02 yz426..Any good?


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  • silver600

Posted April 15, 2009 - 07:48 PM

#1

Well being use to riding big bikes and wanting to try something different,i sold my cr500 and picked up a yz250f with the 290 big bore. But as you can imagine, im getting bored and want more. Iv come across a 02 yz426 and wondering if theres anything special i should know about these bikes? I dont race, just a little woods riding and a bunch of hill climbing in the local gravel pits.

  • 400exXx

Posted April 15, 2009 - 07:54 PM

#2

i am wondering the same, i'm trying to trade my 400ex for a yz-426.

  • BASSic

Posted April 16, 2009 - 04:01 AM

#3

Well being use to riding big bikes and wanting to try something different,i sold my cr500 and picked up a yz250f with the 290 big bore. But as you can imagine, im getting bored and want more. Iv come across a 02 yz426 and wondering if theres anything special i should know about these bikes? I dont race, just a little woods riding and a bunch of hill climbing in the local gravel pits.


If that's the case, the YZ426 will be perfect for you. They're heavy for racing, but for play riding they're a lot of fun. You will be smiling every time you twist the throttle (4th gear wheelies!!!!!!).

Another benefit is that they're extremely reliable, provided they're maintained properly. Inspect the valves when you first get it and invest in a reusable stainless steel oil filter (trust me on this one), then keep up on your oil changes and air filter cleanings.

  • jmckinney

Posted April 16, 2009 - 10:28 AM

#4

I went from a KX500 to 2000-YZ426 and would say there is not a huge power differance. You definatly don't have the top end of a 500 but the power delivery from bottom to mid is pretty similar. Plus, the 426 power band is more usable.

Overall it's been a great change... The 426 is reliable and good trail bike.. I would definatly recomond buying a 426 with my baisis opinion...

  • BASSic

Posted April 16, 2009 - 12:17 PM

#5

ou definatly don't have the top end of a 500


Does anyone other than a wide-open desert or dune rider *need* the top end power of a 500? :p

  • Jo77

Posted April 16, 2009 - 12:36 PM

#6

i have the 426(2002) 2 years now and i ride about 4 times a month.i have never check the valves,and never change the sparkplug if that tell you something.cold just needs about 4 kicks and its working just fine!i change the oil and oil filter every 4 rides,and the only think i dont like its the weight

  • live4speed

Posted April 17, 2009 - 08:02 AM

#7

CR 500:thinking:

  • grayracer513

Posted April 17, 2009 - 08:56 AM

#8

CR 500:thinking:

Your point is?

  • silver600

Posted April 18, 2009 - 05:56 PM

#9

Yea...what is that all about?

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  • dgnretj

Posted April 30, 2009 - 12:39 AM

#10

i have a 00 yz426 and i love it the weight is noticeable but not so much for a big guy like myself, very fun to ride and fast! hill climbs are cake!

  • HappyG

Posted April 30, 2009 - 01:07 AM

#11

probably one of the most reliable of the 4 stroke mxers. the only drawback is the weight. but i think its still lighter than say a crf450x or wr450.

  • x2468

Posted April 30, 2009 - 09:48 AM

#12

were they as powerful as the 06 yz450? more or less?

  • grayracer513

Posted April 30, 2009 - 10:54 AM

#13

Less, in absolute terms. The 426 typically cranked out 46hp in stock form, while the stock '06 pushes 49~50. The 426 is stronger in the lower part of the power curve, though.

  • HappyG

Posted May 01, 2009 - 04:00 PM

#14

i agree, less power, but they had great kick!, for a 4 stroke!
felt faster than they were.

  • shovelhead1

Posted May 01, 2009 - 05:41 PM

#15

I've had mine(01 yz426) for two weeks and love it. It has way more power than I'll ever need. Pulls harder than any bike I've ever ridden.

  • jspicket

Posted May 01, 2009 - 07:20 PM

#16

I owned my '01 for a couple years before it was stolen :excuseme:. Then switched to crf450r. I loved my 426, it made really awesome power, it pulled soo hard. Kind of reminded me of an old muscle car vs newer muscle cars. The 426 is fast but it weighs appr. 240 lbs compared a to 220 lb crf. Because of the weight you will have to reduce your speed a bit earlier before entering corners - I know you said trail riding is your thing but you still run into (no pun intended) those hair raising situations when you need to stop NOW.

All in all, the 426 was very reliable for me. For the time I owned it, it never needed any valve adjustments - and yes, I checked them all the time and rode the piss of out that bike. If your a taller rider I think it would be a very good idea to invest in some tall bars, as the lower bar bends feel very, very, low. I smile thinking about that bike - I think you will really like the 426 for any kind of riding!

here's a picture of me on my '01 at the base of blowsand...

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  • HappyG

Posted May 02, 2009 - 12:52 PM

#17

forgot to mention, the first thing to do is, if it doesnt have an auto decompression cam already, (it probably does) then get one installed.

  • jspicket

Posted May 02, 2009 - 01:12 PM

#18

I didn't even know that you could buy an auto de-compression cam. That is badass!! Kind of funny that Honda has had that technology since the mid 1980's and Yamaha hasn't caught on yet. Back in the day a friend of mine bet me he could start my 426 with his bare hands, much to my amazement, he did! :excuseme: I would not recommend trying that.

  • grayracer513

Posted May 02, 2009 - 03:11 PM

#19

I didn't even know that you could buy an auto de-compression cam. That is badass!! Kind of funny that Honda has had that technology since the mid 1980's and Yamaha hasn't caught on yet.

Yamaha has been using auto decompression since '03. It started using AD cams when it became necessary in order to make the electric start WR work. You can use an '03 cam in the older bikes with custom timing, or simply buy a drop-in aftermarket cam from Hot Cams or others that's already set up for the older head.





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