yzf 426?

Why did they make this bike as a 426 rather than a 450? is it a MX bike or more rated for trails. I was looking into buying a 2001 426F and the owner knows very little about it, its seems in very good condition. TIA.

Yamaha was the only show in town at that time doing four stroke performance machiens, they started on the 400 and slowly progressed up to the 450. The YZ426 was the motocross machine but will do okay at trails. How much is the owner asking for it?

$2000 Firm

nada and kelly blue book on the bike is only like 1,600 in good condition,

i just got a 04 yzf450 for 2300, alot better bike for 300 more dallars

After settling on a bore and stroke that made the engineers happy, the result was probably 426 cc's. Once Honda came out with the CRF450, Yamaha played catch up.

FYI, I picked a 2001 YZ426 for $1300. The seller wanted $1350 but after he stalled the bike, fouled the plug, and couldn't get it started again, he felt embarrassed and knocked $50 off.

Meh $2000 isn't bad in Cnd $$$$ though. If in good conditon and a few upgraded parts???

I just got an 01 yz426 for 1600.00. It seems to be in good shape. He wanted 1800.00 but came down to 1600.00. Said he needed money for Raptor rebuild. Anyway that sounds pretty close if it's in good shape. Only thing I have to compare mine to are the pics on this site. It doesn't look as good as some of these but it seems to run good. That is until I made a loop around my yard Saturday and killed it. Apparently that is a no no. Now I can't get it to start (very frustrating). It ran good and started on first kick when I went to look at it. Also like I said after I unloaded it Sat. it fired right up. But not now. I am heading to dealer right now for a plug or two. Hope this works. I feel like it will. It has all the classic symptoms I've read about on this board of a fouled plug.

Anyway good luck.

I got $2500 for a 02 426 last year.Things are a little pricier up here

I got $2500 for a 02 426 last year.Things are a little pricier up here
I'll guess that was Canadian Dollars, also, which would be $2050 USD. Still actually more than you'd be likely to fetch here.

starting is not hard I just watched the video 50 times to get it

to sink in

2 G's Canadian is a good price - of course, if the owner doesn't know much about it - you can always talk him down 10%.

You probably won't find a more reliable bike - the 400 and 426 was THE toughest run made - after that they started competing too much in the "make it faster, make it lighter" game with all the other manufacturers and lost some of that hardcore reliability these bikes became known for.

the 400 and 426 was THE toughest run made - after that they started competing too much in the "make it faster, make it lighter" game with all the other manufacturers and lost some of that hardcore reliability these bikes became known for.
I'm not sure that can be accurately said. The Gen 1 YZ450 was about as reliable as machinery gets. My '03 had about 400 hours on it with nothing but oil and filter changes and a worn out chain set to show for it. Not even a single valve adjustment.

Statistically, the '03 had a bit of big end trouble, corrected in the '04 model, but the 400 had small end rod problems and a balancer gear issue, and the 426 had more transmission trouble than the 450.

Any of the three rank right up there with driveways and sundials in the reliability dept. There are cars on the road that aren't that trouble free.

so normaly you cant get KBB price for anything?

or is it the bike?

In this case, the KBB listed "Average Retail" seems oddly disconnected from what the average owner is actually selling his bike for on the average. Most of what I've seen recently has them selling for about $1500~1800 on the private level, and often lower than that. The KBB may be tied to average retail at a dealership.

I sold a very nice '03 YZ450 for $2300 in January '08, after it was for sale for 4 months, and practically had to kidnap the guy's daughter to get him to pay that for it.

With all due respect Gray, bikes, trucks, 4 wheelers, and guns on the Delmarva Peninsula here hold there value better than just about any where else in the country. I got 1800 for a beat up TTR with out the title.

Doesn't surprise me to see it vary by region somewhat. Too bad Maryland is so far away from here. :banghead:

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