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    Default 2016 350xcf-w vs 2016+ 350xcf

    Woods riding mostly atv trail, some single track.

    My understanding is the 2016 xcfw is the older era engine and chassis vs the xcf newer era engine and chassis.

    Better to stay with the older engine for woods riding or are the engine gains of the 2016+ worth going for?
    Current bikes:
    2012 250xcw & 1996 cr250.

    Kids machines: xr50, 1987 lt80, 2011 mini razr

    Prev Bikes
    2006 ktm 450 sx/xc conversion, 2006 200xcw, 2005 cr250, 2006 300xcw, 2003 crf450, 2002 xr400, 1996 cr250, 1996 xr280, 1996 xr250, 1995 xr250, 1993 cr125, 1989 lt250r, 1987 lt230

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    Default Re: 2016 350xcf-w vs 2016+ 350xcf

    Depends what you like. I found every 350 XCFW of the previous generation (with stock mapping) to feel relatively weak down low. They were easy to ride and more fun as the revs went up but for my preference it never felt like a bike I wanted to own, personally. No experience with aftermarket ECUs or tuners on these bikes though. Also, that mellower low end might be really welcome in really tight woods, but I just prefer a two stroke when the trail gets slow, tight, and technical.

    The new gen of 350 XCF is really really good all around. Strong down low and still great pull in mid and top and the 19's are the first year that I've encountered that seem to have the flame outs minimized to nearly zero from the factory. Really good bike all around and would be my pick if I was looking for a do it all 4 stroke.
    '17 250 XC
    '15 500 XCW

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    Default Re: 2016 350xcf-w vs 2016+ 350xcf

    14-16 350w are a whole different bike with a good fuel and ign map.
    My 14 the dealer put Euro map in, and I put the "high" plug in the ign map.
    My 15 has Vortex.

    My 15 250 xcfw I don't know if it got the Euro map (bought used), I did put the mild ign plug in, not sure I can tell a difference. I want this as weak as possible for my son, he doesn't have much experience.

    The XCF any year will have a lot more snap than similar year W or EXC.
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    15 350 xcf-w 6 days
    14 350 xcf-w
    15 250 xcf-w Sons bike

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