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It's not leaking any oil or coolant. It might have a micro leak of gas around the gas cutoff, just enough to make it look a bit wet and dirty.
Not sure what you mean by exhaust not warming up properly?
General Technical / Re: A Simple Plastic Welding Technique....
« Last post by GilbertBar on January 17, 2018, 10:23:22 AM »
Twerth, good point about removing the paint. That's what I always do as well. I wish you took some pics too, would have been nice to see exactly how it looked it.
« Last post by J6G1Z on January 16, 2018, 12:56:01 PM »
I'm looking for someone who is interested & capable of taking over this site.

It has been a lot of fun, but I'm not up to speed on maintaining a forum any longer. I'd rather be out riding somewhere.  8)

If interested, please send me a PM & we can discuss it further.

Thank you
The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Re: Some advise?
« Last post by John Ollestad on January 16, 2018, 10:32:31 AM »
I've got a bad feeling the worst thing I'm going to have a problem with is location. I'm afraid the for sale ad will read "VT500 ascot. In good shape. Runs well, looks nice. First $1200." And then it'll read "call nu-3454-344 Port kilumunda, Brazil"

And I'll be wondering how in the he** I'm going to be able to afford shipping on that.

If a buyer can't find one close enough to just travel and get, the shipping charges can rip your wallet up.

I'm like you, I don't care for spray bomb flat black, but I can get into matte black or even black chrome.
The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Re: Some advise?
« Last post by Bucko on January 15, 2018, 09:44:05 PM »
I have a bunch of bikes, all larger, but the one I love the most is my Ascot.  It didn't cost a lot and took very little to bring back to solid running order.  It requires very little maintenance.  It's a great looking bike, mine has some patina but overall is in nice shape.  I'd love to do a full cosmetic restore some day but for now I just keep riding it (reveal: not actually riding it at this time of year).  Doesn't have a lot of power but just rails around all day long!  Lot's of fun.  If I'm going to get into trouble with one of my bikes, the Ascot will be the one.  Bonus is, around here anyway, they're pretty rare so there's always somebody that wants to ask questions about it.

Toughest thing about these bikes is finding one with a nice shape exhaust.  The originals were 'black chromed' and like all black chromed exhausts of that vintage, they rotted out easily (or the black chrome finish wears off).  The finish on mine was a bit rough - it had fallen over a few times.  I painted it flat black and it looks OK (personally I hate the look of flat black but it hides the worse shit underneath).

I agree with buying the nicest one you can find but for $5K I think you could get two pretty nice ones.  Having said that, I hope I don't come across a really nice one because I'd be very tempted to pay a stupid amount of money for it.
Classified Ads / Re: For Sale - 1984 Honda Ascot VT500 - Needs a little work - Near Fort Wayne, IN
« Last post by John Ollestad on January 15, 2018, 06:35:21 PM »
Thanks Luke. I appreciate the information. Perhaps a head gasket problem? Was the engine leaking oil or coolant? Or the exhaust pipe not warming up properly?
Thanks again.
The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Re: Some advise?
« Last post by John Ollestad on January 15, 2018, 06:26:51 PM »
Thanks for the reply! I don't mind acquiring one that's less than perfect. I have to admit I'd like to avoid engine work unless I can get a crazy low price on it. I'm not too tall, I'm guessing the bike will fit me pretty well.
Thanks again.
Yeah title is all clear.
It's been a while since I've ran it but it should run with fresh gas and a new battery.
The only rust is small spots on the forks and muffler which you can see in the photos.
I'm not very motor wise so it might not need one it might just need the compression of the baffle to fix it's self. But it's on the top plate of the cylinder, I feel like it's an easy fix for anyone who is more mechanically inclined.

The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Re: Some advise?
« Last post by J6G1Z on January 15, 2018, 02:07:48 PM »
Spend some money & buy the nicest one that you can find at a reasonable price. Five thousand is NOT reasonable.

I try to locate & purchase clean, original paint, bikes with 10K miles or less. One they are re-painted, modified, or customized, they have little value.

Good luck

PS. If you are tall or long legged, you may not like a VT500FT Ascot for long rides.
The V-Twin Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / Some advise?
« Last post by John Ollestad on January 14, 2018, 11:37:39 AM »
I've been involved with bikes my whole life. I've owned 10 or 12 over the years. I've always been fascinated with the v twin Ascot. There's something about the looks I've always enjoyed.

I'm going to start looking for a used one. One that's a little rough around the edges that I can repair and ride a little.

The thing is I've never been on one. I don't know if I'm going to love it or hate it. That's why I'm going to look for one that needs a little TLC. That way if I really don't like it, I don't have 1000's wrapped up in it.

There's one on e-bay right now that looks like it just came off the show room floor. It's beautiful, but it's also $5,500. It might well be worth it, but that's thousands more than I'd pay right now.

A question for you experienced VT500 owners. Are there any inherent problems with a rough Ascot that I should watch for?

Maybe a coolant leak, or something that habitually fails in the charging system.

Knowledge is handy when looking at used motorcycles, I'd like to go into this as informed as possible. Any tips would be appreciated.

Columbus IN
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