WR426f for Dualsport?
Posted April 11, 2007 - 05:53 PM
I just bought my first bike (2001 DR650se) and I am having a good time so far, but I have decided that I want something a bit lighter and easier manuever in the woods. I have only had this bike for a month, but I have dropped it a few times already and it is VERY difficult for me to get it back up. I live in the mountains of NC where there are plenty of great places to ride, but most of the local spots are for advanced riders. After running into a creek last week and spending a good 30 minutes getting the bike back on the trail I decided to put it up for sale and get something else. I have always loved the specs of the YZF bikes on paper, but I wanted to post here to find out what you guys thought. I have an offer to trade my bike for a very clean 2002 WR426f, but if that isnt the right bike then I could always sell the DR and get something else. Personally I was thinking about the 250f but after comparing the specs the 426 might be a better choice. I plan on riding 2-3 days a week in the woods, and eventually making it street legal to connect the trails. Do you guys think this is the right choice?
According to the specs the 426 is practically the same weight as the new 450 but it does not have E-start. I also see that it has a 3.1g tank, but some of the threads have said that it doesnt feel as nimble as the newer bikes? I would appreciate some honest opinions about the 426, and how viable it would be as a dualsport. I will definitely give it a test ride before I do anything, but right now I am just researching!
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Posted April 11, 2007 - 08:04 PM
If the previous owner does not have a title, but does have a bill of sale from the dealer how do I go about getting a title? Is this bike still OK to dualsport? NC btw
Posted April 11, 2007 - 11:37 PM
It makes a great and highly capable dual-purpose. With a few mods, mine races away from buddy's 2005 DR650SE, which is only close at top speed near 100 mph (15/47 gearing, 130 rear tire). His runs ok but feels like a drunk cow compared to the WR. 2002 is probably the best year too, last 426 improved till the end, with larger tank and reliable kick-start. Amazing engine, smooth shifting, great suspensions and fuel efficiency (42 miles per US gal). I do have to mix 40% 100 LL aviation gas to prevent pinging. You won't regret though. This is one special breed of a machine.
Posted April 12, 2007 - 04:48 AM
well that is encouraging.. I think the trade will be pretty much even $$ wise, but the WR wont be anywhere near street legal, and my DR is ready to go. When you are in college and dont have a job a few hundred bucks to tag a bike is a big investment =P I think I will try to get one of those racks to put it on the back of my explorer.
I guess depending on where you live it might not cost that much to make it street legal. I spent about a hundred bucks.
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