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98 YZ400F- good trail bike?

Found a 98 YZ400F for sale, $2200, sat for a year while his leg healed, he bought it from his cousin, never raced but ridden on track alot. He says its in really good shape. What do you think? Seems like a great deal to me. Questions: how do the YZ400F's start? Do you gotta weigh 350# to kick it over? How is the low end for woods riding? How about gearing, will it chug through the trails and still fly 80 mph or is it like most mxer's, about 60 mph tops? Now a really stupid question: would I like it better than my XR250? Thanks in advance. Ed.

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Re: 98 YZ400F- good trail bike?

Hey Ed, starting is easy once you know the drill. There's something called the "BK Mod" that you can do to make it start easier too. A flywheel weight, gearing change, and soften the suspension will make it more trail friendly.
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Re: 98 YZ400F- good trail bike?

Yes you will like it more than a XR250 AFTER you've done ALL the stuff that Chuby said to do.... but it really is a diffrent type of bike.

In stock form they rev to fast, so a flywheel makes it a way better woods bike

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Hmmmm........BK Mod.......Big Kick? Bad Kick? Ba$tard Kick? Anyway, thanks for the input. Another guy is looking at it tonight......If he doesn't take it I get to look at it tomorrow night, but I bet it will be sold. I really want a YZ250F, but I'm going to limit my $ to around $2000 so may have to ride the XR for 2-3 more years. And I would prefer the WR over the YZ for my riding style. I like my XR but when I ride at the track with my son I find the XR suspension really..........lacking. See ya. Ed.

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yea, xr suspension suckz nutz...it's good for what they made it for...the woods, but you can't get 4 feet in the air w/o it bottoming...


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Hey Josh, The XR250 susp is quite a lot better than the XR200 suspension, but it don't compare with an mx'er. I can clear 60' table tops no problem-------not.

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BK Mod? I don't know, still trying to find that one out myself.

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Re: 98 YZ400F- good trail bike?

its easy starting i mean, ohhhh but dont do like me, I used to have this big thing about stalling my 125 over table tops with steep lip or kicker lip, I would then just peg it and as soon as the rear touched ground it wo9uld fire up and not miss beat. I did the same thing when I rode a yz426 stalled over table top and landed with the throttle peged and just about went over the bars, it did start though

Ive also been on the yz250fs and and they seem to be more my style, there run like 125, you gota ring the crap out of them.

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Re: 98 YZ400F- good trail bike?

yea, i know the xr250 suspension is better, but it's still an xr, it's still an enduro bike, ya know?


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