Ktm exc 350 vs 500

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Kristobal K, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. redpillar

    redpillar Been here awhile

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    I think it is time to start looking for one of these.
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  2. TheLostBoy

    TheLostBoy gone riding...

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    easy to say that online...

    would help to know what your offroad background is, i'm sure the only butts you are wiping are that of your friends with way inferior bikes and/or skill, and not necessarily anyone with any true offroad experience.
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  3. ngads

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    glad i found this thread! My funds are slowly building up to be able to afford a new ktm but the choice between the 350 and 500 is a tough one. Right now i have a 250 xc (2 stroke).


    a few things I need to point out that has been affecting my decision. The 500 is only 9 pounds heavier, and eventually i don't want to feel like I need more power out of the 350. I am also going to do a decent amount of road riding, and perhaps even some supermoto with the thing. My biggest fear is regretting getting the 500 because it is too fast, or looking for more power out of the 350

    Does anyone have the 500 with the mapping switch? I wonder if the 500 with the mild setting is similar to a 350, then when you want to can switch to the stock setting and then eventually the "super" setting. ??

    Decisions decisions....
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  4. Lance Hardwud

    Lance Hardwud Long timer

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    Things I have NEVER said while riding my 350...."I sure do wish this was faster" or "I wish I had another 11lbs of weight and only a 65 mile fuel range".
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  5. PatrickM

    PatrickM Been here awhile

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    Whats the range on the 350XC if you don't mind? More information the better (e.g. riding style, terrain, etc.)
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  6. Lance Hardwud

    Lance Hardwud Long timer

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    my light comes on right around 100 miles on my 350exc-f
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  7. Cyberg

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    I own a 13 500 EXC (desmog and FMF Q muffler) and I have tried a 350 EXC with Muffler.
    The 500 hands down has better power. But I find the 500 easier to ride in the slow tight ST we have here in Nor Ca.
    I can also tell you I get over 100 miles on a tank. But I dont ride wide open all the time.

    As far a 11 lbs lighter on the 350 IDK I could not tell when I rode it. Maybe it was because I felt it lacked low rpm snap to raise the front wheel over trail trash.
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  8. Steveman

    Steveman Been here awhile

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    I rode both and the 350 is way lighter and much more nimble and much easier to ride in the hard stuff and finds traction where the bigger bikes struggle. A 250 with more power. Especially in the very slow sections its a winner...
    I'd say the best Enduro bike ever.
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