Questions about Yz 426

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  • luddies

Posted October 19, 2011 - 02:07 PM


Hi everyone, I have been looking for a new bike for awhile now and I have seen a few deals on craigslist for a yz426. I don't know much about these bikes and was wondering if they are any good, any problems with them, power, size, etc. I am 15, 5' 7", 140 pounds, Intermediate skill level (I've been riding since I was 8), and am coming off of a 2003 YZ 85. I ride 80% trails and 20% track. Thanks!! :thumbsup:

  • YZrider 77

Posted October 19, 2011 - 02:31 PM


i would move up to a 250f if i was you. im 6'1" 215 just bought a 426 after spending 6 years riding an 04 yz125 and these bikes are beasty. i rode my friends 01 yz250f last time we went riding. it was my first timeriding a 250f and coming off the 426 to that bike you could really feel the weight and handling difference. i think you would be more happy with it. sometimes having the biggest bike doesn't necessarily make riding more fun. But if you really want a 426 try and get an 02 or 01 they have less problems. I love my 02 definitly worth the 9 bills i paid for it.

  • YZ426_F

Posted October 19, 2011 - 02:39 PM


I have had my yz426 for a long time and I can tell you it's prob not what your looking for.
I'm 25, 5'10 and 185 lbs and the bike is a handful for a guy my size. Yes it has good power but it's far from ideal for a 80% trails bike.

I would think coming off of a yz85 it would make more since moving to a yz250f or something that size. the power will be more usable on tight trails and the weight will be easier for a guy your size to handle.

If you dropped the 250lbs yz426f could you pick it up? what if it falls on you?
the yz426f can be a pain to start if you stall in the woods and are already tired... good luck.

anyways... I love my bike don't get me wrong. But I feel it's more built for Track and wide open riding. and its size and weight are best fit to larger riders.

  • grayracer513

Posted October 19, 2011 - 02:59 PM


When my son was 14, he moved from his CR80RB to a YZ250F. Buying that bike for him instead of anything either larger or smaller was one of the 5 best moves I've ever made. He learned more in the first 2 months riding that bike than he had in the previous two years, and could hang in with the big bikes in virtually any situation. When he did move up to a 450, he was ready for it, which he absolutely would not have been had he jumped from the little bike to that level earlier.

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  • zlathim

Posted October 19, 2011 - 03:10 PM


I agree with the others. I'm not saying that you couldn't handle the bike, but I will tell you that I'm 6'2" 250 lbs and my WR 426 is a handful.

Coming off a YZ 85, I would think that a 250F would be enough to keep you satisfied for a while.

  • grayracer513

Posted October 19, 2011 - 04:07 PM


From your current perspective (having once very long ago been 15), it will be difficult to understand this, but it's not even so much a matter of keeping you "satisfied" or a question of your physical ability to manage the bike, it's whether the bike will help you develop as a rider, or hinder you in that pursuit. At your age and size, coming off the YZ85, being confronted with a big, heavy, slightly uncooperative, and extremely powerful thing like the 426 could cause you to learn some bad habits, or simply be such a handful as to hold you back. The YZ250F, for all the power it does actually have, is one of the most enjoyable, user-friendly rides you could possibly pick out. No one that ever rode ours ever came back without a big smile on his face.

  • nathanpa01

Posted October 19, 2011 - 08:56 PM


I've been riding an '01 YZ426 for 2 1/2 years now, coming from a looooong hiatus of dirt bikes. It is a handful. You have to respect the bike. I would go with a 250f, just as everyone else says. There is a lot of wisdom on this site and the general consensus won't steer you wrong.

  • Streamline

Posted October 20, 2011 - 09:31 PM


I'd also say a 250f would be a better choice. Although you could also pick up a yz125 for cheap. Or you could grab a yz250 (light and powerful) and be plenty happy from now til the end of time but like the 426 it might be too much for you.

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