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Post  Stonesie on Thu Aug 19 2010, 22:22

Hi there, I'm matt and very new to riding, currently pottering about on a CG125 on helL plates while training up for my DAS.

When I took the Honda for it's MOT I had a look round the bikes they had for sale and kept wandering back to the same machine, a nice looking yellow and silver machine with a cool sounding name and a riding position that just felt right for me, a Thundercat, so I thought I had better sign up here and find out more about them Very Happy

Gonna have to hurry up and get my mod 2 done so i can have a couple of test rides.
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Post  yamahamad on Thu Aug 19 2010, 22:32

Hi & welcome matt i too started on a cg 125 after doing the cbt while doing the direct access. Only had it 3 months but loved it as a first bike.
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Post  0ldcat on Thu Aug 19 2010, 22:37

Welcome Stonesie.

Good to hear you're eyeing up a "cat" , you could do a lot worse.

There's a wealth of info on the site about the :yzf: . Have a real good snoop around on here and get to know all about it and us.

If you have any specific questions about the thundercat though in the mean time , do post up, you'll get a friendly and informative answer.

Good luck with your further training and test to get on up the ladder to your first big bike great

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Post  SAFCDemon on Thu Aug 19 2010, 22:46

excellent choice, my cat was my first bike after i did the DAS last June
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Post  pipersam on Thu Aug 19 2010, 23:43

Hi Matt! Welcome! I hope you get on OK with your DAS. My girlfriend is in the same position, she's riding a cbf125 and has just booked her tests up. I'm sure my thundercat will be the first she will ride after passing. Don't know how I feel about that yet but we'll see... Laughing

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Post  Stonesie on Thu Aug 19 2010, 23:52

Thanks for the welcome Very Happy

The only thing that's grabbed my attention as a negative so far is the 2nd gear issue, but if it comes to it I am not one to be scared of a strip down job, I built my own engine for the car and a year on it hammered round Cadwell Park with no hiccups green smile

And the poor headlight....PAH!! try riding a CG at night in the rain, if I had to do it all the time I would get 200 mpg out of the thing, again the car (BMW E30) had headlamps like candles until I converted it to HID's so doing the same to a bike should be no problem, just a shame the CG uses such an oddball bulb, cant even get a Halogen for it Cool
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Post  SteveCat on Fri Aug 20 2010, 07:57

Hi and welcome.

I think the 2nd gear problem may not be as bad as is made out. I have have the occasional problem, bike has reasonably high miles and it doesn't bother me.

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Post  simmyoto on Fri Aug 20 2010, 08:02

Welcome to the site, you'll ney go wrong with a Thundercat for a fIrst big steed,

I started out on an old GPZ600 as my first bike back in the day (top gun lookeylike), managed to dislocate my shoulder when I dropped it on gravel a week after my test- well i didnt actually drop it i caught it on the way down- on reflection i wish i hadn't it would have been a lot less painfull! anyway- baack on topic- good luck with the test, enjoy the site and don't be afraid to ask any questions-


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Post  Ezzy's Mum! on Fri Aug 20 2010, 08:18

hi and welcome to the site
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Post  Toni on Fri Aug 20 2010, 09:10

Welcome aboard great
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Post  ellie on Fri Aug 20 2010, 15:53

Hi & Welcome to the site, excellent choice for a first bike..you'll not regret it!
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Post  andyb on Sat Aug 21 2010, 12:46

Welcome to the forum Very Happy
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Post  Stonesie on Sun Aug 22 2010, 17:10

Thanks for the welcome, just got in from a days training in Sheffield, they say 1 more day on the 125 (because everyone gets 3) then I will be on the 500's for 1 full day then the next morning, mod 1 that afternoon green smile

My instructor says he really rates the Thundercat as a good all-rounder great
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Post  JDM on Sun Aug 22 2010, 18:59

Welcome Stonesie, glad to here training going well, and sure you will enjoy getting on the 500, amazing feeling!

The thundercat is a great bike, altho i have not had anything to compare it to in all honesty as i done cbt&das traight away and jumped straight on this after passing last year, everyone i've met since has said there great bikes, and generally under-rated, which means they are normally available at very reasonable prices, which is always good news, second gear problem was banded about when i was looking but mostly by people who never had one but just heard about it, so wouldn't panic too much!!

Enjoy when you pass, all the best
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Post  greencat on Mon Aug 23 2010, 10:16

Welcome to the site!

I did my DAS course in Sheffield. Which school are you using? Nice to hear the 'cat's getting praised. I was recommended the Fazer, but I didn't take the advice!

Hope the training goes to plan and you get that licence. Very Happy

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Post  Stonesie on Mon Aug 23 2010, 21:35

I'm doing it a BikeSafe, at Owlerton Greyhound stadium great
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Post  Stonesie on Wed Sep 08 2010, 21:19

Hi all, I keep browsing this site and can't wait to get some test rides in, Bikesafe are stupidly busy but I have had a taste of power, 20 mins on a GS500 Twisted Evil

Sunday the 12th I am on the 500 all day, Monday I'm on it all morning then I ride it to the test centre for my MOD 1 green smile

The thundercat is defiantly on my 3 bike short list ('cat, SV650, Bandit 600) and a mate at work has promised me a go on his 600 ninja too...
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Post  0ldcat on Wed Sep 08 2010, 21:39

Hi Matt,

Great stuff, keep up the good work and good luck with your continued training and tests.

Any of those bikes would be a good starting point. Though it has to be said folks here abouts would favour the ' Cat ' Very Happy

If you want new though, have you also given a thought to the Kawasaki ER6f ?
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Post  MevsyD on Wed Sep 08 2010, 23:38

As Oldcat Tel said, they are all good bikes but one thing the 'cat does have is longevity. You won't get bored of it as it is a fantastic bike to do your first few thousand miles on whilst getting to grips with a decent sized bike and take it up past 8000rpm when you are used to it then it's as quick as you like! Not sure the ER6 or the SV or the Bandit will give you that...

Keep up the training though, safety always comes first.
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Post  Panzerbuilder on Thu Sep 09 2010, 18:52

Matt,

Dont underestimate the cat. I've come back to riding after a short 25 years. my last bike was a Yam RD 350 LC YPVS. Fast and sure but fortunately I, more by luck than judgement, got a cat. You'll not get a better all rounder. Sure footed and fast when you want it to be.

It always manages to put a Twisted Evil on my face when the grip is opened.

Good luck with the test and ride safe.
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Post  Stonesie on Thu Sep 09 2010, 20:44

Sure footed and fast when needed sounds like my car, It's no stranger to the odd track day mentalism but on the road, if I keep the revs down it is smooth, torque'y and relatively comfortable.

If the 'cat is like that then I think it could be the one for me.



I am already thinking of doing some kind of advanced training next year after being advised to have a few months out on a proper bike first, to settle into riding I guess :idea:
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Post  yamahamad on Thu Sep 09 2010, 23:25

The cat is exactly like that. Some advanced training is a good idea in my opinion.
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Post  greencat on Thu Sep 09 2010, 23:28

I can recommend an advanced instructor who's based in Gainsborough if you decide to do that advanced training - which I recommend you do do Smile

He got me through my IAM test!

Keep us up to date with your progress.

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Post  Stonesie on Tue Sep 14 2010, 22:36

Well I did my Mod 1 yesterday, in the rain, and got 2 minors because nerves got me but I passed so on to the Mod 2, booked for 01/10/10 green smile


The advanced training in Gainsbrough sounds good, thanks for the offer Greencat.

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Post  SteveCat on Tue Sep 14 2010, 22:50

well done, all the best for the next round!
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