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Old 01-13-2014, 05:13 PM   #1
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VT500 Ascot for tracker or dual sport?

Found a VT500 Ascot very cheap, was thinking of buying it and turning it into a dual sport. Specs say 390ish dry weight, about 50 horsepower from it's 500cc vtwin. Attached is a picture of what it looks like stock, following by one that's chopped down. Anyone think this would make a cool on/off road bike? Top speed is about 100, it's also a 6-speed. Shaft driven. Has a 31" very low seat height. I'd probably want to jack it up a bit. Wanting to build a tracker or dual sport type bike. What you guys think?

This next picture is one chopped down a bit. Looks like a neat little Evel Knievel wannabe tracker.

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Old 01-13-2014, 05:28 PM   #2
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Old 01-13-2014, 07:30 PM   #3
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Old 01-13-2014, 07:37 PM   #4
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VT500 Ascot

Mine's more of a dirt road bike than a dual sport
It had a rotted tank so I fit a Shadow tank to it... now a "Shascot"
There's thread here for VT/FT

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Old 01-18-2014, 06:58 AM   #5
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Technically, it's a tracker already.

Ascots are fairly rare bikes, so if it's in decent condition with a good gas tank, side panels and rear tail section (ALL of which are nearly unobtanium now), I'd be hesitant to modify it much. If you do decide to modify it anyway, there are plenty of people that'd be glad to buy those parts from you if you don't use them.

Check out the Yahoo VT500FT Ascot Enthusiasts Group at: for questions/info on the bike. Some guys have parts bikes, so the group can be a good source for spares.

The main issues with older Ascots are the gas tanks tend to rust out on the bottom, and replacements are impossible to find. Your best bet for that is to have the gas tank professionally repaired; there are shops that specialize. The only other tank that is a near-direct swap is the larger tank from a VT500C Shadow, but the Ascot side panels won't fit up to it properly so they'll have to be modified or left off.

The other issue with older Ascots is weak ignition coils. This will show up as the engine dying at idle or being difficult to crank in hot weather, and as a high speed miss under the same conditions. Don't waste your money on used coils; they'll have the same problem. New coils are still available from Honda (about $170/pair IIRC). Dyna also makes coils that will work but you'll have to make some simple brackets to mount them.

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