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Post  Aper on Sat Apr 14 2012, 15:05

Hi

I'm Martin from Bournemouth and I just joined in
I'm looking for my first big bike and I really fancy the :yzf:
I'm 31 and spent my last 3 years on my YBR 125 which I've sold today
Now trying to track down a nice Tcat but everything that was close to me already is gone.
I would like to find out more about Tcats on this forum, because I've already seen everything what I could find on the net.
Hope to meet some friendly people and experienced Tcat owners for some hints and inside knowledge
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Post  past-it on Sat Apr 14 2012, 15:57

Welcome to the site, best of luck with the hunt, but Cats are selling well at the moment.

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Post  Snowcat on Sat Apr 14 2012, 16:23

Welcome and good luck with the search
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Post  Aper on Sat Apr 14 2012, 16:29

@past-it wrote:Welcome to the site, best of luck with the hunt, but Cats are selling well at the moment.
Tell me about it grumpy
Today two Tcuts that I wanted to view and buy where snatched from right under my nose wall
Tommorow I want to have a look at another one, but my GF is already complaining that I want to spend too much taz

Everything close to Dorset is usually overpriced and something that seems to be nice and good value is either in Scotland or already sold Steam Ears
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Post  Stu on Sat Apr 14 2012, 20:16

Welcome to the forum. Had my Thundercat a year now and think its a great bike and very good first big bike. Good look with the search.
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Post  TomCom on Sat Apr 14 2012, 22:21

another one i hope your bike is not yellow tongue (joke)
nice to see someone new up here
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Post  Goxethee on Sat Apr 14 2012, 22:55

Hi Martin - I definitely recommend a cat as a first big bike - I had to go to Preston to get mine :/ Well worth the trip & the money. Good luck!
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Post  billyw on Sun Apr 15 2012, 07:06

Hi Martin and welcome, good luck with your cat hunt - will be well worth the effort.

Cheers
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Post  0ldcat on Sun Apr 15 2012, 07:28

G'day Martin & Welcome to the forum.

Lots of luck with yer Cat hunt, as all the others have said the search and eventual purrrr-chace will be worth the effort.
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Post  SteveCat on Sun Apr 15 2012, 15:14

Hi Martin, welcome and all the best in finding the right 'Cat.
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Post  TomCom on Sun Apr 15 2012, 15:25

English - Hello Martin i hope you will like this forum, any question don't be afraid to ask, we are here to help
Polish - Witaj Marcin mam nadzieje ze polubisz te forum, jak masz pytania nie boj sie ich zadawac, jestesmy tu by ci pmoc
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Post  yamahamad on Sun Apr 15 2012, 17:32

Hi & welcome, as said good luck finding a cat.

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Post  Panzerbuilder on Sun Apr 15 2012, 17:55

Hi M.

Good luck in your hunt. There's a fair few on eBay at the moment. But you'll just have to travel. It will be worth it, honest. Thumb

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Post  mrfrance on Sun Apr 15 2012, 19:11

Hello and welcome!

I am quite local to you, usually venture down to Poole for the Tuesday bike night in the summer. Hope you find a cat, great bike (which is probably why they are so hard to get)

Cheers

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Post  Rosco on Sun Apr 15 2012, 21:52

Hi Martin

Welcome to the forum and good luck in the search.

Cheers
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Post  greencat on Sun Apr 15 2012, 22:00

@TomCom wrote:another one i hope your bike is not yellow tongue (joke)
nice to see someone new up here

Tom - he's from Bournemouth! (joke)

Hi Martin,

Sorry for hijacking the thread, but Tom likes to understand the subtleties of the English language.

Welcome to the site. Good luck with the search for the 'cat. If you have any questions about the bike someone here will have an answer for you - usually several. Keep us posted with details of you searching.

Cheers,
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Post  TomCom on Sun Apr 15 2012, 22:11

Greencat you have to know Martin is Polish tongue
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Post  Radar on Sun Apr 15 2012, 23:02

Welcome to the forum

Thundercat is an excellent choice.

