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Old 01-27-2011, 05:12 PM   #16
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I got one new in 84, sold it 11 or 12 years later. Never had any problems with it, changed the oil and tires and that was it. Good bike, wish I had still had it. Good Luck with your find.
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Old 01-27-2011, 05:48 PM   #17
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Ascots are great bikes. Sign up for the Yahoo Ascot Enthusiasts Group at:

http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/...00enthusiasts/

It's a good resource for fix-it tips, parts, etc.
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Old 01-27-2011, 05:50 PM   #18
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Make it the way you want it! There's alot of ugly stuff that can be replaced.

Jehu, you got any details on this bike? Subtle changes, but it does look sharp!
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:26 AM   #19
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I had an '83 Ascot...but I'm 6'2", and despite even having a custom tall seat made, I still looked like a bear at the circus on a minibike when I rode that thing. So, regrettably, I sold it. The engines don't even hit the powerband until 5K rpm, so don't be a afraid to rev it! An amazingly quick bike considering the little 500cc v-twin!

BTW: If anyone is interested in the custom tall seat, I still have it. PM me...
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Old 01-28-2011, 06:47 PM   #20
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another tall guy here. other than the hump in the seat being right where I wanted to sit, I loved the one I had. I never realized how small it was untill I saw a photo of me standing next to it. looked like a merry-go-round bike. I've often thought about calling the lady I sold it to and trying to buy it back. I've got a gixxer 600 front end that would really look good on it.
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Old 01-29-2011, 12:39 PM   #21
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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.
My '84 had starter clutch spring issues. The starter didn't always want to engage. Replacing the springs did the trick.
There's a good bit of info regarding the coils on the yahoo group.
If you have a choice, don't remove the "power chamber" part of the exhaust. It acts as a sort of plenum chamber for the unequal firing of the cylinders and helps keep the correct mixture. The carbs have different size jets, so if you have to go into them, do it one at a time.
Have fun! I PM'd you about a pdf version of a manual. The W/S is available on ebay for about $60.00.
Here's mine, without the soft bags.
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Old 01-29-2011, 03:47 PM   #22
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Jehu, you got any details on this bike? Subtle changes, but it does look sharp!
It's in my garage. What do you want to know?
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Old 01-29-2011, 06:02 PM   #23
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Thanks Jeff. The bike came with a shop manual and a supertrapp so the plenum is gone. I have also heard elsewhere that its best not to mess with the exhaust.
I am watching for a stock system but as you know parts are thin.
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Old 01-29-2011, 06:15 PM   #24
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It's in my garage. What do you want to know?
What kind of headlight/number plate did you use? That really improves the looks of the front end. What kind of shocks on the rear?

Thanks!
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:59 AM   #25
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What kind of headlight/number plate did you use? That really improves the looks of the front end. What kind of shocks on the rear?

Thanks!
The headlight/number plate is off a '96 XR250R and has a single element H9 bulb adapted. There is no speedo or tach for now. I have a Shadow tach but haven't mounted it yet. The shocks are YSS Z series (http://www.yssusa.com/series-z.html). Nothing special but way better than the stockers.
I replaced the rear fender and everything attached to it with this "rear everything eliminator" and after market lights:





I have more plans-the stock muffler was cored by the PO and I hate the way it looks and sounds-but I haven't found a replacement I like in my price range yet (free). The peg to seat placement sucks and the seat is too soft.
The little devil is fun at the track though.
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Old 01-30-2011, 01:08 PM   #26
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Thanks much for the info. Very nice metal work on the tail section.

They are nifty little bikes. Mine's stock apart from Progressive rear shocks and Dyna ignition coils. It has a KG Engineering rear package rack. Current tires are Pirelli Demons which seem really great, but there's not a whole lot of twisties to try them out on where I live.

Hopefully I'll get it back up to the Dragon or the mountains of Georgia this summer.
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Old 01-30-2011, 02:40 PM   #27
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Dyna ignition coils.
Which Dyna coil are you using?
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Old 01-30-2011, 02:55 PM   #28
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Which Dyna coil are you using?
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Jeff- they're the DC4-1 model (2.2 ohms). You can find them on-line considerably cheaper than the OEM replacement coils. OTOH, you have to change your plug wires (the coil end of the stock plug wires won't work), put different ends on the primary ignition leads to connect to the coils, and make some small mounting bracket adapters. Here's a pic of the coils installed before I added the adapter. The spark plug wire terminals are very close to the front valve cover.



Here's a pic of another bike's coils with the adapter brackets installed. The brackets rotate the coils 90 degrees to provide more clearance:



I have no evidence that the Dyna coils are any better than the stock coils; I mainly just wanted to try something different.
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Old 02-02-2011, 12:39 AM   #29
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Basket case Ascot on the local craigslist. Someone buy it so I don't have to create garage space....
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Old 02-02-2011, 02:14 AM   #30
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Basket case Ascot on the local craigslist. Someone buy it so I don't have to create garage space....
That's a VT500C Shadow, the cruiser version. Good for a parts source for your Ascot though...
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