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Old 06-27-2010, 09:16 AM   #1
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Before and After Pics of Completed Ascot Project

I finished my Honda VT500 Ascot project this morning and took it for a test ride. Went really well. Lots of pictures here on my website: Completed Ascot

But I thought ya'll might be interested in seeing some before and after photos:

















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Old 06-27-2010, 09:22 AM   #2
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Beautiful! What a great looking bike. I love those Ascots. So how does it ride??
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Old 06-27-2010, 09:33 AM   #3
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Really, really nice work and attention to detail - very excellent!
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Old 06-27-2010, 10:24 AM   #4
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Very nice work. You must feel proud.



Never ridden an Ascot twin, but always thought they were neat bikes.

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Old 06-27-2010, 11:06 AM   #5
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One of the favorite bikes I've ever owned. Would still have it if it was just a little bit bigger in all dimensions- a little cramped for me at 6'2''.
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Old 06-27-2010, 01:52 PM   #6
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Congratulations!!

Very nicely done!!
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Old 06-27-2010, 04:38 PM   #7
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Beautiful! What a great looking bike. I love those Ascots. So how does it ride??
It rides wonderfully. Very light and nimble, low seat height, good low end and mid-range power. I built it mainly for my wife to ride, but I won't mind getting on it now and then either.

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One of the favorite bikes I've ever owned. Would still have it if it was just a little bit bigger in all dimensions- a little cramped for me at 6'2''.
A little cramped for me at 5'9" as well, it's a small motorcycle.
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Old 06-27-2010, 05:15 PM   #8
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Nicely done!!
Honda would have sold a heck of a lot more if you had been in their design studio at the time!!
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Old 06-27-2010, 06:34 PM   #9
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That came out very nicely! It looks like its just begging to go up to the mountains for some riding.
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Old 06-27-2010, 06:39 PM   #10
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I love the way you routed the pipes.....fantastic!
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Old 06-27-2010, 06:53 PM   #11
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I think your choice of colors was very good too! Looks like the old Elsinore paint scheme, am I right? Great looking bike! I always loved the FT and the VT Ascots.
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That came out very nicely! It looks like its just begging to go up to the mountains for some riding.
Hey Mark,

My wife and I are headed up to Blue Ridge next week for a few days. We'll be leaving the Ascot in Florida for now. We'll probably take her VTR up and leave it at the cabin this time. At this point in her learning cycle the 250 makes plenty of power for her in the twisties. Heck, for that matter I've seen a fast guy on a 250 embarrass riders on bigger bikes in the mountains. We make take the Ascot to RIH next year though.

If you're going to be up there by chance, let me know, we'll do a ride.

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Old 06-27-2010, 07:00 PM   #13
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I think your choice of colors was very good too! Looks like the old Elsinore paint scheme, am I right? Great looking bike! I always loved the FT and the VT Ascots.
Yeah, it was after seeing a 1975 CR125 Elsinore on Craigs List that I decided on that color scheme. I have a soft spot for the old Elsie's as I raced a '74 CR125 back in the day. Bought that bike brand new when I was 14 using paper route money.

Here's a pic of me at Brighton in Michigan the year I bought it. Still have that Honda jersey, it's hanging in my garage at the cabin. Traded the CR for a '72 R5 in 1976, my first street bike, but I digress...

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Old 06-27-2010, 07:57 PM   #14
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Nicely done
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