Before and After Pics of Completed Ascot Project

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by motorcyclefanatic, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. motorcyclefanatic

    motorcyclefanatic The name says it all

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    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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  2. Dabears

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    Beautiful! What a great looking bike. I love those Ascots. So how does it ride??
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  3. Mista Vern

    Mista Vern Knows all - tells some.

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    Really, really nice work and attention to detail - very excellent! :clap
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  4. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    Very nice work. You must feel proud.

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

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  5. nedc

    nedc Adventurer

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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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  6. Hawk Medicine

    Hawk Medicine Coyote's Brother

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    Congratulations!!

    Very nicely done!! :clap
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  7. motorcyclefanatic

    motorcyclefanatic The name says it all

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    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.

    A little cramped for me at 5'9" as well, it's a small motorcycle.
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  8. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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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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  9. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better

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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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  10. RobbieO

    RobbieO Muskokatard

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    I love the way you routed the pipes.....fantastic!:clap
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  11. Pelicanglider

    Pelicanglider Been here awhile

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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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  12. motorcyclefanatic

    motorcyclefanatic The name says it all

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    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.

    Cya,
    John
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  13. motorcyclefanatic

    motorcyclefanatic The name says it all

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    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...:rofl

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  14. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Nicely done
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