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The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Re: A new Ascoteer
« Last post by Bucko on November 13, 2017, 07:26:45 PM »
I've heard other riders say that about the rear brakes before.

I use both together or independently as required for whatever situation.

Grew up on a dirt/desert bike long before I ever road a street bike.

J.

Me too.  I find the older I Get the more rear brake I use.  A reflection of significantly less aggressive riding I think.
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The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Re: A new Ascoteer
« Last post by Wes Kootenay on November 07, 2017, 07:38:55 PM »
Thanks triguy.
I'm guessing you mean HEL Performance? I have contacted them in Calgary as I don't see the VT500FT listed on their site.
I will do a fork re-build, they need new seals anyway + 'inquiring minds need to know'. I'm hoping the springs have been upgraded, not just a 'sticker' job. I haven't had a chance to ride the bike much but the forks seem OK - just leaky!

Bought a new chainsaw today + busy rebuilding a neighbor's snow-blower. Bring on Spring!!
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The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Re: A new Ascoteer
« Last post by triguyracer on November 07, 2017, 07:53:13 AM »
Though I ride a FT ascot  Go for the stainless brake lines they make a great improvement in braking and brake feel they are not expensive I got some a while back for 36 dollars for the front line out of England with free shipping and they are good quality Heil lines probley a bit more now since its been a couple of years since I did mine  and new brake pads they are dirt cheap,also myself putting some race tech fork springs did wonders for the suspension on my bike and I did away with the junk air suspension ,dont know if the VT uses air forks but in 50 years of riding and racing I have not found any air forks that work worth a damn,hopfully the previous owner put springs in your bike and not just a sticker.Good luck on your project
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The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Re: A new Ascoteer
« Last post by J6G1Z on November 06, 2017, 06:25:19 PM »
I've heard other riders say that about the rear brakes before.

I use both together or independently as required for whatever situation.

Grew up on a dirt/desert bike long before I ever road a street bike.

J.
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The Thumper Years: Modified To Full Customs / Re: Dutch FT project
« Last post by J6G1Z on November 06, 2017, 06:20:49 PM »
I was fixated on the size of the headlight & the spotless "Shop".

Didn't even notice the bars were missing.  :-[

J.
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The Thumper Years: Modified To Full Customs / Re: Dutch FT project
« Last post by kansloos161 on November 06, 2017, 12:38:13 PM »
Hahaha yep.
Have to make due with the room that I have.

Bike looks a lot better with handlebars mounted.


Funny how much difference that makes.
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The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Re: A new Ascoteer
« Last post by Wes Kootenay on November 06, 2017, 07:23:15 AM »
Might consider replacing the brake hoses with braided stainless steel lines.

J.

Good point - it's on the list, the hoses appear to be originals.
I don't want to open a 'can of worms' but, after over fifty years of riding, I find that I rarely use the rear brake.

Thanks.

Al
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The Thumper Years: Modified To Full Customs / Re: Dutch FT project
« Last post by J6G1Z on November 06, 2017, 06:46:15 AM »
That is a nice looking "Shop" you have there!


J.
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The Thumper Years: Modified To Full Customs / Re: Dutch FT project
« Last post by kansloos161 on November 06, 2017, 04:31:17 AM »
I did a mock-up before and due to the shorter front forks but longer rear shocks it works out. (as you can see later in this post)
Because it is build-up time!

Although I live on the 3rd floor I've started to assemble the bike (in my livingroom). This helps me to determine what I still need to do/order.

steering stem with new dust seals (already had the tapered bearings):

Complete tripple tree assembled including my new dashboard

Rear swing arm mounted.

Engine in.

Mock-up without wheels

And this is how she sits in the living room now.



It looks far more complete than it actually is.
I still need to do the complete wiring loom and make all the spacers for the front brakes and rear wheel.
Most of the stuff that I assembled now probably has to come of the bike a couple of times but I'm very pleased with the (intermediate) result
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The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Re: A new Ascoteer
« Last post by J6G1Z on November 05, 2017, 12:32:31 PM »
Might consider replacing the brake hoses with braided stainless steel lines.

J.
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