00' 426 vs. 03' 450

8 replies to this topic
  • 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.

Visit the ThumperTalk Store for the lowest prices on motorcycle / ATV parts and accessories - Guaranteed
  • 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


hey. i got a quick question.. how do you set forms up so people can see them and then reply to them??

my addy is karson_31@hotmail.com

  • 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:

Related Content


Join Our Community!

Even if you don't want to post, registered members get access to tools that make finding & following the good stuff easier.

If you enjoyed reading about "" here in the ThumperTalk archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join ThumperTalk today!

The views and opinions expressed on this page are strictly those of the author, and have not been reviewed or approved by ThumperTalk.