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STARTING OVER what about a yzf426

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I haven't raced in 23 years, rode just a little on 85 KX500 (a few months). Thinking about getting back into some vet mxing and hare scrambling. Looked at some 99 KTM 300 EX & MX and now looking at a 2001 used YZF 426. Rode it just a little. Is it too much to start over with? Also, what are the bad traits of the 426? (this would be the first 4 stroke dirtbike I have owned). THANKS--Doug

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It is not too much bike to start over with. Last year at age 34 I bought a 2000 426 and it is the first MX bike I've ever ridden except for an XR 200 for 6 months prior to that. I have been racing since December. While it is definitely alot of bike to handle, I found it to be the perfect "starter" bike for me. Because of all the power available, the bike is very forgiving. Doesn't matter what gear I'm in, I can just hit the throttle and hit any jump and know the bike will pull me through. Though I've never owned a 2 stroke, my understanding is that you have to do alot of clutch work to keep it in the powerband thus not as forgiving if you happen to miss a gear. The only perceived "disadvantage" is the heavy weight of the 426, but I find this imparts a degree of stability when jumping, etc. My bike has been problem free with only the most basic routine maintenance required.

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Do it Doug! Look down at the post titled "Any older 426 riders?" and you'll see there are lots of us old geezers still riding and racing...

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I've ridden for years offroad when I was younger, then took about 10 years off to go to school, etc.. and just a couple of months ago got an 01' 426 to do MX for the first time ever. I've been to about 4 practice rounds at the closest track to my house and I am unbelieveably happy with my choice. I'm about 6' 160# without gear and for me the bike feels great. The motor is my favorite part, winning barely over the suspension. If you open it exiting a corner then you had better hold on tight, but it's completely smooth and controllable. Just a little throttle and you get just a little power. A lot of throttle and you get a lot of power, no matter which gear you're in or how high it's revving. Is it too much bike? I'm not sure, I haven't tried any other late model bike to compare it too, but it sure is a lot of fun. :)

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