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Old 01-21-2011, 04:09 PM   #1
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Honda vt500 Ascot

I am going to check out an 84 tomorrow for a project bike. Owner says it runs well but lately has problems starting. The bike looks in decent shape and has 30k miles;
I have been around bikes a long time but know little about Honda. Was wondering if the braintrust has any experience with these and if there are any issues I should watch for.
Always liked the look of these and would like to add one to the stable.
Thanks for any input. Cheers, Robert.
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Old 01-21-2011, 04:42 PM   #2
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Great Bikes and even better engines.
Only common problem is the spark coils go bad from the heat (They are loated directly above the front cylinder). Even so, the coils make it for 20 years before they go bad.
Bad coils mean the engines are hard to restart after getting hot. New coils are available... same as VT500 Shadow.

Give it a good home,
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Old 01-21-2011, 05:33 PM   #3
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Make sure the gas tank is in good working condition. A replacement will be about 600.

It a bike that likes to run stock, so look for any fuel/air/pipe changes.

Check out the ascot yahoo group great info.

Lot of us VT500 peeps at

http://www.hondashadow.net/forum/


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Old 01-22-2011, 06:22 PM   #4
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Well for better or worse I now own an Ascot. Rough around the edges and truly a project bike. The PO mentioned poor running when hot so it looks like you called it about the coils.
Oil leakage and sputtering of oil out the supertrapp exh. Looks like I will know Hondas soon.
thanks for the input.
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:11 AM   #5
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Congratulations on the buy. It sounds like a project, but I think you will enjoy it. Get a used Service manual from Ebay.

Honda still makes coils, they are a bit pricey, but they do bolt on. Dynatek coils will work, but you will have to make a bracket to hold them. http://www.dynaonline.com/skins/prod...rtbikes/coils/

Used coils are on Ebay all the time, but it is hard to buy something as old as what quit.

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Old 01-23-2011, 11:57 AM   #6
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Old 01-25-2011, 05:56 PM   #7
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I have been doing homework and the plus is its a rather rare bike. The minus is its a rather rare bike.
The previous owners were hacks and the bike lived near the coast (SF). I was hoping to do a full stock resto. but I cant see putting 5k into a 2k at best bike. Looks like it will be a modified bike.
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Old 01-26-2011, 04:33 AM   #8
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Make it the way you want it! There's alot of ugly stuff that can be replaced.

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Old 01-26-2011, 11:17 AM   #9
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Heres another version.

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Old 01-26-2011, 12:34 PM   #10
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I got a 84 for the wife and she loves it. As a mater of fact so do I . I ride it to work every time she is not looking:) Fun scooot. I echo agreament with the rest about the small problems they have already mentioned.
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Old 01-26-2011, 01:49 PM   #11
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was my road first bike. It was such a solid, fun little machine. As a remember, pretty quick too. Congrats!
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Old 01-26-2011, 02:17 PM   #12
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Probably the best bike I ever owned. If it was just a little bigger i would probably still have it. If you are around 5'10" or under, it is perfect.
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:37 PM   #13
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It is on the lift now and ready for teardown. Thanks for the input and pictures.
If this ends well I will post pictures.
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:55 PM   #14
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Heres another version.

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Old 01-27-2011, 11:11 AM   #15
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Wow! Kind of makes me think I should have hung on to the Ascot and not trade it for a KLR 250!
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