What's the best year WR 426 to get??

I was about to purchase a super clean 99 and the seller backed out :) I'm taking this as a sign from god to get a newer bike :) Question for you experts is what year should I look for and what should I expect to pay?

If you want a WR426 you only have 2 chioces. 01 & 02, both are great bikes. Not sure about the differences if any besides graphics, mabey the rear rotor size. Just look for something clean that has been well maintained. I love mine!!!!!! :):):p:D

01 and 02 are great. The 02 had revised carburator settings, remapped ignition, retooled oil pump, uprated suspension, new handle bar mounts, lighter front hub, more rigid swingarm and larger diameter rear brake disc.

I've ridden both and I can say these are all minor changes. These two bikes are basically identical. I'm sure you'll be happy with anyone of them. :)

I'm partial to my '00WR400F. It's got steel valves, and nearly the same power, suspension, and handling of later bikes. It's got the 2nd generation FCR carb, and it responds well to a good setup.

Everything later has titanium valves. If you've done your homework, you know that you're playing with fire if you don't do a valve job at least every 50-60 hours on any modern thumper with ti valves. Valve jobs are about $700-1000. '00WR's don't have any major problems (other than the unique isolated issues that every mfg has now and then).

Had an 01 WR426F and the only reason I sold it was because I wanted the e-start. It was a nice bike and it ripped! :)

I'm partial to my '00WR400F. It's got steel valves, and nearly the same power, suspension, and handling of later bikes. It's got the 2nd generation FCR carb, and it responds well to a good setup.

Everything later has titanium valves. If you've done your homework, you know that you're playing with fire if you don't do a valve job at least every 50-60 hours on any modern thumper with ti valves. Valve jobs are about $700-1000. '00WR's don't have any major problems (other than the unique isolated issues that every mfg has now and then).

Good point about the valves but Yamaha does very well with their billet valves and 5 valve dual overhead cam head in the durability department! :)

I went to SS valves to slow my bike down :) and hopefully get another 12,000 miles out of her before retiring her to a back up and buddy bike. :p

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