Freeride 350

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by pjturbo, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. pjturbo

    pjturbo Been here awhile

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    Who has seen the Freeride 350? Anyone put a leg over it?


    Phil
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  2. Sandman 950

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    Yep, absolutley fantastic bike, so light.....er no wait...it was all a dream:rofl
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  3. Kenbike

    Kenbike Been here awhile

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    Are they bring it to the USA?
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  4. 68deluxe

    68deluxe Long timer

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    It is listed on the USA website, the pics did not come up though.
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  5. cool dude

    cool dude Been here awhile

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  6. Denalidirt

    Denalidirt High Plains Drifter

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  7. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    Here's the latest link to the KTM website

    http://www.ktm.com/freeride/freeride-350/highlights.html

    This is the only photo I could find on their website.

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    About a million years ago I had a Montesa Cota 247 with the high seat that I used more as a trail bike than a trials competition bike and I just loved the fact that it was sub-200 pounds. If you got back in the really rough stuff you could pick it up and carry it or throw it over a fence or whatever. I can't do that with my 1150GS :D and I miss that ultra-light, high performance machine. I'd love to give this thing a try. Anybody seen or ridden one? What does it cost??

    I'm :tb:bow:raabia over this thing...

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  8. DrKayak

    DrKayak Retro Rider

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    Here's a good video

    http://youtu.be/n2eUucG4gwU

    I wanted one till I read that the engine was detune to reduce HP and was being marketed as a entry level bike for new riders. No so sure now.

    I want it as trials bike for real trail use on wicked hard single track.

    Would love to hear if it's coming to the states and can it be re-mapped to the power of a 350EXC-R
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  9. stevodadevo

    stevodadevo What happened?

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    I want one so bad!
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  10. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    Fuel injected, water cooled, electric start, street legal, low seat height with killer ground clearance, under 100 kilos, Brembo brakes, KTM WP suspension, "large steering lock" (which I take to mean tight turning radius), 5.5 liter fuel tank (maybe 125 - 150 mile range?), etc. Yes, de-tuned to 23 HP, but that's not a show stopper for me. And it looks very cool!


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    I don't remember how many HP my old Montesa had, but on the Cota 247 it was all about torque, not HP and high-RPM power and that bike would go literally anywhere (why oh why did I ever sell that bike :cry????). You could blip the throttle on that bike and it would literally jump off the ground; you could ride endless wheelies on it. I've owned plenty of 125s, 175s, 225s, and 250s with power in that range (or less) and had a blast on them, but they didn't have top drawer disc brakes, FI, fantastic suspension, reasonable seat height, etc. Even with 49 years of riding experience I can see this thing being a hoot to ride. I'm looking for a lightweight performance trail bike, not a motocrosser or Dakar contender and this thing looks like the real deal. Don't need no stinking rubber-mounted turn signals, etc.

    I would love to get a ride on this bike. I hear they're for sale in Canada... My son lives in northern North Dakota, just a few miles from Winnipeg... Hmmmm....

    Of course, I have to admit to being a total motorhead and admit that if I could re-tune it for some additional HP I would of course do it :D :evil. You wouldn't have to futz with chopping weight to get some performance, like on my old DR650 or KLR650, both great bikes with double the HP but also +130 pounds made them real pigs in truly rough terrain.

    Doug
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  11. 68deluxe

    68deluxe Long timer

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    Girlie-man. Can't lift a GS. :rofl
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  12. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    It has honestly earned the nick-name "The Big Pig". I can pick it up if I drop it, but it isn't easy. I don't know if I want to meet a guy that can throw a GS over a fence :huh. That said, the GS is my favorite by far of the 44 motorcycles I've owned in my life so far. It's a wonderful machine but it ain't a trail bike.

    Doug
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  13. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    I once put a stock XR650L on a dyno and it was about 24hp. After a new silencer and rejet, it was almost 30 - and the bike weighed 50% more. Anyway, that just puts it in perspective. Was has been de-tuned can always be re-tuned.
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  14. Narsisco Lopez

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    I just HAD to click on this thread! Now.... I WANT ONE! :clap
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  15. afordableperformance

    afordableperformance Adventurer

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    I called KTM and told them I'd like a Freeride 350 in the USA, had to leave them a message as it was Black Friday and no one answered. To my surprise they called me back! We had a nice little chat about the Freeride 350 and I told them I would buy one if they bring it here. I was told they are keeping track of inquiries, hopefully, if they get enough calls, maybe they'll bring them to the USA. So, give them a call at 440-985-3553 if you want them bring it to the USA, if not for your own sake, how about mine!:clap Thank You!
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  16. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    David: I'm going to buy one for <strike>me</strike> Cheryl when they come to the US.
    We'll replace her TTR so she can trail ride it when I'm on the 500. :ricky


    ...and then when she's not using it it'll be the perfect bike for <strike>me</strike> us to be goofing around and playing "trials style" with. :D
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  17. Narsisco Lopez

    Narsisco Lopez Addlepated

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    "trials style", huh? Sounds like a nice way of saying you'll be climbing over cars with it. :lol3
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  18. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I wonder if I can get it up and over my Sprinter :rofl
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  19. afordableperformance

    afordableperformance Adventurer

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    We may never know if you don't call KTM! I'm pretty sure I could make it over your Sprinter with one, front to back anyways! :lol3
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  20. thumperbuddy

    thumperbuddy Outdoorsman?

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    It'd be interesting to convert it to a supermoto since its street legal. Uncork it and get some tires, rims, and a fender, and you'd have one SICK urban hooliganism machine. Isn't it supposed to be very torquey? I dont know what it's capable of as far as top end...
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