Real world KTM 350 EXC impressions?

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

  1. Cyberg

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    I have a (Ca Plated:wink:) 2013 Husaberg FE 350 with 13/52 gearing and mine will do 85+ mph. I also come in at a trim 300lbs.
  2. BanhXeo

    BanhXeo Been here awhile

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    +1 on HDB. You can't find better.

    12k is redline if I'm not mistaken..I will try to run it out a bit more and see what else it can pull someday. It hasn't happened yet and I couldn't be happier personally with the bike overall.
  3. Capp

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    Going to be checking the valves for he first time. Have many of you had to adjust the valves on the first check? Also going to install the dirt tricks tensioner at the same time. Thanks.
  4. chompino

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    I'll be interested to see what you say after running it a bit more. I'm planning to upgrade from my KLX250s in a couple of months. My stock 250 has done multiple non-stop (only for gas) 300+ mile (all highway) trips, where I keep it at 70-78 (speedo) the entire time. I'd be worried if this bike couldn't handle that. But I know the 350 engine is a little more strung out and not as conservative as the KLX. In any case, I'm still completely sold on this bike at the moment!! :clap This thread has been very helpful and informative.
  5. wizz

    wizz Up a creek......

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    how many hours on the bike? the dt tensioner cant be installed until 20 hours
  6. Capp

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    3 hours on the motor. Whats the reason the tensioner cannot be installed until 20 hrs?

  7. gplassm

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    I would guess that installing a manual chain adjuster is not recommended "right away" is to let the chain have it's initial stretch. The stock hydraulic adjuster will take up the little bit of slack as it occurs, but a manual adjuster will not.

    Edit - I see that the DT tensioner is *not* a manual tensioner. Now, I have no idea why they recommend waiting...unless it may exert too much force on the new chain?
  8. David_Moen

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    What I am trying to figure out is whether the computer mount puts the whole thing above the headlight mask, or if it has to be bent around it.

    I really like Paul' stuff, but I may end up going back to a Scott's or BRP damper mount and Fastway style inner mounts for the HDB bars.

  9. Crawdaddy

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    The headlight mask simply leans/rubs against the computer protector at the top........doesn't seem to cause any great deal of headlight deflection.......the protector sticks up about 1-1.5"(?) inch above to top of the mask......I'll take a closer pic from the front when I get home......

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  10. David_Moen

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    Thanks!
  11. Capp

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    Just received an email from dirt tricks saying that hours aren't critical to install the tensioner.
  12. wizz

    wizz Up a creek......

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    According to the dt instructions the reason is their tensioner does not compress as far as the stock, so the timing chain needs to break on to give the slack necassary. Otherwise it will put too much pressure on the chain.
  13. BanhXeo

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    Check post #130 in this thread. It doesn't show a great angle of the headlight mask with the computer housing from the other side but I outlined some tips when ordering if you are leaning on getting a submount stabalizer. I just had a BD Squadron installed and that actually has spacers so the mask doesn't touch the top clamp at all. I'll try to grab a pic as well so you can see what i'm talking about.
  14. Crawdaddy

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    That's a better setup than I'm using......the old models have the 4 indicator/tube holders mounted on the bottom of the protector as opposed to the top.....the top is way better.......mine are hard to see.....not that I ever look at'em anyway :huh :lol3

    Planning on topping off the 5.3 Acerbis tank this weekend and heading out on a good/long ride.......haven't brimmed that beast of a tank before.....I'm actually looking forward to it......I want to see just how heavy the bike feels with 5.3 gallons up front.....
  15. Capp

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    Correct. He said as long as the oem tensioner (when its removed) is the same length or longer than the dirt tricks tensioner in its collapsed position, you are good go.

  16. BanhXeo

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    The computer housing rises above the mask because I added a 2.5" lower clamp.
    The dimmer switch can be seen from the picture over the top of the unit. It is very very stable with the mask extensions from BD. With the stock headlight it sat flush against the computer housing and didnt cause any problems. Hope it helps
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  17. X1Glider

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    Getting bored of reading about the 350 EXC-F. I've had a deposit on a '13 for 4 months now. Would be nice to ride one someday...if any dealers will actually get one anytime soon. What's up with KTM USA and the lack of available product...other than SX and XC models?
  18. The Draft

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    Has anyone put 17inch rims (second set) and set up like a supermoto for the street when your not getting dirty?
  19. David_Moen

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    Oh great! Now I need to tell my wife that my shiny new dirt bike needs a new headlight too! :D

    Thanks for the pictures guys, nice bikes! Can't wait to ride mine.

    Oh, any tips for moving the indicator lights safely? The wiring gives enough room to top mount the computer I take it? I wish there was more depth to the metal where the indicators live. If mine were hanging out in the breeze, I KNOW exactly where the first tree-branch I ran through would end up! Right in the most expensive spot that's where.
  20. Gryphon12

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    It's simple economics, really. The 500 is outselling the 350 by almost 3 to 1. And they are selling everything that they can make. So we wait for the next "batch".