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Post  talbotsh on Sun May 09 2010, 17:15

I've bought a thundercat but at 5ft 6ins it's too big. I've already had the suspension linkages altered. Any ideas?
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Post  Panzerbuilder on Sun May 09 2010, 19:00

Try contacting Ezzy's mum. She (Suzie) has had her cat lowered and i'm sure she'll be the best to advise you on what was done to the bike. Shorter links and lowered the front forks as well.

You may be able to get some more by cutting away / lowering the seat.

Let us know how you get on.

Cheers.
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Post  andyb on Sun May 09 2010, 19:27

Sleep in a grow bag maybe?????? pmsl

I'm sure you could probably lower it some more ponder

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Post  ellie on Sun May 09 2010, 19:53

Welcome...I dont have a problem with being short, but I know someone who does fnarfnar ...... Robertcains has a gel seat, (and hes 5ft 6 too) but he rides mine with no issue.

There are a few members at 5ft 6 and below and really dont have an issue riding their bikes. I suppose the shorter you are, the lower your centre of balance and it would make it easier to drop etc.

Robertcains (Nick) had the same issues when he first had his 'cat, but as his confidence built, the less it was an issue, and Im sure others will tell you the same.

But on the other hand, it may make you more aero-dynamic on the bike!!

Enjoy the ride, and be safe.
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Post  Ezzy's Mum! on Sun May 09 2010, 20:16

Hi ,

When you say you've had the linkages altered - not being technically minded - take it you've had a lowering kit? I'm 5'3 with a 29" inside leg and i had mine lowered as far as i could - it wasn't a question of lack of confidence it was fine whilst i was riding it but i found it a job to haul around sat on it and adverse camber was an issue so i decided to have it lowered. Not quite sure i understand the easier to drop line through being short - the only time i dropped mine was when it was on full lock and i grabbed the front brake but having had a bit of training in leaving the front brake well alone it cured the problem (touch wood Smile ).

I got the lowering kit and had it done properly and it lowered the bike by just over 2 inches, in fact i had it lowered as far as it would go and she's definately a baby now and i can now get both feet just about flat on the floor so i can only assume that you haven't had it lowered far enough. Did you get it done at a garage? Like i say, i only got mine done because i found it awkward to paddle around i had to get off everytime or be pulled around - it made no difference to my confidence in riding the bike unless you take into account the fact i now know i can put my feet flat whatever the camber.

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Post  ellie on Sun May 09 2010, 21:46

Like I said, being tall and with a 32'' inside leg naughty I handle my bike easily and dont need any lowering etc, so If i do ever drop mine its coz Im a wally Laughing

But Im told good things come in small packages and its not size that matters :lol3:
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Post  Guest on Sun May 09 2010, 22:51

Hi there, you are 5ft6" ? You lucky thing ! I'm 5'3 with an inside leg of minimum 29inch -probably . But can I ask you a couple of questions? Is it your first bike ? What inside leg are you ? How long have you had your bike ? I only ask because when I first got the Cat (my first big bike)I did find it a bit on the heavy side - but now I find it's actually fine . At best when I'm stationary on the bike I have just a little bit more than tip toes on the ground .When I fist got it I dropped it twice whilst stationary - but now I'm just a bit more aware of uneven surface and make sure I stop on the flatter bit of the road ahead. A lot of it is gaining experience and confidence and developing your own techniques to overcome any disadvatages of short legs etc, which will happen over time . I do know what you mean by it's a big bike - there seems to be a lot of it ! But it's a brilliant bike and once you get to know the bike you'll love it .Hope that helps .
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Post  Ezzy's Mum! on Mon May 10 2010, 07:45

I usually find its a bloke with a small part that says size doesn't matter pmsl (and let me tell you boys - don't believe it it's lies as far as that goes)
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Post  robertcains on Mon May 10 2010, 20:15

Hi Talbotsh,

Keep racking up the miles as its without doubt all about confidence green smile I remember when I first got my GPZ500 & thought it was huge then the 'cat was another step again Shocked Ive had mine three years now & without doubt being short makes things a tad more difficult but I dont even think about it now so enjoy clink
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Post  ballio on Fri Jun 18 2010, 13:40

what would you thundercat veterans say is a good inside leg measurement to deal with a NON lowered Cat?

i often ride a er6-n and that is fine but i know that they are i think about 15mm lower than a cat.

where is the limit of leg length before it would be practical and more safe to lower?


