2012 KTM 350 freeride

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Bikeaddict, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. OneEffinName

    OneEffinName Been here awhile

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    BAH - YOU are arguing sematics. Look at what you wrote before you open your trap.

    "the 350 EXC is an enduro while the FR is a hybrid Trials bike"

    The FR is *not* a hybrid trials bike (as YOU wrote). It comes from enduro with light frame, suspension and brakes. An *enduro* engine tuned for more torque.

    What a dweeb.
  2. MexMex

    MexMex Been here awhile

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    I would like to think that not bad at all...
  3. STANIMAL

    STANIMAL SUPPORT THE SECOND

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    I like your scientific approach .
  4. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    whoa there, simmer down...
  5. jerdog53

    jerdog53 Crop Dusting Everywhere

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    Acording to my local big box store dealer we should start seeing these in showrooms come fall...
  6. DrKayak

    DrKayak Retro Rider

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    Ask him if they will be plated for street. :deal
  7. ktmmitch

    ktmmitch Long timer

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  8. milzispete

    milzispete who did what where?

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    Glad you're enjoying it. When can we expect to see the 20 litre evo kit for it? :D
  9. goof

    goof n00b

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    Hey, Austrian Dude, how's 'bout releasing the Freeride 350 to us undeserving yanks? THEN, directed injected Husky next year. Attaboy:clap
  10. One67

    One67 Tell 'em the captain sent ya.

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    I just got back from a weekend away camping and trail riding with mates, and I've got to say that this bike is blowing my mind, it's that good.

    I feel like I'm a better rider now than I was in my 20's, I have a mate who's similar vintage to me (late 40's) ,similar experience and skill ,on a CRF450, and I'm leaving him behind on the trails.

    This has got nothing to do with me becoming a better rider and everthing to do with the Freeride being so easy to ride, I'm having a go at gnarlier hill climbs than I ever have before (it helps when you've got 7 mates pushing you to go harder ).

    It is almost as much fun sitting around the fire at night re-telling the day's stories (and embelishing them with much laughter)

    I'm bloody sore, but I'm stoked.:D
  11. NVTS

    NVTS Are you ennen oh eff tee

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    When is theU.S. dealer meeting? We should know about the free ride shortly thereafter. Street legal in the USA and I'm a buyer, I'll put my deposit down sight unseen. NVTS
  12. 250kicker

    250kicker Adventurer

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    The dealer meeting last year was June 26th. I posted last year (pg.23 post#344). The dealers I've talked to in the U.S. seem to say fat chance of it ever coming here, too environmentally friendly. It just doesn't dig deep enough ruts or make enough noise for consumers.
  13. error cooled

    error cooled anything but asphalt

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    :huh
  14. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    So anyone manage to rack up some serious miles on them? I'm starting to see them everywhere thanks to the 5,000+ Duke 200's sold last year.

    I'm wondering how reliable they've been for guys who do LOTS of miles. I'd be thrilled if it came close to the reliability of my KLX351 (250cc with 351cc big bore). My 351 has got close to 50K KM now, (90,ooo on the whole bike). It's only had 1 valve check and about 7 oil changes in that time and no problems. It's got more power/torque than the "detuned" freeride though probably weighs a few kg more...

    I'm just throwing those numbers out there as a reference point: cheap 350 engine, producing 30 rwhp, massively long service intervals and no issues in 50K KM.
  15. MexMex

    MexMex Been here awhile

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    I have 110 hours on mine, 65 hours on my wife bike, and another 40 hours on last year Romaniacs rental bike.
    No problems what so ever.

    But they are NOT dual purpose bikes like your KLX!
    Those are play bike that can go to the hardest trails with ease. They are not designed to go fire roads or highway for more than few miles. They are not comfortable in "high" speed of over 50 mph.

    If you like single tracks, hills, slopes, rocks these bike is for you. Get it modified to your needs and start loughing on your friends :D
  16. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    Touluca would be a fun place to ride!

    Of course I'm a rider and as riders we love the ride but there are times when I'm considering this bike I'm wondering if it's the best "destination" bike as in the most likeliest to be able to get from point A to point B?

    There's an amazingly beautiful camping/fishing/hunting spot only 20 miles NE of Kuala Lumpur by the way the crow flies (35 on the trail) BUT few guys can get there on their own with a 125cc MX bike. It's insanely thick jungle. The locals tend to go there in groups no less than 30 and spend 2 days doing the 35 miles though can make it back in one. With 30 guys they can easily carry/lift bikes over obstacles and are constantly hacking stuff with machetes (one guy will often have a chainsaw) and building bamboo bridges over gorges etc. In a few weeks the jungle reclaims everything that was hacked and bamboo bridges rot, so that makes the return trip much quicker but a trip in 2 weeks is like you are starting over again.
    However the destination is worth it... insanely beautiful! I can make it out in a few hours IF there is no rain BUT if it rains while I'm out there alone I'm kind of screwed! I carry a "micro winch", machete/saw, micro shovel on my 130 kg KLX....

    I haven't ridden the Freeride but the question I wonder when I see them is would that be the one of the best bikes for getting from point A to point B? I fantasize about this bike with:

    - Christini 2WD
    - Rekluse
    - Custom electric start that can be used to rock the bike forward OR reverse when stuck
    - Ability to use left or right grips as throttles (for hacking with a machete while riding :lol3)
    - A kickstand that extends/contracts and has a pivoting base for those tight turn arounds
    - Having a winch built into the starter with micro kevlar rope that can run out the front/back or side and finally...
    - A quickly detachable radiator fan that can from my hammock when I arrive!
  17. milzispete

    milzispete who did what where?

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    It sounds like a helicopter or a combine harvester is what you need rather than a Freeride :1drink
    They are good but they ain't that good
  18. guns&coffee

    guns&coffee Long timer

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    If they aren't going to be available here.....how difficult would it be to purchase one in UK and have it shipped? Are they available in Canada?
  19. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    Expensive more than difficult. Buying and shipping one over here would be relatively easy, and if you search you'll find a lot of helpful information as to the expenses associated with shipping bikes around the world.
  20. Max Kool

    Max Kool Xtankteam™

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    Would getting it plated not be the biggest challenge?