how much do you guys weigh and height?
Posted April 20, 2002 - 01:14 AM
Really when i was 14-18 had enduros and from then on to now(32yrs old) i had all street bikes(crotch rockets) so really this is my first dirt bike and the sales person and guys i know said you would need the Yz426 vs the Yz250F because of my size.
i just seem to can't get comfortable on the bike, very hard on turns(went to a class and learn the basics of riding,how to turn and stuff like that). seem like i can't keep the front end where i want it. Of course alot of this has been in soft sand riding. I'm not giving up or ready to go to the smaller bike, just looking for advice and encouragement. I've already bent my header bike and fixed it, broke 2 brale levers and got some good scratches. Want to try a hare scramble some day but not really feeling ready.
the bike already has a pro circuit suspension on it and was supposely set up for a 215 lb rider
[ April 24, 2002: Message edited by: 426thumpers ]
Posted April 20, 2002 - 02:58 AM
Posted April 20, 2002 - 03:21 AM
Posted April 20, 2002 - 03:28 AM
I use to ocasionaly race hair scrambles
usually got 1st - 3rd. Now I like trail riding
Raced some Motocross usualy got last place
don't like air time (under 3 to 4 feet OK)
I've had and rode a lot of bikes but the
YZ426F is by far the most fun bike to ride
Posted April 20, 2002 - 03:45 AM
I am 45 yrs old, and have been in hiates from bike about 10 years, I started riding at 9 on a z50.
I have ridden / raced alot of bikes since then and the YZ is a beast to get used to "Well for me the first three turns"..
All I know is the older I get the Faster I was
Dont worry about it, If this is you first dirt bike welcoe to the real world of Moto-Cycling. Strret is cool but anyone can go fast in a straight line its the turns that make the diff.
You will get used to it, kust take your time and learn to use that Beast power to turn, jump, wheelie and crash
I get funny looks too, but its becouse I am so dang funny ...... Looking
[ April 20, 2002: Message edited by: EgoAhole ]
Posted April 20, 2002 - 03:47 AM
These guys have some good advise so far for you. You are a good size for the bike for sure.
I bought a '98400f (new) for my first bike to get back into riding after at lease 15 years off, so I understand what you are saying. I am 35, 5'7" and 180lbs. When I first got on the bike I could only ride for 5 min. and then I was completely tired and arm pumped. Now I can run a race pace hairscramble and I am out there to win, not just survive.
I have found that setting up the bike and dialing it in makes a real big difference especially at first as to how well it responded to me. Here are a couple things that have made a huge difference to me that you should consider trying.
1 - Set the sag on rear end ( very important first step)
2 - Get rid of the stock bars if you have not already and get some higher quality alloy or aluminum bars. Aftermaket bars have a better bend usually (CR high bend is good one to start with).
3 - Test different bar positions, you will be amazed at how sensitive you will be to this.
4 - Tire air pressure will also make a big difference on steering/turning depending on what type of terrain you are on. Less pressure for wet/soft conditions 10-12 lbs, and more for dry hard pack 12-14 etc...
5 - Making small changes (one at a time) to the compression and rebound on the forks and shock also make considerable difference. Record each setting with notes on how it felt to keep track, otherwise you won't remember. A revalve is nice, but maybe wait until later when you know what you are feeling and looking for.
6 - Riding up on the tank when turning and standing on the pegs when not turning is pretty important to that feeling of "becoming one with the bike" The 426 is not at light as other bikes, so if you are sitting down all the time, your weight will make the bike do unpredictable things you don't want it to do and you will use more energy.
7 - Practice and testing will eventually make you love this bike but you must be patient until you get these things I mentioned dialed in.
Posted April 20, 2002 - 05:29 AM
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Posted April 20, 2002 - 09:47 PM
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Posted April 20, 2002 - 10:10 AM
i'll let you guys know how it goes. I was getting fed up because my girlfriend rides hare scrambles and i felt like i would never be good enough on this bike to do it with her. She rides a Yz250F 2002,( i got it for her instead of an engagement ring) she use to ride a Cr250 and believe it or not at 125lbs, 5'4" she can ride the hell out of it and says the 250F is easier. But we are different kind of riders, i like to be able to throw the bike around and control it but still be good enough to race and she just rides to survive, she knows the CR250 was too much bike but loved the battle.
Posted April 20, 2002 - 10:13 AM
also forgot to tell you guys, i was discouraged last week because i was riding too far back on the tank and went from semi soft sand to soft sand and it jerked my wheel left, got the handle bar in my rib, tossed me over the handle bars, landed on my side and slammed my head. looked up and saw the bike about 8 feet away and layed back down(got in in about 30 seconds but felt like days). knocked the wind out of me and had a headache for 3 days, nice mark on my rib too. I'll tell you what, at 32 yrs old i don't bounce up like i use to. But got back on and figured out i had to ride on the tank more and haven't crashed since. Just thought i would try you guys intead of trial and error. Now i need to invest in a good chest protector, thanks for the help
[ April 20, 2002: Message edited by: 426thumpers ]
Posted April 20, 2002 - 12:07 PM
Posted April 20, 2002 - 01:16 PM
I am an infrequent poster on this site. However, I read this forum every day. Forgive my typos, spelling and grammer. That is my pet peeve. I have had way too many adult beverages to care..... I bought my 426 at the end of last season and managed to get 2 races in before winter set in. I am 37 years old and have not ridden a moto-x bike in 25 years. I am 5' 10" and 195 #. That is my background.
My intentions when I bought my bike were to enjoy riding a few more years while my son experienced what I only dreamed of when I was his age. I originally intended to buy a YZ250F, but when I hit the local Yamaha dealers, I quickly determined that I could buy a YZ426F cheaper. (Just a matter of supply and demand, 250f being BIKE OF THE YEAR makes it tough to work a deal.) I bought the 426. You can check out my web page (designed by my 14 year old daughter) to learn more about me and my son.
After my first couple of races, I was definitely having the same thoughts as you are. Did I buy WAY TOO MUCH BIKE?
After working out sporadically throughout the winter, I made it to my first race of the year last weekend. Due to a poor turnout, I was forced to race in the OPEN class. I prefer to race in the 30+ class. In a group of 9 riders, I
I managed a 2/3 start in the motos. That may not sound very impressive to you, but that is against 20 year olds riding crf 450's and 2 smoke 250's. Did I mention that this was my 3rd race?
Now, before you think I am bragging, let me say that I ended up DEAD LAST in both motos!! That is not a reflection of rider or bike ability. Certainly reflects rider LACK OF CONDITIONING!!
I was able to hold off those whipper-snappers for 2 of 4 laps, but my desire to NOT jump DOUBLE-TROUBLE prevented a better showing.
Do I regret it? HECK NO!! When I was on the starting gate, I told everyone that I needed to remain healthy so I could make it to work on Monday to support this nasty habit. That is my main objective, remain healthy and enjoy life as long as I can.
Now, to remain objective, I have ridden my cousins 250f. It was very nice!! Not as much power, and I think I could ride it longer before getting as tired. But I also think I would soon be wishing for more power. With each ride, I am getting more comfortable with the 426. It is becoming a part of me...
Last night I went to the local mx. There was a guy approx. 5'10", 280#, riding a 426. He was FLYING!!! I wish I has as much stamina at he! I wish I was a good a rider as well!!
To wrap this thing up, (I know this has been long), let me just say this. The only thing that will make you, or anyone else, comfortable on the 426 is lots of time and practice. You wil not be sorry. Enjoy!!
Posted April 20, 2002 - 04:18 PM
Posted April 20, 2002 - 05:41 PM
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