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Post  jimcross6 on Mon Jul 12 2010, 15:36

Hi all,

Yes, another new member with first bike!

After two years scootering, got my test out of the way and was recommended to go for a Thundercat as my first bike. Picked up my silver/yellow on Friday and was absolutley scared to death just driving the thing away (scared more of dropping it on the first corner rather than the bike it's self!).

Spent a good few hours just getting to grips with low speed riding/starts/turning on Saturday, and finally braved it on a national speed road Sunday. Still felt a little pensive but after a couple of hours - whoa! Finally see what the fuss is about!

I don't think I'll ever be the bravest or fastest rider around, but I can't wait for the confidence to ride the bike in the way it was made to be riden.

Any tips on riding, especially cornering, would be most welcome as it's quite a difference to the ER5 which I trained on some months ago.

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Post  Ezzy's Mum! on Mon Jul 12 2010, 17:45

Hi
Welcome to the forum and congrats on passing your test and a great choice of bike - i'm just down the A16 from you. Did you do your test with Camriders at p'boro by any chance?

Maybe see you round

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Post  Wild-Kat-Wolf on Mon Jul 12 2010, 17:48

Hello and welcome to the merry band great

Wonderful choice of bike, you should have plenty fun.... like you say, all you need to do now is get out there and start enjoying it all.... perhaps you might join us on one of the rideouts, have a look in the 'Something for the Weekend' section.... all welcome, newbies and oldies (agewise... like me!)..... plenty folk to meet and good company to be had.

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Post  jimcross6 on Mon Jul 12 2010, 18:48

Hi,

Thanks for the reply. Did my test through CSM in Fengate. Unfortunately took 2 attempts at mod 1 (silly mistake!) but passed mod 2 first time. Overall an enjoyable experience.
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Post  Panzerbuilder on Mon Jul 12 2010, 20:25

Just get out on the bike and build up the miles and the confidence. I came back to two wheels after 20 odd years and my first ride after picking up the bike was a little jittery to say the least. I've now done around 1900 miles and I feel great on the bike.

I just need to get the wife on it more so we both can enjoy it!
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Post  yamahamad on Mon Jul 12 2010, 22:04

Hi & welcome. Riding ability in general will improve with miles & hours of riding covered so just enjoy getting to know the bike & ride safe. Paul.
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Post  greencat on Mon Jul 12 2010, 22:42

Hello and welcome to the site.
Great to see another member join who's within striking distance of Lincolnshire - we really ought to have a local get together sometime. :whoop:

Congratulations on bagging a 'cat. I'm sure you'll get to know and love her/him/it soon. Take it easy, ride within your comfort zone and get some miles under your belt. It'll soon all start to make sense. If we can help answer any questions then please post up. It's probably been answered before, but there's usually some new pithy insight to be shared since last time. ponder

Post up some pics if you can and join us on a ride out. The Taste of Lincolnshire is at the beginning of September. Very Happy

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Post  andyb on Tue Jul 13 2010, 06:39

Hi ya and welcome to the forum clink
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Post  Toni on Thu Jul 15 2010, 20:26

Welome aboard Very Happy
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Post  SteveCat on Thu Jul 15 2010, 21:54

Hi and welcome.

Can try a bikesafe day
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Post  clarky042 on Fri Jul 16 2010, 22:21

Hi mate

I too learnt on an ER5, I had never had a bike before and got the (Silver and yellow) Cat as my first. I was also quite tentative, jittery and nervous when I started out but I have been using it daily to ride to work and for fun whatever the weather. Ive only been riding now for 2 months but notched up 2500 miles so far.

Whats amazed me the most is that in that short space of time my confidence has shot up ten fold without me actually trying, simply through using it, and as others have said take it at your own pace and it WILL start to come naturally.

I've had a few hairy moments in that time and I've yet to thrash it cos i'm not a loon, but i seem to have found my mojo and riding it no longer feels like a chore (except when i'm tired on my way home from work at 7 am!) I enjoy every minute but I went to Wales last week and had my first ever "Oh my god, This is truly fantastic" feeling , and it was like the world made sense and I'd found what had been missing! (Sorry for the deep and meaningful thoughts guys!)

My grandad taught me one simple rule way back yonder and that was "Look after a machine and it will look after you in return" Up until recently I never really knew what he meant, but now I know EXACTLY what he was on about !

Respect it and it will reward you.

Ok that's enough from me I found my fingers tapping away there and realised I was rabbiting on, great choice of bike, well done.

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Post  Rosco on Fri Jul 23 2010, 03:06

Hi JimCross6

Welcome aboard......glad you're enjoying the fuss!

Corners........??
practice, practice, practice.
Get advice and follow / be followed by experienced riders.
Search on youtube, consider a bikesafe course, consider advanced training.
Don't get over-confident.

Better to have scrubbed off too much speed and then accelerate through the corner & exit than going in too hot and having to fight with the corner rather than enjoy it.

HTH

Cheers
Rosco

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