– The rear brake is touchy and the front is strong. I can
deal with the front, but I’m going to try a different pad out
back and try to soften the stickiness.
AND IN THE END
It’s weird, but there are some places where I feel that
the 350EXC is a good bike and others where I’m struggling
trying to find the right gear. Overall, I’m really stoked
with the scoot, especially since I’m really abusing
it on good, tough trails, and the engine and exhaust are
totally EPA-legal. It’s beyond quiet, it’s rugged, it craves
trail junk, and I can ride it to work.
What does the near future hold for this wagon? I’ve
already had Precision Concepts valve and spring the
suspension (see sidebar), bolted on Pro Moto Billet/
Fastway handguards and a steering damper system (again,
see sidebar), and am testing some of the new Fastway
Evolution pegs (better ergos for my stature). I’m on my
third set of tires, and I’m finding the more time I spend on
the 350EXC, the more I smile. This machine has Wolf written all over it.
The 350 powerplant has morphed into a very durable performer. The electric start is compact and fires hard and fast,
and the six-speed transmission is well-spaced once you
modify the gearing spec.
Really good Neken bulge bars, Renthal grips and good strong
perch-mounted handguards highlight the EXC cockpit. The
mirror is hopeless off-road.