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Post  Tractorboy1978 on Tue Apr 25 2017, 17:45

Hi all,
One excited newbie member to the forum, Late 30's week or so away from my Mod 2 with a cat ready and waiting. (well sort of)
This Friday she goes in for an MOT after being of the road for 3 years.
1998 model picked her up for 650 and love her to bits, always had Yamaha's so it was a given really.
Used to own the RD LC's a 125 and a 350, she is cosmetically challenged but nothing a bit of TLC and spray paint won't sort.
Anyway nice to meet you all and I'm looking forward to the journey.
Regards Tractorboy1978

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Post  SteveCat on Tue Apr 25 2017, 18:34

Hi and welcome, all the best for your Mod 2 and the start of your fun with your 'Cat. Good price there.
Some of us here have had RD's in our past, mine though was a 50cc Wink my first Yamaha before defecting back to Suzuki for a few bikes and the Yamaha ever since.
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Post  The White One on Tue Apr 25 2017, 18:35

Welcome Inn tractorboy, hopefully you'll be able to meet up on the Oxford and Cotswold's ride out. Get some pictures up and show us your steed.

Recommended mods are braided lines, and think about doing the R6 rear shock mod, can't rave enough about it. Have a good check of your headers if they are standard and think about SS replacements if they are. The originals are made of chocolate.
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Post  Tractorboy1978 on Tue Apr 25 2017, 19:40

Hi Guy's cheers for the welcome.
Would love to post a pic of Cheetara but haven't worked out how to do that just yet lol.
I like the idea of a few mods somewhere in the future just need to get her through the MOT then start to build experience.
Initially I think my time will be best spent on the cosmetics as she needs a bit of a face lift and lick of paint.
I know it sounds pathetic but just in owe looking at her at the moment let alone sharing the road together.
Have a small issue at the moment with the indicators which after some research sounds like I need to get my hands on some diodes to resolve.
Joys of having a bike to tinker with Smile
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Post  The White One on Tue Apr 25 2017, 19:50

What's with the indis? Are they flashing at the same time both sides? Flashing too fast? Are they leds?
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Post  Tractorboy1978 on Tue Apr 25 2017, 20:04

They are led's all around, I noticed the green idiot light would only flash when indicating 1 particular direction (can't remember which direction) and when the bike is running the opposite side indicators would flash dimly.
I have taken the idiot bulb out for now and they now work correctly but not sure if this will be an MOT issue so have until Friday to resolve the issue.
When I was fiddling around with it anitially I tried a standard incandescent bulb in the dash and they would all stay on the bike was fitted with a green led light in the dash. All good fun!!!
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Post  The White One on Tue Apr 25 2017, 20:45

It's because of the power draw, with leds requiring less power to flash. This is what you need

https://matchlessclueless.com/product-info/installation-guides/led-indicator-diode-installation/

Did it myself and worked a dream. Even get instructions on how to wire in.
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Post  Tractorboy1978 on Tue Apr 25 2017, 20:50

Nice one thanks for the Link, I found this one yesterday and they are now on holiday until around the 4th of may. Might see if I can get hold of some bits from work or Maplins and try to hash something together in the mean time. Steering lock doesn't work would like to try and resolve this If possible. Laughing
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Post  yamahamad on Tue Apr 25 2017, 21:14

Hi & welcome to the site. Good luck with the tests, mot & licence.

Put some pics on as you bring the cat back to its former glory.

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Post  Tractorboy1978 on Tue Apr 25 2017, 21:37

Hi Paul,
Appreciate the best wishes and Luck, my fingers are crossed probably more so for the mot. Can't imagine not being able to use her now.
Will post some pics when on the lap top at some point.
She isn't her original colour but red with Malborough stickers love it Smile
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Post  Ondurin on Wed Apr 26 2017, 07:31

Hi and Welcome!

Another T'cat on the road Very Happy As said by The White One if possible to join the Cotswold ride out defo come along just send myself a message or check the form post

Best of luck with the mod 2 and mot as well!

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Post  Tractorboy1978 on Wed Apr 26 2017, 20:44

Hi Raymond,
Thanks for the well wishes, hopefully she will be on the road I can't wait. Already feel I have a bond with her after rounding off a fairing bolt!! All that time cleaning her up and she does that to me lol
Will look to do some meets etc in the future just need to build confidence and faith in the old girl.
Cheers Dan
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Post  Tractorboy1978 on Wed Apr 26 2017, 21:56



A couple of pictures, cosmetically challenged is probably the best way to put it but not bad for an old girl. Lol


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Post  Ondurin on Thu Apr 27 2017, 12:06

T'cats are very forgiving to ride, won't take you long to get a good bond on the roads.

Please change that silencer if it's an original(looks it from this angle), it will rust through rather badly although, looking at the condition of the swing arm and frame it might be fine as they are extremely clean and rust free! Smile

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Post  Tractorboy1978 on Thu Apr 27 2017, 19:28

Thanks for the advice, the headers are SS and the exhaust is a standard silver one in good condition but a bit of rust where it meets the main exhaust.
MOT tomorrow, nervous!! Smile
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Post  yamahamad on Thu Apr 27 2017, 21:21

Looks clean, let us know how the mot goes mate.

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Post  0ldcat on Fri Apr 28 2017, 11:58

Nice one, and welcome to the forum. Hope you have a grand stay with us, . . . and perhaps some time you'll get to one of the rides out green smile

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Post  Tractorboy1978 on Fri Apr 28 2017, 12:03

Hi Old Cat,
Thanks for the welcome, enjoying the forum so far. Full of experience and knowledge.
Love the idea of joining up for a ride in the future, all the best.
Dan Bike22
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Post  Tractorboy1978 on Fri Apr 28 2017, 17:00

MISSION RETURN THE CAT TO THE ROAD UPDATE:-
She passed the MOT 1St time, advisory with front tyre and slight misting on one of the forks.
Well pleased with that now a step closer just the mod 2 to go then I'm well away.
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Post  yamahamad on Fri Apr 28 2017, 21:28

Good news, now just the licence test mate & you are sorted.

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Post  Tractorboy1978 on Tue May 02 2017, 15:21

I've only gone and bloody done it 1St time, so happy now ready to go.
First job take the cat to the petrol station as she's as thirsty as he'll lol.
4 minors but I could care a less, come on one more Thundercat back on the road.
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Post  Wooster on Tue May 02 2017, 15:27

Congrats. Cool left thumb up
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Post  SteveCat on Tue May 02 2017, 16:14

You back yet from your longest ride back home possible from the petrol station? Wink

Congrats
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Post  Tractorboy1978 on Tue May 02 2017, 16:26

Haven't gone just yet but will do Lol started to rain!!
Can't wait to finally get her out and see what she can do.
Will keep you all posted. #knackered as it's been a long day.
Took all my tests in Ipswich but my driving school is in Colchester and I'm from Sudbury.
Thanks for the well wishes
Dan
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Post  yamahamad on Tue May 02 2017, 20:37

Well done, ride safe & enjoy

Paul
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