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After about an 8 year hiatus, I'm finally getting another bike. In order to get one in my price range, I'm thinking about a used WR400 or WR426. I'm just looking for some general tips on selecting a model year. Are there any particular years to stay away from? Any years that are really good? Anyone here live around Boise, Idaho and have a bike for sale? Like I said, I'm just getting back into this sport..coming from a background of racing 2-stroke 250's, but I want a good trail bike now. I'm not interested in racing (yet!)..

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I'd go for an '01 or '02 426. They have all the upgraded parts (bigger clutch, bigger rod bearing and wrist pin) and a little better suspension. The '00 426 may have them as well but I don't recall for sure. Having owned one of each my experience has been that each generation of 4xx (400/426/450) has been a significant improvement over the previous one. The 400 is still a good bike but if given a choice I'd go for the 426 (or the 450 if your budget can handle it).

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A buddy of mine has a WR426 with a pipe... not sure which one, renthal bars etc...for sale.

We are in Twin and I am coming up to Boise on the 24th.

Hoss

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I just bought a '00 WR400 and from what I understand it's the best of the 400 series bikes. If I could have spent another 6-700$ I would have gone for a '02 426 but I just didn't want to spend that kinda money on a toy just for me.

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Hey WrFrk, yeah, I'm in the same boat. I want to get a good bike but between house remodelling, being in a rock band, and golfing, I can't afford to drop $6000 on a new wr450. I figure I'll just get a used one now and upgrade to a new one in a year or two. Say, where are the hot places to trail ride around Boise?

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Well I'm still trying to figure that one out. I've been up Blacks Creek and above Fort St and up around the Banks area, those were all good spots.

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I was pretty heavy into mountain bike racing for years and one of the best xc courses around Boise was in Idaho City. Once I find a bike I'm planning on getting it street legal with that BajaDesigns lighting kit..then just riding up Idaho City from my house on the bench. I think there are pretty established double-track/single track routes to Idaho City up over 8th street.

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Oh wow..small world. Exit 51's new drummer, Joe, is a buddy of mine..and our recording engineer, Andy A, is Exit 51's engineer as well. Funny.

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We're going to the concert at the Big Sleazy on the 26th with Papa Roach, E51 and Pirq.

You going?

Hoss

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i hadn't heard about that show to be honest, sounds like a good one. Man, Exit51 is really getting some good shows Your brother must be connected. Hmmmm, we don't have a manager.........

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Ok, this is like the 7 degrees of Kevin Bacon...

I ride, am in a rock band, have been to Idaho City (ISDE), live in Portland where the record promotion company is (Burnside).

It is a small world.

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