Real world KTM 350 EXC impressions?

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

  1. scudrunner82

    scudrunner82 combustion addict

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    I don't see how removing the thermostat in a place like Nevada would be a problem. However in places that actually see cold temperatures I would think the engine would never get up to temp which is not good either. A couple weeks ago I was riding on the frozen trails and it was 7 degrees F. Even WITH a T-stat it took a while to get some heat in the radiators.
    JMHO of course.
  2. LU-E

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    Keeping the thermostat in makes sense to me if I was riding in 7 degree weather, a majority of my riding is in Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California, where I don't do a lot of riding with weather below freezing. I think I will buy a temp gauge like the one Rider1 uses to at least monitor my temps.

    Thanks for the replies.
  3. scudrunner82

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    That sounds like a smart plan :beer
  4. dionbilt

    dionbilt energetic beginner

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    We drag race, and you dont need a thermostat for a race engine. But one thing on those motors, if the water flows too fast it cant transfer the heat properly. So we knock the center out to slow the water down. I would guess this might be the same concept for a bike. We also put a water wetter product in the radiator to help break the water tension, since we only run strait water.
  5. jeffjones

    jeffjones "offroad shit"

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    anybody looking for a good deal on a steering stabilizer? I bought a new scotts setup, but before I mounted it I mounted up this GPR v3 setup I just took off a 06 300 xc and go figure it fit good and worked properly mounted up (only thing I was unsure of was the frame tower pin mount really)

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/321355200670?item=321355200670&viewitem=&vxp=mtr
  6. Crab bait

    Crab bait Been here awhile

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    I took my 350 xcfw out for a 2 hour mudfest today. 3000 feet of elevation gain with a lot of roots, rocks and deep drainage ruts. What a great bike!
  7. bendbiker

    bendbiker n00b

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    Did you sell Globetrottin rack and will you share your thoughts about it? I need a rack for the multiday adventures with my week old 2014 350EXC!!!
  8. JonU

    JonU Been here awhile

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  11. bentmettle

    bentmettle Been here awhile

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    That is nearly as pretty as mine! ;)

    I need to study and understand bar risers next. I think I need to get mine up a little bit - would I need longer throttle cables?

    Do the pegs drop your feet down at all? I'm tallish and could stand to unwind my knees a little bit.
  12. BanhXeo

    BanhXeo Been here awhile

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    I use the Fastway "Adventure" footpegs on my 350. Fit my big feet great and the "collar" flips so you can have them in the standard height position or 1/2" lower. I use the HDB ultimate handguards and got 2" bar risers when I bought the setup. Stock throttle and clutch cable fits. Brake line was a little too short. I still felt like the bars were way too low when I was on the pegs so ordered 3.5" Rox risers...Then had to order new throttle cable. Clutch cable was too short then... So I opted to stick with the 2" risers and rolled the bars forward a bit more. Save yourself time if you go over 2" risers and get all new cables all at once.
  13. bentmettle

    bentmettle Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the feedback!

    I have a more bicycle than motorcycle background and spend A LOT of time sitting down compared to most of my riding pals. As such, I'm hoping that I can start with a modest rise and go from there.
  14. StuInFH

    StuInFH Been here awhile

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    Huh?
  15. StuInFH

    StuInFH Been here awhile

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    Huh? Cameron in his TDC column in Cycle World tried to dispel this myth a few months ago. I bet he knows what he is talking about. And you can look and see what the KTM PP does to flow.
  16. Gordy

    Gordy Team Listo

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    3" bar risers!! :eek1. Why do you hate handling?
    You are negating every bit of suspension/steering/handling engineering that went into this bike. Seriously.
    Especially if you are mostly sitting down.

    At the most (for 99.9 % of riders), a sub mount stabilizer that raises the bars <1" is the most you should do without trying it and learning to adapt to what the bike has to offer.

    The one caveat would be if you are setting it up for touring and don't care about messing up the dirt characteristics.
  17. mcskeeto

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    How do risers (2-3") change the handling characteristics of the bike? I added mine due to my height (6'3"). It helped me stand and not feel so hunched over.
  18. PA Slammer

    PA Slammer I hate titles...

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    Well, just spent a week down in TN, GA & NC and smoked my rear tire. So... time for a new one. What are some opinions out there for a good rear tire? Doing mostly dual sporting (gravel/dirt fire roads) with occasional single track. I'd have to say 80% dirt.

    The Maxxis that came with it it lasted 1100 miles, but is completely gone now. I took it at least 200 miles too far. I was pretty happy with it actually. Would be nice to get a few more miles though. I've heard a few guys going with more of a trials type tire.
  19. bendbiker

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    Sticky clutch plates happen on some bikes/ brands. Different brand of oil has some affect.
  20. Crawdaddy

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    I use DOT tires to avoid hassles.....

    I generally use a Kenda Trackmaster rear in the winter (lot's of sand/desert riding): http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/1098/5395/Kenda-K760-Trakmaster-II-Tire

    And Pirelli MT43 rear in the Spring/Summer/Fall (hard pack/rocky terrain in mtns): http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/1101/32650/Pirelli-MT43-Trials-Tire

    The Trackmasters don't last as long as the MT43s.......maybe ~1500 miles as opposed to 2K with the MT43. Do NOT run the MT43 over ~10lbs PSI or the center knobs will rip right off.

    MT43's are very popular in my area.......good life/great traction uphill/won't hold the line braking downhill which is the weakest point: http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/392/1963/Motorcycle-Article/Pirelli-MT-43-Pro-Trials-Tire-Review.aspx

    I like the Pirelli Scorpion up front: http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/1101/3529/Pirelli-Scorpion-Pro-F.I.M.