I know many people hate the 426 because of the compression release deal and the "hard to start" issues, but I guess I am lucky. I picked up a clean 01' YZ426 from a buddy around july of this year and decided to make it more my style and convert it to a desert bike for the So. Cal. high deserts that I ride at. I grabbed this bike for $1500 and have added an E-line 200 watt stator, Baja Designs 8" 100 watt light, Pro Moto billet kickstand, new plastics, IMS tank, Tag T2 bars, a graphics kit, switched it to a YZ250 pinger kicker, and cleaned it up. I tore the carb apart to see what I was starting with early on and changed out all the fluids. I have saved quite a bit on the tank and stator by buying from a guy online that used to race the 426 and has a ton of aftermarket parts still new from sponsors. I am into this bike for under $2500 and I feel pretty good about what I have to ride for that amount compared to what I see in the trader for this price. Its a great bike to ride and I can get it started in an honest 2-3 kicks. I wanted to start out on the cheap to see if I liked the 2 wheeler thing before spending big bucks on a new bike. I am coming from a Rhino and quad. What do you all think? Here are my before and after pix....Even on my before I had added new plastics already.