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Old 03-30-2013, 10:30 AM   #301
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:12 PM   #302
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Actually, the owners manual call for the first valve inspection at *1* hour.
The next may be at 15...
Checked mine at 1.5 hours, they were fine.
Checked them next at 36 hours because I was told not to
bother checking at 15, they are still fine.
These 350's are great bikes.
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:55 AM   #303
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Stock Gearing Video

Here's a short vid I shot illustrating the stock gearing performance on the '13 350 EXC-F.

Brand spankin' new bike so I kept the RPM and top speed down.




I'll be lowering the gearing.

Oil screens looked real good at 2 hours.

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Old 03-31-2013, 09:48 AM   #304
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I've been going back and forth between this and the 500 ever since I did everything I needed to do to make the Army happy about me riding a bike. Every time I think I've made up my mind I change it again. But I've been leaning towards the 350 more often than not. So assuming I have enough money after left over after this deployment I may pick one up. If I wasn't getting a 240Z restored, I would already have a deposit on the bike.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:05 AM   #305
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130hrs on mine now. Almost all single track. I am not a speedy rider, so have rarely been in high rev territory. I dont see much pavement, just to get between sections. I used to ride all this stuff on my trials bike. Now I do it all on the 350.

13/50 gearing
ECU mapped to offroad
JD Jetting
stock thottle tube
stock ignition mapping
little large acerbix tank (same weight, more capacity, down lower)
trials tire on the rear
flexx bars (old wrists)
TT halogen headlight
lowered front and rear suspension, new springs for my weight (about 1" lower)

If you are more adventure riding/DS maybe a 500 would be better. But for tight single track - the 350 has lots of awesomeness. Plus it has a plate!
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:49 AM   #306
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I have only about 1 hour on my 2012 350 EXC-F now. For a little history, I am coming off of a 2004 KDX200. The KDX200 has been one of my favorite trail bikes out of all that I have owned, and I have owned many. The "H" series KDX200 is the only one that I have owned twice. Before the KDX, I owned a DRZ400, several CR's and XR's, a DR350, a Husky TE410, a KTM300 EXC, a big RXC620, a TT350, and many, many more. The 350 EXC-F has, by far, the most sensitive throttle response. This will take some getting used to. I have also stalled it a couple of times in the tight stuff. It feels like it has little to no flywheel, and the motor does not feel "happy" when lugged way down. An auto-clutch is almost a necessity for this bike to be useful in the gnarly stuff, although the stock clutch is the lightest and best I have ever felt.
The mid-power is mellow and nice, though, and the top end power and rev-out is killer. My wife tells me that the bike is very quiet, although it does not sound quiet when I am riding it. I have the little quarter sized screen "diffuser" removed.
Chassis-wise, the EXC-F is slim and comfortable. It is very light, and flicks back and forth easily. Steering is light and precise. The stock suspension feels better than any other stock bike I have ever owned. I never liked KTM's previous PDS systems, but this one feels pretty good. The forks are not super plush in the rocks, but they work pretty well as-is. They are a bit harsh on big, sharp hits, but handle everything else very well. Perhaps they will break in and feel better after a few hours are put on them.
The only things that I do not like are that the bars are way too wide, and the chain slap is very annoying. The ignition key seems likely to get snapped off, but I will leave the switch alone until it actually happens.
Overall, the bike feels like a real thoroughbred, and it costs like one. I am loving it so far.
I have the EU map, and the SAS removed. The vapor recovery system is still in place. Currently running 13/45 - waiting on a 48t rear.
It is time for the first oil change, and I will cringe when I buy the $20+/liter Motorex, but I will not skimp on a $9k bike.
I may as well order up some "real" handguards while I am at the shop (another $100 bill). No sense in destroying a brake or clutch reservoir in a slow speed tip-over.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:49 AM   #307
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Now I do it all on the 350....the 350 has lots of awesomeness. Plus it has a plate!
Which is why I may sell my 09 300XCW.....I don't see myself riding "The Smoker" much anymore......
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:29 PM   #308
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Rode out to the West side of the valley this week up into the Mendocino Forest scouting trails for an upcoming camping trip to the coast.
[IMG][/IMG]... I too am sitting around 130 hours ride time. But just hit 3900 miles. Stock front tire finally getting replaced this week.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:11 PM   #309
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I was wondering about the heated grips switch in this setup? I wanted to get one of these but haven't been able to find one like it. Anybody know?
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:17 PM   #310
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I got a switch like that when I ordered my Symtec grip heaters, I actually switched it out for a toggle with a weatherproof boot. The round rocker is larger than the toggle, so if you are ordering an HDB clamp make sure you let him know which switch you are going to use.
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Old 04-06-2013, 03:05 PM   #311
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I found a few license plate mods. Trying to shorten it up but still need a light for state law. What suggestions are out there.
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:27 PM   #312
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:25 PM   #313
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:37 PM   #314
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That's a great thread saved!
Looks great but a little work.
Hoping for something a little easier!
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:55 PM   #315
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13/48 gearing

Here's a short vid explaining the performance of the 350 EXC-F with 13/48 gearing in muddy singletrack terrain.

Works great...no stalling. A little jerky in 1st when cracking open the throttle.

With 13/48 sprockets you keep the stock chain, the wheelbase is reduced to minimum swingarm clearance.





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