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My first TCat

Post  CarboniTCAT on Tue Dec 22 2015, 19:49

Hi guys,my name is Roberto from London, just bought my T cat 1998 week ago,I'm very happy,nice to have found this forum to know more about my bike.
I'm having some difficulties on slow traffic speed,some said need to do slow traffic on 2nd gear but if I do so my Tcat requires 1st gear.Also witch is the best revs to change from 1st to 2nd gear..I'd just passed my DAS, tks.
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Re: My first TCat

Post  0ldcat on Tue Dec 22 2015, 20:15

Welcome to the forum Roberto welcom2ytc

City riding is an art form on any bike. And which gear you need to be in is a judgement call that comes with experience.
The same is true of when to, and how many revs to have happening shifting from first to second . . . It's going to be clunky most times anyhow.

Hope you enjoy the forum.

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Re: My first TCat

Post  CarboniTCAT on Tue Dec 22 2015, 21:01

Thanks mate...You said everything. ..need more experience. ..but I'm enjoying my old school bike as the forum. ..
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Re: My first TCat

Post  FatCat on Tue Dec 22 2015, 22:17

Welcome Roberto.

At very low speeds you'll probably need 1st gear. The Cat doesn't like it when the revs drop much below idle speed which is about 1200-1500 RPM.

Try using different gears and get a feel for how the bike 'feels'. When the revs drop too low the engine begins to struggle and if they drop any lower it may stall so that's your guideline. The mistake I made when I started was listening for an engine note like my car, which happened to be a diesel. So I tended to keep the revs too low. The Cat just isn't happy when the revs are too low. You can use 2nd but may have to give some more revs and feather the clutch. You'll tend to develop a feel for which approach suits which situation.

Have fun experimenting though and ride safe!
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Re: My first TCat

Post  CarboniTCAT on Tue Dec 22 2015, 23:06

Thanks alot mate...spot on ... it was all what I need to know.
You answer my all my questions with your post.
Thanks again for your time.

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Re: My first TCat

Post  SteveCat on Wed Dec 23 2015, 12:44

Hi Roberto, welcome. Think you have your answer, I found I was in first a lot of the time in London traffic. One thing you will notice is the temp can get high pretty quickly - not so much this time of year though.
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Re: My first TCat

Post  CarboniTCAT on Wed Dec 23 2015, 12:54

I notice 3 days ago,I was stuck for more than 5 min stand still on traffic light.
But once I moved it goes back to normal.
I mean normal is below 80 isn't???
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Re: My first TCat

Post  FatCat on Wed Dec 23 2015, 13:36

Depends on time of year, how you ride and how much airflow (not much when stopped in a hot summer). Smile

The fan on the radiator only comes on when it gets above about 100 degrees though so 80 is certainly nothing to worry about.
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Re: My first TCat

Post  weasley on Wed Dec 23 2015, 14:49

80 sounds about right. It'll climb over 100 quite quickly in traffic, especially in the summer and the fan cuts in around 105 which has caused a few panicked messages on here, but they all seem to do it.
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