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    Default 2016 350SXF or get a 2021 350SXF

    Curious for opinions..

    I used to MX race a lot. I'd get a new bike every other season. I'm old these days but my kid is ready to start racing. We raced this past weekend and after not having raced in 6 years, I did VERY well. Too well. Embarrassingly so.

    My current ride is a 2016 350 SXF. I got it with about 40 hours on it and it was treated VERY well. The owner basically took the KTM hardparts catalog and beat the crap out of the bike with it.

    Relevant mods to the bike are:

    "done" stock suspension.
    High comp. piston
    Tokyo Mods ECU update/(race gas required)
    cam
    FMF full Ti exhaust

    and then an embarrassingly long list of other stuff done to the bike.

    And i want to be clear.. I love this machine. It is EASILY the best bike I have ever swung a leg over. BUT, I'm also a realist and an idiot.

    Do I want a 2021 350SXF? The suspension on the 16 is exceptional, but is the new stuff better than modified stock stuff from '16? I'm getting old and suspension matters.

    The '16 has a high comp. piston in it which NEEDS 105 octane or when I woods ride I get a lot of detonation if I don't run it. That crap gets old pretty fast.

    I'm a realist and the bike has around 60 hours on it. While it's in very good shape, a 4 stroke race bike has a time limit no matter how good your maintenance schedule.

    So my debate is: Is a 2020/21 likely much better than what I am running now? Should I wait a year or 2 or 3 if maintenance doesn't start to bite me?

    I don't "mind" spending the $ on a new bike, but the odds of doing any upgrades other than suspension is zero. After racing again and remembering how much I miss it, I have a feeling things like traction control and launch control would be pretty awesome.


    I don't know.. anyone have any thoughts?

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    Default Re: 2016 350SXF or get a 2021 350SXF

    I'm no 4 stroke fan so I may be off, but isn't the 16 the first year of the same generation of bike as the 21???

    I realize there are component changes but isn't the basic engine/chassis design the same? If so..........and you got your suspenders where you like............
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    Default Re: 2016 350SXF or get a 2021 350SXF

    I --think-- so. I know the 20 got some frame tweaks. But the big thing was the Air forks which were a... '17 thing, I think.

    You do bring up a pretty valid point that I should look in to, that it's basically the same bike, that's a possible fact I hadn't really thought about.

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    Default Re: 2016 350SXF or get a 2021 350SXF

    I have a 2016 350 XCF (nearly the same as a sfx) AND A 2019 350 xcf, THE 19 IS A BETTER MACHINE but only by a small amount. I had the 4CS forks that needed to be worked on, the AER was ok but not really all that great either. Now as for a 21 model I think they have only done small changes that would not be a very big improvement over the 2016. I say save your $ for a 22, then MAYBE they will have some real changes...
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    Default Re: 2016 350SXF or get a 2021 350SXF

    Thanks Paul. I actually just logged back in to report basically that.

    I searched around and looked up each model year. It's tough because the magazines, which are inherently the most reliable source of information and reviewing, also exist to sell machines. There appear to be steady minor improvements each year (as expected) but the only major was the '19 frame enhancements and the '17 air forks.

    I'm otherwise so happy with my '16 I miiiiiiiiiiight seek out a set of the air forks and I'll probably just put a couple $ into a set of spare wheels and just maintenance.

    It seems that the mapping enhancements and traction control added to the '17+ models is a good thing, but not likely enough to justify a $5k+ price tag ($9k minus my old bike). Especially when for (roughly) $800 I can get the Tokyo Mods Vortex and get traction and launch control.

    Frankly I don't suspect '22 will have any major enhancements just 1980s style "BOLD NEW GRAPHICS" (yeah, I'm old). But I wouldn't expect much from ANY manufacturer due this virus B.S..

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    Default Re: 2016 350SXF or get a 2021 350SXF

    Yes I agree 22 models are not going to a big change due to the changing world and the COVID frenzy. Well in all fairness the bikes are pretty darn good these days, it is all in the details of setting it up for the rider. Ride on!
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    Default Re: 2016 350SXF or get a 2021 350SXF

    Probably if I lost 20 lbs and could run further away than the fridge would likely be my best bet.

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    Default Re: 2016 350SXF or get a 2021 350SXF

    Probably buy next gen 2022 !!!
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