Perhaps the most moving Thundercat tribute in the entire history of Practical Sportbikes
Firstly, please give my regards to your Art Editor, the Rt. Hon. D. Smith, Esq.
I also own a worthless Yamaha Thundercat of similar vintage and condition, and his recommendation a few issues ago of the Metzeler Roadtec 01 tyres was spot on, they are proving very reassuring and grippy even on leafy, greasy autumn roads.
I recently decided to give up the car, and to this end my trusty ‘cat has become the family vehicle of choice. Unfortunately my spaniel Jasper can’t reach the pillion pegs so I have built a tow hitch for the ‘cat, and trailer for
him to whizz about in. Please find attached photographs that will probably upset anyone with a sense of humour deficiency and/ or a proclivity for animal rights activism.
The suspension is pinched from an old Peugeot Speedfight and modified for his (significantly lighter) weight, and the frame is 50mm aluminium box. Flexible coupling duties are undertaken by the universal joint from an old Kubota PTO shaft, and the rest is composed of scrap materials that were kicking about at work, including but not limited to; an old pipe bender, a road sign, the frame from a late 90s arcade machine (Time Crisis II for those interested) and UPVC cladding. The windscreen used to
be the delivery chute from a claw machine. The only significant expenses incurred were for the suspension, the industrial storage box, a new numberplate and a set of lights to keep the DVLA happy.
Anybody reading this with growing horror shouldn’t be concerned for Jasper’s safety; he is insured and in the event of this contraption leading to his gruesome death, Petplan willl buy me a new dog.
Make sure you all keep up the good work, PS is a truly cracking mag!
Please don’t forward my details to the RSPCA. Tom Edwards (and the long suffering Jasper)
Damian‘s all set to make one of these for his pet terrapin, Terry