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Old 02-02-2011, 04:17 AM   #31
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:11 AM   #32
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How'd you fare against those jets?

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Old 02-02-2011, 11:01 AM   #33
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Jehu, is that track by the Pima Air Museum? That F-80 in the back looks familiar...
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:16 PM   #34
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How'd you fare against those jets?

Pretty well actually. They were parked.
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:18 PM   #35
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Jehu, is that track by the Pima Air Museum? That F-80 in the back looks familiar...
No, it's INDE MOTORSPORTS RANCH near Willcox.

http://www.indemotorsports.com/site/
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Old 02-05-2011, 10:43 PM   #36
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Hey, I've got one of these VT500FT Ascotts also. It's an '83 very dark blue, all stock. Got it used and it had been dropped a few times so had to replace turn signal stalks, clutch lever, footpegs, the usual stuff that gets beat up. One of the CDI units went out and got a used one off of ebay. Replaced leaky valve cover gaskets, put in a new clutch pack and new Dunlop 402's. Took it on a 1200 mile trip over Memorial day weekend and it was quite comfortable although it did get blown around on the highway a bit. Also, the shaft drive is really nice for low maintenance but seems a little jerky. Overall, a really neat 500 that you don't see very often.
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Old 02-06-2011, 04:51 AM   #37
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The bike I learned on was a VT500 Shadow that my boyfriend picked up in boxes for $250 amd put together again. Took him a little while to learn to bench-tune the carbs and the electrical squared away but by the end of everything he knows that engine inside and out (is still known as "Shadowman" by our local junkyard even though the bike has been sold). I thought it was the perfect bike to learn on. I've never seen an Ascot but know the engines are identical with different body styles. Great bikes though - there's a whole forum dedicated to them although I no longer have the address.
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Old 02-14-2011, 04:48 PM   #38
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VT500 Ascot Front end swop

I have an 83 VT500 Ascot and I am looking to put a newer front end setup on it, such as a CBR 600RR or GSXR 600, something with inverted shocks. I have have been searching around and can't find anyone who has done this. I can cut, weld and reshape, I just don't know where to start. Is my this swop possible?
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:24 AM   #39
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:30 AM   #40
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Picked this one up last October for $550 - running, titled, new tires, but ugly.



Welded up the hole in the exhaust collector:





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BOFzWZKbFo

Made a new fiberglass side cover from a borrowed original after I lost mine on the highway:







Still riding it through the winter.







Did I mention that I'm 6'5"?

Just painted it white in the past couple of weeks.











It'll be perfect for my wife to learn on this spring after she takes the MSF course.

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Old 02-16-2011, 05:03 AM   #41
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i was fortunate enough to have one for a few months.
one of - if not the best feature was the stock exhaust sound.
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Old 02-16-2011, 06:36 PM   #42
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Got a separate thread out there by a guy looking for the location of the engine number stamped into the motor.

Anybody know? linky
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Old 02-16-2011, 07:55 PM   #43
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The Shadow final drive will raise the gear ratio and give you about 5 mph more at 5k rpm in 6th gear. I think it's about one more mph per thousand rpm. Lots available on ebay. It's because the Shadow has a 16 inch rear wheel.
1st gear is still low enough.
I did it and like the mod.
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Old 05-04-2011, 10:01 AM   #44
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Made a new fiberglass side cover

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Made a new fiberglass side cover from a borrowed original after I lost mine on the highway:
Hi been thinking of this my self but my Ascots the only one I've ever seen as I live in England. BTW very nice job.
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Old 05-15-2011, 12:44 PM   #45
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just bought mine down here in lousiana, payed more than i would have for it but thats how ebay works. idles good. bogs down mid rpm when you try to full throttle in second. a little ugly and had a bad paint job. needs a garage and a cleaning
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