The 2012 KTM 350 EXC-F looks like an ideal mountain trail machine

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by eakins, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. Brainless_1

    Brainless_1 Loose Nut!

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    I really like the Beta machines I have done alot of reading and research on them and I have been able to test ride a 520RS and a 450RR I would love to try the 400 but there are none to test ride here as of yet.


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  2. dougedoug

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    Next time you are in Santa fe come ride the 400RR i have here at World Motorcycles.:clap
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  3. zen rider

    zen rider veteran rider

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    Like the Husky 310 BUT with real power that the Husky should have! I want one. I think I'll wait a year or two to see how FI and valve wear get sorted.

    I had been hoping for a 400 exc but this weighs less.
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  4. zen rider

    zen rider veteran rider

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    Also love the Beta 400 but my closest dealer is way too far in VT. Whereas a great KTM dealer is 10 miles. If Beta takes off that may improve. For now that limits my choice.

    BTW how does your 2 stroke ktm300 compare to the Beta for tight trails? I've ridden the 300 and I loved the brakes and good torque.
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  5. Jbay

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    the wife said .. hell yes

    traded the 250sxf on the 350 exc

    boy said heck yes!!! plated street legal badness
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  6. eakins

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  7. DidYouSeeThat

    DidYouSeeThat Uhhhh... Where?

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    Congrats!

    Pics Pics Pics and let's hear the report.
    BTW where do you ride?
    Just curious if your in So Cali?

    I have the TE250 with the Uptite 300 kit... really fun. KTM350 EXC looks like a blast.

    Do tell!!!
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  8. xcflyn

    xcflyn Long timer

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    But a 990 is pushing 100hp on a heavy bike not apples to apples. Plus one year in the electronics world of fuel injection could make world of difference. I have to agree 100%- "Just because it is FI doesn't mean it works well." I think BMW was one of the rare ones who really had the FI figured out prior to the K bike. A lot of that had to do with their experience with Bosch-tronic ( I believe that is correct) that they also used in the cars prior to the bikes. Snowmobiles sure went through their struggles to get FI to work right.
    I think the 350 looks sweet. I personally love KTM bikes.Then again I love Honda,BMW,Yamaha,Suzuki,and almost everything else on two wheels.:D
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  9. Jbay

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    we live in Waco, Texas and ride Crooked Creek Cycle Park, just trail riders

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    but my son needs a dual sport and I can ride the XR650L

    so from the 250 sxf we are gaining the start button and plate, which is a big deal; we are headed to Big Bend Ranch State Park later and will report on the 350 exc as a Ds bike

    we had a rekluse on the 250 cause it stalled abit

    wife says" "now finish bathroom remodel" lmao
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  10. Jbay

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    well I do not get to ride it much, my son weighs maybe 120lbs so this was a great dualsport for him, we went to Big Bend and for the first time on hill and rocks he did fine

    coming from the 250sxf the front forks feel very soft for me at over 200 lbs; but the engine is so smooth and the power just so nice; again we get the button and the street legal over the 250 sxf

    so here is a slideshow of our trip...

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  11. Flash1034

    Flash1034 Been here awhile

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    I'm 5'8". This bike looks really tall. Any short riders reports yet?

    Thanks,

    Flash
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  12. GravityDT

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    How's the 350 doing for y'all? Currently toying around with the idea of unloading both my '07 640 Adv and '09 200 XCW (plated) and picking up a fresh 350 EXC or maybe the 500 EXC for the new ride this summer. The 640 was mostly ridden around town and a few longer FS road type rides (80-120 mile) and the 200 was the local singletrack machine. Thoughts?? Would I be happy with the 350 EXC as a light do it all? I know the 500 has longer legs for extended high speed cruising but will the 350 do OK? Worried that the 500 might be a bit much on the tight/twisty. Either one will have a Rekluse installed - been spoiled by the Rekluse Pro on the 200. Ideally looking for 70/30 trails vs road. Decisions, decisions....
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  13. BaronVonDarrin

    BaronVonDarrin Been here awhile

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    Wondering the same
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  14. GravityDT

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    Well, let's just say I could not be any happier with my decision to pick up a 350 XCF-W last month. Opted in the end to go for the 350 and also for the XCF-W vs the EXC. Was able to get the XCF-W plated quite easily for less than what the local dealer would sell the EXC for and I didn't have to worry about the removing emissions BS, remapping and regearing the bike for off-road use. I was able to use the super low profile Sicass turn signal kit as well instead of the humongous stock EXC lights.

