Real world KTM 350 EXC impressions?

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

  1. wizz

    wizz Up a creek......

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    Your having too much fun on that thing in the middle of winter, as if folks dont have enough reasons to be jealous of what we have out here. :lol3
  2. BanhXeo

    BanhXeo Been here awhile

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    I'm going to look into that Gasket thanks Saltydog...And that desert looks like a blast Crawdaddy!

    ..I added the Fastway Adventure footpegs awhile back and am really loving them. Much more room for bigger feet, and don't stick out past my tank. Ill try to get a better pic of them. Great grip..Can't say enough good stuff.
  3. gplassm

    gplassm Been here awhile

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    I just bought one of these bikes. After reading all 14 pages of this thread, I am a bit surprised at all of the things that I *must* do to it before I even get a chance to ride it. Sprockets, Magic Mod, Seat, Springs,...Ugh.
    I think that I am just going to ride it the way it comes for a bit...and see how it goes.
    I will pick up my "left over" 2012 350 EXC next weekend. I hope it is better than my beloved 2004 KDX200 I just sold... I am pretty sure that it will not be $7k better, but I am OK with that.
  4. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    You'll love it....

    Threw some more miles on mine in AZ. this past weekend....

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  5. BanhXeo

    BanhXeo Been here awhile

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    Pretty Jealous Chris. Keep 'em coming!
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    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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  7. wizz

    wizz Up a creek......

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    The only thing you *must* do is plug the hose on the sas canister to cure popping on decelleration. Everything else is just fine tuning (screwing with) a machine thats as good as it gets right out of the gate, just cause its fun:D

    Sprockets, seat, springs, would do that on any bike to taylor to riding style and comfort, not that you have to. Power is fine stock but who doesnt like a little bit more. :evil
  8. gplassm

    gplassm Been here awhile

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    Where can I find information or details on this? Are you just referring to plugging the nipple on the intake manifold, that the hose from the canister attaches to?
    I am unaware of any hoses that just hang out in the open, un-terminated, from the canister. I do not even have my bike yet, so I can not look closely at the system...
    Thank You for your help!
  9. BanhXeo

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  10. The Draft

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    Im going tonight to pick up a 350 exc-f after ridding one last night at the dealer.

    I also road a 350 xcf-w

    I like the low end grunt of the xcf-w but I was not able to get it up to 60 to see what it felt like.

    The exc-f was great at 60.
    If I drop one gear in the front on the exc-f would it feel like xcf-w down low and would the crusing speed at 60-65 still be ok.
  11. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    The XCF-W comes stock with crazy low gearing (13-52).......I have mine set at 14-50 which seems pretty good (to me) for general dual sport use.....

    I believe the EXC comes stock with 14-52 in 2013 (I believe it was 14:45 in 2012)

    I put a 14T counter sprocket on my XCF-W immediately.......but 14-52 still seemed a bit low........I'm pretty happy with 14-50....
  12. Saltydog86

    Saltydog86 village idiot

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    I've been using a 13/48 for the past 1500 miles and like that combo. Still can run 65-70 mph and have great use of bike off road. Stock chain works with this also.
  13. The Draft

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    On the street with 13/48 gearing 65MPH is not a problem.
  14. gplassm

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    Has anybody here richened up their 350? I was thinking that I would send my throttle body off to bestdualsportbikes.com for their Magic Mod before I even rode it, but it does not sound like anybody here has richened up their 350 at all... I was also going to purchase an FMF "Snap" intake wing, just because I have read so many good things about it (or fab up my own).
    How about the stock battery? Is it holding up for most of you guys?
    I am hoping that my dealer will throw me a 13t counter shaft sprocket for free, because, by the sound of it the stock 14/45 (2012 EXC model) gearing will be way too high for New England.
    What did you guys receive in the KTM goodie bag when you received your bikes?
  15. gplassm

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    I also saw this on the Enduro360 web site:

    "There is a charcoal canister and fresh air pump, each located under the tank. Removing these might cause a poor running condition as they are designed to work together. For example, the gas tank breather hose is on a vacuum to recover fumes. These fumes are fed into the air intake and on to the cylinder. Removing the hoses that route this will cause a lean running condition."
  16. Saltydog86

    Saltydog86 village idiot

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    The Euro spec map for the ecu fixes this problem. Make sure the dealer knows this a "race use only" bike and they can set you up.
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    Wink, wink.:rofl
  18. gplassm

    gplassm Been here awhile

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    Correct me if I am wrong, but it sounds like most of the posters in this thread have not done *anything* to richen up their 350's...
    I am also a bit puzzled as to whether most people here have removed the smog equipment, of if they have just left it intact. I would like to remove it, just to unclutter the engine bay. If it helps the bike run better, that would be good. I saw that Bestdualsportbikes has a free kit, and I also found the Blais racing kit, the comes with a long, pre-bent, molded hose, for something like $40. This kit comes with the rubber cap, a screw and fiber washer, and the hose that connects to the exhaust manifold. The free BDSB kit does not address the exhaust side, it seems.
    Again, I have not taken delivery of my 350 yet, but I am trying to gather as much accurate information as I can, so I can get it ready to ride ASAP.
    I really do appreciate everybody's input.
  19. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    After delivery of my EXC, I left my engine stock for a number of rides so I could get a sense of what it feels like from the factory. On slow single track mine was popping on decel, typical lean behavior, and on big hit throttle sometimes there was a bit of a delay. Also the little screen on the back muffler blew out after my first or second ride, that made the bike run even more lean.

    So I followed in the footsteps of e-tickets de-smogifyin posts. Not a big job, I just plugged the SAS tube (left canister attached to exhaust) , removed the canister and hoses, then plugged the intake manifold with a screw from my tool kit bits. I used a little ATV on the intake manifold screw to avoid any leaks. Lots of good pics in e-tickets posts.

    This cleaned up the popping noises and throttle response was improved. I think this is probably what a stock xcf-w feels like after delivery. After a number of rides, I still noticed it was running a bit lean, so had my local dealer flash the ECU with the unrestricted EU...0701 map. This was the ticket for my bike. My average gas mileage now after the mods is around 45mpg (5.22 L/100km), not bad, and it runs perfect for my taste.
  20. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    Crawdaddy, thanks for the life line pics, you have some nice riding in your area. Now if the weather gods would just let Spring begin in my neck of the woods. Still too much snow in the hills.