KTM’s 350 four-stroke traillie is a race-winner, but the company figures it can do better. Hence, we now get the KTM 350 XC-F Factory Edition, which takes the Ready To Race ethos to the next level.
Now, we’ve seen this routine before. If you’re hoping for a bit more horsepower than the standard 350, sorry—that’s not how the Factory Edition game works. Re-tuning the DOHC engine would mean expensive regulatory hurdles, so that’s not happening. And, KTM says this three-fiddy has the same suspension as the standard XC-F model (as the PR puts it: “the latest 48 mm WP XACT Suspension (with full 300 mm travel), using closed cartridge spring forks with a mid-valve piston concept that optimizes the oil flow for fast and consistent damping. The fully adjustable system also has new protection rings and a hydro stop to be fully configured for the trail ahead.”).
So what’s new? First up, a FMF Factory 4.1 RCT muffler, made of titanium to cut weight. KTM says it also will help boost torque. It will certainly sound more hairy-chested, at least.
The factory also installed a start device on the fork, coming with a choice of two preload options that help you beat the competition off the line. Up front, there’s also a trick CNC-milled, anodized aluminum triple clamp that’s supposed to stiffen the front end and make it easier to dial in your fork’s settings. There’s a lighter, stronger set of wheels included as well, with anodized hubs and spoke nipples, and new wave brake discs. Up front, that brake gets a new disc guard that will allow servicing of the front end without removing it.
Other changes to hard parts include a new rear sprocket that cuts weight and vibration, a skid plate, and a Hinson outer clutch cover to protect your case when you’re in the rough stuff. The bike gets an extra-grippy seat, too.
All this, and of course—race-inspired Factory Edition graphics. These machines are now in stock at your local dealer, so get down there if you have more questions or want a price tag.