    Currently have @ 10 hrs and 150 miles on the bike and it has not skipped a beat. Even w/ the 13/52 gearing doing 55mph or so on the pavement getting to the trailhead it has been just fine.

    Only problem now is finding the time to get out more....
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  15. k47k

    k47k Been here awhile

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    i did the same (XCF-w vs EXC) and couldnt be happier. i will say that if you expect to ride on the highway, you might want to rethink it, 13/52 gearing the bike is pretty wound out at 60mph.

    i have 800 miles on mine and the only issue ive had is leaking valve cover gasket and leaking water pump, both fixed under warranty with less than 50 miles on the bike. no problems since.
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  16. bergy

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    I have the xcw 350 and love everything except for the gearing, I have noticed on extended gravel roads or any roads, 47 mph is as hard as I want to run mine for long. I keep trying to change gears, it only has 6! feels like it needs 7. I am planning on 14/50, to see if that will help. Coming off the 390 Berg, this 350 feels like a little toy, and flat rips on the single track, but on the roads it suffers.
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    I would hope not.....
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  18. dvwalker

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    Finally a tank with some range....:clap

    Dry fit of the new Acerbis 5.3g desert (or mountain) tank on my 350. I haven't seen any reports on this big tank, so wasn't sure how the new mold was going to work around the rad fan, but non-issue. All in all excellent fit and easy install. Waiting on a second FI pump to make swap between desert and enduro tanks quick and easy. This will also add a backup pump to my spare parts in case a pump goes south.

    So far after 30hrs on the bike, I've averaged around 47mpg (20 k/l) on 50/50 mixed single track and roads, so this puts theoretical max range for this tank at about 250 miles.

    Minor gap between tank and air box cover, and plastic on other side.
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    Ergo's are slightly fatter up on top
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    Excellent side impact protection for the rads
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    will need to remove tank to add coolant
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  19. ldbandit76

    ldbandit76 Life is good.

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    Love that tank! My dad and I just picked up matching 2012 350 EXC-Fs a couple weeks ago. We did the Wabeno Ride for Research on them, about 130 miles of mixed single track, ATV trails and roads. And... there are problems with the FI. The bikes will stall at low throttle openings, or when snapping it open. It was only a problem for us in very technical sections. Which makes it a problem.

    However, while our original dealer blamed it on "bad gas" (no kidding), we've found a shop in Green Bay that will re-map the system with a slightly richer program. So that's been done. And we'll have to wait a bit to really give these things a shake-out on the trails again.

    Other notes:

    The exhaust is pointed right at the rear turn signal. Mine began to melt immediately, so I pulled them. Maybe I'll put LEDs in there. My dad did already.

    The clutch drags a bit, even adjusted to be as disengaged as possible when the lever's pulled in. This makes starting hard when not in neutral, and can contribute to stalls. A Rekluse clutch would help a bunch (saving my pennies). This may be due to the 10W-60 oil the thing requires. Which is $16 a quart.

    Coming off a DRZ-400, this thing is very light and capable, but I'm a bit worried about the maintenance intervals. Like most KTMs, the manual recommends a complete engine tear-down (new valves, seats, guides, bearings, piston, etc) every 100 hours. That's rather frequent.

    The seat is horrible. We both got Enduro Engineering seats immediately after the Wabeno trip.

    The stock tires are amazingly soft for DOT knobbies. They stick very well in the dirt, but wear very quickly on the road. I guess that's how it is.

    So far, we're reasonably happy with them, though it'd sure be nice if there were a bike sold that was ready to go out the door of the dealer. Not quite yet...
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  20. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    Just went thru the stock "soft" rear tire in just 800 miles. As a replacement went with a relatively inexpensive non-DOT bridgestone M404, should last a good bit longer and provide excellent traction in the dirt.

    Also, noticed how lean the engine has been running with popping on decel and delayed throttle response. Just had my local dealer re-map FI using the Aus EXC map. Much better, it really smoothed out the engine with the richer map, no more popping and throttle is a bit more responsive. This should be the default map for the US EXC bikes IMHO.