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Post  john chandler on Sun Sep 01 2013, 12:41

Hi all,

Just a quick hello.

I'm now the proud owner of the 03 Thundarcat Julie from Chesterfield was selling.

it is brilliant condition as you'd expect from an 03 with just 1320 miles on her. The first job is to strip the carbs and clean as I recon the pilot jets are blocked with being sat for so long. I've just done the same with a fazer and she now runs a treat.

I'm not new to biking having raced sidecars for years with mainly yams in including tz350, thundercat, carbed and injected r6. I only recently passed my test and I've just sold the sidecar for a bit of a lay off and bought various road bikes and an SV650 to race.

the thundercat should be a great bike for me for a long time to come.

hope to meet some of you at some point.

cheers

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Re: Hi all from new thundercat owner

Post  prime on Sun Sep 01 2013, 13:16

brilliant mate, glad its gone to a good home. shame she had to sell, but at least you appreciate it. hope to see you on one of the rides out.
stick your location on the http://www.yamaha-thundercats.org/f40-members-location-map its good to see where your local members are for ride outs and stuff.
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Post  0ldcat on Sun Sep 01 2013, 13:39

& John,

Hope you like what you see here on the forums. Sociable bunch we are, so maybe see you out there sometime.

I'm sure someone will be along shortly to answer your question in the workshops fairly soon left thumb up 

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Post  Tee-Forty on Sun Sep 01 2013, 23:35

Hello, John.

welcome1 to the forum.


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Re: Hi all from new thundercat owner

Post  Rosco on Sun Sep 01 2013, 23:47

Hi & Welcome.

Wow that must a record low # of miles on a Thundercat. Average of about 130 a year.
Is it a record worth having though???

Trust you'll be wanting to add a few.

Enjoy

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Post  Snowcat on Mon Sep 02 2013, 00:40

Hi John and welcome to the forum. Bit if a rare find you got on your hands there, I'm sure you'll enjoy her.

Cheers

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Post  ellie on Mon Sep 02 2013, 06:42

Amazingly low mileage!

Have fun & welcome to the forum


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Post  SteveCat on Mon Sep 02 2013, 09:17

Hi, welcome.
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Re: Hi all from new thundercat owner

Post  john chandler on Mon Sep 02 2013, 09:30

thank you all for your welcome.Cool 

She really is a smart example.
I'm off up the west coast of Scotland on her this weekend so will probably double the miles on the clock.
I've done the carbs and she runs a treat now. the only thing left to do is decide whether to swap the tyres. they are the original tyres and like new but the rubber is rock hard? Any thoughts?

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Re: Hi all from new thundercat owner

Post  Rosco on Mon Sep 02 2013, 09:35

Michelin PilotRoad 3's for me Smile
Weirdest looking tyre in the world and not the cheapest but worth the dough IMHO.

john chandler wrote:
I'm off up the west coast of Scotland on her this weekend so will probably double the miles on the clock.
A great choice.
Have you been before?
How far North are you going?
Applecross & Torridon (up into the hills) are well worth a visit if the weather is nice and you are travelling that far.

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Post  0ldcat on Mon Sep 02 2013, 09:45

Oooh . . . you've gone and done it now pmsl The tyre debate rofl 

If it were me ? I would be inclined to change the tyres purely for my own peace of mind. But it's your personal choice wink thumb up 

Favourites seem to be :

Pilot Road 3's
Maxxis Roadsmart
I like the Avon Storm 2's

But it's horses for courses Don\'t Know  green smile 

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Re: Hi all from new thundercat owner

Post  billyw on Mon Sep 02 2013, 11:24

Hi John and welcome - awesome find you've picked up there. Enjoy your trip up here and it would be new tyres for me (can't join in the debate of which ones though).

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Re: Hi all from new thundercat owner

Post  john chandler on Mon Sep 02 2013, 19:10

thanks for all your thoughts re the tyres. i'm thinking I need to change them, just to be safe.
rosco, I think we are going to Aviemore but not sure. I'm just going to tack on the back and follow.lol.
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Post  spike84 on Mon Sep 02 2013, 20:57

Welcome mate.
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Re: Hi all from new thundercat owner

Post  john chandler on Tue Sep 10 2013, 16:46

right, I am now officially in love with my thundercat.

I got back last night from a 1000 mile trip up the west coast of Scotland and I loved every minute of it. Apart from Scotland being an amazing place to go for a ride the bike was brilliant.

I took all the advise and fitted a pair of road pilot 2's. These give a massive amount of grip and are great in the wet also.

I also, used a projection components jack up kit as the bike had been lowered. this was easy to fit and the handling was spot on.

the only other couple of changes I'm going to make are a loader end can for fun and drop a tooth on the front sprocket as a bit more acceleration would be more use over the high top speed that can't be used.

Can't see why anyone would want anything other than a thundercat Cool Very Happy Laughing 

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Re: Hi all from new thundercat owner

Post  greencat on Tue Sep 10 2013, 19:20

An epiphany!

I do like a good epiphany green smile 

Welcome to the forum John. Post up some pics of your Scotland trip, we'd love to see them.
Enjoy the bike and ride safely.

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Re: Hi all from new thundercat owner

Post  Rosco on Wed Sep 11 2013, 00:48

john chandler wrote:

Can't see why anyone would want anything other than a thundercat Cool Very Happy Laughing 

john
My sentiments exactly. Glad you enjoyed it John.
I was in Oban at the weekend on a boys weekend away mountain biking, golf, fishing and a wee tour of the distillery complete with a few measures of whisky Smile

Did you manage to avoid the torrential rain?

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