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Post  JDM on Fri Jun 18 2010, 16:24

Im not a massive amount of help on this subject as i'm 6'2 with inside leg @ 34 " so never had same issues but 'my little friend' (nickname - sawn off) is about 5'6 and has been for a pootle on mine and said he felt fine with it, very similiar to his CBR600F he said felt little bigger but again he found the more he rode the less of an issue it became when he started, suppose it's like lots of things, mental issues often overwhelm, but hope you get sorted and enjoy the 'cat as much as possible!!
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Post  Ezzy's Mum! on Fri Jun 18 2010, 19:02

don't think it matters so long as the person riding it is happy they can be in control - lets face it it makes no difference the height when you are going along its when you stop - but what do i know anyway Cool
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Post  Guest on Fri Jun 18 2010, 22:52

Like Suzie mentioned , when you are on the move height isn't an issue , it's when you stop that being short can be a problem- from not being able to stable the bike because you don't have much in the way of feet on the ground ! I'm 5"3 29in inside leg and when I'm on the Cat I'm on tip toes . I haven't had my bike lowererd but I have adopted certain stopping techniques , and am Just that extra bit careful when I stop .
Also JDM mentioned confidence , which is a big factor and this only comes with a lot of riding and getting to know your bike. Anyway good luck Very Happy
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Post  Ezzy's Mum! on Sat Jun 19 2010, 20:59

espaceman3 wrote:I'm 5"3 29in inside leg Very Happy
ooh snap does that mean i can get a go on the max at TOL pmsl
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Post  Guest on Sat Jun 19 2010, 23:01

@Ezzy's Mum! wrote:
espaceman3 wrote:I'm 5"3 29in inside leg Very Happy
ooh snap does that mean i can get a go on the max at TOL pmsl

Of course you can !
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Post  Ezzy's Mum! on Sun Jun 20 2010, 09:34

ooh great - i'll have a photo of me on a bigger cruiser than a draaaaaaaaaagstar for me fb page Smile i'll start sewing studs on my waistcoat in preparation green smile
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Post  Guest on Sun Jun 20 2010, 19:01

@Ezzy's Mum! wrote:ooh great - i'll have a photo of me on a bigger cruiser than a draaaaaaaaaagstar for me fb page Smile i'll start sewing studs on my waistcoat in preparation green smile

Go on - you know you want to get intouch with your "DARK SIDE" Mwaaaaahhaaaaaa salute
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Post  ballio on Fri Oct 08 2010, 12:03

something to add that i couldnt do a few months ago.

i have had my cat and first big bike for a few months now and i havnt dropped it or anything. I use it everyday in traffic, motorways, everything and now it starting to feel pretty small and comfortable. This is also happening when manouvering whilst off the bike.

I have just got to grips with the bikes weight and balance so if your a bit small dont worry.

im 5ft 9 and its all gravy now. just persist and use regularly and you shouldnt have any problems.

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Post  Radar on Sun Oct 10 2010, 20:42

@talbotsh wrote:I've bought a thundercat but at 5ft 6ins it's too big. I've already had the suspension linkages altered. Any ideas?

Put on weight...it worked for me!! I am shorter than Robertcains (incredible but true) and ride my Thiundercat (and Fazer thousand) without any real problems
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Post  ellie on Mon Oct 11 2010, 07:02

I am shorter than Robertcains (incredible but true)



......and Im reminded daily that its about 'quality' not 'quantity'.........
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