What do you think of this bike.
Posted March 10, 2011 - 04:28 PM
It appears to be in good shape. What's your thoughts on the older 426s?
And how much and how often is maintenance on these.
Posted March 10, 2011 - 04:37 PM
Posted March 10, 2011 - 05:42 PM
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Posted March 11, 2011 - 07:34 AM
Once you know the starting drill with the decompression lever these bikes start first kick and are easy to kick. You don't have to kick hard, just use one full smooth kick. They are extrememly reliable and fun bikes when you take care of them like they are meant to be. Hardly any maitenance at all! Change the oil often and check the valves at least once a year depending on how much you ride, grease the bearings every now and then and you will be good to go.
I've had my 426 since new and have never had anything break or wear out, well besides the plastic rear brake rotor guard. All parts that I have replaced have been to make it better and my own doing. Some I may regret as I'm having issues with my bike currently haha but it's my own fault not the bikes.
Posted March 11, 2011 - 11:50 AM
$2k is OK, but to me feels a little high. $1500 is much better and $1750 would be a good middle ground if it's completely ready to go with good chain and sprockets and tires.
Posted March 11, 2011 - 01:50 PM
Posted March 11, 2011 - 05:40 PM
I'd take a look and see what you think, the WR426 is a beast!
Posted March 11, 2011 - 06:54 PM
Posted March 12, 2011 - 06:35 AM
Yes the WRs did have odometers from the factory. Odometer, tripometer whatever you want to call it. It runs off the front hub and goes up to 999 miles and then resets back to 000. My guess is that it has 1339 miles at least if it needs a new chain and sprockets. Of course if the chain was super loose I guess it could wear really fast also, but I wouldn't think in only 339 miles. Then again he only said "new sprockets and chain" that doesn't mean he needed them. Maybe he wanted different gearing or some aftermarket parts, etc.
It's a Tripometer from the factory, it is RESETTABLE, Odometer is not resettable. Seeing how this is a 10 year old machine I hardly think this could be used as an accurate indicator of actual mileage.
Trying to analyze the condition and why parts were changed without seeing the bike and asking the owner is just a waste of time. It's pretty easy to tell if it's 339 miles or not. Anybody who has spent any time looking at used bikes will be able to tell right away. Most 10 year old bikes are in about the same condition, beat to crap. Every once in a while you get lucky like I did and find one that spent most of it's time sitting in a garage.
Posted March 12, 2011 - 10:56 AM
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Posted March 14, 2011 - 08:47 AM
Posted March 14, 2011 - 05:31 PM
Having gone from a 426 to an 08 450 several years ago, I'd actually say the older motor is more exciting to ride. Definitely has more of a hit in the mid range and top end.
Only downside of that is it tends to wear you out (well, me anyway!) during longer trail rides or races - that's one of the things I've noticed, but could be my lack of fitness.
The other thing is the steel-frame bikes are much easier to work on when checking valves or adjusting the carb - but you shouldn't have to do major work on the carb that often.
Posted March 14, 2011 - 05:46 PM
Posted March 15, 2011 - 08:10 PM
I sold mine in great condition with a White Bros pipe & a hotcam.....for 1700.
Posted March 18, 2011 - 06:48 AM