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Picked up my new (to me) 426!!

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Well, I am now the proud owner of a 426. I picked it up on Friday. The thing still has the original tires, it fires on the first kick, and it is in beautiful condition. I got it for $2100 w/ a helmet , shop manual, and a ramp for my truck. I think I got a pretty good deal.

I spent most of the weekend drooling on it and I finally took it to the track yesterday. Keep in mind I haven't ridden a dirt bike for 9 years and all I have ever ridden are two-strokes. All I have to say is this thing is a beast! The power on this thing is crazy. I am still getting used to it's behavior in the air as it seems very sensitive to throttle on the face of the jump, but that will come with time. I doubt I was getting more than a few inches under the wheels anyway, so I shouldn't have to worry about it!

I took it on some pretty nasty trails and it behaved well. I would just chug along and it would always pull right through. I stalled quite a bit but I am sure that will go away with practice.

After that I took her out on the track again and got a wild hair going into a set of whoops. I let 'er rip through a berm and before I knew it was sideways and in a wheelie (is that possible??) and by the time I straightened it out I was already swapping through the whoops and took a dirt nap right in front of a group of spectators. Super. But all was well- bike and body were in one piece. I am just glad to be back in action!

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Well, I am now the proud owner of a 426. I picked it up on Friday. The thing still has the original tires, it fires on the first kick, and it is in beautiful condition. I got it for $2100 w/ a helmet , shop manual, and a ramp for my truck. I think I got a pretty good deal.

I spent most of the weekend drooling on it and I finally took it to the track yesterday. Keep in mind I haven't ridden a dirt bike for 9 years and all I have ever ridden are two-strokes. All I have to say is this thing is a beast! The power on this thing is crazy. I am still getting used to it's behavior in the air as it seems very sensitive to throttle on the face of the jump, but that will come with time. I doubt I was getting more than a few inches under the wheels anyway, so I shouldn't have to worry about it!

I took it on some pretty nasty trails and it behaved well. I would just chug along and it would always pull right through. I stalled quite a bit but I am sure that will go away with practice.

After that I took her out on the track again and got a wild hair going into a set of whoops. I let 'er rip through a berm and before I knew it was sideways and in a wheelie (is that possible??) and by the time I straightened it out I was already swapping through the whoops and took a dirt nap right in front of a group of spectators. Super. But all was well- bike and body were in one piece. I am just glad to be back in action!

1st of all - Welcome to TT and congrats on your 426! I can relate to everything you mention above. I had the same problems when I first got mine. Throttle control is key on hitting the jumps and whoops. I can't tell you how many unintentional Supermans I have performed while jumping. My son really thought they looked cool. Scared the sh&t out of me. I also stalled mine alot in the woods 1st few times out. Gearing down helped quite a bit. In all honesty it took me about a year to figure out how to ride the thing after coming off a 2-stroke. I love the power and handling. Especially on the trails.

- RCD

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Ya, I think I will gear mine down quite a bit. I love the woods so I want to be able to play out there. What gearing are you running?

And here are some pics of the beast (let me know if this works):

http://www.putfile.com/pic.php?img=3848388

http://www.putfile.com/pic.php?img=3848387

http://www.putfile.com/pic.php?img=3848386

http://www.putfile.com/pic.php?img=3848385

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Wow that thing does look like new. Is it a 2001 model? Congrats on the new/used bike. :mad:

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Yes, its a 2001. I must admit that its not quite as nice after a day of riding :mad:. A scratch here, mangled grip there... you know how it goes.

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If your going to ride them, they will look bad in a hurry. Its a constant battle to try to keep them nice. Here is my 02 model...

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642mx- that thing is a bute! Where did you get those graphics and hand guards if you don't mind me asking?

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642mx- that thing is a bute! Where did you get those graphics and hand guards if you don't mind me asking?

Thanks. The graphics and seat cover are from Execute. The handguards are UFO.

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