1984 VT500FT Ascot

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by berniepound, Jul 10, 2007.

  1. berniepound

    berniepound Guest

    Recently asquired this Ascot with 11.6K miles. Don't know anything
    about the Ascot other than it had a short window of manufacture

    Looking for some restoration help mechanically. Is there a group for
    the Ascot or will this forum work?
    berniepound, Jul 10, 2007
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  2. It's a nice little bike. In the UK, we got the 'straight' VT500 Ascot,
    which is mechanically identical.

    It's a v-twin, with two plugs per cylinder. Convetional screw and
    locknut tappet adjustment. The weak spot is the clutch, whose working
    parts are effectively the same as those used on the 1970s-1980s CB250
    Super Dream model. So it tends to slip early. Stronger clutch springs
    help here.

    Other than that, very very solid engine indeed. I know someone who's got
    one here in the UK: a private import from the US.
    The Older Gentleman, Jul 11, 2007
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  3. berniepound

    Wudsracer Guest


    The FT500 Ascot is a 500cc single. The VT is a twin.
    (A friend has one. It was supposed to be the basis of a production
    based flat tracker. Relatively light and nimble, it is a sweet little
    It is like the top end of an XR500 with the bottom end of the VT500
    (or something close) It is electric start engine.
    Wudsracer, Jul 11, 2007

  4. Well, this guy is describing it as a VT500FT, so maybe it has one and a
    half cylinders? Oi! Berniepound? Is this a single or twin? Get your
    model names sorted out!
    The FT single was an utter disaster: looked nice and funky, but had an
    engine that produced no power whatsoever (it was no faster than the 250
    single that we got in the UK), and the electric starter clutch exploded
    regularly and frequently. Many people converted them to kickstart, as
    the engine was basically the XL500S lump, detuned.
    Quite how an air-cooled single has the bottom end of a water-cooled vee
    twin eludes me.
    The Older Gentleman, Jul 12, 2007
  5. berniepound

    Wudsracer Guest

    Pardon me. I stand corrected. I went and looked, and saw that it was,
    indeed, mostly a XL500 engine. (with electric start.) I didn't know
    that the VT500 was water cooled. I appreciate the info.
    Wudsracer, Jul 12, 2007
  6. No worries. The VT is a lovely bike. Shaft drive, too. The FT is a dog.
    The Older Gentleman, Jul 12, 2007
  7. Er, yes, which is why I asked him whether he had a single or a
    The Older Gentleman, Jul 13, 2007
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