Real world KTM 350 EXC impressions?

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

  1. mikeysduck

    mikeysduck Slow Ride to Nowhere

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    What's different in 2012 motor? I read there is a new motor for 2012, but I don't know what changed, I haven't seen any issues reported with the 2011 motors... Anyone?
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  2. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    In case you haven't read these, here's a couple ktm pages that speak to the new 350 engine highlights:

    350 engine


    General Overview
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  3. BIG ED XT FAN

    BIG ED XT FAN Long timer

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    Rode my WR 400 with a brand new to the rider a KTM 350.
    Power was almost the same. Handling? To me, Almost the same. I ride in a big forest in southern new york state.
    The trails were a little slick.:lol3 Fell down only one time.:eek1 on my WR400f.:freaky
    So, For about $ 8,000 grand you get a Key, FI, Low gas light, plate, and button, and the coolest, wheels ever!! :lol3 and i hope you like orange.:D
    So, i am going to wash my WR 400 on sat. and and ride. Do not have 8,000 for the 350. And its only a 350 motor, mines a 400cc. :lol3:lol3:lol3
    This my take on the 350 KTM!!! Enjoy!!!!
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  4. OrangeYZ

    OrangeYZ Been here awhile

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    Well, you forgot the 6-speed and about 20 or 30 pounds lighter. And in many states that's Plate with a capital "P" :deal
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  5. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    yamaha certainly makes great bikes, matter of fact I may even buy another to sit beside the orange bike. Feel free to start a ktm 350 vs yammy 400 comparison thread.
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  6. axehead

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    I love mine. Got stolen though :cry

    But today I got a call from the courts, it has been recovered and I should have it back in a week :1drink

    Here it is in the desert:

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    Just before it got stolen:

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    In this pic I have a Scotts steering damper, Talon foot pegs, doubletake mirrors, low profile rear indicators and 17" super moto rims. Happy with all these mods and would do them again without a doubt.

    I had the rims on for a track day, but the scrutineers failed me for a coolant leak (needed a new $2 o-ring around water pump cover). So yet to see the track.

    Been for some rides with friends, and swapping back from their 530 KTM or 450 CRF, it feels like you are riding a BMX.

    So light and nimble.
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  7. Happy Seal

    Happy Seal Long timer

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    And 80 less pounds w/ the orange bike! I'de rather pick up the orange one, after all you did fall!
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  8. BIG ED XT FAN

    BIG ED XT FAN Long timer

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    80 pounds is alot of weight!!:lol3 I will weight both see what the der. is!! :deal
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  9. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    Really surprised to hear your 350 was stolen, especially in that part of the world. Glad it was recovered :clap. I thought Islamic law was a major deterrent when it comes to stealing, especially when the penalty can be cutting off of hands.
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  10. axehead

    axehead Adventurer

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    In UAE it is normally jail sentence then deportation. Just been at the courts this morning to get a paper to tell the police to release the bike back to me. Then I need to see what damage has been done....

    Just want to ride it again.
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  11. axehead

    axehead Adventurer

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    I probably am now the proud owner of the worst 2012 350 in the world:

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    KTM 350 for sale, lady owner, never been in the desert or track! :eek1
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  12. GravityDT

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    Well, all í can say is WOW. Currently have @ 10 hrs on the bike so far and it has exceeded all expectations. Almost set up how I want it to be - a MT43 trials tire w/ Tubliss inserts and a rear brake rotor guard are the only remaining farkles. Quicktrip to DMV got me the magic plate the other day.

    Here's a shot of the other days outing in my backyard - the Wasatch mountains
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  13. calltrex

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    I just took it to a dealer and he did it in 15 min
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  14. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    That low life thief rode the wheel off of it, sorry for your loss. Hopefully you can get a replacement. The 2013's should be out next month.
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  15. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    I asked but my local dealer wouldn't remap, doesn't want to risk any negative consequences with KTM.
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  16. calltrex

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    theres a few places you can send your ecu to get remaped. forget who on k tmtalk


    when the ecu is plugged into it... it records what dealer did what. probably why your dealer didn't want to.


    theres always someone who will..


    you can get the JD tuner instead.
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  17. dvwalker

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    may have to go the jd tuner route to try and get a richer mix. With the de-smog complete and self-ejection of exhaust screen, sounds like it may be running too lean for my comfort.
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  18. calltrex

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  19. axehead

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    Thanks. Got a quote from KTM for $4200 worth of damage. All external bolt on stuff, so I will probably resurrect the bike with all new bling if I can get the cash.
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  20. Kelso

    Kelso n00b

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    I have about 10 hours on the bike so far. Still breaking in, but here are my impressions after 2 rides.

    First couple of hours was a 50/50 mix of street and dirt. Feels alot like my old YZ125, very slim and light. Suspension is a little soft in the dirt, but still the motor is too new to really ride too hard. At the dealer's suggestion, I drained the oil and changed the filter. Few bits of metal on the drain plug but nothing out of the ordinary. Bike also lost a little coolant. One thing I have noticed so far is the quality of bolt hardware. I guess in an effort to save weight the fastners are soft and not the best quality. I guess that's also the reason for the dual Torx/8mm head bolts. Once you strip the cheap bolt, you have another chance to get them off.

    The next 8 hours were accumulated all on dirt. Single Track, Two track, Fire road. All rough beat up, whooped out stuff. I stiffened the low speed compression and front fork compression a bit, nice difference. Bike is very light and responsive. I still would like to rev the engine higher, as I think this is where the bike wants to run, but I am still breaking in.
    I'm glad I chose the 350 over the 500. I've ridden a few 520's,525's,530's, etc, but not the 2012 500. I realize the frame, ergonomics, and suspension, is different on all those 500's, but I felt the 500 was just too much unused power. I like to try and ride in the meat of the powerband, the 500's I rode felt too bogged down and when you revved a little more it was too much power and not really controllable. With the 350 the power is really useable all the way through each gear. The 350 turns on a dime. I was really surpised how low the center of gravity felt on some tough switchbacks. Even my old 300mxc felt top-heavy compared to this bike. I guess that is new technology for you, but I did not notice the weight of the bike in the tight stuff. I am also one of the most out-of-shape bastards on the planet, so KTM did something right to make the 350 feel smaller and lighter than it truly is.

    Lastly, I did have some issues with hard starting after the bike had sat for a time, after a break, but I guess this will improve over time.

    My next test will be a nice ride of 70+ miles of pavement to the riding area. I am interested to see the on-road rideability. Will report
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