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Old 01-13-2013, 04:52 PM   #32491
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Lightweight... I like that.
Owner of that bike had just ridden it 2500 kilometers from Singapore to Chiang Mai Thailand. Double woot!
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:19 PM   #32492
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Owner of that bike had just ridden it 2500 kilometers from Singapore to Chiang Mai Thailand. Double woot!
Nice, my uncle is looking to ride from texas to brazil on a honda ruckus next year.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:22 PM   #32493
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What rear is that?
Pirelli MT43 Trials
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:26 PM   #32494
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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 trails.......fun area to ride anytime......so 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 bikes.....so all my WR250R farkles and stock stuff is gone......it was fun while it lasted......

See ya on the trail(s)!
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:45 PM   #32495
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Crawdaddy - You are most likely going to LOVE your new KTM. My son bought one last February to race the Mexican 1000 last April. He'd never ridden the desert before, but he had a lot of road racing experience. The bike finished 4th overall motorcycle and won it's class. It made a top speed of 96mph on the playa and it was ridden flat out for much of the timed sections (about 950 miles). He's entered it again this year, but he might trade up to a 500 to try and compete for the overall.





Only problem was the Giant Loop kit disrupted the air flow so the exhaust melted off the rear signal.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:16 PM   #32496
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Anyone have the triple clamp torque specs? Thx in advance. Upper and lower values if different plz
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:38 PM   #32497
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:49 PM   #32498
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Adios Crawdaddy. Happy trails. Thanks for all the great pics. I'll remember you most for this one;

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Old 01-14-2013, 12:09 PM   #32499
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6'-3" or so? Makes the KTM look pretty short !

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Old 01-14-2013, 01:07 PM   #32500
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Okay guys that's enough KTM's for now
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:21 PM   #32501
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Missing Something?

I am getting a Dunlop 606 front tire (90/90x21) and rear tire (120/90x18) to replace my aging stock WRR tires. Many inmates here like the Bridgestone Ultra Heavy Duty tubes. So I thought I might try them.

However, I have not found that tube in the size of either of the two tires. Both RockyMountainATVMC and Motorcycle-Superstore via chat said that the Bridgestone Ultra Heavy Duty tubes they sell would not fit.

I must be missing something pretty basic.

For what size of tubes should I be looking?
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:27 PM   #32502
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I just put a steel braided front brake line on my X/R to replace the damaged stock line. The oversized X rotor and the feel of the steel line add up to create a superb braking package. Should have done it sooner.
Link please, and a rough total cost est.
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:34 PM   #32503
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I am getting a Dunlop 606 front tire (90/90x21) and rear tire (120/90x18) to replace my aging stock WRR tires. Many inmates here like the Bridgestone Ultra Heavy Duty tubes. So I thought I might try them.

However, I have not found that tube in the size of either of the two tires. Both RockyMountainATVMC and Motorcycle-Superstore via chat said that the Bridgestone Ultra Heavy Duty tubes they sell would not fit.

I must be missing something pretty basic.

For what size of tubes should I be looking?
Between the heavy D606 tires and Ultra Heavy Duty tubes, that might be a bit much on the 250! I helped my buddy put in Ultra Heavy Duty tube in his DR and wow that was one massive tube and somewhat of a PITA to mount in the tire too! I would have hated to try and do a trail side repair with that tube in there.

I usually just run "Heavy Duty" tubes and those do just fine.

With that said as for size, the most important thing is to find an 18" tube for the rear and a 21" tube for the front. Generally, the tube doesn't have to be the exact same size as the tire. Usually a certain tube fits a range of tires in that given diameter.

What size tubes are you finding?
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:37 PM   #32504
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I found the stock bridgestone tube to not only fit well in a D606 (90/90-21 is one of its listed sizes if memory serves), but it takes patches well and is durable too.
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:37 PM   #32505
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6'-3" or so? Makes the KTM look pretty short !


Yep, wish my legs were that long. Then I could ride a KTM..
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