New member and bike

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  • kermit_uk

Posted February 19, 2005 - 01:16 PM


Hi guys

I'm a new member (been browsing the boards for a while) and I've just picked up my 2002 426 today.

First impressions are very good, much more powerfull than my XR400 and I'm sure it will also make a great supermoto. Here is a link to some pictures of it.


I couldn't resist loosely bolting up the supermoto wheels I've got lined up for it. I'm sure you'll agree you need to go a long way to find a better looking dirt bike than the WR.


  • Indy_WR450

Posted February 19, 2005 - 01:31 PM


Welcome aboard Andy! :) Use the powerful search engine on this forum and you will find a great deal about your new Stead! :) Looks like a fun ride! :p

  • doctorchopper

Posted February 19, 2005 - 02:56 PM


Looks great andy, I just recently bought an 01 wr426 that was already set up for supermoto. Just a quick tip for you, when I got the bike it had a 14tooth front sprocket and a 46 tooth rear, I found this to be way too slow on the motorway, so i installed a 16 tooth front sproket, now I can cruise at 60 - 70 mph without having to rev the hell out of er.

  • Guest_RIDE_for_RED_*

Posted February 19, 2005 - 04:18 PM


wow, thats a big jump, does it effect ur low end, then again you dont need much low end in supermoto do you?

  • motodude42

Posted February 19, 2005 - 05:34 PM


Nice looking bike. Love those rims. :) Welcome to the site.

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  • Chris_from_Oz

Posted February 20, 2005 - 12:48 AM


Welcome Andy :) Nice looking bike you've got there, but I guess i'm a bit biased, I have an '02 426 too..... :) What are the wheels originally from? Cheers, Chris.

  • kermit_uk

Posted February 20, 2005 - 02:40 AM


Thanks for all the welcomes guys

Looks like the work starts already! my head bearings are notchy so they will need some attention and I seem to have the old constant throttle misfire. I'm going to have a play around with the TPS and see if unplugging it fixes the problem. If it does I'm thinking of fitting a switch to the handlebars to enable/disable it whilst on the move.

Does anyone know if I am ok going to my local bearing supplier rather than the dealer for head bearings? I know Honda did some extra machining on some headbearings which made the numbers printed on them completely irrelevant.

Chris, the idea for these wheels came from http://www.supermota...z/craigswr.html (shameless ripoff). I wasn't able to get hold of any CBR250RR wheels because this bike was never officially imported into the UK (It was into Oz I believe) and it wasn't very popular as a grey import. The ones I have are from an NSR250R and I'm hoping they are the same. The other parts that he lists I have been able to get hold of no problem. I'll take loads of pictures during the conversion, write a webpage and post a link.

Any other Qs just give us a shout

  • Chris_from_Oz

Posted February 20, 2005 - 04:12 AM


Thanks for the link Andy! I was gonna buy some RGV250 wheels for my bike, i've seen them on a few WR's, but I might look into the CBR250 wheels now. Cheers, Chris. :)

  • doctorchopper

Posted February 20, 2005 - 08:50 AM


It did effect the low end a little, I can still pull 3rd gear wheelies no problem. my main commute to work is 25miles down the motorway so I had to get a decent cruising speed without the high revs, for around town I'd suggest a 15tooth front, the 14 was just too slow, and difficult to keep the front tire down (gotta love it though)

  • Dirtmizer

Posted February 20, 2005 - 05:51 PM


Nice bike and wlecome.


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