VT500E ????

Discussion in 'Classic Motorbikes' started by crn, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. crn

    crn Guest

    While I was sorting some of the crap in my lockup today an old
    fella of 80-ish arrived to pickup some stuff from the next lockup.
    In the far corner I spotted a bike and asked him about it.

    He has a C reg (85/6) Honda VT500E which has not been ridden
    for 15 years but has been started regularly. One OAP owner from
    new, a tad under 16k miles, looks immaculate.

    I have never seen one before so I have no idea what it might
    be worth, they are rather scarce. He will never ride it again
    but cannot make up his mind, is it likely to appreciate as
    a classic if he keeps it or should he let it go ?.

    What is it worth and were they any good ?.
    crn, Apr 20, 2011
  2. I had a really SO VT500 about 10 years ago, (in fact it turned out to
    be two VT500's masquerading as one, but that's a long story) 50 bhp
    shaft drive, aparently very popular with DR's at the time. Old as the
    hills and fairly few about now . I did see a mint CX 500 today.
    Speedgazebo MOTP #1, Apr 20, 2011
  3. crn

    Steve Guest

    Its just a SOB. Not scarce at all , there are 4 on Ebay
    right now .Worth bugger all.
    Steve, Apr 20, 2011
  4. They're really, really good bikes (enclosed disc apart). Slim, fun,
    shaft drive, handle well - the only weak spot is the clutch, but tougher
    aftermarket springs are available. Twin-plug (I think) three-valve heads
    and clearance for doing the tappets is limited.

    Good, really good, ones go for £800-900. With this sort of low miles,
    and if it truly is immaculate, a grand.
    The Older Gentleman, Apr 20, 2011
  5. The Older Gentleman, Apr 20, 2011
  6. crn

    Krusty Guest

    Krusty, Apr 20, 2011
  7. crn

    SteveH Guest

    I saw a CX custom at the West End Cafe in Llandovery at the weekend. I
    would have pointed and laughed, but the owner appeared to be of the
    full-on upside-downy head persuasion - his mate had a Suzuki GSX750
    SteveH, Apr 20, 2011
  8. crn

    crn Guest

    Thanks. It was parked a long way back in a garage full of other stuff,
    I could not get close enough for a proper look but I could see the
    mileage and enough to make his claim of immaculate seem credible.
    I will get back to him and dig it out of the garage if appropriate.

    BTW, a rather good looking red 400-4 sold for a grand this evening,
    looked like a snip at the price.
    crn, Apr 21, 2011
  9. Yes. I was thinking about it, but it was 250 miles away, and some
    enquiries directed at the very low-feedback seller raised some question
    marks, so I left it.
    The Older Gentleman, Apr 21, 2011
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