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    YZ or WR?

    Both of those bikes will require the same starting procedure. There is really nothing to it though. Mine goes first kick every time.
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    first crash on the 426

    I am very lucky that my family got me into riding. I just turned 29 and its my first bike and first season. Just happens that I am on a 426 as well. My Dad was the one that convinced me to get the bike, and its turned out to be a really good way for us to get to spend some time together again. I am doubly fortunate that a lot of the guys I work with (in a very professional engineering office) ride as well, including my boss. My friends; however, think that its ridiculous that I would get into the sport at my age, or even be interested in it at all. I have offered to take most of them out for a ride so they have the opportunity to see what its all about. I let them know that not only would they have a chance to learn something new, but they would then have some real experience to base their negative opinions on. They have all turned me down. I just tell them that if they never get on a dirtbike and twist.... well...... they will never get on a dirtbike and twist. Its as simple as that, and its their loss.
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    YZ426 for the trails

    Thanks very much for your reply Gray. I think I will get a set of sprockets and give lowering the final drive a try. Hopefully a new heavier flywheel will help take a bit of the initial hit away from the bike and make a lower gearing a bit easier to deal with. Right now I am only interested in going fairly slow, and i still have two gears on the bike I havent even touched yet, so if I get better and faster I still have some room to improve. If I one day find that I am running out of gears, the sprockets I am taking off are basically new so i can just put them back on. Thanks for everyones answers and suggestions.
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    YZ426 for the trails

    No plans to do the Autodecomp mod as I have absolutely no trouble starting it at all, any time. Side hills, or after its been dropped while its hot. It fires up first or second kick, no problem. The starting ritual is cake. I will as again though.... you guys dont reccomend changing the final drive as that will make it even twitchier?
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    YZ426 for the trails

    So thats a negatory regarding changing the final drive? It seems to be pretty much the first thing that people sugest to me. I hadnt really considered going for a complete flywheel though. I think you guys are right. It would allow me to go back to stock when I want to sell the bike, which will probably be at the end of this season, or next season.
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    YZ426 for the trails

    Dont know how many of you saw my first post regarding my '01 YZ426, but I will again mention that this is my first bike of any kind and I have basically no experience whatsoever. I have done quite a bit of reading on this forum regarding mods to make the bike more trail friendly since its proabbly never ever going to see a track. What I want to do is get the bike happier going a bit slower until my confidence builds up and I am able to safely get through the trees going a bit faster. As you all know the bike is really unhappy going slow, and to me the throttle seems extremely twitchy as the engine gets up to speed really, really fast. I have spent most of my 3 rides trying to get comfortable standing up all the time, and trying my best to keep my weight over the front forks, but I am having a hell of a time keeping the front wheel on the ground. I would really like to change the final drive from a 14/47 to a 13/50, but I am worried that although I can keep the engine rpm up a little higher while going slower, I am going to have even more trouble keeping the front wheel down. How much will a 10oz flywheel weight help smooth out the twitchy throttle. Will a flywheel weight make much difference at all? Would you guys reccomend more or less weight? I havent pulled anything major apart on the bike, but I am thinking I will just turn the weight myself as most of the kits I have seen on the internet retail for $160 to $200 USD and they consist of a $5.00 piece of steel and about 30 minutes setup and machine time. Does anyone out there have a weight kicking around thats not installed that could grab a caliper and give me some basic dimensions? Your guys advice and reccomendations would be greatly appreciated.
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    Oil Question

    I am new to this whole dirtbike scene, but I am not new to machinery or oil selection or application. I have seen a couple of these oil threads crop up since I have started reading the forums here, and I havent seen anyone mentioning sampling or testing. Do any of you guys, or have any of you guys ever sent out a sample of your used oil for testing? In commercial applications where fleets of mining equipment or city transit vehicles are concerened the dollar value of changing oil can be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. In an effort to maximize service life, and minimize costs, at service intervals oil samples are taken and tested. The test results prevent changing the oil out too early and allow the full lifespan of the oil to be utilized. I understand that where changing out the oil in a bike costs next to nothing, and doest warrant sampling or testing based on cost, it would still provide hard data that could put a lot of these mythologies to rest. Testing for me is free, and I was planning to send out samples of a few different brands of oil with accurate hour counts on them just for my own interest. I have always done so with my vehicles so I was planning to do it with my new bike anyways. Since others would probably be interested in the results I will post them as they become available. Has anyone else done this?
  8. Hello Everyone, Been interested in getting a dirtbike for the last year or so, and I finally took the plunge today! About a month ago some friends from work steered me towards this site, and I have been reading the forums (this one in particular) for the last few weeks. A 2001 YZ426 came up for sale for a really, really good price with about 100hrs on it. The guy that owned it maintained the bike fairly religiously keeping detailed logbooks of all his services and sold me the bike with quite a few extra's (tires, levers, gaskets, etc..). The fellow that owned it put two seasons of light riding on it, and then basically got out of the sport. He rode it a couple of times a year each year since he bought it new, but basically lost interest in the sport. It has a couple aftermarket things on it, but its mostly stock, including all the plastics and graphics. I looked at a few other bikes from the same vintange and the looked to be absolutely @$% kicked compared to this one. So.... after reading the forums here for for the last couple weeks and learning as much as I could ahead of time I had some reservations about this bike. I had heard not just from your forum, but from other people as well that this was definitely NOT the bike for me seeing as how I have never really ever been on a dirtbike, or streetbike of any kind. Hard if not impossible to start unless the procedure is followed exactly, and an extremeley torquey and heavy bike to ride. Well.... after mentioning what I had read to the fellow I was going to buy the bike from, he offered to take me out for the day, let me ride the bike and then decide for myself. Well I took it out today and I think I probably had the most fun (that wasnt on snow), ever, period. The bike seems ridiculously simple to start, even after stalling it a few times, and dumping it once. It goes first kick every time. Although the bike does seem pretty powerful and I can see how it would be possible to get into trouble with it, its got an extremely manageable powerband. As far the weight goes, its nothing compared to slinging around a 600lb sled for a day. I basically couldnt be happier with this thing. A couple questions have come to mind now though. Being that its so easy to start, is there something perhaps wrong with it? I seems to function exactly as other have posted here, and the owners manual indicates. Once its on its compression stroke and it gets near T.D.C. and locks up I just pull in the decomp lever, move the kickstart down about another inch or so, then let it come up, release the decomp lever and give it a normal easy kick through and it goes every time. The other thing is (and keep in mind, this was my first time out ever) I wasnt really into any super gnarly terrain or anything, but I couldnt get this bike out of third gear. I started feeling a bit uncomfortable with the speed and not being used to the bike I kinda chickened out and backed off the throttle every time I got it revved up a ways in third gear. I am sure that will change once I get comfortable on the thing, and get some more experience, but how fast will these bikes actually go? Anyhow, just thought I would share what a great day I had today with all of you guys, and let you all know how much this forum helped and influenced my decision in buying this bike. I absolutely love it! My girlfriend will never see me again! I took this photo fairly early in the day, it got A LOT worse later on, but I think you can see its still in pretty good shape from the photo.