In a dilema


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  • foxz

Posted June 18, 2008 - 11:23 AM

#1

Well ive had my 426 for a couple of years...and i dont know if its just me or what im thinking but i want to pick up something new... but ive had nothing go wrong with this bike since ive owned it and i cant see geting rid of a perfect bike for something else. What are the power gains from the 426 too 450 like say a 05 or 06 yzf/crf 450's.. Any help thanks!!

  • MaddogYZ

Posted June 18, 2008 - 11:30 AM

#2

They all have a ton of power and more than most of us can use. Biggest difference is better handling and lighter feeling, the newer bikes starte easier too.

  • foxz

Posted June 18, 2008 - 12:14 PM

#3

i can start mine first kick...im really use to it... never road any thing else in 3 years... had an old school xr then this...but been told it some what heavy upfront

  • 642MX

Posted June 18, 2008 - 01:08 PM

#4

Well ive had my 426 for a couple of years...and i dont know if its just me or what im thinking but i want to pick up something new... but ive had nothing go wrong with this bike since ive owned it and i cant see geting rid of a perfect bike for something else. What are the power gains from the 426 too 450 like say a 05 or 06 yzf/crf 450's.. Any help thanks!!


I know what your saying. I really want to new bike, but its hard to find any faults in my current bike.

My next one will probably run on premix (Service Honda 500!), but for now the old YZF does just fine. Even if I get a new bike, the 426 (well, actually its a 444) will remain in my garage. :thumbsup:

  • 02WR426Cali

Posted June 19, 2008 - 06:27 AM

#5

If you're looking for a lighter bike and it's that important, then you should get a new bike. But if you don't mind the extra weight and want to keep riding an otherwise perfect bike, just keep the 426

  • Scooter426

Posted June 19, 2008 - 11:12 AM

#6

I had an 00 426 and then an 04 YZ450 and now a new 2008 YZ450. I miss the 426 the most. It had the sweetest power for my tastes. The new 2008 is mellow too, but on top it can be 8-10hp beyond what a mere mortal can handle. The best part of the new bike is the suspension. It is what makes the lap times drop, not the power advantage. the new bike is also much lighter feeling in the air and while turning. rear brake is way better. Front brake is a bit weaker. I put a 50T rear sprocket and the gearing is just right now for my MX riding. The 2008 bars are a bit low, but I am 6'1". So far I am pretty impressed with the new 2008. I just miss that sweet 426 powerband. My 04 was a monster. It had an extreme midrange hit that was tiring to ride at times. Great for Supermoto/Street.

FYI my out the door price for a new 2008 was $6100. I sold my 2004 for $5200 (with SM wheels) so the cost to upgrade was minimal.
-scoot

  • swaldrop

Posted June 19, 2008 - 11:23 AM

#7

If you are happy with the bike you have now, then you should keep it. I for one believe that there is nothing quite like getting a new bike. I love it.

  • foxz

Posted June 19, 2008 - 11:41 AM

#8

yeah...i like the bike no reason to get rid of it... im working for a bike shop as a motorcycle tech so my price is quite low for a new one.. i just cant come to think i wana get rid of this... i might jsut throw a flywheel weight on and ride it for the rest of the year

  • Frank_z28

Posted June 19, 2008 - 11:53 AM

#9

I had the same kinf of dilema about getting a new bike or keep my good old thrusty wr450. I finaly keept the thumper and added a yz250 2st in the garage for a "new feeling" of ride. I cant be more happy :thumbsup:

  • krackhead

Posted June 19, 2008 - 01:08 PM

#10

I had an 01 426, spent a ton of money on it, new top end, new Dr D exhaust, had the suspension fluids changed and some other minor bling. Then decided I wanted a new bike. So I got a 08 yz450. Lost my butt selling the 426 but it was worth it, the 08 made me a way better rider, more confident and I cant say I miss my 426. We had some good times, but i LOVE my 08

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  • foxz

Posted June 19, 2008 - 09:55 PM

#11

i might just rock this for this year and get something new next year...

  • foxz

Posted July 08, 2008 - 11:09 AM

#12

alright i think i might be makin the move..what would be better 05 rmz 450 or crf 450

  • grayracer513

Posted July 08, 2008 - 11:45 AM

#13

A YZ450F. What did you think I would say?

  • jayh300

Posted July 08, 2008 - 11:54 AM

#14

A YZ450F. What did you think I would say?


a yeller one at that !!!
or white or blue i guess as long as it is an aluminum frame.

  • 02WR426Cali

Posted July 08, 2008 - 12:16 PM

#15

If you like doing valve jobs get the rmz or the crf. If you don't get the yzf

  • foxz

Posted July 08, 2008 - 01:11 PM

#16

They go through valves? i found a local yzf so it could be a possibility...they are all 05's

  • grayracer513

Posted July 08, 2008 - 01:31 PM

#17

Hold out for an '06 YZ450. The '05 is the old steel frame, has a fairly "soft" engine due to the timing map in the CDI, and while the handling is lighter and more nimble than the 426, it doesn't equal that of the '06 and later YZF.

Comparing the other two '05 models, the RM was fraught with problems in its first year. The gear box was an oddly spaced 4 speed that people were not fond of. But it did handle very nicely in terms of cornering (a little skittish at speed).

The '05 CRF is a very nice ride, while it's running. They had a lot of difficulty with the valve train in that engine up to the '06 models, and even now, they are not on a par with the YZ450 in terms of reliability.

  • foxz

Posted July 08, 2008 - 02:03 PM

#18

now i dont know what to do ahaha

  • Coastie3202

Posted July 08, 2008 - 07:23 PM

#19

i can start mine first kick...im really use to it... never road any thing else in 3 years... had an old school xr then this...but been told it some what heavy upfront


My .02 cents.....if you are comfortable on your 426, you have the starting drill down, you feel fast, why get rid of it. While the 450 has more power I think it hits a little different. In fact the first time you ride a 450 you may think your 426 had more power, not the case, the 450 just puts the power in a different place.

I know that a bike begins to fit a rider like a glove and it is hard to move to another bike. I have finally realized that I don't need to have the newest stuff all the time if what I am riding puts a smile on my face.

My opinion....Ride On Brother, Ride On.

  • husqy360

Posted July 08, 2008 - 08:59 PM

#20

^ id have to agree, great post man.
i ride a yz450f for last 3 month and its almost perfect !
im sure a new pipe will be preety good!

but my real love is my old husqy 360, which was the best bike i ever road.





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