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16 vs 17 350 (submitted on KTM and Husky Forum)

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Hey Guys,

I have been off the site for several years, but wanted some input.  Getting ready to purchase a new to me 350  either Husky or KTM.  I cant decide between buying a used 16 for a lot less $ or buying the new 17.  I had a 2015 FC350 that I got to ride for just a couple hours before it along with my RMZ450 were stolen last July.   I had been considering the 450, but I think I am pretty happy with the 350.  Anyone here have a 16 that has gotten the 4CS to work really well?  I hate the 4CS stock, and know it would take some $ to make it better, but not sure if anyone has come up with a reasonable fix <$1k that would justify passing on a new 17 with AER fork.  I have to admit that I have pretty much decided to go with the 17, but I am really hoping someone will chime in and tell me how awesome  xxx shop was and made their 4CS amazing for $800 or so.  Thoughts?  Anyone here with a 17 that could chime in?  I ride mostly MX and have some property of my own.  Occasional racing, and lots of track practice.  I am a relatively quick Intermediate Vet rider about 175 lbs for reference.

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Easy answer.  Buy a Yamaha.  KTM / Husky has made too many sacrifices to save weight in the last several years.  I have a 2016 FE 450, I've done a lot of work on it to get it where I like it, in addition to general maintenance.  I see many design decisions that have been purely weight driven that result in a much less durable product.  The bike seems cheap and fragile in my opinion.  And just to be clear, the 4CS forks absolutely suck unless you don't know any better.

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The frame on the '17 is much better then the older ones. You can get the 4CS to work as many tuners have them figured out for a minimum $800. Some people are not liking the ARE forks in stock form. This will add some to the purchase price if you are a picky person about suspension. Overall the '17 is a better bike for performance and should have the same durability.

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