Are the 426's still worth it?

13 replies to this topic
  • gem

Posted May 02, 2007 - 04:10 PM


How many 426's are out there? And are parts getting super cheap now that they are up to 7 years old? I have an 01' and despite having an 07 300xcw I want to give the old girl some love and feel that 4 stroke rumble. I really want to put a decomp cam in mine along with checking valves etc, just don't want to invest in a bike that by todays standards is a dinosaur!

  • Florida_426

Posted May 02, 2007 - 04:33 PM


I love my 02 426, the 450 DCM made it so easy to start. It has been very reliable for me and handles well even in comparison to more modern bikes. The weight can be imposing some times but I am used to it now. Keep her and do the 450 DCM and check/replace anything in the top end. Maybe think about doing new linkage, swing arm, shock, wheel and steering head bearings while you have it down.


  • yz_for_me

Posted May 02, 2007 - 04:45 PM


Performance wise, the 426 is still a great bike. For the average guy, they are still very competitive. I rode my old one, an '01, just the other day and it was still a blast. I had forgot how great that motor is. The only issue I see is that as they get older you run more and more risk of suffering expensive failures.

  • 4literranger485

Posted May 02, 2007 - 05:33 PM


OF COURSE!!!! i just bought an 01 two days ago to replace my 94 RM250, and this thing is a blast. its got a fairly strong parts market, and it rides sooo nice. i dont think i'll go back 2-stroke for a LOOOOONG time


  • 00YZ426FMRCD

Posted May 02, 2007 - 06:39 PM


An all around good bike in my book. Still worth it and competive in any B/C class racing + still an all around reliable play bike. You just have to work a little harder to sling it around. :applause:

  • 642MX

Posted May 02, 2007 - 07:03 PM


I can't find a good reason to sell my 426. Someday I'll upgrade to a new 450, but I think the 426 will still be in my garage (with super motard rims on it). :applause:

  • 00YZ426FMRCD

Posted May 02, 2007 - 07:07 PM


I can't find a good reason to sell my 426. Someday I'll upgrade to a new 450, but I think the 426 will still be in my garage (with super motard rims on it). :applause:

Yes 642MX - Please keep it as I will still need parts while racing mine in the masters class! Never going to sell mine...

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  • 642MX

Posted May 02, 2007 - 07:14 PM


^^^^ You will sell it eventually.

  • Slinkyman16

Posted May 02, 2007 - 08:45 PM


great bike.. i still have my 426.. things a blast to ride.

  • grayracer513

Posted May 02, 2007 - 09:54 PM


If you can, when you have a bike that you really enjoy, or that meant something special, keep it. I don't mean don't upgrade, I mean buy a new one and keep the old bike. Just that one. And then you won't be sitting there one day wishing, as I do, that you had kept one or two of those old favorites.

  • torqueme

Posted May 02, 2007 - 11:48 PM


"just don't want to invest in a bike that by todays standards is a dinosaur!" Well my dinosaur just placed 2nd in the North Shore Grand Prix this past weekend in the 450 Thumper class. Passed all brands of aluminum framed bikes throughout the afternoon. I agree with Gray,if i only had a couple of my bikes from my younger days...aahhh. Think this 426 will be in my garage for many years to come.

  • gem

Posted May 03, 2007 - 02:30 AM


I guess calling it a possible dinosaur is silly since I don't have the skills to really push the bike or ride it like the experts did in 01

  • grayracer513

Posted May 03, 2007 - 05:42 AM


You shouldn't have to make much of an "investment" to get one, either. The '03-'05 YZ450 is a lot less expensive these days, too.

  • Florida_426

Posted May 03, 2007 - 07:26 AM


As with my guns, they can take my 426 away when they pry my cold, dead fingers from around the grips.


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