They are basically very tough, I have had no trouble with mine in 20000 miles
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Post  Goxethee on Mon Apr 16 2012, 18:07

There's quite a few for sale on the MCN website, various colours, locations & prices Smile
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Post  Mapman on Mon Apr 16 2012, 21:03

Welcome to the forum and as has been said good luck with the search. If you have no joy finding one locally then you should consider getting one delivered, plenty companies offer this service these days for around £99 anywhere in the UK. Yes, it carries some risk buying a bike you haven't seen but you'll find someone on here local to any bike that would be more than happy to eyeball one for you and do all the usual checks, take more photos etc. Good luck mate.
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Post  TomCom on Mon Apr 16 2012, 21:08

As i know Aper just gat Suzuki Bandit Smile
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Post  Aper on Fri Apr 20 2012, 21:09

Hi

It's been a while but I got quite a hectic week.
Very busy at work and also 2 cars need to go for and MOT soon, so after finding what needs changing nearly got an heart attack when I got a total for the parts needed!
And still I will have to either fit them myself or pay somebody else to do it.
So be even more busy, tired and angry, or fork out even more money – where is the "win win" situation when you desperately need it? stars

As for bikes yes TomCom is right I've bought a 2001 Bandit 600S
Made my decision after ridding one Thundercat and I have to admit that I'm not quite ready for one yet.
A bit too sporty for me and too powerful + at low speed it was a bit difficult for me to manoeuvre. Embarassed

After testing the Cat I sat on the Bandit and it made much more sense for me.
Easy to ride and handle, easy to manoeuvre everywhere and not too fast, but still pretty fast.
I think that I will need much more riding experience and Bandit will be a safer bet for now and should allow me to learn quickly.
And after a year or two I'll be able to move on to a next steep - thundercat

As for my Bandit I'm very happy with the purchase Very Happy
It's in quite good condition and the only thing needs doing is to sort out the choke cable, because it got problems starting from cold. And it was also very cheap, a real steal from Ebay!
I haven't really ride it too much - only 70 miles to take it home after purchase, because the weather is crap, but more importantly I will need to finish my DAS first. Booked my exam for 30th April and hope this time I'm not going to forget to switch and indicator... wall

Ok few pics (if anybody is interested)

Fresh after purchase and before my "epic" and very, very cold 70 mile journey back home


Safely tucked in in the garage:


Few pics the next day:









Hope you not going to eat me alive for that Ban Men

P.S. BIG THANK YOU for 0ldcat, TomCom and Wooster for all your help!
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Post  0ldcat on Fri Apr 20 2012, 22:28

Nice looking wee purchase you got there mate wink thumb up

Good for you knowing your own limitations and going for the right bike for you.

Naughty boy for riding it home nonofinger . . . Unless of course you were on an extended lesson being followed and observed by your DAS instructor Wink

Once you've passed your test you'll be more than welcome to join as many of our rides & meets you feel you want to. You'll soon get all the experience you need to move on up to the next step in your biking career Thumb
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Post  mechy69 on Sat Apr 21 2012, 05:15

looks a really nice bike , and welcoe to the site. check out rides in your area and come up to ours sometime , good luck with the test

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Post  Aper on Sat Apr 21 2012, 18:58

@0ldcat wrote:Nice looking wee purchase you got there mate wink thumb up

Good for you knowing your own limitations and going for the right bike for you.

Naughty boy for riding it home nonofinger . . . Unless of course you were on an extended lesson being followed and observed by your DAS instructor Wink

Once you've passed your test you'll be more than welcome to join as many of our rides & meets you feel you want to. You'll soon get all the experience you need to move on up to the next step in your biking career Thumb
Thanks Oldcat and yes no point for me pretending to be a "hero" and buying something that I couldn't handle straight away.
I think that after a couple of weeks I would get used to the riding position and would feel more confident on the TCat, but I'm not regretting my decision and still consider Thundercat as my next bike in the future.
Of course my instructor was following me all the way back, but in a car because it was quite cold Wink
Shame he didn't had an examiner with him, because I think for all my efforts I should be awarded a Pass! great
Especially after last second 70mph swerve manoeuvre, when a car in a fast lane hit the remains of a lorry tyre after blow-out and send them spinning straight at me! affraid Close shave but ended up ok with just a set of new underwear required Embarassed
@mechy69 wrote:
looks a really nice bike , and welcoe to the site. check out rides in your area and come up to ours sometime , good luck with the test

Pete
Thanks and as soon as I pass my test and put few more miles under my belt I'll be happy to go for one of the rides.
P.S. Anybody know where's that lovely spring weather we had recently went to? confused
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