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I have one of those also, had to rehone the cylinders, put in new rings, has hydraulic lifters, interesting, now if only I can get the headlight to work again, otherwise another excellent Honda.
The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Re: I just bought a VT500 Ascot
« Last post by IndyRick on July 26, 2017, 12:30:29 PM »
That sounds like what happened when I bought my 1984 Honda CB700S Nighthawk. I happened to see it within minutes of it being posted on Craigslist. Even then I wasn't the first to call, but I was the first to show up at the seller's door.
Classified Ads / 1984 Ascot for sale in Concord NC 28027
« Last post by AstroWing on July 25, 2017, 07:58:43 AM »
I am the original owner. Always stored it inside cooled/heated garage. I am 64 now and need to downsize. This bike is not restored, it's a well cared for original. I don't know of any dents or damage, just a couple of small scratches on the tank happened while moving things around the garage one time. Every couple of years I would put in a new battery, clean the carbs and ride it a few miles. I haven't done that in about 4 years, so it's time to let it go to a good home.
Clean NC title. As I write this ad, I am at work so I can't look at the speedometer, but I am pretty sure the bike has less than 7000 total miles.
I'm asking $2,700 as is. (I'll be happy to install a new battery fresh gas and fire it up)

Call text or email Gary 704 906 9022. (I may not check this site regularly)
The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Re: I just bought a VT500 Ascot
« Last post by 9 of 9 on July 24, 2017, 06:46:23 PM »
A month ago I also picked up a cherry VT500FT for an even $1000. from the original owner's son-in-law with 3300 miles on it. If I had not caught it within a half hour of it being posted on Craigslist I would have missed it.  Yours is definitely going to be a deal you will not regret. I have a VF500F Miniceptor and a CX500C . The 500 cc class is a lot of fun.
The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / I just bought a VT500 Ascot
« Last post by IndyRick on July 20, 2017, 06:59:09 PM »
There were a few Ascots on the Indianapolis area Cragislist recently. A really nice black FT500 that was going for $2850. A red FT500 for $1200 that looked really good. Another red FT500 for $800 that was really rough. And a red VT500FT for $1075 that looked really good given the price. I called about the $1200 FT500 and the owner had already arranged for somebody to come look at it. So I called the owner of the VT500FT - long story short. I rode it home.

I owned an '82 FT500 when they first came out. It was my first street bike after a long run of enduros and motocross bikes. Owned it for a year, put a little over 14,000 miles on it and sold it to buy a 1983 Honda VF750F Interceptor. Needless to say, that was quite a change of pace.

Anyway - I don't recall if I'd ever seen the V twin Ascot. Now that I've had a chance to put some miles on it, I have to admit that it's a much better road bike than the thumper. The FT really had to work hard to maintain highway speed. The VT handles it without breaking a sweat.

I didn't bother to try to talk the guy down on the price, it seemed like a fair deal to me. It goes without saying that a grand don't buy perfection. My first impulse it to restore it since it doesn't need much, but I'm sure tempted to go a little custom. I'll probably just do some bolt-on mods and throw the stock parts in a box for the next owner.

The exhaust system is a bit cut up - the muffler and pre-chamber are missing. The right side control cluster is missing. The previous owner jury rigged a big ugly starter button and bypassed the kill switch. The thermostatic switch for the cooling fan is bad so there's a toggle switch for that. And the rear tire is really bald. Aside from that, it's really in pretty good shape.

I won the bid for a complete exhaust system on eBay. That should be here Monday. Picked a few miscellaneous used parts from a local used parts dealer.  Should have it up to snuff in a week.
Ah crap - mine actually has a kickstarter shaft installed.   I suspect the PO added one because the starter relay solenoid failed among other things.  I got the solenoid going but the starter sounds like a box of rocks.  Not sure what I'm going to do now.   Took the starter solenoid cover off to inspect the solenoid at the starter.  It looked new.  But the starter pinion gear doesn't look so hot, which is a shame as it looks brand new.  New replacements don't seem to be available, and the used ones are ridiculous.   The starter reduction gear looks good as does the gear on the fly wheel.   Hmmmm.    Until I get a game plan, I just roll it down the drive way to bump start it to save those gears until I figure out what I'm going to do.
The Thumper Years: Modified To Full Customs / FT500A engine mods.. ideas
« Last post by grcamna2 on July 16, 2017, 06:55:29 PM »
Does anyone know if it's possible to install a shorter stroke crank/rod from let's say a GB500 and an RFVC (cylinder/head) top-end from an XL600 to pump-up the engine in an FT500 Ascot single?  or does the engine on the FT500 let an XL600 RFVC top-end be installed w/o doing major mods to the cases ?
I am looking for an FT500 and like the bike very much and this is an idea I have that might have been tried before?   thanks  :)  Bill
I want to raise the cc's of the engine & let it still be reliable.
The Thumper Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Re: Alex's Aussie FT500
« Last post by grcamna2 on July 16, 2017, 02:47:23 PM »
Nice project FT  8) Keep 'er going !
Do you have a pic of it ?
The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Re: 1984 Ascot mild project
« Last post by murdo on July 15, 2017, 02:47:28 PM »
Very neat.
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