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Post  RedArmy67 on Wed Sep 15 2010, 08:50

I've decided to bite the bullet (in more ways than one) and join the world of the Thundercat Very Happy I'm new to biking (again) having not ridden one since the early 80's - yes, i'm on old so and so. I'm currently working towards my full licence on the direct access scheme and will be doing my Module 1 when I get back from my hols in a couple of weeks and hopefully Mod 2 soon after that.
After much soul searching - and the advice of several mates - I've bought a 'cat too - a 97 with 20k on the clock in silver/yellow. It's sound and is currently having stainless downpipes fitted due to a little hole on the original pipes (which apparently is a common problem I'm told). It was also modified with some aftermarket stuff but I'm replacing these items with originals (can, lowering suspension, screen, too much carbon etc). It rides well and SWMBO can't wait to get on it also so it's a win win I reckon?
I'm hoping the experience and knowledge of the members on here will get me through the next few months and beyond - I'm looking forward to some interesting debates too.
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Post  SteveCat on Wed Sep 15 2010, 10:02

Hi Mark and welcome. Think you have made a good choice there. My previous bike was early 80's technology, been a bit of change in time. Don't expect self canceling indicators though, but handling and power are vastly superior.
There are a number of 'mature' riders here, so you are in good company.

Debates, um interesting, plenty of banter. Good that your other half wants to get on the bike. All the best with your Mod 1 and 2.
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Post  yamahamad on Wed Sep 15 2010, 13:00

Hi & welcome mark great choice of bike, any queries or problems are usually resolved quickly with the wealth of knowledge between the members here. Good luck with the tests & have a nice holiday. Paul.
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Post  Toni on Wed Sep 15 2010, 18:50

Welcome aboard Very Happy
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Post  Ezzy's Mum! on Wed Sep 15 2010, 21:00

Welcome in

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Post  andyb on Wed Sep 15 2010, 21:08

Enjoy the forum and enjoy the cat great
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Post  Panzerbuilder on Wed Sep 15 2010, 21:24

Hi Mark and welcome. The cat is a lovely piece of kit and take it from me you'll notice the difference from the 80's bikes. I did. At least I'd passed my test so could just jump back on. great
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Post  taximan on Wed Sep 15 2010, 22:24

Being new myself, welcome. Best of luck with the tests. You wont regret buying a CAT.

As the others have said, you wont believe the difference over the 80's kit

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Re: Hello there!

Post  Rosco on Wed Sep 15 2010, 22:28

Hi Mark

Welcome on board.

Enjoy the hol and hope the test(s) go well for you.
Great to have SWMBO onboard although nice to have some private time too Wink

Original bits for cat are sound.....except suspension (never seems to last), headlight (poor spread)

Worthwhile add on are R&G's (saved my bike twice), aftermarket suspension (esp if your's is original and wallowing).
Also consider mirror extenders if you want to see more than your elbows.

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Post  ellie on Thu Sep 16 2010, 07:31

Welcome aboard chap, best of luck with the DAS. If i can do it, anyone can!!



Great to have SWMBO onboard although nice to have some private time too Wink




Unless 'SWMBO' passes her test and gets her own bike Ross, then you get no private time
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Post  RedArmy67 on Thu Sep 16 2010, 08:10

Thanks for the welcome guys (and gals Very Happy ) - it certainly feels friendly on here! SWMBO has been peering over my shoulder like a preying mantis passing comment on the posts and I'm still intact so all's sweet.

Ayup Rosco, interesting comments re suspension and bits; my mate (bike instructor/Traffic Cop etc) who's instructing me has ridden my cat and mentioned the poor view afforded by the mirrors and suggested extenders. He reckons the suspension's sound but the bike does need a new front disc (warped slightly) so they'll be changed as a pair. It also had carbon effect R&G's when I bought it (result) but hopefully I'll avoid testing them!

Would anyone have comment to make on which front discs and extenders to get? It seems there's loads to choose on't interweb thingy (should I post this on another section?)

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Post  Ezzy's Mum! on Thu Sep 16 2010, 08:14

RedArmy67 wrote:

Would anyone have comment to make on which front discs and extenders to get? It seems there's loads to choose on't interweb thingy (should I post this on another section?)

Mark

You could put it in the pit stop section - i'm afraid i just have a very good mechanic so i can't help you - i just turn up and say i think Ezzy's poorly and they take it from there!!

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Post  SteveCat on Thu Sep 16 2010, 09:08

RedArmy67 wrote:
Would anyone have comment to make on which front discs and extenders to get? It seems there's loads to choose on't interweb thingy (should I post this on another section?)

Mark,

Click here to see the mirror extender discussion.. The ones I have might be considered a bit pricey but they work.
I'd have the discs checked to see if they are a potential MOT fail; they float, so some movement is not an issue.

If you take a look in the Pit Stop and Hints and Tips sections there are various topics which may be of help/interest. Also look out for the , FAQ PDF booklet there is a mine of information in there.
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