Anyone Moto a 350 XCF? Compared to an SXF?

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3/8/2018 9:37 PM

Looking at some leftover 2017 350 SXF and XCFs. Tempted to go with the XCF but not sure if it will be too soft. Should be able to go with a stiffer rear spring and run more pressure in the forks.
Anyone Moto one? I’m 6’1 220lbs.

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3/9/2018 4:57 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/9/2018 4:59 AM

I have a 2017 FX350. 6' 225. It was a bit soft for me but I put the correct spring in the rear put some air in the front and I love it on the track. Plus it's a huge plus in the woods compared to my '14 YZ250F.

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3/9/2018 7:33 AM

What do you mean by "soft?" You weight 220 lbs. No bike on the planet will come set-up for your weight.

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3/9/2018 8:30 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/9/2018 8:30 AM

walleyeguy wrote:

I have a 2017 FX350. 6' 225. It was a bit soft for me but I put the correct spring in the rear put some air in the front and I ...more

Awesome. Kinda figured I could pop a stiffer shock spring in it and do a little set up and go.

Did you gear it down a bit?

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3/9/2018 8:35 AM

Yeah. I went from a stock 14T in the front to a 13T. Helped A LOT in the woods.

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3/9/2018 10:30 AM

While out trail riding I took my buddies 2015 XCF 350 for a very brief test.
I came back very impressed it felt like one of my old CR250 on steroids. I only weigh 165 though.

When I bought my 2016 xcf-w I was kind of expecting the same thing and was disappointed that it did not have the hit that XCF did.

But after doing some research I come to find out that's the way it was designed with a different cam timing Etc it's made for trail riding and where I ride where it's very Rocky and Technical and some p-gravel slippery roads it's actually quite perfect for that as the last thing you want is a lot of hit all of a sudden when riding nasty Terrain.

That and the wide ratio transmission suits my needs for dual sport as I sold my 520 and my 250 xcf-w and just needed one bike to do everything.

I still have my 06 CRF 450 if I want to moto.

So yeah for your weight you would need to stiffen it up a bit but I think it would be quite fine for Moto plus it would be a lot more versatile if you want to trail ride it and it comes with a lighting coil ready to put lights on like my buddy did.

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3/9/2018 4:20 PM

A friend of mine has a 17 350xcf that he uses for moto and hare-scrambles, he actually likes it better on the track than in the woods as of right now. He is a little over 6' and 200ish pounds, said he played with the pressure setting on the forks and played with clickers on the shock. I don't think he swapped out the spring for a stiffer one but he may have. Gearing is stock, running a Rekluse Core clutch.

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3/10/2018 5:57 AM

Pretty sure Manny used his 350 EXC(?) for off road and Moto.

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3/10/2018 11:22 AM

I have done it at the old 408MX (RIP) as well as MMX and it ripped, it handled everything pretty decently for XC suspension, only problem I had was when overjumping the fork and shock would bottom pretty easily, which I expected.
- 160# C/B

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3/10/2018 5:04 PM

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3/19/2018 12:48 PM

Will this be ANOTHER bike where you’ll get the best suspension mods available, then sell it in 3 years, with 2.7 hours on it? tongue laughing

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3/22/2018 1:19 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/22/2018 1:20 PM

scooter5002 wrote:

Will this be ANOTHER bike where you’ll get the best suspension mods available, then sell it in 3 years, with 2.7 hours on it? ...more

Yes. 100% likely Andy. Lol!

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3/22/2018 7:15 PM

Sweet, text me when it’s available.

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3/22/2018 7:45 PM

Hahaha’. Throw me a text dude. I lost all my contacts. ?

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3/24/2018 6:27 AM

I moto my 16 350xcf all the time... Granted my suspension (Dal Soggio Spheres) is setup for offroad so I stay closer to the ground, it's still a awesome bike... Just went past the 310hr mark in the stock motor (never opened the motor, even to check valves) the bike still runs as strong as day one... I moto, offroad, dual-sport, EX...great all around machine!

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3/24/2018 8:36 AM

Monk wrote:

I moto my 16 350xcf all the time... Granted my suspension (Dal Soggio Spheres) is setup for offroad so I stay closer to the ...more

Wow. Thats impressive hours. I’m not fast any more and won’t ride much so it should last forever. Just didn’t like my 2012 450sxf. Hopefully a 350 is as fun as I think it should be

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3/24/2018 8:55 AM

If your good on a moto track, yes. If your slow on a moto track , yes. If your in between no! If you are down siding jumps you will be fine, if you come up short or land on top of long tables you will be punished.

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