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Is a YZ426 a handler?

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I have a relative looking at an '01 YZ426 but I don't know much about them so did they handle decent? Or is it like the '01 2t that needs work on the forks to not beat you up. It has a fresh motor so that shouldn't be a concern. Thanks

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They handled like a Yamaha , meaning not quick handling bikes, but fairly stable. The older yzf's also felt heavy too. Forks should be same across the line with exception of spring rates. I don't remember my 01 forks being that harsh, definitely not as harsh as my stock 05 AOSS were.

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I used to have an 02 YZ426 and it handled nicely. It was my first thumper of many since, and I still miss its plush suspension on the harsh stuff to this very day. My only gripe was the impossible starting after you dumped it.

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They come stock with the KYB open bath forks, which can be tuned for plushness or MX-ness (but not both, very well).

The steel frames handle very good.

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I liked my 02, what I think was a negative was the high center of gravity. But, had the nicest pulling motor I've ever owned before this new WR. I always thought a steering stabilizer would have been a huge improvement, but never put one on that bike before I sold it.

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