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Hey everyone, just looking for information on moving up to a 450, I just sold my CR125, I know its a big step up but I've rode a few 450s and I feel like I could ease into it. Just curious if theres any certain 450s to avoid or go for? I'm most likely looking in the 2002-2010 range. This will also be my first four stroke ever so I'm also wondering what I should do for regular maintenance? I don't mind spending a bit extra if it means my bike having more life. How much more can I look to spend on maintenance on a four stroke? I know it'll be more, just not sure how much more. 

 

Also wondering what the deal is with the YZF426, I see tons of them for fairly cheap on Kijiji, Are they a decent bike or are they cheap for a reason?

 

What should I be looking for when I go for a test ride?

 

I do all kinds of riding if that makes a difference (Sand trails, sand dunes eventually, a fair bit of track riding, trails, hills and just around the country).

 

Thanks for reading, all replies are appreciated!

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How much do you weigh? How old are you? What type of riding will you be doing? What's your budget?

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I'm 21, weigh about 180. 6'1". I do a bit of everything really, track, trail, gravel pits, sand or whatever I can. Trying to stay under $3000.

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Also found an RMZ450 that needs fork seals, what would it cost me to do that? Should I get the bike if I can for the right price?

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I would avoid a 426. They were a good bike in their day but a 12-14 year 4 stroke can get problematic. What is your budget?

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Also found an RMZ450 that needs fork seals, what would it cost me to do that? Should I get the bike if I can for the right price?

For the right price it could be a steal. If you do it yourself, fork seals are pocket change.

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Thanks for the reply, I've never had to do fork seals so wasn't sure if it would be too bad or not. I'm trying to stay around the $3000 mark budget wise.

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