00' 426 vs. 03' 450

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  • dmoney2023

Posted May 07, 2006 - 08:56 AM


I've had my 426 for a year now and I've loved it. But I rode my buddy's 03' 250f the other day and it was so much easier to handle. Turning was a breeze and the suspension felt so much better on jumps. Bottom line, I felt much more comfortable on his bike (2nd time riding it) verses my bike (ridden non-stop for a full season).

I am getting an 06' in a sometime in 07', but I'm thinking about getting an 03' to hold me over until I can get the 2006. Do you guys think it would be worth it?

Is there a big enough difference between the 00' and the 03'??


  • SureBlue

Posted May 07, 2006 - 12:22 PM


I can say about '02 426 and '04 450: the difference is not that great. Save your money for the '06 and feel the real difference.

  • grayracer513

Posted May 07, 2006 - 12:29 PM


I like mine a lot, and I'm thinking I'm going to get Junior an '04 of his own pretty soon. But if you buy one on a temporary basis, just be aware that the market for them is a little slow, and they take some time to sell fro any kind of a price.

  • motobark

Posted May 07, 2006 - 02:08 PM


I had both the '00 YZ426 and '03 YZ450, 4000 miles on the '00 and 3500 on the '03.
Big difference.
I weighed both bikes (same scale, same day even) with no gas and similar bars, pipe, damper, etc, the 450 was 16lbs lighter. That's a big difference. Power and handling was quite a bit better, the 450 just reacts much faster which is what makes it harder to ride than the older 426's. The only thing I wasn't thrilled with on the 450 was the forks.

I would still wait until you can afford an '06, by far the best bike I've ever ridden.

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  • Slowmotion426

Posted May 07, 2006 - 02:11 PM


I've had my '01 426 for over 5 years now. It's been reliable, and I thought it handled great and had lots of power. That is until I bought the 50 Year anniversary '06 YZ450F.
There's no comparison. The 450 is so much lighter, turns so much easier, and has so much more power. I didn't know I was at such a disadvantage in motocross until now. :crazy:

  • dmoney2023

Posted May 07, 2006 - 07:51 PM


Interesting. I'm thinkin' I'll just wait for the 06' then. It's gonna be hard though....

  • Zique

Posted May 07, 2006 - 09:33 PM


I'd say to just hold out as well. The 426 is plenty enough bike to get you by until your '06. It's not like you are sitting w/o anything in the meantime.

  • yamaha_yz426

Posted May 08, 2006 - 09:32 AM


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  • grayracer513

Posted May 08, 2006 - 09:45 AM


... I bought the 50 Year anniversary '06 YZ450F.
I didn't know I was at such a disadvantage in motocross until now.

You'll have to change your SN to "Speedy" :crazy:

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