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KTM 350 XC-F

2013 KTM 350xc-f Test

I finally have the testing on the xc-f. I actually spent far time riding than I anticipated. Some of it was simply KTM let me keep the bike longer, but of it is also because I was on the fence as to how much I liked the race of the 350 versus the sibling enduro

Now that the 2014 KTM xc models been announced with the 4CS the biggest challenge I had with bike has been addressed.

We have just about the end of the line for the 2013 models . will probably be our last KTM for the Did we save the best for last? The is certainly the lightest and fastest of the off 350’s, so the case for it is look strong.

For 2013 the XC-f and got complete makeovers. The motor the most attention. Inside it has a new piston, rod and crank.

There is a new body for the fuel injection as as revised mapping. The new motor a whopping 13,400rpm redline! The starter has been removed.

The new don’t even have a for one.

The cylinder head has beefed up to handle the higher The valve heads, seats and are all strengthened to handle the increased The throttle body size to 44mm and has a new design injector. The TPS is protected from potential

Like all 2013 models, new lines have a quick to allow easy access to the filter.

KTM also spent time working on some of the obvious parts. The wiring was given a once over to it simpler and more durable. included adding more tight connections that had prone to water intrusion pressure washing.

On the chassis, the new SX-f style work is part of the package for all XC this year. The XC also the larger rear axle. the rear wheel is actually the same.

The spacers are the only They are now Japanese style and no fit inside the bearings, thus room for the larger axle. means we continue to have 20 years of interchangeability for all full KTM rear wheels.

The exhaust has a new muffler that is claimed to noise. The HRS canister still on the head pipe.  In testing, 350 seems noticeably quieter our long term 2011 was.

Suspension remains or less unchanged. The 48mm WP chamber fork is still up and the linkage shock get new valving

It only takes a few feet of to know that this is something unique. It is a very animal than anything we have tested this The sibling 450xc-f is the closest I can think of.

This is a quick and bike.

It feels nearly 450 in power. Not down low mind but from anywhere in the mid-range to the redline, it pulls hard. The to the rev limiter, the happier it is.

It was just a few ago that leading 450’s this kind of power.

the 450xc-f, this bike has that sense of “too even if it is too much of a good The 450 wants you to always remember a fist full of throttle at the time can be very bad. is not likely to happen on the 350.

Same goes with the anything the 450 can do, the 350 will probably do It has a light, slice and dice but without any obvious instability. the KTM published weight of 237lbs is one pound heavier than the version listed at 236lbs. But I to assume this is not correct.

The easily feels 10lbs in every riding situation.

How is it? I offered to let fellow competitor Krause race it. As it turned his new 350xc-f had just arrived.

He it in nearly bone stock at the Vikings National Hare He had a fantastic start. At the end of the … run he was 3 rd behind Kurt Caselli and Ramirez. Paul lost a few over the course of the day, but 7 th overall. It was his best national in years.

Needless to say, is a full convert to the 350 concept.

I my own race story to relate, but the is not nearly as good. I raced the 350 at the So Cal Hare Hound two weeks and had a terrible day. I later I was coming down with a so my body wasn’t at its best.

I had a little time to prepare for the I thought I had a reasonable set up on the bike, but had not at race speeds. I knew the set up was a little off, but I figured it be fine at speed.

But I was completely I could not get comfortable with the at all. It was harsh and deflected

I took a couple of clicks out of the while riding, but it did not make any difference.

I ended up crashing twice day. The first time I hit a on a two track road in the dust.  I did a big low fall at about 35mph. I was just a little scraped up and got going quick.

I broke the off the rear brake pedal in the it still worked okay, but was way out of

It was obvious to me that suspension set up is more critical on this than on the EXC model. Of course are almost no chassis parts are the same between the bikes. The EXC has the chamber fork, PDS shock and is less rigid in frame and

Every bit of trail trash is right to the bars and pegs on the

The motor is very good in conditions. It is fast and likes to But it also gives up a significant of bottom end to the enduro models.

I was to compensate for some of this by the map switch and running it in the mild

The weight difference seems than the numbers say between and the sibling 350’s. It feels light. The weight reduction in of the engine mass must be the

 It will accelerate, turn and with far more accuracy. It feels light on the wheels.

But it with a small price tag Like the 450xc-f, this is bike that always your attention. Let the revs too far and it is … in the water.

The chassis is always doing a dance, giving it a mild feel. But contrast, the EXC seems to plow its way through things, unaware of most small imperfections.

Back to my race even after the crash, I was along and doing okay. It be a long day and I expected to make up ground by the third loop. But I did not any real feel for the fork.

of this can be attributed to not having a enough spring in the rear. I I also had an issue with my being too small for the tire I was so the tire rolled around too For a combination of reasons, I was not entirely

On the second loop I had another I was dropping down into a wash at a slight angle, that we do a dozen times in any When my front wheel down, it just washed

I went down pretty and smashed my thigh between the bar and Not only did it hurt, but it gave me like a Charlie horse.

once I could get up and going I could not move my leg or stand up Fortunately it was nothing more an ugly bruise for a couple of But I called it quits for the day.

Not I can ever remember doing in a desert race for anything than a mechanical problem.

So my did not go so well. But in retrospect, the only I can find with the bike was I struggled with the Closed fork. This is a common for me. Only about half the am I really comfortable on CC equipped I have tested and owned.

To me, they often feel particularly off road. But I have to that between myself and our test riders, it was a split some of the riders were happy with the CC fork.

In I have a great feel for the versions of the open chamber I always feel like I exactly how it is going to act in any situation. if it is not perfect, I am prepared for it. The fork on the 350exc is one of the best ones I ever ridden on.

The newer 4CS fork is a close second.

So is it the If I was setting out to buy a pure race any color or displacement, this be right at the top. Yes, I need to sort out a few things, but the potential is huge.

As for the fork, we now that the 2014 models have the new 4CS unit and that clinch the deal for me. This is for those who love the feel of it delivers it NOW. It loves to the tight line around a

The accuracy and feel are fantastic.

So it is right? Well, that is the water gets a bit muddy. of our testing was side by side the trusty 2013 350exc, the that just keeps off.  We have over 100 on it now.  It is always just a slower at race pace.

But it is to ride. It has better torque and that means that in riding situations it is just as as anything.

For example, when on the track, the EXC can carry a taller through the tightest corners and with less clutch The softer chassis and fork move around with a all their own. Drifting wheels into a corner hard braking is easy and

The PDS shock is still my choice for all riding. For racing, it becomes of a 50/50 proposition between it and the The PDS has far better feel and is a more ride.

The linkage is what you underneath you when you hit a square road crossing way too hard.

So does that leave us? If riding, cross country and pure race feel are bag, the KTM 350xcf a winner. But if you to spend more time your new bike out on your trails, the XCW or EXC models are both versatile and easier to ride.

either could be made race ready with an FI mapping and some stiffer

We end in a split decision. Two of our test loved the 350xc-f. Both are talented riders and race in the class as myself. As for me, during our day of testing at the local vet moto I was just as happy to ride the

I was a bit slower on it, but I could ride longer without getting

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