there?









See ya out on the trails!
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