Although the KTM 350 XCF-W was dropped from the Austrian manufacturer’s lineup in 2017, the orange 350cc four-stroke enduro bike has returned for 2020. This model fills a void for KTM enthusiasts looking for a mid-displacement enduro platform, coming equipped with a six-speed transmission and a WP Xplor PDS shock. Say no more to stripping an EXC-F dual sport model of its street-legal parts to make it more suitable for enduro riding. This is ready to rip straight off the showroom floor.
Our dirt-only sister publication, Dirt Rider, reviewed the 2020 KTM 350 XCF-W and was especially impressed with the bike’s chassis, and even though the engine is rather choked up in stock trim in order to make it a 50-state-legal bike, that can be a positive quality, as test rider Allan Brown noted: “The KTM 350 XCF-W’s all-around balance of stability and tight trail maneuverability are great. The super-smooth engine allowed me to focus more on my riding technique and not having to worry about losing control of the bike.”
The 2020 KTM 350 XCF-W retails for $10,499, and some of its competitors would include the Husqvarna FE 350, 2020 Honda CRF450X, 2020 Yamaha WR450F, 2020 Suzuki RMX450Z, 2020 Beta 350 RR Race Edition, and 2020 TM EN 300 Fi.
In its return to the market in the new decade, the KTM 350 XCF-W features a plethora of updates with the main changes being a stiffer frame, a longer subframe, new engine mounts, revised suspension settings, a redesigned engine, and new bodywork.