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Post  Pipes23 on Sun Mar 17 2013, 13:35

Here is a happy (!) BeardedThunder with his new bike. Maybe he is still scared from the test ride on the back with me! Shocked (30st being towed around in the rain was different to normal rides)

Mike, I hope you had a big smile by the time you got home.

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Post  BeardedThunder on Sun Mar 17 2013, 13:58

Excellent photo! Just about conveys the mixed emotions of happiness at getting a new bike and blind terror from a quick spin on the back with Rob! Nearly had me bouncing down the road with the demonstration of sexod gear, certainly shifts even two up with the 30st!

Long old day in the end but well worth it. The trip back to the M40 was most enjoyable, started to get a feel for the bike which is great! Much more confidence inspiring than my old ER-500 and when you open it up you just take off! I actually enjoyed being on a bike which was not how I used to feel.

The rain hit when I got onto the motorway and it was a long, wet, cold slog home but it did give me a chance to appreciate the fairing which seems to do a much better job than anything I've ridden before.

And yes, still had a big smile when I got home. Out for another quick spin this morning before rain stopped play again.

Big thanks to Rob and family for their hospitality yesterday!

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Post  YZFJohn on Sun Mar 17 2013, 14:20

Glad ur enjoying it, maybe see u on a rideout sometime?
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Post  Rosco on Sun Mar 17 2013, 14:58

Looking good BT.
Nice to see Rob (Pipes23) kept it good for you Smile

Hopefully see you on a rideout sometime.

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Post  BeardedThunder on Sun Mar 17 2013, 15:09

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Looking good BT.

Me or the bike?!

Would be great to get out for a ride, anyone on here from the south east?
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Post  0ldcat on Sun Mar 17 2013, 19:35

There are a few knocking about. Think the nearest may be Rampers in South Herts, or Stevecat near Croydon.
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Post  greencat on Sun Mar 17 2013, 21:44

Awwh, go smile! Very Happy You know you want to.

Great to hear of folks getting out and about. Good on you for taking the plunge and getting a few miles done. Things can only get better as the season moves on and you get more familiar with your stead.

Enjoy and join us on a rideout - one of those will make you smile green smile

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Post  Rampers on Sun Mar 17 2013, 22:03

I'm in potters bar j24 on the m25 if that helps buddy not to far from the Essex border
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Post  BeardedThunder on Sun Mar 17 2013, 22:17

Yeah you're not a million miles away Rampers, cheers.

Is the Taste of Lincolnshire thing happening this year, that's not too far from me and I have friends in Cambridge which is half way there. Had a look in the ToL forum but nothing in there at the mo...
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Post  Rampers on Sun Mar 17 2013, 22:30

ToL is usually around sept time but bishops castle is in June if your up for it
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Post  0ldcat on Mon Mar 18 2013, 09:35

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote: . . . Is the Taste of Lincolnshire thing happening this year, that's not too far from me . . . . . Had a look in the ToL forum but nothing in there at the mo...
Chris has yet to plan out this years ToL, he mentioned in another thread he's gonna get on it.

In the meantime have a look in the vault (forum archive) [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] at some of the previous years antics green smile

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Re: Proud new owner

Post  SteveCat on Mon Mar 18 2013, 13:01

Hi Mike, welcome3
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Re: Proud new owner

Post  BeardedThunder on Mon Mar 18 2013, 13:24

Cheers guys

Right, day 3 of T'Cat ownership and I have a problem! Took the seat off to get underneath, came off with no dramas. However, when I put it back on I clipped the back in first without the front of the seat clipping in place. Now I can't get the front down properly and the back won't come off again!

Anyone done anything this stupid before? Any suggestions?! I feel like a tit!
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Post  0ldcat on Mon Mar 18 2013, 13:47

Not quite the same issue, but you could try the method mentioned to get the seat off/open

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Post  BeardedThunder on Mon Mar 18 2013, 18:29

Thanks Oldcat, had a look at that. Didn't have the tools to take the lock barrel etc. off so decided to remove the tail fairing. Gave that a go, got one bolt off and got stumped. Checked the Haynes manual: step one, remove seat! Ahhhh! Steam Ears

However, when I tried the the key again and pulled the seat it just popped open, result! So, not sure how but problem solved.

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Post  0ldcat on Mon Mar 18 2013, 18:48

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote: So, not sure how but problem solved.

Sorted . . . Nice one Thumb

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Re: Proud new owner

Post  Panzerbuilder on Mon Mar 18 2013, 19:59

Hi and welcome BT.

Glad you got over the initial shock affraid and are getting used to the bike. wink thumb up

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Post  MevsyD on Mon Mar 18 2013, 20:07

Welcome... And finally someone who knows less about bikes than me!! (Well for about a month probably...)
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Post  Radar on Mon Mar 18 2013, 20:10

Welcome to the fold, hope to see you on a reideout at some point
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Re: Proud new owner

Post  Rosco on Tue Mar 19 2013, 01:27

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Welcome... And finally someone who knows less about bikes than me!! (Well for about a month probably...)

Wow....and you set the bar at limbo low Wink

Seriously though if you take you seat off again and look at the underside (front) you'll see how the front needs to slide on below the metal 'catch' that sits seat side of the fuel tank.

When removing the seat it often helps to push down on the seat (roughly where the pillion seat meets the front seat) when turning the seat lock key as it makes turning the key a lot easier.

These numpty points are sought after ... You'll need to try harder.

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Re: Proud new owner

Post  BeardedThunder on Tue Mar 19 2013, 16:16

Don't worry, anyone that knows me will tell you I don't need to try for numpty points, they find me easily enough!
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Post  alleycat on Wed Mar 20 2013, 20:26

Could have been worse ... you could have unlocked the seat with the key, removed the seat, placed previously mentioned keys in the little compartment under the seat ... fitted rear cowl and then fitted seat back on locking keys inside ... APPARENTLY that can happen Embarassed
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Post  Rosco on Thu Mar 21 2013, 00:12

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Could have been worse ... you could have unlocked the seat with the key, removed the seat, placed previously mentioned keys in the little compartment under the seat ... fitted rear cowl and then fitted seat back on locking keys inside ... APPARENTLY that can happen Embarassed

That's almost a self nomination......They should be worth double points Smile
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Re: Proud new owner

Post  Rampers on Thu Mar 21 2013, 11:58

Rosco sounds like it needs Seconding!!!! if so I SECOND that!!
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