Real world KTM 350 EXC impressions?

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

  1. The Draft

    The Draft Adventurer

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    I went to the dealer last night and test road the 500exc and loved the power and filled out all the paper work down to my final signature.
    At the last second I decided to go with the 350exc-f. The reason of coming off a 450 sx-f and looking for something more forgiving in the woods made we switch.
    With the right gearing (still trying to figure that out) I'm excited about it.

    Have not taken delivery of it and trying to get everything in line with your guys help!
  2. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    like this?

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  3. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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  4. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    I think the 2013 350 EXCs come with 14/52 gearing as opposed to the 14/45 gearing the 2012 EXC came with.......you might find that gearing perfect "as is".......my 2012 XCF-W came with 13/52 which was way too low for basic dualsport......I switched counter sprockets immediately and went with 14/52....still a bit too low (for me)......I settled on 14/50 (for now)......steel counter/rear sprockets are cheap.....mess around and find out what combo works best (for you)....
  5. Capp

    Capp Resident

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    My 2013 350 EXC came with 14/45 gearing also.

  6. wizz

    wizz Up a creek......

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    The secondary air system (sas) comes out next to the exhaust and is not part of the charcosl canister system. I plugged mine with a cork. I desmoggified and went with the magic mod rather than the euromap. Only one half day so far but the bottom is much better. I'll give a better review after more seat time when I'm done riding waves in Costa Rica. :evil
  7. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    Yep, my bad: http://www.ktm.com/us/enduro/350excfusa/technical-details.html

    That gearing is too high for my liking.....might want to consider dropping to a 13 counter sprocket (14/48 equivalent)....still a tad high but usable with the stock chain....could even throw on ~$30 steel 46 or 47 rear......stock chain should allow a one or two tooth bump in the rear with swap to 13 up front....
  8. wizz

    wizz Up a creek......

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    My 2013 is 14/45 as well, changed to 14/50.
  9. wizz

    wizz Up a creek......

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    I think you csn go 14/48 with stock chain.
  10. BanhXeo

    BanhXeo Been here awhile

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    I am closing in on 3000 miles on my 2013 350 exc-f. I have ridden most terrains now. My gearing is still stock at 14/45 as the snow has restricted my travels into the fun single track in the hills above my house. I have a 48t waiting to go on(will probably be on this week). I dont enjoy going 62 mph+ on this bike in stock gearing (14/45). It is super happy cruising at 55. Anything more than 60 is really making the engine work too hard. I've tried with little wind resistance to reach 70 mph and its just not happening, 68 is where its done with that gearing, and it litterally feels like 6500+ revs...not where you want to "cruise". Hope that helps anyone that really wants to be able to blast down the interstate (buy a GS if that is the case)
  11. Capp

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    I ended up with 13/50. Like it for the tighter conditions I ride in. Still goes pretty good up top. I really don't ride much road. Only to connect to certain trails.

  12. gplassm

    gplassm Been here awhile

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    I am not doubting you, but these numbers just do not sound right. Even Cycle World stated that the bike is capable of 90+ MPH. With stock gearing, I would hope that the 350 would get along quite easily at 60-65 mph, and reach 70 MPH relatively easily.
    I guess that I will find out when I pick my bike up...
  13. wizz

    wizz Up a creek......

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    The bike can run high rpm's. It can run up to 12,000, so don't be afraid to run it out some more.
  14. The Draft

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    When I test road the 350 I took it up to 60+ and it seemed to cruse there great not working that hard?

    I think im going to put on the 13 in the fromt and give it a try.

    This fourm is a lot of help!:thumb
  15. Crawdaddy

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    I'm a trail rider not a racer.....most of the time I'm riding between 30-40mph on trails.....or crawling along on singletrack.....but it'll wick up to 70+ (GPS) without feeling like it's going to blow up.....

    Needless to say, sustained highway speeds of ~60mph are no sweat and that's where I usually stay on the highway sections between trails to avoid any issues.....short spurts of 70+ are generally reserved for open/off-road stretches....with the occasional 80+ spurt

    Snapshot of my GPS after riding near my place in Bullhead City a few weeks ago......300+ miles/80+ max speed

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  16. David_Moen

    David_Moen Long timer

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    Hey Crawdaddy,

    Any Chance you could post some photos of your top clamp/computer mount/ headlight mask area? I have installed my HDB clamp and damper mount and the idiot lights and Speedo are invisible behind them. I was thinking there wouldn't be room on top, but you seem to have done it!
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    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    I simply purchased the stock computer protector and moved everything up top.....no turn signal indictors on the XCF-W......just FI, Low Gas, and headlight pull switch........be careful with the small "press fit" FI/low gas idiot indicator tubes.....the plastic/amber lenses on top of the white plastic tubes break easily......ask me how I know :baldy....cost me ~$30 to replace the FI indictor tube/amber lens cover.......which probably cost KTM ~$3.00

    http://www.highwaydirtbikes.com/HDB_Shop/index.php?app=ccp0&ns=prodshow&ref=KTM_Computer_Protectors

    The push button switch runs my heated grips.......the Powerlet is there to charge my phone and/or anything else I want to power off a SAE pigtail (camera, battery tender, heated clothing, etc.)......the GPS/powerlet are direct wired to the battery....the heated grips are "switched" so they only run when the bike is running.....I have another switched lead that I'm not using at the moment.....

    I bought my electrical harness here: http:www.easternbeaver.com/Main/Wiring_Kits/Fuseboxes/3_Circuit/3_circuit.html//
  18. gplassm

    gplassm Been here awhile

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    Can anybody tell me what kind of bars come on the 2012 350 EXC (US) model? I want to install some full wrap aluminum hand guards first thing, before I snap a brake or clutch reservoir/perch. I am prone to falling. I am looking for any information regarding special necessities for mounting them. What kind of hand guards fit well and look great? I have always run regular 7/8" bars, so this will be my first experience with "fat" bars. IIRC - These new EXC's have some weird brand of bars on them...
  19. Crawdaddy

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