Greetings! Just got my first Yam, an '02 WR426F!
Posted April 15, 2003 - 07:15 PM
The bike hardly had a scratch...and looked like it had been ridden all of 30 miles. I ended up paying $4300 for the bike with all the extra stuff he put on it, I think I got a good deal.
The only concern I did have, and one of the main reasons I was looking at the new ones, was the electric start. This fear was put to bed quickly though. Before I went to his house I went to Yamaha's website and watched their "How to start your 4 stroke yzf/wrf" video. I memorized it, and gave it a whirl when I got on the bike. It starts first kick, everytime. Problems starting these bikes? /shrug. All I can say, is when I left dirt bikes, Yamaha's were not very well thought of. A lot of things have changed in the last 15 years, I am happy to say. Even though I might not of got the latest and greatest open class WR model, I truely am loving this beautiful bike. And I saved 2k, which never hurts, LOL.
I look forward to joining in your WR community and in the threads here.
Btw, I am 34...2 kids, 8 year old with xr70, and 18 month old.
Posted April 15, 2003 - 08:05 PM
Your story echoes a lot of guys here... a substantial lay-off from riding, to have family etc... returning to the sport - and often with our sons and daughters as the excuse/justification.
The bike sounds like a great deal, and really, the electric start is something you will be able to live without... Heck, for $1,000 you can add an aftermarket one and still be ahead a grand...
Their are a number of mods you may want to check that may have been done, perhaps not if the bike is so low in miles... They are
Grey wire, throttle stop and airbox lid... you already have an aftermarket pipe...
You may want to consider the YZ timing mod, or else the 450 cam mod... and being a tall guy, like myself, you may get better ergonomics from the footpeg mod... it lowers the pegs and sets them back about 1/2 - 3/4 inch...
If you want details on any of these mods, then you can use the search feature (make sure you go back about a year though, a lot of those mods were discussed when the 02 was current technology... not that it is not current technology now, in fact it is well proven and reliable technology with a mature and expansive knowledge base and aftermarket parts selection.
Glad to have you aboard, and check out the mini forums for the xr's as well... kids bikes deserve upgrading as well...
Posted April 16, 2003 - 06:15 AM
Congrats on the good buy! My 426 starts great too. No worries here.
Posted April 16, 2003 - 07:04 AM
Posted April 16, 2003 - 11:52 AM
The footpeg mod is so simple... Basically:
1. Remove footpegs
2. Cut off the barrel part that is on the bottom side of the peg (the part the pin goes through) with a hacksaw or Dremel
3. Reinstall the footpegs, placing the barrel part on top (thereby pushing the pegs down and back. Most important: change the springs from left to right side and vice-versa when you put the pegs back on. Remember to add a bit of grease to the pin before assembly, and use a new split-pin to hold it all together.
You're done!! Some people have gone the extra mile and welded the barrel part back to the top of the peg, but I have not heard of any failures from not welding the peg/barrel back together.
I was concerned the 426 would be a bit much for me after my 18 year lay-off as well, I looked at the WR250F - it was a nice bike, but I wanted a big bore, so I could lug it around if I wanted... Now I have the YZ450 cam in, I love the power... I reckon my arms are two inches longer than this time last year... LOL
Posted April 17, 2003 - 02:33 AM
I think you picked a great bike! I had the same bike and ended up selling it and buying the 450. The nice thing is that you can ride it easy or hit it hard. I don't remember having the same option on two strokes.
Good luck to you and have fun riding in the "lone star state".
Posted April 17, 2003 - 03:12 AM
Posted April 17, 2003 - 07:31 AM
I just got a new wr450 and went out there w/ my son and some friends. It's a great place. It only took me a couple of months to get on.
See ya there.