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My HT Raing 351 Is Intalled

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Well, I don't have any room in my garrage to work on my bike, and don't really like doing more than routine maintenance anyway, so I took the 250 RFS down to HT Racing and let Bill Thomas Sr. install the 351 kit for me. I tell you what, it was definitely the right decision. :)

I dropped the bike off Friday at about 1:00, and after about an hour and a half of talking to Bill about his kits, some of the new stuff he's working on, and taking a little ride on his 04 250 RFS w/400 kit and Rekluse clutch (AWESOME bike!), I left with hopes that he could get the kit installed and the head mods done for me by sometime Monday. Well I got a call at 3:00 Saturday, it was Bill letting me know the bike was done. I picked it up, and he'd even done some extra work on the bike, and thew in some extra goodies all at no charge. He just said he wanted the bike to be right. :p:D

I haven't had a chance to ride my new HT Racing 351 yet, but after meeting Bill, talking to him, and seeing how much he cares about making these bikes as good as they can be, I actually think it's going to be better than I expected.

Thanks again Bill. :)

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Congratulations OldeDude,

I bet waiting to ride that thing is driving you crazy. Well the wait will be worth it, the more I ride mine the more I like it. I'm still playing with the jetting and sprocket combo's but that is just me. I've found out I like to work on my bike as much as I like to ride it, do a little work and go out and ride to see what the differance is. I'm really looking forward to this weekend at CC. Growell250rfs

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First Ride:

Just riding on my property to get the bike broken in, put on a little under five miles. WOW, it's definitely not a 250 anymore! :)

First thing I noticed was it's got bottom. Chugging along in third gear, uphill, and just roll it on. Power comes on smooth, and if I crack the throttle quickly the front end comes right up. Can't wait to get this thing out where I can cut it loose and see what it can really do, but so far I think it's gonna be as good as everyone that's been praising the HT Racing 351 over on KTMTalk says it is. :)

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you are going to have a blast with your 351. i have the same bike, and installed the kit about a year ago. i have ridden it in just about every condition now-- dunes, desert, woods, singletrack. it's good everywhere, except for in the open desert stuff. it has outdragged a 250 exc 2 stroke in the dunes and on hardpack. one thing i think you'll appreciate is that you can take a 5 hour ride with it and it won't tire you out in the way the bigger bore 4 strokes can. enjoy.

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Okay, I just got home from two days riding at Clear Creek, CA. This place is incredible, just about every kind of riding imaginable, and the place is like the size of some eastern states. We rode hill climbs, two track, fun single track, super tight single track, creek crossings, you name it, and the 351 was awesome everywhere. :)

The thing pulls smoothly everywhere in the powerband, no flat spots and no abrupt hits. I could wind it up to run at some of the hillclimbs, making some in higher gears than I thought possible, or chug it down in the tight stuff, short-shifting for better control and traction. There were a lot of small creek crossings that had sharp drops on both sides, and it was easy to lift the front end across these with just a quick twist of the throttle. :)

The bike is definitely just what I wanted. I can't wait to get it out on some of my local riding areas where I'm a little more comfortable and really let it loose. :p

By the way, did I mention that I really like it? :D

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