Category: Enduro Bike

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1. Review

“A dirt bike with lights,” you’ve probably heard. When it comes to a street-legal dual sport, that phrase is usually an exaggeration. I used the word typically because it applies to the majority of the time.

The KTM 350 EXC-F is a nighttime dirt bike. Yes, it is street legal, has met emissions and sound standards, and is legal to drive on US highways. It also weighs approximately 240 pounds with all fluids except gasoline and has approximately 12 inches of suspension travel at each end. Between my legs, it feels narrower than the motocross bikes I used to race. It made me think of a bicycle, to be honest.

KTM 350 EXC F Review

With the possible exception of its 500cc sibling, this is likely the most serious dual sport available in the United States. Serious in the sense that it is dedicated to high-level dirt riding.

The 350 EXC-F is a large motorcycle. Unless you have an inseam of more than 33 inches, you’ll be standing on tiptoes. Unfortunately, with 12 inches of suspension travel and the kind of ground clearance offered by serious dirt bikes, this is necessary.

This motorcycle is extremely quiet, both when idling and at full throttle. It’s not like a motocross bike or a dirt-only enduro in this regard. The engine performance of the 349cc single is extremely impressive, despite the carefully muffled sound.

Throttle response is excellent, even at low rpm levels, and power builds linearly to a powerful top end. Trying to keep up with an expert rider on a KTM 500 during trail riding, the 350 pulled well out of corners, allowing our test rider to stay close enough to close-up on the brakes entering the next turn.

2. Highlights

Overall, the engine in this bike is exceptional. If you’ve never ridden a modern KTM dual sport, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by its wide powerband and the sensation of twisting the throttle on a larger displacement motorcycle.

A very narrow seat, ideal for dirt riding, is one of the slim ergonomics. That seat is also flat enough to allow you to shift your weight fore and aft to accommodate different traction conditions. Of course, that narrow seat was not made for long distance comfort on the road.

KTM 350 EXC F Highlights

The 350 EXC-F is not a dual sport designed for long distances. A Kawasaki KLR 650, for example, is capable of off-roading but can also cover long distances on the street while keeping the rider comfortable. Again, the 350 EXC-F is a dual sport for dirt bikers. It can easily transport you from your home to your off-road riding location and back, assuming it is within 50 miles. That is its purpose.

The six-speed transmission has a gear for every situation, from crawling over rocks to tearing down a fire road. Shifts are crisp and positive, with or without the clutch.

The 260 mm single-disc Brembo front brake provides just enough power while maintaining good off-road feel. The front brake can be taxed a little more at higher speeds on the street, but it is generally adequate. The single disc brake in the rear does a good job in general.

The front fork is a WP XPLOR 48 mm fully adjustable unit, as is the rear shock. The suspension is very plush, and it is generally set up correctly for aggressive trail riding, but it is a little soft for hard core motocross. The fuel tank only holds 2.25 gallons, but it’s designed to get you where you need to go off-road. Nothing more.

If you enjoy riding in the dirt but prefer the convenience of an electric-start, street-legal dual sport to get you there, the KTM 350 EXC-F could be the ideal companion. It has the agility of a 250 but the power to compete with 450s and 500s on the trails. Despite the fact that we tested a 2021 model, KTM has announced the 2022 350 EXC-F, which features no changes other than suspension tweaks and new graphics.

3. Specs

KTM 350 exc f - Specs

Engine and transmission

Displacement349.7 ccm (21.34 cubic inches)
Engine typeSingle cylinder, four-stroke
Bore x stroke88.0 x 57.5 mm (3.5 x 2.3 inches)
Fuel systemInjection
Fuel controlDouble Overhead Cams/Twin Cam (DOHC)
IgnitionKeihin EMS
Cooling systemLiquid
Transmission typeChain (final drive)
ClutchWet, DDS multi-disc clutch, Brembo hydraulics
DrivelineX-ring 5/8 x 1/4´ chain
Fuel consumption3.83 litres/100 km (26.1 km/l or 61.42 mpg)
Greenhouse gases88.9 CO2 g/km. (CO2 – Carbon dioxide emission)
Emission detailsEuro 4

Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels

Frame type25CrMo4 steel central-tube
Rake (fork angle)26.5°
Front suspensionWP XPLOR-USD, Ø 48 mm
Front wheel travel300 mm (11.8 inches)
Rear suspensionWP Xplor PDS shock absorber
Rear wheel travel310 mm (12.2 inches)
Front brakesSingle disc. Brake calipers on floating bearings
Diameter260 mm (10.2 inches)
Rear brakesSingle disc. Brake calipers on floating bearings
Diameter220 mm (8.7 inches)

Physical measures and capacities

Dry weight103.8 kg (228.8 pounds)
Seat height960 mm (37.8 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Ground clearance355 mm (14.0 inches)
Fuel capacity9.20 litres (2.43 US gallons)

Other specifications

Color optionsOrange/white/black
ElectricalLithium-ion battery

4. Rental Price

1-10 days100
11-20 days90
21-30 days85
31+ days80

KTM 350 EXC F - Rental Price

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