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Post  DaVy on Sun Feb 07 2010, 11:48

Morning folks, My name is Dave, i am 19 and been riding for 3 years.
I decided a few weeks ago i was going to sell my honda hornet and buy a thundercat. clink

I am now searching for a not to pricy Cat, seen a few advertised on dealer websites but there isnt many going private Crying or Very sad

Hopefully i can learn abit more about the pro's and con's of this bike and get one as soon as possible !


thanks folks green smile
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Post  0ldcat on Sun Feb 07 2010, 11:55

Welcome dave to the thundercat site.

I'm sure you'll get loadsa tips here abouts on the "cat". Anything specific you wanna know just post up your questions and someone will answer great eventually Laughing

Good luck with your searches for your new bike green smile
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Post  weasley on Sun Feb 07 2010, 13:18

Presumably you'll be after a 33 bhp version? Ellie always did a great job keeping up on hers!
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Post  DaVy on Sun Feb 07 2010, 13:46

@weasley wrote:Presumably you'll be after a 33 bhp version? Ellie always did a great job keeping up on hers!

Hey, nah i wont be restricted for very much longer, the kit on my hornet didnt stay on for very long so if i do buy from a dealer it will be removed.

Seen this
http://www.adml.co.uk/cgi-bin/details.pl?v_vin=A4TV00000052457JY

i dont no the value of the cat's so not sure if its over priced or not Suspect
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Post  Toni on Sun Feb 07 2010, 14:45

Welcome aboard, Dave Very Happy

You will see that there are a lot of pro's and only a few con's Wink

Great decision great
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Post  0ldcat on Sun Feb 07 2010, 14:47

Hey DaVy,

Smart looking cat that is (and in the best colours IMHO).

Normally Parkers used bike price guide is a good place to look for valuations. However the service seems to be down at the moment. LINK . I've put the link up in the hope that the service will be restored soon.

In my honest and humble opinion that looks to be a tad on the pricey side for a 2001 Y reg though , no matter how tidy.
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Post  yamahamad on Sun Feb 07 2010, 16:19

I agree that looks a bit pricey with the miles that are on her not that it is too many just too much for that money.Does look nice though. And welcome.Paul.
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Post  DaVy on Sun Feb 07 2010, 16:56

yea thats what i was thinking, i recon anywere from 1400 > 2300 is a decent price for a cat?

Some of the con's i have herd about are blowing pipes and the exup valve going wrong. I have a good local mechanic so repairs and what not tend to be a fair price, but naturally i dont want to buy one with a big problem and end up spending hundreds fixing it Neutral

here is a picture of my current bike
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Post  0ldcat on Sun Feb 07 2010, 17:42

The "Cat" doesn't have an Exup valve, that's the Thunderace great
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Post  Ezzy's Mum! on Sun Feb 07 2010, 19:08

Welcome to the site Dave

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Post  ellie on Sun Feb 07 2010, 19:32

Welcome........Personally, having only been passed my test 18 months, theres no better first bike, restricted or not.


Good Luck in finding one, rode passed one for sale in a bike shop in Lincoln yesterday, but a tad far for you to travel me thinks!!!!

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Post  bigcarl on Sun Feb 07 2010, 19:33

Welcome to the site mate, you should keep your restrictor kit in until you are old enough to ride. The thundercat will surprise the hell out of you. Plus you don’t need the points when you get pulled over.
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Post  DaVy on Sun Feb 07 2010, 20:03

My first big bike was a zx6-r, then the current is a hornet i did however have a zx9r for 3 weeks, powerful bike Very Happy

I will do what i need to do end of the day clink

Looks like i might have found one in edinburgh, thanks to my old neigbour ( also has a cat )

so the hunt is looking good so far Smile

thanks for the intro folks!
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Post  Rosco on Sun Feb 07 2010, 20:17

Hi Davy.

Hope you manage to get one. It is a great bike.

They say 2nd gear is a weakness and can pop out.
I think the way to test it (no doubt will be clarified shortly is to put it in 2nd and go right through the rev range. You'll need a private road for this Wink

Downpipes do corrode and can be notorious to remove.

Brakes are great if kept clean but they are a pain to clean.

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Post  DaVy on Sun Feb 07 2010, 20:25

i herd that on yamaha owners club, something to do with a exup valve, but if it doesnt have one it cant be! maybe something similar?

Yea my mate has his own motorcycle workshop so he will come with me to check it out. Thanks for the advice on brakes Very Happy taking the calipers of and cleaning the pistons etc every 2/3 thousand miles is something i am more than happy to do, brakes can be important rofl2 .
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Post  Guest on Sun Feb 07 2010, 22:35

@DaVy wrote:

i dont no the value of the cat's so not sure if its over priced or not Suspect
Hi Welcome . yes that is far too expensive , I bought my Cat in Dec 09 , I paid £2795 , it had 12500miles on the clock and is in mint condition , It's a 2003 model . Have a look at Auto trader -the bike section and you'll get an Idea of what people/dealers are asking for .
Good luck , I'll have a look to see if anything stands out.
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Post  Radar on Mon Feb 08 2010, 00:29

I have had mine 10 years and had no trouble with it at all. Great bike, good choice. Enjoy green smile
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Post  SteveCat on Mon Feb 08 2010, 11:05

Hi DaVy, welcome - I'd have thought £1400-£1700 for a private sale, dealers will naturally be more.

@DaVy wrote:i herd that on yamaha owners club, something to do with a exup valve, but if it doesnt have one it cant be! maybe something similar?

Some Yams have 'em thundercat isn't one of them. My pipes are original and the bikes' 13 years old



There are two light hearted threads about what we feel are the Thundercat's best and worst attributes - might be worth a read
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Post  DaVy on Mon Feb 08 2010, 11:24

my old neigbour is brining his mates Cat round later this week. Its a P reg in red and white color scheme. I does look nice and clean, so hopefully i go ahead with buying that! clink
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Post  DaVy on Mon Feb 08 2010, 11:46

here is a picture of the above bike
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Post  yamahamad on Mon Feb 08 2010, 12:55

Looks very nice.
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Post  ellie on Mon Feb 08 2010, 13:52

Good Luck! At least you have the whole summer in front of you.
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Post  DaVy on Mon Feb 08 2010, 14:57

yep to right!

Turns out the bike only has 12k on the clocks and had a full service at a dealership in august. Looks like i am onto a winner deal
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Post  Rosco on Tue Feb 09 2010, 01:23

Hi Davy

Hope the new bike works out for you.

Furraboots r ye?
I'm in sunny shotts but my cat is still tucked up in bed for at least another month. It is purely for pleasure for me.

If you haven't already spotted them we organise a wee mac (one day rideout) in April and big mac (a two day rideout) in August.

More than welcome to come along.

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