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Post  Guest on Tue Dec 10 2013, 22:33

hi all.

i bought my first bike last month, a 99 thundercat, 14000 on the clock and excellent condition.

i passed my mod2 today and this is the first proper shot i've had on it, and my neck is really feeling the effects!

are bar risers an option? has anyone used them?

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i love the bike and i will suffer the pain if i have to, i'm keeping her forever Smile
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Post  bobh on Tue Dec 10 2013, 22:42

Give it a while and you'll probably get used to it.

It's a question of making sure you're relaxed, particularly your arms, by balancing with the balls of your feet on the pegs so as to support more of your upper body weight with your legs.  Periodically check to make sure your arms are bent and "floppy".  Otherwise your neck and shoulders tense up and soon feel painful.

Oh, and going a bit faster lets the wind take some of the pressure off your arms, too.   Billy Whizz
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Post  Guest on Tue Dec 10 2013, 22:49

@bobh wrote:Give it a while and you'll probably get used to it.

It's a question of making sure you're relaxed, particularly your arms, by balancing with the balls of your feet on the pegs so as to support more of your upper body weight with your legs.  Periodically check to make sure your arms are bent and "floppy".  Otherwise your neck and shoulders tense up and soon feel painful.

Oh, and going a bit faster lets the wind take some of the pressure off your arms, too.   Billy Whizz

you could be right, i just went straight to the Cat, with no scooter or 125 for learning on.
so maybe i just need to get used to the weigh of the helmet.

i may invest in a DB screen...
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Post  thunderstu600 on Tue Dec 10 2013, 23:34

Just like Bobh said, try and keep yourself relaxed, arms bent, lean forward and use your core muscles and legs for support. Get yourself used to the bike for a few miles and enjoy.

'Cats are great bikes for touring or even thrashing around on so don't rush into any expensive parts just yet. You will defo get used to it.
If found it really strange going from the cat to an r6, neck and wrist breaking is an understatement but ive taken it easy and gotten used to it by being more relaxed. Even with this coldish front coming in now im still happy happy happy. Very Happy 

Congrates on passing your test too. Ride safe

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Post  Guest on Tue Dec 10 2013, 23:46

Cheers stu  wink thumb up
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Post  Rosco on Wed Dec 11 2013, 00:07

Hi & welcome to the clan Chundertat.

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Probably just need to relax....Bob's advice is spot on just don't go daft going faster through.
Take it nice and smooth and relaxed especially since our roads are getting greasier this time of year.
Have a good search around (try the advanced search....and click the (search google) rather than search button as it is MUCH more comprehensive.)

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Post  ellie on Wed Dec 11 2013, 02:52

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Post  0ldcat on Wed Dec 11 2013, 19:25

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Congrats on the pass  left thumb up 

As for the bar risers, as has been said, give it some time and see if you become accustomed to the seating and ride position.

If you're still interested in the risers, have a search in the workshop area. There's a thread on them in there . . . . somewhere  Igor 

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Post  Guest on Wed Dec 11 2013, 22:22

cheers everyone  Very Happy 

i'm in the central area Rosco. not too far from yourself.

thank you 0ldcat, i was out today for a run around and i'm not as sore, so fingers crossed.

i've got a pair of gsxr mirrors in the shed and they will be going on the cat tomorrow, i think the longer stems will suit me better.
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Post  Rosco on Wed Dec 11 2013, 23:43

Cool - the standard mirrors are just for show I think since all you can see in them are your elbows.

I'd definitely invest in some acf50 if you are out on them salty roads.

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Post  fr3tless on Fri Dec 13 2013, 19:58

ChunderTat wrote:hi all.

i bought my first bike last month, a 99 thundercat, 14000 on the clock and excellent condition.

i passed my mod2 today and this is the first proper shot i've had on it, and my neck is really feeling the effects!

are bar risers an option? has anyone used them?

p.s
i love the bike and i will suffer the pain if i have to, i'm keeping her forever Smile

I had the same issue when I moved from my CB500, after a couple of hundred miles you should be fine Smile The Double Bubble on mine seems to help a lot aswell  left thumb up 
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Post  randomeclipse on Sat Dec 21 2013, 21:13

Welcome to the forum Smile
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Post  Guest on Sat Dec 21 2013, 22:32

i'm finding it a lot better now, so i won't be getting the bar risers.

the gixxer mirrors make visibility a lot better.

my next mod is a double bubble screen, and i'm waiting on some frame sliders arriving.

happy days! Smile
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