Since taking delivery of the new 350, we've been learning how the bike ticks and figuring out what direction we want to take it in. Immediately after the press intro, Jimmy Lewis took the machine to his secret spot for a few days and explored the engine's strong top-end pull and EFI-equipped delivery. The tranny is geared for speed, and Jimmy found the high-speed sections of trail to be a killer match to the XC-F's style.Following the first few weeks of riding (and subsequent first test in our May issue), we took the bike to a variety of other spots, including the Racetown 395 MX track in Southern California. It was surprising to see how well the steed worked in the MX realm; you truly could race this bike on any given Sunday, be it off-road or moto, and still be happy. The bike is much lighter feeling than some of its off-road cohorts, and this lends itself to an easy-to-shred feel in big berms and over rough terrain.