426 to 250 2-stroke?

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Iv'e been riding a 00 426 for about 10 months now and like the bike and characteristics, until I drop it or get into tight situations. I ride mostly mx with a little off road. I am 5'10" 155lbs. Almost 100 lbs lighter than the bike. I like the way the power comes on but at times, the 426 carries enough momentum as if to feel like it's got a mind of it's own. I am looking hard at the new CR 250 because of the 215lb weight. Comments appreciated.
 
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I have ridden a yz250 and cr250 after almost a year on my 426..it's hard to go from all of that torque and off idle response to something w/o. I am so used to rolling on the throttle that the 2strokes feel funny..stab the clutch and away you go. The weight isn't a deal for me once you are rolling. I feel I use more energy to ride the 2strokes. Just my .02 Good luck w/ your choice. Jason
 
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Jimmyz, I also ride 00 426 YZF for about a year now, and it is one of the best 4stroke I've ever ridden. I do mostly trails, hare-scramble, and some MX. I do feel the weight of the 426 in tight stuff and I hate it when I stalled in the race! 2 months ago, I got 01 250YZ (2 stroke), the bike is really light comparing to the 426. I discovered advantage and disadvantage on both bikes right away. You get lots more tractions in dry and loose condition on 4-stroke, but I can't wait til winter and spring on 2 stroke. Good luck on your choice.:)
 

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the only time i feel the 426 weight is when i dump it. i had an 83 kdx 200, i loved the weight, heck...don't tell, but i still like 2 strokes, but i like thumpers better, btw, i'd been riding trails thinkning i was really pouring it on it 1st gear, las night i started riding the same trails in 2d, thinking "i'm gonna bog this thing, i'm not building any power" wrong! i can't believe how strong this bike'll pull from really low rpms. i love that type of power.:D
 

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Ride a KTM380 2-stroke before you decide. They're light, have the 2-stroke hit, and a very torqey bottom end.
 
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The 380 is the true heir to the throne left vacant by the CR5. The 426 motor just pales in comparison (I have ridden both). However, the arm-separating power will tire you out quicker than any other modern bike(I have to confess my experience is limited, in addition to the 380 (-01 and -02 I have only ridden my YZ250, a -00 'berg 501 and the 426 (and of course the 5, but I don't consider them modern))).

Truly one to impress onlookers with.
 
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How does the KTM380 compare to the Honda CR500? I have both a 2001 CR500 and a 2000 YZ426 and have been curious how the 380 compares to these.
 

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I've never ridden a CR500 or a YZ426, although, given the opportunity I'd love to, so I can't give any comparisons.
I did have the opportunity to ride with a friend that had one of the first YZ400s', and his 400 and my 360 were very close acceleration wise. He's way out of my league in ability however, as he used to run the So. Cal. circuit as a 250 pro MXer.
I believe, from what I've heard, that the CR500 should have a much more violent hit than the KTM, and there-in lies the KTMs' advantage-a more usable power-band, just like the 4-strokes. This is not to bash CR500s'-that was actually my first choice when I picked up my KTM. It's strictly a matter of rider preference. That's why I made the statement, "ride the KTM380, then decide."
 
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I never got the chance to ride the 5 and the 380 back-to-back, since there was a gap between having them in the garage. I've only been riding for a bit over two years, so my riding skills improved quite a bit between the two bikes (I ride a lot (2-4 times a week)).

The 380 has suspension and geometry that are from another planet compared to the CR5, and the new 48mm fork is a vast improvement over the 43.

On the 5 I almost never got to WFO. On the 380 I can now do it whenever. It's not quite the missile the 500 is, but the motor is more rideable. You don't feel like a passenger as often. The vibration is tons less than the 5, no numb fingers.
 

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Don't tell BlueThunder this, but I actually prefer the four-stroke to the two. I am a complete fan of CR's, but a healthy four will let you ride sooo much more effortlessly.

When I ride his 426, then jump back on my CR I always notice how much more clutching/braking that goes on w/ the two-stroke. I prefer the CR handling and feel plus it is damn fast.

If it were me (this is what I'm going to do), I would save up for the CR450F. It is much lighter, and is supposedly a cross between the brute 426 and more mannerly 520, but with less engine breaking than either one.

BTW, I'm keeping my CR (it's just to cool of a bike) but I think the amount of pre-mix used out of my garage is gonna go down dramatcally.
 
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I just purchased the 02 CR 250. I have been riding the 426 (00,01) for a couple of years now. I decided I wanted to check out what a 216lb bike was like. It is LIGHT, so light that I have not figured out how to ride the bike like I can the 426. I have decided to put the 426 in thae garage until I can get used to the 250. The suspension (stock) on the 250 is a dream. I can SLAM the bike into the turns, but can't seem to get it on the pipe like it needs to be.
Thus my problem, not riding a 2 smoke in 2 years. If the 4 stroke were as good as the 2 stroe ALL the guys in the SX/MX world would be on one.
Someday we will all have to be on one, but this year I'll be on the new CR 250 on the track, and am considering the 259F for the woods.
Regards

PS, can you say feather light clutch pullllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!:cool:
 
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Thanks for the replies. The KTM380 is not a consideration since I am a 250 rider. I have been looking hard at the CR250 and YZ250. It has been over a year since I rode a 2-stroke and the idea of giving up the off idle roll on torque and going to the stay on the pipe with one finger on the clutch seems like a step backward? I am focusing on the wieght differences. I have this idea that a bike wieghing 32lbs less than what I am used to would be more to my liking?
 
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IBWFO- what are you finding? Is the transition worth it? Do you miss your 426? How about maintenence differences aside of pre-mix? Does the CR behave as smoothly as the 426 does in rough terrain? How about jumping comparisons? Thanks for any feedback.
 

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I was thinking about getting a 02 250, after riding a 00 426 this year. Wonder if I would lose any speed going back to the 250(for MX)? The new CR and YZ both look very good- I bet it will be more difficult going back to the 2 stroke than it was going to the 4stroke.
 
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Seth,
It's killin' me! I am still not up to speed yet (2 weeks on the 02 CR)
I have committed to it though.
Bike is awesome, but 2 years on the 426 didn't help.
Regards