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Old 01-28-2019, 01:19 PM   #1
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Hey BARF, so here it is, I haven't ridden for several years now but the itch for dirt has come upon me strong but I'm not sure what to get as it's been a long time. I'm athletic and two hundred pounds, running about 10% body fat so I'm not getting any smaller- with that said would a 2012+ KTM 350 EXC-F be able to carry me through a hare scramble or should I opt for a 2008+ 525 EXC? I'm pretty sold on a KTM and whatever it is I get has to have a CA Plate.

350 or 525? What say you?



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Old 01-28-2019, 01:39 PM   #2
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Old 01-28-2019, 02:11 PM   #3
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Both have adequate power for your size Beau.
The 525 would be my choice, but that may not be right for you. I would assume the smaller bike would be a bit more nimble and easier to deal with at times.

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Old 01-28-2019, 02:39 PM   #4
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Old 01-28-2019, 03:43 PM   #6
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Both have adequate power for your size Beau.
The 525 would be my choice, but that may not be right for you. I would assume the smaller bike would be a bit more nimble and easier to deal with at times.

Good luck.
Thanks Dennis, I'm leaning towards the 350 because of it's light and nimble qualities. Here in SLO we don't have any wide-open terrain- it's mostly all very rocky single track.

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Old 01-28-2019, 03:44 PM   #7
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Both have adequate power for your size Beau.
The 525 would be my choice, but that may not be right for you. I would assume the smaller bike would be a bit more nimble and easier to deal with at times.

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Old 01-29-2019, 12:59 PM   #8
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A 300 is a 2 stroke and an amazing bike, but hard/rare to plate (but not impossible)

A 350 is plenty of bike but you ride it more like a 2 stroke, in the higher rpms . Manageable power but lacks the torque punch I like in a 450/5xx to wheelie out of corners or over logs. (I lack the skill to do it on a 350 I guess). They are easier to ride harder as you are making the bike work harder and the bike is not making you work harder, if that makes sense.

450- sweet spot for me, right amount of torque and power delivery (not an sx450, I'm talking excf here)

500 - physically the same size as a 350 or 450 (seat height, etc) maybe a hair heavier, but also rides different due to larger engine. Power comes on early and goes to redlne, torque everywhere. To me I go faster on a smaller cc bike as the 500 just scares me a bit with how fast I get going for the same throttle input.

FYI I'm a 5'11" 165# weakling, factor that in.
I ride tight single track here and do desert racing sometimes. 2 stroke 300 is the choice to rule them both, but I love my plated 450 to link all the riding areas together right from my house.

For tighter single track 350
For do it all 450
For open spaces, deserts, dunes 500

You can't go wrong with any of them though really.

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Old 01-29-2019, 01:10 PM   #9
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Then we can start talking husky vs ktm (the same but husky has some nicer details usually) and the various generations of exc, xc, xcw, fe, fx, etc, engine, chassis and suspension combos and changes over the years.

If i was building the dream bike for.me: I'd go for a brand new husky FE450, change the tires, add protection, JD tuner, do the free mods, add larger tank, softer seat and the AER fork or go big with cone valves or spheres.
Oh and add new 300xcw tpi in there as a trail only bike

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Old 01-29-2019, 03:38 PM   #10
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Thanks gentleman, I believe the 350 it is.
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Thanks gentleman, I believe the 350 it is.
Should be fine. I rode a buddies 350 for a day and im 6'2 250. It did everything I needed it to do effortlessly. Could have used a little more power but that being said I was impressed and would've still bought one. Just a 2 stroke guy is all
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FYI
The ktms are/have been getting pretty restricted by smog and epa requirements.
Getting a reflash to the EU map used to be the fix but has become a lot harder to nearly impossible. A JD tuner and some free mods to the airbox (newer bikes with intake reed choking it) and exhaust will net you what the bike is supposed to be. Out of the box they are way down from what they should be.
Lots of info out there to apply depending on year/model.

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...intake reed on a 4 stroke?
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...intake reed on a 4 stroke?
Yup. In between the carb and the air filter. Easy to remove, gets back a good amount of hp.
It should be removed before the bike is ever even ridden.
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