02' 426's are in.

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Early by appx. 6 weeks. My riding buddy got his in today. He was 3rd on the list but No. 1 has a broken leg, and No. 2 backed out for financial reasons. So he became the top man on the totem pole for the 02' today. Too bad , he just put a fresh tires on his 01'. Isn't life cruel!?;)

From what I have read, just minor finessing with shock length, swing arm, brakes, easier starting? ( I never thought they were too hard anyhow).

I can't wait to get a test ride! New bikes always feel like a new pair of shoes times ten.
So anyone waiting on one. The first batch is done and the choc. chips are still warm.:)
 
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P.s. -

I can't wait to see how they compare with the CR450F's! Isn't competition exciting! Aren't they due out in oct.?
 
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I would like your opinion on the 02 if you get to ride it.
I have an 01 and decided to try the 02 CR 250. Tough learning how to ride the 2 banger again, but light.
I'm curious about the 450 since LaRocket declined to ride it next year?
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I hadn't heard that LaRocco decided not to race it. Wonder why he decided against it?
 

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I hadn't heard that LaRocco decided not to race it. Wonder why he decided against it?


because he is chickenpoo. he has ridden a 2 stroke since he could walk and cant adjust to a little bit heavier and lot more powerful bike :)
 

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A big four stroke is probably not the ideal Superscross mount.

My guess is -

If he rode a two stroke in Supercross and a four stroke outdoors, there would be a counter-productive adjustment period. LaRocco wants to do well, both indoors and out.
 
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Lol....

I wish they (the manufactors) Would either do away with 2 strokes or do away with four strokes i honestly think it is hurting them why not put all the money that is going into the say..... YZ125 into the 250f.... i just dont understand...Any advise?
 
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If the 4 banger was "that" good everyone would be riding one. The 125 is still a great bike and good for guys coming off 80's. I still think going from an 80 to a 250F is too much, but someday that will be the deal.
I'm not sure you will see a lot more major changes in the 2 strokes.
Honda seems to think thier new 250 will be a bike they can use for the next 5 years. I will tell you that for me it's been tough going from the 4 banger back to the 2 smoke.
4 strokes seem to be the thing of the future, so enjoy your 2 stroke while you can.
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What I think is funny is how every year the manufacturers claim 2-3 hp increases over the previous years. By now we should be on 100hp moon shots! Aren't we all suckers for new bikes though!! I just got a new '01 WR426. Has that new bike smell you just can't get in a can!;)
 
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LaRocco has NOT decided......

My Oneal Rider Support Rep Chuck Finley went riding with Larocco last monday. He told Chuck that the option is still open for the nationals but the supercross season was definatly a go for the new CR250...he said to wait until februaury for a decesion of the national ride.
Just my 2 cents.....
 
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I have a buddy that owns a Honda sjop here in the Dallas area and he told me that is what they announced at the dealer show in Vegas.
That was the only reson I posted that.


D:cool:
 
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Yep the '02 are out and I have about three hours on one. Feels like tight '01 can't really evaluate the suspension cause I'm running the fork internals that MX Tech did for me 2 years ago, Yamaha hasn't come close to his performance. The shock was stock with just a switch to a 5.8 Kg/mm spring and a quarter turn out on the low speed and 3 clicks on the rebound seemed to pick up everything nicely. Bottoming on the other hand wasn't to supply as it was with MX-Tech rear shock. Power was crisp and much like the '01. Tad more off the bottom, or just cleaner? Starting was as easy as the '01 but has the same annoying problem of being a bugger when stalled in just the right way, otherwise a 1~2 kick starter. The rear section is a bit skinnier fender doesn't protect as well as I rode in mud and rain yesterday. All in all not the quazar leap like from '00 to '01 but that makes the transition to new bike easier. Plastic still turns white:( Have to check if old sprockets fit the new hubs because stock gearing worked fine just swictched the rubberband they put on for a chain. Am going to thrash it some more tonight and will post further impressions later. Hope this helps. Oh yeah no hesitation off idle, but I am running VP C-12 and 158 main 1 3/4 out and the rest stock. And grease everything as Japan must have a shortage.
 
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Did MX Tech do those "less sticky" seals in yours? MX Tech really seems to know these components well from what I've read.

So far so good for the limited amount of time I've been on my WR, but the forks do seem a little sticky. They are new, but have heard it's something that doesn't really get much better. I love the shock though, just the way it is. Even better than the Ohlins on my husaberg and I loved that shock.