1984 VT500FT Ascot

Discussion in 'Texas Bikers' started by berniepound, Jul 10, 2007.

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    berniepound Guest

    Recently acquired this vintage motorcycle. With 11.6k miles it is good
    condition. However, I know nothing about it. Looking for anything that
    would help in restoration. Tips and tricks.
    berniepound, Jul 10, 2007
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    Brian Walker Guest

    Basically it's a 500cc Shadow with a standard/sport frame. Most parts
    will interchange.

    Even though a rare bike, it's not considerably valuable based on the
    age/condition. It's a nice bike though....just wasn't a good seller in
    this country. I believe it sold best over-seas. I can't say much on
    this though, the Blackbird was dropped from the US lineup and stayed a
    strong model in Europe and Australia.
    Brian Walker, Jul 11, 2007
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    Gary Walker Guest

    Didn't some/one of those Ascot's have shaft drive?
    Gary Walker, Jul 11, 2007
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    Brian Walker Guest

    Beats me....

    I know I remember looking at it when they were built. I bought
    Suzuki's answer to the Ascot which was the Tempter 650. The Tempter
    was a chain drive. I bought it because it had a couple features and
    ergos that the Ascot didn't have.

    I sometimes wish I still had that Suzuki. That was one of the only
    Suzuki motorcycles that I actually wanted to buy over a Honda.
    Brian Walker, Jul 11, 2007
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    Bernie Guest

    The 1984 we have is shaft driven.
    Bernie, Jul 12, 2007
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    Gary Walker Guest

    Thanks Mike & Bernie, for the pics and history. I thought
    I recalled a shaft drive, and I always thought those bikes
    were very attractive. Just more Honda iron(aluminum)
    now gone to scrap. i.e. more Honda bikes discontinued.
    Gary Walker, Jul 12, 2007
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