Limited-Series KTM 350 Safari Spices Up the EXC-F Formula, Also Comes as a Body Kit

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Photo: Stefan Leitner
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Despite what the workshop’s name might suggest, Vagabund Moto can pull off an incredible custom project regardless of how many wheels it sits on. Co-founded by Philipp Rabl and Paul Brauchart, the Austrian outfit has an unmistakable signature style we can’t get enough of, characterized by neo-retro looks, minimalism, and monochromatic colorways.
In short, unadulterated elegance is the name of the game for Vagabund’s builds, be they cars or motorcycles. My colleague introduced you to their rally-prepped Porsche 924 some time ago, but what we’re here to talk about today are the firm’s two-wheelers. More specifically, the bike pictured above was built in more or less the same spirit as the 924, and it all started with a stock KTM 350 EXC-F.

Vagabund took the street-legal dirt bike from KTM and turned it into something much easier on the eye, while retaining its fabled off-roading prowess. Mind you, this EXC-F (dubbed 350 Safari) isn’t a one-off venture like some of the others we’ve seen from this shop, but rather a limited series available as either a body kit or a complete build. That’s right; your very own EXC-F could get the Safari treatment, so let’s take a closer look at what exactly it involves.

Pricing starts at €6,800 ($7,300 as per current exchange rates) for the kit itself, while a full conversion at Vagabund’s headquarters will set you back €22,800 ($24,500). The latter sum may sound quite hefty, but keep in mind that it includes the donor bike, as well. On the other hand, no frame mods will be required during installation if you go for the DIY option, according to the firm’s website.

The EXC-F presented in these photos showcases what a complete build would look like, and we totally dig it! Philipp and Paul started by stripping the motorcycle down, then they 3D-scanned it from head to toe before taking things into the virtual space. There, a CAD rendering of each component was fashioned in a way that would suit the standard mounting points.

KTM 350 Safari
Photo: Stefan Leitner
All 3D-printed in a durable polymer called Polyamide 12 (or Nylon 12), the bike's new bodywork comprises more snazzy parts than you can shake a stick at. Center-stage, we come across a triangular fuel tank cover and accompanying side panels, equipped with a vertical LED lighting strip each. These act as daytime running lights, while the main illumination hardware lives in close proximity to the front fender.

It does so on a custom-made rack of sorts, employing Kellermann turn signals and twin projector headlamps from Highsider. As for the front fender itself, Vagabund took it from a Husqvarna TC 85, made all the necessary adaptations, and painted it black to fit the color palette they were after. The WP forks have been hard-anodized, but their lowers are still shielded by the stock guards (now finished in black).

Rounding out the front-end equipment is a motocross-style fairing devoid of any lighting hardware. The 350 Safari gets even more interesting at the rear, where the guys fitted a custom subframe that would accommodate the new garments. Up top, one may see a long MX saddle upholstered in Alcantara, and a discreet electronics box is located underneath.

KTM 350 Safari
Photo: Stefan Leitner
The 3D-printed tail section comes in two flavors. First, there is a plain module outfitted with an LED taillight, while the second version carries an integrated license plate bracket complete with dual-function LEDs. On the left-hand side, there is a handmade metal rack supporting a compact jerry can from GKA – just in case you need some extra juice for longer excursions.

A layer of ceramic coating found its way onto the exhaust muffler on the opposite side. Moreover, the swingarm received a set of protective covers to keep it out of harm’s way, and some fresh engine cases also make an appearance. We hope you weren’t expecting any performance upgrades here, though, because there are absolutely none to speak of.

The 350 Safari is solely a cosmetic affair, which makes sense given how well the EXC-F performs straight out of the box. Vagabund offers several tire options to suit each customer’s preference, but the ones found on this particular machine are off-roading knobbies supplied by Maxxis. In terms of paintwork, black is the predominant finish you’ll find here, joined by a pinch of white on the fuel tank cover and exposed metal on various OEM parts.

On future conversions of this sort, the color scheme will be left up to the client, and we bet this thing would look great in just about any color. Now, we’re not sure if Philipp and his teammate would do a supermoto version of the 350 Safari, but that would certainly be pretty rad. To order the body kit or commission a full build, feel free to visit Vagabund’s official website and take it from there.
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About the author: Silvian Secara
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A bit of an artist himself, Silvian sees two- and four-wheeled machines as a form of art, especially restomods and custom rides. Oh, and if you come across a cafe racer article on our website, it’s most likely his doing.
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