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twerth

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New VT Owner (I hope) in KCMO
« on: July 30, 2016, 06:34:38 AM »
Hello from KC (Parkville actually). I found a running '84 VT500 on CL, and went to look at it last weekend. It needs a little work, but it runs and shifts and it appears to be complete. Haggled with the owner a little, and it looks like I'll be able to get it for $700. I'm going to pick it up today.

I've always loved the look of the flat trackers, and I even did a street tracker conversion on an '82 Yamaha Virago 920 a couple of years ago (pic below). I sold that one, and I've been kicking myself ever since. I also did a Suzuki GR650 street tracker several years ago, but I don't like the way it turned out so I'm not going to post any pictures of that one  8).

I've got a 16 year old son who I'd like to get on street bikes (don't tell mom). I have a 2006 Ducati ST3s (no way I'm letting him ride that) and a 1979 Goldwing naked project bike. That one's a little heavy to learn on. The Ascot looks like a great gateway into the world of street bikes for him.

Once I pick it up, I'll start a rebuild thread and post some pictures. For now, I'm happy to have found a group with a common affliction.
1984 Honda VT500FT
2006 Ducati ST3s
2000 Yamaha WR400

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Re: New VT Owner (I hope) in KCMO
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2016, 06:58:32 AM »
Welcome. I think you will be pleased with the VT Ascot.

J.

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Re: New VT Owner (I hope) in KCMO
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2016, 10:06:00 AM »
Hello from KC (Parkville actually). I found a running '84 VT500 on CL, and went to look at it last weekend. It needs a little work, but it runs and shifts and it appears to be complete. Haggled with the owner a little, and it looks like I'll be able to get it for $700. I'm going to pick it up today.

I've always loved the look of the flat trackers, and I even did a street tracker conversion on an '82 Yamaha Virago 920 a couple of years ago (pic below). I sold that one, and I've been kicking myself ever since. I also did a Suzuki GR650 street tracker several years ago, but I don't like the way it turned out so I'm not going to post any pictures of that one  8).

I've got a 16 year old son who I'd like to get on street bikes (don't tell mom). I have a 2006 Ducati ST3s (no way I'm letting him ride that) and a 1979 Goldwing naked project bike. That one's a little heavy to learn on. The Ascot looks like a great gateway into the world of street bikes for him.

Once I pick it up, I'll start a rebuild thread and post some pictures. For now, I'm happy to have found a group with a common affliction.

Yamaha is wonderful!
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Re: New VT Owner (I hope) in KCMO
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2016, 05:28:58 AM »
Yamaha is wonderful!
Thanks Master. I also wanted to post a couple of pics of an '83 KZ650 I did earlier this year. It was originally supposed to be a café, but I didn't like the clubman bars I had installed. When I replaced them with a pair of superbike bend bars, it started to look more like a tracker.

I was able to pick up the Ascot on Saturday, and it's now safe in my shop. I've started to tinker with it, but I'll save the details for a build thread. I have already removed the windshield and top box/luggage rack. Those will be available if anyone is interested. It has an oil leak, tires are shot, the tack doesn't work and the headlight is hit or miss. But, it runs great and has a lot of spunk. I'm really looking forward to this one.
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Re: New VT Owner (I hope) in KCMO
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2016, 01:06:57 PM »
 Yours Ascot look like brand new.

I show my .... click for zoom +



I want to buy Honda CB 650 Nighthawk 1984 or early year or Honda CB1000 from 1991 year.



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Re: New VT Owner (I hope) in KCMO
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2016, 03:50:14 PM »
Love the CB1000. That's just a tough looking bike.

Mine doesn't look new in person. The pics make it look better than it really does. It has a rattle can paint job. That'll all have to be stripped.
1984 Honda VT500FT
2006 Ducati ST3s
2000 Yamaha WR400