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    My new 350.
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    My newest trials bike...these bikes have come a long way since my 98.
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    It has a very neutral chassis, turns very well but doesn't give much up in stability. The power is very linear and easy to use. If you wan't a hard-hitting 2 stroke, this isn't your bike. Even with the aggressive map switch and the powervalve adjuster turned in, it much more mellow than my Yz. Although the power may not be exciting, it's perfect for gnarly technical terrain. Stock forks were harsh on square-edge obstacles. The Pressure springs(small spring in the top of the fork) are known to be to stiff for most offroad riding. I had them changed out when the forks were revalved. E-start works flawlessly and starts the bike within a couple seconds when cold. Ergo's feel good to me...at 6'1", I was worried that it would feel to small to me, but that's not the case. The rear brake lever is a little low for most people, but I actually prefer it that way and it's adjustable anyway. Brakes themselves feel good, the front in particular is very strong. I don't feel they give up much to the Brembo's on the Ktm's.

    40 hour update: replaced the stock rear tire within 20 hours and did the front at about the 35 hour point. I now have a tubliss front and rear, with a new rim in the front because of bad crash I had. In that crash, I also smashed the pipe, split a radiator hose, twisted both radiators, and popped the preload adjusters out of both forks. Beta fixed the forks free of charge, so no complaints there. Separate from that crash, the stock map switch is busted and I blew the fuse for the e-starter, although it blew in extremely wet conditions. The most likely culprit is the horn, it's a pretty common issue that's easy to fix. Also, the stock plastic is extremely brittle and easy to crack.
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    Just what I wanted, a CA-legal, plated dirtbike.

    Besides the weight, my biggest complaint is the close ratio gearbox. 1st is too tall for technical stuff and 6th is too short for highway cruising.
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    This particular bike has been through the ringer, but just fine for someone who only dabbles in trials like me.
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    My 2nd favorite out of my collection of bikes(behind the Beta), I've owned it for the last 9 years. With the Eric Gorr 295 kit, its pulls much harder across the rpm range than my 300xc. I have the suspension set up for offroad, so it rides nice and is very stable at all speeds. However, it's kind of a slow-turning bike, but it really isn't a big issue. Probably my biggest gripe is with the brakes, they lack the control and power of the brembos on my ktm. Overall, this is a much better bike than my ktm IMO.
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    Dick's racing former Dirt Rider 24hr test bike.
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    I don't have much to say about this one, it's just a good, no-frills trailbike. I feels light and has decent low-end power. It's definetely at home in technical woods riding. Anything else, and the ancient suspension technology really starts to show it's limitations.
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