Picked up my new (to me) 426!!


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  • battles2a5

Posted October 30, 2006 - 06:28 AM

#1

Well, I am now the proud owner of a 426. I picked it up on Friday. The thing still has the original tires, it fires on the first kick, and it is in beautiful condition. I got it for $2100 w/ a helmet, shop manual, and a ramp for my truck. I think I got a pretty good deal.

I spent most of the weekend drooling on it and I finally took it to the track yesterday. Keep in mind I haven't ridden a dirt bike for 9 years and all I have ever ridden are two-strokes. All I have to say is this thing is a beast! The power on this thing is crazy. I am still getting used to it's behavior in the air as it seems very sensitive to throttle on the face of the jump, but that will come with time. I doubt I was getting more than a few inches under the wheels anyway, so I shouldn't have to worry about it!

I took it on some pretty nasty trails and it behaved well. I would just chug along and it would always pull right through. I stalled quite a bit but I am sure that will go away with practice.

After that I took her out on the track again and got a wild hair going into a set of whoops. I let 'er rip through a berm and before I knew it was sideways and in a wheelie (is that possible??) and by the time I straightened it out I was already swapping through the whoops and took a dirt nap right in front of a group of spectators. Super. But all was well- bike and body were in one piece. I am just glad to be back in action!

  • yamahacrazy_310

Posted October 30, 2006 - 07:56 AM

#2

So what, no pictures

  • 00YZ426FMRCD

Posted October 30, 2006 - 09:24 AM

#3

Well, I am now the proud owner of a 426. I picked it up on Friday. The thing still has the original tires, it fires on the first kick, and it is in beautiful condition. I got it for $2100 w/ a helmet, shop manual, and a ramp for my truck. I think I got a pretty good deal.

I spent most of the weekend drooling on it and I finally took it to the track yesterday. Keep in mind I haven't ridden a dirt bike for 9 years and all I have ever ridden are two-strokes. All I have to say is this thing is a beast! The power on this thing is crazy. I am still getting used to it's behavior in the air as it seems very sensitive to throttle on the face of the jump, but that will come with time. I doubt I was getting more than a few inches under the wheels anyway, so I shouldn't have to worry about it!

I took it on some pretty nasty trails and it behaved well. I would just chug along and it would always pull right through. I stalled quite a bit but I am sure that will go away with practice.

After that I took her out on the track again and got a wild hair going into a set of whoops. I let 'er rip through a berm and before I knew it was sideways and in a wheelie (is that possible??) and by the time I straightened it out I was already swapping through the whoops and took a dirt nap right in front of a group of spectators. Super. But all was well- bike and body were in one piece. I am just glad to be back in action!


1st of all - Welcome to TT and congrats on your 426! I can relate to everything you mention above. I had the same problems when I first got mine. Throttle control is key on hitting the jumps and whoops. I can't tell you how many unintentional Supermans I have performed while jumping. My son really thought they looked cool. Scared the sh&t out of me. I also stalled mine alot in the woods 1st few times out. Gearing down helped quite a bit. In all honesty it took me about a year to figure out how to ride the thing after coming off a 2-stroke. I love the power and handling. Especially on the trails.

- RCD

  • battles2a5

Posted October 30, 2006 - 11:42 AM

#4

Ya, I think I will gear mine down quite a bit. I love the woods so I want to be able to play out there. What gearing are you running?

And here are some pics of the beast (let me know if this works):
http://www.putfile.c...php?img=3848388
http://www.putfile.c...php?img=3848387
http://www.putfile.c...php?img=3848386
http://www.putfile.c...php?img=3848385

  • 642MX

Posted October 30, 2006 - 12:12 PM

#5

Wow that thing does look like new. Is it a 2001 model? Congrats on the new/used bike. :mad:

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  • battles2a5

Posted October 30, 2006 - 12:34 PM

#6

Yes, its a 2001. I must admit that its not quite as nice after a day of riding :mad:. A scratch here, mangled grip there... you know how it goes.

  • 642MX

Posted October 30, 2006 - 02:06 PM

#7

If your going to ride them, they will look bad in a hurry. Its a constant battle to try to keep them nice. Here is my 02 model...

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  • battles2a5

Posted October 30, 2006 - 02:32 PM

#8

642mx- that thing is a bute! Where did you get those graphics and hand guards if you don't mind me asking?

  • 642MX

Posted October 30, 2006 - 03:18 PM

#9

642mx- that thing is a bute! Where did you get those graphics and hand guards if you don't mind me asking?


Thanks. The graphics and seat cover are from Execute. The handguards are UFO.

  • wmdspalmer

Posted October 30, 2006 - 03:44 PM

#10

Are you from NC/SC? Noticed the HAGER sticker. Nice bike BTW.

Will

  • battles2a5

Posted October 30, 2006 - 05:08 PM

#11

Yep, I am in Charlotte. The guy I bought it from got it from Hager. Where are you located?





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