Picked up a wr 426
Posted May 11, 2003 - 10:43 AM
I love and hate the bike at the same time. It's the first new from the dealer toy I ever bought. I'm starting to wonder if I chould have bought a drz400 instead.
I have the cold starts down, starts first try everytime. Hot starts usually work now that I'm not using the hot-start button every time, (the dealer said to use it everytime I start the bike when it's hot!). I wanted to do a little night time riding yestarday. I stopped for a minute to get a drink. And my dad went over and twisted the throttle a few times. Well unfortunantly I think he flooded it, becuase it wouldn't start for anything. What do you do in this situation?
I love the way the bike handles, but man this thing is tall. It towers over my cr125. And it's not very fast in stock form either. I hope there is a HUGE increase when the restrictors are removed. I'm 5'9 200lbs and was wondering if I should have the suspension lowered a bit, or just try to get used to it. The only time it's a problem is during startups. Does it get easier to start, once it's uncorked? Pooley helped me some with what parts to get, and where to find some tech articles. So if I pull the grey wire and the blue wire the bike will start easier, and run better in the mid range? And has anyone in here done the bk carb mod? Been reading through the owners manual too. To all the michigan guys in here, what is your jetting? I want to be fairly close when I take all this stuff apart. And what mods does everyone recommend for performance increases?
Reading all the problems about the 450 scared me away from it. Not trying to flame, or put down the bike. I didn't want to have any serious problems with a new machine that was big bucks.
Posted May 11, 2003 - 11:39 AM
Posted May 11, 2003 - 12:55 PM
The suspension will settle some after a few hours and the bike is not any taller than any other - and check the rear sag, I've gotten bikes that had the rear springs waaay over tightened from the factory - and that will make them ride hard and tall.
New bikes are like new boots - they suck - until they get broken in - once you do some mods you will flat love it!
And it will get easier to start too. Don't do any jetting changes until you do the mods - exhaust and airbox, no? BUT if you want a primo set-up, drop in an 03 YZ450 exhaust cam (about $170 with shims). It will make it a torque-monster and it has the auto-decompression. The YZ forum has a static lead-in topic on the cam and installation.
You will have a bike a DRZ dreams of becoming.
I just looked at your bike - you could drop the forks a full half inch from where the dealer set them.
Aren't you concerned about the mirror arm sticking you in a fall?
Posted May 11, 2003 - 01:53 PM
Posted May 11, 2003 - 06:36 PM
I noticed very little difference in performance, slightly snappier low end, but a big difference in how it carborates and starts. If I felt a little more comfortable in my mechanical skills I'd really like to fine tune my jetting for even more snap but, I'm happy with no more popping and easier starting than it ever was before.
BTW, I bought holdover in the beginning of 2002 for 6000 OTD. If you don't mind telling, how much are they fetching now.
Posted May 12, 2003 - 01:10 AM
Maybe next year I'll consider changing over to a yz 450 cam. There is all kinds of good info on this sight. Anyone here a bsa, or former bsa owner? What compression should a bsa 650 lighting have?
Posted May 12, 2003 - 01:16 AM
Sorry, I paid 5200 out the door, tax, title and service, with 400 in accesories. I had to haggle them a bit over the phone. They called me back 5 times. They aren't very helpful people though, all they know how to do is sell a bike and thats it. I actually had to order my own parts, they acted like they didn't know what I was talking about. I bought a new bike from them last week, and I went back on satarday to pick up my frame gaurds. They acted like they never seen me before. The only halfway smart person there is a darker haired lady that is always busy. Needles to say, once I pick up my stuff, I won't be going back to that dealer.
Posted May 12, 2003 - 05:10 AM
My Clarke is 3.3 gals, about the same as stock, but it is shaped so you can move around. You do need to use a YZ seat with it.
Posted May 12, 2003 - 10:38 AM
Posted May 12, 2003 - 05:10 PM
If the BSA is low on compression it is probably junk. Even if it isn't it is probably junk. I'll help you out though. I'll give you $100 for it just to get it out of your way. You'll have to ship it though!
Seriously - nice looking bike. What year is it? I had one in about '69 that wasn't that nice back then! Sorry, I don't know what the compression should be. About 140 PSI with the carb open I should imagine - but don't know for sure.
Posted May 12, 2003 - 05:36 PM
I can only hope there will be some 450's that didn't move come the first of next year. I've been prepared to sell one of the 426's since they came out in spite of the teething problems they've shown. I just can't see forking over retail plus all extras because its a new model with low supply and high demand.
Your gonna love the power your bike has when you trim, or replace, the throttle and lose the insert in the pipe. My 77 250CR(Husky) gave the new WR a close race up to about 45mph and the 390 destroyed it. I was pissed at myself for forking over 6 big ones for a bike that could barely stay ahead of a 25 year old 250 just because the bike mags said this is the ONE that does it all. I found this site searching Google for mods I'd read about.
Posted May 14, 2003 - 05:18 PM
Posted May 14, 2003 - 07:18 PM
What's happenin man. I haven't seen your posts in a while. Actually, I haven't seen many posts at all lately. Springtimes here and we've been on a roll with new pools.
I saw that you hadn't done the YZ timing thing and were considering it. I thought it and the E series needle would deliver in spades like the free mods from back when the bikes were new but, it just seems a little snappier in the lower rev range. Maybe I don't push the bike hard enough at high rpms to notice the difference or perhaps I haven't ridden enough since winter to remember how it was prior to the mods.
Anyhow I just wanted to say howdy.
BTW, I took your advice last year and started doing all my plans bilingually. Funny thing is, there are still oversights by my guys and the subs. I guess now I'm gonna have to give them reading lessons as well. LOL
See Ya, Kelly
Posted May 18, 2003 - 09:26 AM
Thanks for the bsa info, but not a chance! That thing is staying right here. I just want to find a nice 441 victor someday too. I have to ride that first thing before I ride any onther bike. The opposite side shifting can really mess me up
Posted May 24, 2003 - 08:51 PM
Posted May 25, 2003 - 08:50 PM
Posted May 27, 2003 - 05:51 PM
I think you'll really be surprised at the difference it makes in the performance.
You need to bear in mind that STOCK, your only opening the throttle halfway when you open it all the way. The best half is when the slide comes the rest of the way up.
You'll really hear your engine sucking air once you remove the airbox lid.
Let us know what you think of her after you do it!!!