Real world KTM 350 EXC impressions?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by GravityDT, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    great pic crawdaddy, neat little draw...the taller gearing (xcf-w) looks perfect for that type of terrain. Going garage crazy up in the frozen north this time of year, so pics like these are a lifesaver :clap
  2. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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  3. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    350XCF-W + 5.3 Acerbis tank.......bring on those wide open/big country spaces :wink: :1drink :D

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  4. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    A friend of mine snapped this photo before mounting his 5.3......not THAT much wider

    5.3 acerbis tank vs. stock tank with shrouds:

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  5. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Lotsa guys buy these bikes,some of the best off road bikes made,and keep them on the street. As a long time singletrack/dirtbike nut its hard to get my head around that.
    I guess the radical dirtbike look is popular for street use? 12.5" travel to get to the corner market? Why not? Its only 10K+ then spend $ on street settup.
    Pocket change really................
  6. wizz

    wizz Up a creek......

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    I allways liked the seating position of my xr on the street, so I can understand wanting a light upright bike for street. But there are much better bikes that fit that description. Personally I got rid of the vfr and got a mts. I love my 350exc for dual sport, but you just cant beat purpose built machines.

    Just desmogged, added fmf q4 and megabomb and best dualsport mod. Will update when I get a chance to ride, still have to change springs on front and back before I take it off the rack.
  7. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    I did a thread search and didn't come up with "best dualsport mod" can you explain please?
  8. calltrex

    calltrex Adventurer

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    It's a carb mod they do
  9. wizz

    wizz Up a creek......

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    bestdualsportbikes.com

    Best I can tell its a throttle body mod to trick the ecu into dumping more fuel and changing the timing. could be wrong, though. Might be a bit before I get to test it out though, nasty weather heading thisaway. :baldy
  10. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    thanks
  11. wizz

    wizz Up a creek......

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    crawdad-

    with the mt43, how much percentage of pavement does it see and what are your impressions of it on pavement? stock rear is wearing fast and looking what to replace it with. treefiddy sees a nice mix of gravel, fire road, trail, open and asphalt. in other words, your general california dual sport conditions. was considering the mt43 and xcmh, probably xcmh for front anyway.
  12. ADVTuga

    ADVTuga Paulo Lança

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  13. Crawdaddy

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    I'd say my general mix is 85% off road and 15% pavement .... I'm a big proponent of the Pirelli MT43 Trials Tires for dualsport use.....they're DOT legal for street use and the park rangers like'em because they're low impact on the trails.......therefore they're less likely to hassle you with "Green friendly" tires......I've been using them almost exclusively in the rear since they came out as DOT tires ~5 years ago.........I can never make up my mind in the front........I generally run a matched set or a more aggressive XCMH front..........the MT43's offer better traction in nasty/rocky stuff than a traditional knobby and they're better in sand than you'd think (provided you've aired'em down).....a good "all around" tire but you must run'em at low pressure or they'll fall apart/crack in the middle...... also a good idea to use a rim lock to keep the tube in place......

    I generally get about ~2K miles out of a rear....

    The only real down side of using these tires is they suck on downhills......your bike will pitch sideways under heavy breaking in the rear rather than holding a true/straight line.......so you need to use more front brake.....

    They also don't slide/spin in corners like a true knobby.......the traction is too good......that can be kind of a bummer when you WANT to slide like a hooligan....

    I run'em at ~10psi (sometimes ~8psi in the rear when off-road) with Bridgestone Ultra Heavy Duty Tubes.......they're expensive/heavy tubes but they'll ward off pinch flats from running at such low pressures

    Review: http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/392/1963/Motorcycle-Article/Pirelli-MT-43-Pro-Trials-Tire-Review.aspx

    Motorcycle superstore links:

    Rear: http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/2/29/392/11015/ITEM/Pirelli-MT-43-Trials-Rear-Tire.aspx

    Front: http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/2/29/392/28466/ITEM/Pirelli-MT-43-Trials-Front-Tire.aspx

    Another alternative for the front is the Pirelli XCMH......also DOT legal and more aggressive: http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/2/29/393/14843/ITEM/Pirelli-XCMH-Dual-Sport-Front-Tire.aspx
  14. NSFW

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    thanks chris for posting this pic, that got me interested and ordered one too.


    rode the bike last saturday. first time since i bought it last october. it was flawless and i love it.

    installed some aftermarket parts
    seat concepts seat
    pmb side stand
    pmb rear rack
    cush hub rear wheel
    dunlop 606 rear
    kenda front
    bar riser
    longer did chain 118 link or was it 120, forgot the count?
    14/52 gearing
    folding side mirrors
    radiator fan
    g2 throttle
    ktm 990 bark buster
    trail jammer case saver - best bang for the buck protection

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    this week, installed new exhaust 1.4 lbs lighter
    the acerbis 5.3 tank, baja design squadron and tidy tail light will be installed soon.

    future - suspension, steering damper and the list goes on.
  15. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    Good stuff
  16. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    Takes a little getting used to but well worth it.......now you'll carry 3 gallons lower than the stock tank carries 2.25, radiator protected, and you'll have stoooooopid range if you ever actually fill that sucker.....
  17. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    not sure what will be my range, but my guess @ 200 miles. i can surely use extra fuel for this coming death valley noobs rally. then in 3 months, we're heading to toroweap-north rim-kaibab-burma road-utah. hahaha, no more unnecessary trip to the nearest gas station.
  18. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    More likely ~250+

    I'll be out at Toroweap near the end of May: http://crawdadoffroadevents.com/core-calendar/view/88
  19. Lance Hardwud

    Lance Hardwud Long timer

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    Installed a Pro-Seal air filter gasket today. Read reviews about how this provides assistance in creating a tight seal, keeping dust/dirt from making into the engine.
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    Cleaned and prepped airbox with some wax/grease remover to ensure gasket would stick.
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    The give you a piece of test scrap material to try before you commit the real gasket. This is how mine looked before installing it, nice and dry with no air filter oil residue remaining.
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    Remove backing from gasket and gently set into place. Once you are happy with placement apply pressure to seat gasket.
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    Since it was only a bit above 40 degrees in the garage I decided a bit of heat from heat gun would help activate and seat adhesive.
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    Next up was the air filter bonnet, or sand filter. I am lazy, thats a fact...so to keep oiled air filter fresh longer I will run the filter hair net.
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    Placed it over my No-Toil filter taking note to not go past filter edges on back.
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    This will let me remove the filter cover, wash it off and when dry place back on. Doing this will let you ride all season on 1 or 2 filters.
    Looking at this from the back side of the filter you can see how the gasket ensures proper filter seating.
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    The filter gasket cost about $17 and the KTM filter hair net cover was $20. Cheap insurance against dust and dirt killing an engine
  20. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    Fun ride this weekend as part of the 10th annual San Diego Adventure Riders "Desert Dash"

    That's Borrego Springs in the distance.....the sand hill left of center is Fonts Pt.

    Bike is now at ~1K miles of smiles......

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