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Old 03-21-2015, 08:45 PM   #1
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2014 KTM 350 XCF-W: Dual sport build

I have been riding a 2011 KTM 530 EXC that I obtained from a fellow inmate for the past 2 years now and have loved the bike. The bike has tons of torque and never quits pulling, which is great for lugging on the tight trails here in the northeast.

After much thought though; I've decided to go in another direction and get a 350 XCF-W and convert it into a "plate-able" bike here in New York.



I found a leftover 2014 for a VERY good price, with much thanks going to John at Canyon Motorsports in Gaines PA. Great people down there to work with.

http://www.canyonmotorsports.com/





I had to get a couple of shots of it in the stock form before I got my grubby paws on it and started to modify it.

The first thing I did was push it through the snow into the basement where the majority of this build will take place.



So far, all I've done is mount up the quick detach KTM plastic skidplate that I got when I bought my bike. I have the same skidplate on my 530 EXC and have come to love it for it's durability, light weight, and the ease of removal for cleaning after a ride.

Next will be initial break in, and some odds and ends bolt-ons.
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Old 03-21-2015, 09:52 PM   #2
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Awesome! love bike builds.

You might want to wait till it warms up a bit outside before taking it out; that orange rocket might be a bit of a handful on the ice
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Old 03-22-2015, 04:59 PM   #3
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I was bored during halftime of the Wichita St. and Kansas game so I thought I would check to see what the TPS was set at coming from the factory.



I left it at .58 for now until I get a chance to ride it and see how the bike reacts to adjusting the voltage up to around .62 that others have found to be beneficial.

Next up on the mod list is to get some Handguards to replace the stock ones that came on the bike. I still haven't decided which handguards I'm going to go with yet; either the Highway Dirt bike ultimate handguards, or the Pro Moto Fastway handguards.
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Old 03-22-2015, 05:31 PM   #4
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You going to love it I have a 12 350xcf I dual sported,I have never checked TPS just stepped up idle a little bit,JD Tuner,SicAss Racing dual sport kit,Dirt Tricks cam tensioner,Rekluse,Full Yoshimura Exhaust plus KTM Hard Parts quieter slip on Silencer,KTM World Suspension,Fastway Pegs,Ricochet pipe guard,trail tech odo,lithium battery,plus probably some more.I bought it to do enduro's but been doing them on KTM 300's for so long I decided to dual sport the 350.I have only done 2 dual sports so far but it has been the most fun on 2 wheels I have had in a long time.I have the dual sport kit off right now because I am going to let my son ride it this weekend at Loretta Lynn's Fall ride or I would send you some pics.
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The weather finally broke yesterday and it gave me a chance to get the bike out and give it a good initial heat cycle and a proper break-in.

First thing I did was let it warm up good by idling for around thirty seconds without touching the throttle. After I got some heat in the motor I varied the throttle on and off for another two minutes before taking it out on the road.

Next step was to get it out on the road and run it up and down through the gears a few times to get a feel for it. I was pleasantly surprised with the XCF-W mapping. It has plenty of snap down low, and pulls good into the mid range with no deceleration popping like others have claimed that their bikes do in the stock form. I kept the rpm's down below 7000 or close to it for this time as well.

First impression for the lil' 350 is very positive, and am loving the feel of this bike. I also found the torque to be very good, and while not as much as my 530, it still has plenty of bottom end for what I need. I also should gain some bottom end with the TPS adjustment that I'll plan on doing after I get the bike fully broke-in, and change the oil for the first time.
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