Posted March 27, 2010 - 05:56 PM
Posted March 28, 2010 - 12:04 AM
I ended up buying a cheapo KLR250 to putt around on for a few weeks, and then bought a new WR450. No regrets whatsoever, its got more power than I need but It's only there when ya ask for it, very controlable. If you're pretty sure you're going to want or need the power of the big bike... buy the 426/450 and just take it easy on it til you get back into things. It really is like riding a bike, it'll come back to ya in no time.
The positive side effect of buying the KLR was my wife decided to learn to ride... so now thats her bike.
Posted March 28, 2010 - 11:31 AM
What did you ride before? Was it something like an XR 200 or was it a bike with some balls to it?
If you've ridden a 250 2 stroke or larger or a big bore 4 stroke in the past you'll likely be underwhelmed by a 250f. If you're comming off of a playbike a transition to something like a YZ 426f is going to be difficult. Keep in mind the modern 450's are smoother than the old 426 and 400 engines. While those early yamaha engines make slightly less power in a slightly narrower powerband than the 450s(or percieved at least. The ones I've ridden could have just been a bit tired) they are generally more abrupt in power delivery.
What is the terrain you like to ride in?
Its pointless IMO to have a big bore 4 stroke IMO if you ride low elevation singletrack
What was your skill level? Weekend warrior? Enduro/harescrambles racer? Hardcore MXer?
A weekend warrior type isn't likely to use all the power of a big bore. However the racers probably would
How would you rate your dexterity (throttle/clutch control), balance (position on bike/weighting pegs), and and physical fitness (mainly in regards to endurance)?
I wouldn't reccomend a big bore 4 stroke to someone with poor control and no endurance.
The best advice I could give is to try and ride both in the type of terrain you'll typically ride in. IIRC SD has pretty high elevation so the scales are tipped in the 426f's favor. Its easier/cheaper IMO to dumb down a big 4 stroke (if you need it) than it is to hop up a small 4 stroke.
Posted March 28, 2010 - 02:54 PM
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