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- 2012 KTM 350 XCF-W
- 2012 KTM 350 XCF-W First Ride
- Sliding through flat corners is predictable and the XCF-W always finds plenty of traction using a 58.3-inch wheelbase.
- We'd like to see a different bar bend and a skidplate.
- The single-cylinder DOHC engine feels exactly like we expect from a 250/450 blend.
- All of our testers range from 5’10” to 6’0” and the ergonomics are comfortable for taller riders.
- Our EnduroCross pro wished he could have raced the 350 instead of his 250F.
- It was a big deal when KTM finally broke away from its tradition of WP PDS suspension and swapped part of its lineup to a traditional linkage setup. Fortunately, the XCF-W still uses the linkage-less system
- The PDS shock is amazing. The design works especially well off-road and the longer WP shock handles the usual trail junk.
- The computer system is advanced enough to handle more than the basic needs of most trail riders.
- The 350 weighs less than some 250F enduro bikes, even with a full 2.5 gallons of fuel.
- The water-cooled mill retains the high-rpm performance of the smaller bikes but churns out far more torque than a quarter-liter, specifically tuned for enduro riders.
- KTM is the leader of the burgeoning 350cc market after becoming the first major OEM to offer the midlevel displacement dirt bike.
- Handling is supremely light, feeling much more like a 250 machine than an open-class machine.
- Once the gear changes start happening, the wide-ratio transmission has plenty of legs for all but the fastest desert terrain.
- On the varying trails around our Medford, Oregon headquarters, the KTM could almost be ridden in second gear for the entire day.