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Post  Aper on Sat Apr 14 2012, 15:05

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Hi

I'm Martin from Bournemouth and I just joined in
I'm looking for my first big bike and I really fancy the :yzf:
I'm 31 and spent my last 3 years on my YBR 125 which I've sold today
Now trying to track down a nice Tcat but everything that was close to me already is gone.
I would like to find out more about Tcats on this forum, because I've already seen everything what I could find on the net.
Hope to meet some friendly people and experienced Tcat owners for some hints and inside knowledge
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Post  Aper on Sat Apr 21 2012, 18:58

@0ldcat wrote:Nice looking wee purchase you got there mate wink thumb up

Good for you knowing your own limitations and going for the right bike for you.

Naughty boy for riding it home nonofinger . . . Unless of course you were on an extended lesson being followed and observed by your DAS instructor Wink

Once you've passed your test you'll be more than welcome to join as many of our rides & meets you feel you want to. You'll soon get all the experience you need to move on up to the next step in your biking career Thumb
Thanks Oldcat and yes no point for me pretending to be a "hero" and buying something that I couldn't handle straight away.
I think that after a couple of weeks I would get used to the riding position and would feel more confident on the TCat, but I'm not regretting my decision and still consider Thundercat as my next bike in the future.
Of course my instructor was following me all the way back, but in a car because it was quite cold Wink
Shame he didn't had an examiner with him, because I think for all my efforts I should be awarded a Pass! great
Especially after last second 70mph swerve manoeuvre, when a car in a fast lane hit the remains of a lorry tyre after blow-out and send them spinning straight at me! affraid Close shave but ended up ok with just a set of new underwear required Embarassed
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looks a really nice bike , and welcoe to the site. check out rides in your area and come up to ours sometime , good luck with the test

Pete
Thanks and as soon as I pass my test and put few more miles under my belt I'll be happy to go for one of the rides.
P.S. Anybody know where's that lovely spring weather we had recently went to? confused

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Post  greencat on Sat Apr 21 2012, 21:06

Congratulations on picking up your bike. The pics are great and the bike looks a nice tidy example.

Good luck with the test. Let us know how you get on and I hope you can make one of the ride-outs this year.

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Post  Goxethee on Sun Apr 22 2012, 04:55

Looks lovely! I considered one of those but they don't make them in 'Yamaha' so...
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Post  TomCom on Sun Apr 22 2012, 21:41

Bike Look nice and clean tongue
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Post  Aper on Mon Apr 30 2012, 20:04

I would just like to say that I passed my test today...



:whoop:


Tomorrow I should have my insurance sorted - transferring from old bike to the new one and then I will start enjoying my Bandit! Wink
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Post  Panzerbuilder on Mon Apr 30 2012, 20:46

Good news. Ride careful.
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Post  SteveCat on Mon Apr 30 2012, 20:50

Fantastic, enjoy and take it easy.
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Post  greencat on Mon Apr 30 2012, 20:52

Congratulations! Very Happy

It's the best feeling in the world. pinkelly

Take it easy on the new bike and let us know what you think of it and how you get on.

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Post  Snowcat on Mon Apr 30 2012, 22:25

Well done, enjoy Smile
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Post  Rosco on Tue May 01 2012, 10:04

Result.....nice bike.

Enjoy.
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Post  Roll The Bones on Wed May 02 2012, 17:47

Nice bike, like the colour you'll enjoy it more when it stops raining rofl .

At work there's been a near identical Bandit (02 plate) sitting outside, uncovered for 18 months.
It's a bloody shame, usually happens when the Airman go back to the States but apparently he's still here. grumpy
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Post  Aper on Sun May 06 2012, 00:14

Managed to have one day of fun on the bike on Tuesday for 5 hours.
The weather was lovely and I took it to New Forest - what a great day.

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Then took it again for a short ride on Wednesday after work - just a quick ride to Hein Gericke for a Disc Lock and on Friday I rode it to work and back.
It is very nice to ride and easy for me to handle with enough power + there is still some in reserve! Wink
I will have to buy a bigger screen because right now all the air is directed straight at my helmet and doing 70 at motorway is not very pleasant grumpy
Also not quite sure about tyres - they look good but are quite old now (8 -9 years?) - managed to spin the rear wheel a little accelerating on 3rd gear on a wet stretch of road, and later on got scared when the front slipped a bit on a faster corner in a slightly wet road and then nearly lost the back again on the very slow corner in the dry. Shocked
It is also hesitating a little bit for the first 10 minutes when cold, but fine after that and my choke seems to work sometimes better and sometimes worse, but I booked it with my local mechanic to have a look on Tuesday morning and he will tell me what needs doing, adjusting etc.

So far I'm very pleased with the bike and have to sort out the tyres and my lack of confidence to ride in the wet - those two might be closely related! Laughing
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Post  TomCom on Sun May 06 2012, 17:58

i hope you will have fun. its good bike to learn to drive 600cc
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