KTM EXCF350 (2011 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£300|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The Austrian off-road experts revolutionised 450cc motocross in 2010 with the 350 and have extended the same treatment to the enduro 350 EXC-F, which combines the handling of a 250 and the performance of a 450.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
An all-new frame, shared across most of KTM’s 2012 enduro bike range, is the result of extensive work to increase torsional rigidity, yet reduce longitudinal rigidity and lends an immediate feeling of control. The only real criticism is the new PDS linkage-less rear suspension which eliminates the chances of damaging or breaking parts in tough terrain by bolting straight onto the swingarm, but results in a soft and slightly vague feeling rear-end. A shock tuned to the rider’s weight might solve this.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The new liquid-cooled, 4v, DOHC, 349.7cc, four-stroke single is as compact as a 250cc motor, yet offers similar power to a 450 producing 46bhp.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
Typically excellent KTM build quality, with top quality components mean that every aspect of the bike just works.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
The real differences between KTM’s Enduro line up depend on capacity, rather than price. If you‘re looking for an enduro bike that uniquely blends nimble agility and 450 pace, this is it.
With fully adjustable WP upside down forks and linkless rear suspension, Excel rims, wavy discs and both electric and kick start, the 350 EXC-F is well equipped.
|Engine type||4v, DOHC single cylinder|
|Frame type||Steel double cradle|
|Fuel capacity||9.5 litres|
|Front suspension||48mm forks fully adjustable USD WP forks|
|Rear suspension||Single fully adjustable link-less (PDS) WP shock|
|Front brake||260mm disc with twin piston caliper|
|Rear brake||220mm disc with single piston caliper|
|Front tyre size||90/90 x 21|
|Rear tyre size||140/80 x 18|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||52 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£44|
|Annual service cost||£300|
10 of 17
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||One year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||46 bhp|
|Max torque||58 ft-lb|
|Top speed||95 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||110 miles|
Model history & versions
Model introduced in 2011
Owners' reviews for the KTM EXCF350 (2011 - on)
2 owners have reviewed their KTM EXCF350 (2011 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Annual servicing cost:||£300|
Well put together, I bought this with 108 hours on, and no service history, so took a punt on it, it is all top spec kit, that has lasted well, though it is tall, and the seat isn't really designed for sitting for long, but it's what these bike are.
One of the best fork set ups to date, even better than the AER forks on the new models, brakes are Brembo, so it goes where you point it, stops well and does the intended job very well. Comfort ? If you want that, get a cruiser, these bikes are not intended to be comfortable, well, you'll be comfortably in front of a CRF
Brilliant. pulls from nothing up the the 13000 rpm redline like a scalded cat, it will punish you for poor throttle control though
WP, Brembo, Excel... all good quality parts are used to build these, I've put 35+ hard hours on this bike now, with nothing but the standard service schedule, a flat battery so far, hardly an issue, just pop out the kickstarter, and off you go
Oil changes every 15 hrs gets a bit costly, but these are high performance, thus maintenance bikes. I do all my servicing and repairs, I would think it would get expensive if you took it to a dealer each time
Annual servicing cost: £300
The KTM 350 EXC-f is an amazing motorcycle. I bought mine as a street-legal replacement for my trusty KDX200, figuring that a 350 4T would be about equal in power. Boy, was I wrong! The 350 4T is much more powerful! Maybe not quite as "snappy" as a 2 stroke, but when you get the 350 revving, it feels like it has twice the power of a 200 2-stroke. The 350 does weigh more, though, but not much. I thought that I would be sorry that I did not buy a 500. Over 6 years later, I am not. The 350 does everything I ever wanted an enduro bike to do. Minus 1 star for slight excess weight, and extremely tall seat height.
WP open bath forks are the best stock forks I have witness for tight, rocky/rooty terrain, but at higher speeds, they start to get harsh and divey.
The motor is simply amazing. The power band is unbelievably wide. You can often stick it in one gear, and leave it there for a long time.
No problems in over 6 years of ownership! I have not even had 1 valve move yet!
Normal consumables - Chains, sprockets, tires and filters have been the only requirements.
I added a Rekluse automatic clutch. Pricey - at $900 US - but it allowed me to keep the tall 14/45 gearing - which makes this bike a joy on the pavement. I also installed a Terr-X lowering kit, which is owner reversible, and lowered both ends by 35 mm.