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Post  lyttleton on Wed Aug 19 2015, 18:30

Evening Folks,

So I bought my first 'big bike' in May and I couldn't be happier. Its a 2002 all red TCat with only 1 previous owner and 3k miles! Not a mark on it and I could even do my hair in the exhaust headers if I needed too! I've attempted to attach a picture but I've no idea if it has attached correctly..! Link - http://i18.servimg.com/u/f18/19/30/03/74/fb_img12.jpg

One minor issue I have - When the Cat is idling and twist the throttle quickly it almost sounds like something has flooded and it doesn't rev, if you twist it slowly or even relatively quickly its generally OK, it's only if you twist it quickly - Any ideas?

Secondly, I'm heading over to France in a few weeks with the other half. I have ordered some Oxford panniers (soft) but are there any other tips/tricks you think I should be aware of?

I'll be taking a tent, 2 x sleeping bags and all the other junk. If needs be I could perhaps look at B&B instead of the tent and sleeping bags if space wont permit.

Nice to meet you all..

Lyttleton.



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Re: Joined the 'Cat club...

Post  yamahamad on Wed Aug 19 2015, 20:07

Hey & welcome to the site. Very nice clean cat, recently there have been a few new members with red cats joining.

Throttle response problem is probably a build up of deposits from old fuel in the carbs. Try redex, forte or similar fuel additives to see if it helps.

Also how long since it was serviced. Plugs, fuel filter & oil may need changing if not done for a long time.

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Post  lyttleton on Wed Aug 19 2015, 20:26

Cheers Paul.

It went through its mot in May a week or so before I bought it and it had its fuel and oil filter changed then. An oil change too obviously.

A few people have mentioned the carbs or plugs. I'll be honest I've not used a fuel additive in the past. Does that just help flush things out slightly? I dont really know if I'm honest.

Cheers.

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Re: Joined the 'Cat club...

Post  Rosco on Wed Aug 19 2015, 20:28

Hi Lyttleton

Welcome aboard.
Lovely looking bike you have there.

I'm not sure about your throttle issues ...... hopefully some experts will be along shortly.

Hope the France trip goes well.

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Post  0ldcat on Wed Aug 19 2015, 21:39

Hi Lyttleton & Welcome to the forum left thumb up Hope you have a great trip to France great

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Post  SteveCat on Wed Aug 19 2015, 23:10

Hi and welcome, a real tidy 'Cat you have left thumb up

Low mileage does indicate it has been standing a long time and has been mentioned the carbs have suffered. An additive can help clear some of the crud, doesn't sound like you have too serious a problem with them though. If it starts and idles OK, then you should be fine. A carb balance might also help.


The 'Cat is a fantastic touring bike. However two up with soft panniers and the camping gear may be pushing it. You'll probably be needing a tank bag too. I've tended to find France to be somewhat expensive accommodation wise. Will be there at the end of the month and have plumbed for a mobile home type place in a camp site. Cheap as chips, not expecting too much from it, but do have the luxury of a Givi and semi hard panniers, not to mention my pillion Embarassed
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Post  Jkillroe on Fri Aug 21 2015, 19:59

Welcome to the club
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Post  Jayr89 on Tue Aug 25 2015, 19:02

Hi everyone, I'm new to this. I have recently bout a 96 cat and it has developed a ticking noise and when rev'd the ticking increases, not sure what it is. Can any1 help me on this matter as my mechanic is on holiday til Monday. Please and thank you
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Post  The White One on Tue Aug 25 2015, 19:13

Valve clearences. How many miles andwhen we're clearences last checked?
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Post  Jayr89 on Tue Aug 25 2015, 19:15

There's 46k on it , I'm not sure when they were last checked.
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Post  The White One on Tue Aug 25 2015, 19:35

Valve clearences then
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Post  Jayr89 on Tue Aug 25 2015, 19:38

thanks , have you any idea how much I'm looking at to fix it ? (Roughly)
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Post  Wooster on Tue Aug 25 2015, 19:40

Hi Lyttleton, I like those gold wheels with the red...unusual. Cool

re: Tour

Do you have a couple of Dry Bags?
They're cheap and fold into almost nothing when empty, so give you some extra storage that can be bungee'd on if you need it.
i.e. http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/vango-dry-bag-set-p292883
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Post  The White One on Tue Aug 25 2015, 20:24

Garage charge about 300
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Post  MrNutt on Wed Aug 26 2015, 15:36

Hi and Welcome to the site!

Lovely looking Cat, like the red and gold.

Re the carbs, a service on the carbs should help, my cat can sit for a while at times and can be like yours can have the same throttle response, I find some gentle riding to get it up to temp then a bit of a straight line thrash seems to work as well..... slighty caveman I admit but it's good fun

Dave
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Post  Wooster on Wed Aug 26 2015, 17:36

^ AKA: An Italian tune-up. Very Happy Very Happy
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Post  Jayr89 on Thu Aug 27 2015, 18:10

Thanks white one , my cats headin to the garage on Monday
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Post  The White One on Thu Aug 27 2015, 20:11

Did you double check your headers as the other guys said? They tend to rot at the bottom where the two sets join together. Water tends to settle there.
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