By contrast, Suzuki UK will not even talk to customers, do not have any racing or technical hotline and they employ "Tracey from Essex" on the switchboard to tell customers to go away and talk to their dealer.
I dunno, I think the dealer network operates differently in the States. I'm not aware of a corporate rep or tech I can call for support, much less a tech hotline. But then I don't work for a race team, I'm a wknd warrior, 100% privateer (and only race a few times a year at that).
As for my local dealer, don't get me started on that topic, "Tracey from Essex" is likely a huge upgrade compared to what I'm faced with.
At least I have TTalk. I really don't know what I would have done w/ my '00 w/out this site. I wouldn't have dared sell it to some unsuspecting stranger, and I wouldn't have been able to fix it. I may have just set it on fire and forgotten the whole four stroke thing.
Well, overall I'd say you have me on the '00 426. But three out of four is pretty good.
What is weird is that the '98 had fewer problems, the only thing I can think of is the '99 switched to a rod w/ a bigger small end. And I recall only a few '98s with rod problems of any kind.
As for the '00, the straight-key on the CB and grabby clutch I do
think qualify for the design glitch category. At the time it was fairly common to read posts about this, otherwise I may have never figured out the source of that noise my bike was making and wouldn't have noticed that my clutch basket had stress cracks (forgot to mention that earlier).
As far as the tranny problems, those are fairly rare, and aren't exclusive to the '00 or even the 426 as Yamaha
uses the same gears in the 250. But a lot of guys have had 4th gear come apart in their 426 (including 2 of mine, but then, I can break a steel ball w/ a glass hammer), and a lot have the same characteristic galling/pitting. I guess we may never know why this is...