Based on the successful engine of the 350 EXC-F, the FREERIDE 350's drive unit was optimized for a pleasant torque response instead of maximum power and has been developed still further by KTM for model year 2014. The crankshaft drives a geared intermediate shaft mounted on the side, which in turn drives both the camshafts and the coolant pump while doubling as a balancer shaft. The compact design receives a modified exhaust camshaft with an optimised automatic decompression for even better starting. The four steel valves, now with reinforced spring retainers, are actuated by two overhead camshafts and DLC coated finger followers. Combined with a new gasket, a redesigned coolant pump cover ensures an easier assembly for an improved seal even at extreme temperatures. Placed well protected behind the cylinder, the electric starter receives a reinforced freewheel assembly for the new model year. With a state-of-the-art closed loop lambda control, the Keihin engine management system with electronic fuel injection and 42mm throttle body ensures an efficient exhaust gas treatment by the two catalytic converters, as well as very high fuel efficiency for an off-road bike. Using the optional map select switch from the PowerParts range of accessories, the rider may select additional engine response characteristics.