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1998 Yamaha Thundercat

Published: 05 August 2002

I’ve been riding bikes since I was 16 and have had a Yamaha DT50, Yamaha RXS100, Honda Superdream 250 and 400, Honda CBX550F2, Suzuki GSX400F but who the hell cares?...Now I have a Thundercat!

She is an untamed beast who needs to be controlled but won’t let go of that wild streak, I got her last month and just loved the way she looked, a ‘98 babe with a 2002 paint job in glorious blue.

I had searched the Country for a bike that I had longed for and on the last straight there she was, waiting for me just around the corner, two days later and she wore my name on that V5.

The test drive went well but short, frankly I didn’t care she just had to be mine, the contours of her body caressing mine as I took the Ss on the road back home, the glint on the exhaust in the perfect sunshine, the twist of the throttle and wow… I’m in love.

Reality check, bikes back home, I take her down some of my favourite roads and she’s not happy, she’s not happy I’m not happy she’s bouncing she’s swinging, diving and that front tyres seen better days…she needs some tlc and she won’t let up till she gets some.

No manual – problem, I scoured the internet for suspension settings and was losing patience fast but then like the light from the sun in a storm – MCN Thundercats and later MSN Thundercats where the cream of society enjoy moments of glory and mishap and where help was a-plenty.

One e-mail later and I had somewhere to start from, I teased my pride and joy with a screw driver here and a c-spanner there and brought her back to her former glory with the factory settings, this made her sit up and say hello….a Happy Kitten, but a notch up here and a tweak back there and the kitten had matured into a big cat….with bite.

She doesn’t sit on the road she caresses the road making it feel like a part of her, working in unison opposed to fighting. Gone are the dives, swings and bouncing of her former self, she is settled and ready to pounce, the grin factor is immense.

Brakes too are superb, I say stop, she stops and growls at the road ahead ready to take it on once more. Fazers look out, this baby is coming through, R6 beware I’m right behind you and I’m not going away.

Thundercat….the legend!

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