In the hands of FMF KTM Factory Racing off-road team riders such as Kailub Russell and more recently Ben Kelley, the KTM 350 XC-F has won a slew of championships in the premier XC1 class of the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series. Sure, those bikes feature trick parts and modifications to enhance performance and help them survive grueling three-hour GNCC races, but they are closer to stock than, say, Cooper Webb’s KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition.
2022 marks the first year the 350 XC-F has been run on our in-house dyno. With a Dunlop D404 street tire mounted on its rear wheel, KTM’s 350cc four-stroke cross-country racer produced 50.3 hp at 12,000 rpm and 26.8 pound-feet of torque at 8,600 rpm. Despite its 100cc disadvantage, the 350 XC-F makes as much peak horsepower as the 2022 Suzuki RM-Z450. A full review of the KTM is on the way and we have plans to include it in a four-bike comparison in Utah, so stay tuned for more on this mid-displacement off-road competition motorcycle.