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Post  Darran on Wed May 09 2012, 22:55

Hi all. I've signed up this evening having done everything a little arse about face. Thundercat bought a couple of weeks ago, DAS course starts on Monday. Hope I pass! Getting itchy feet t get out and enjoy it, although hoping the weather clears up a bit first.

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Post  MrNutt on Wed May 09 2012, 23:16

Welcome Darren,

great choice of bike for you first one, good luck for you for your DAS.

oxford's not that far from me.

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Post  SteveCat on Wed May 09 2012, 23:19

Welcome Darran, good bike choice all the best with your DAS.
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Post  ellie on Wed May 09 2012, 23:22

Good Luck, its ace, you'll ❤ it!!
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Post  Darran on Wed May 09 2012, 23:29

Thanks all.
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Post  0ldcat on Thu May 10 2012, 00:10

Welcome Darran,

You're not the first to do it A about F Smile . . . Good luck with the DAS left thumb up
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Post  Rosco on Thu May 10 2012, 03:05

Hi Darran.

Great purchase.
I'm sure you'll love it ...... When you're allowed to ride her Wink

Good luck on the DAS.

Cheers
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Post  Snowcat on Thu May 10 2012, 07:53

I did A about F and never looked back, just puts pressure on you to pass as you've got a cat sat at home waiting for you to go out with her.

Welcome to the site and food luck with your DAS Smile
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Post  Stu on Thu May 10 2012, 20:41

Hello and welcome, should think having the bike is good motivation to pass Very Happy . Some nice roads out in the cotswolds.
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Post  Darran on Thu May 10 2012, 22:37

Thanks for all the best wishes. With any luck, I'll have my licence on the 25th, so pick the bike up on the 26th and spend the weekend getting used to it.

The Cotswolds certainly do hold some lovely routes. I'm only about 5 miles from the H Cafe on the A4074 so will have to pop in there soon.
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Post  Mapman on Tue May 15 2012, 23:58

Welcome to the forum mate. Good luck with the test and safe riding thereafter. all the best. Very Happy
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Post  Darran on Tue May 29 2012, 08:46

Huzzah! I passed on Friday. Straight from the test centre to the garage to pick up the bike. It's a bit quick!
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Post  MrNutt on Tue May 29 2012, 09:19

Big congrats on passing the test, enjoy the new bike but take it steady the cats a great bike but can bite!
You get to grips with her soon and be loving it Smile

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Post  Rosco on Tue May 29 2012, 09:22

Congratulations mate.

Yes she will be fast. Don't get carried away though.
Get all the low speed control sorted too as she will be quite different to the bike you learned on.

Take care and enjoy.
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Post  Darran on Tue May 29 2012, 09:27

Thanks for the congratulations. Taking it very steady fir now. Learning on an ER5 with 50bhp jumping to the 'Cat is proving quite a change, especially as it has brakes that work and feels much easier to tip into corners.

A 35 mile each way commute is hopefully going to build the experience pretty quickly.
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Post  SteveCat on Tue May 29 2012, 09:38

Congratulations, the commute will sure help your experience - enjoy.
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Post  Snowcat on Tue May 29 2012, 09:49

Well done on passing. Now learn to ride that cat, she will be forgiving (to a point) but don't out ride yourself, it will be lightening quick after what you learned on but getting the miles under your belt will give you the confidence.
As Rosco said work on the slow speed and the rest will follow with time Smile
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Post  MrNutt on Tue May 29 2012, 09:50

once you've got to grips with her, go find the magic that is 7000rpm plus, its like someones suck a fire cracker up its ass!
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Post  Snowcat on Tue May 29 2012, 09:55

@MrNutt wrote:once you've got to grips with her, go find the magic that is 7000rpm plus, its like someones suck a fire cracker up its ass!

Second that Smile
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Post  YZFJohn on Tue May 29 2012, 11:32

Third that
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theres another one a 10k that will see you fly pass the redline. girl_witch
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Post  Snowcat on Tue May 29 2012, 12:32

@YZFJohn wrote:Third that
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theres another one a 10k that will see you fly pass the redline. girl_witch
I've not tried that one (consciously) but I think I must've bee pretty close last weekend at BC, must investigate further Wink
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Post  ellie on Tue May 29 2012, 12:34

Congratulations!!


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Post  YZFJohn on Tue May 29 2012, 13:06

Watch out if you have laggage on the back with a bit of weight as the front wheel can lift of the road (not a wheelie) when gunning it in the first 3 gears, or maybe it's just because I am slim? rofl
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Post  Snowcat on Tue May 29 2012, 13:13

Are you referring to my leaning tower on Saturday John?
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Post  Dean-J on Tue May 29 2012, 13:16

Congrats Darran Smile

Great feeling getting out there for the first time properly eh!

Cat is a great bike, and as has been said it is forgiving - to a point!
Remember for corners its always better to go in slow and come out fast than to go in fast and not come out at all!

Sure you'll be fine mate, if a lunatic like me can survive on 2 wheels, im sure you'll do just fine!
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