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  1. 1984 Honda VT500FT Ascot Idling Problem

    Motorcycle Repair
    I recently bought a 1984 Honda VT500FT Ascot (my first ever motorcycle) as a starter bike. I rode it for 2 weeks (200 miles) and it ran great. I should mention that I have no prior riding experience or experience with working on motorcycles. Also, I made the mistake of filling up with old...
  2. Top end power lacking

    Motorcycle Repair
    I had some debris in my gas tank that I was afraid made it's way into my carbs so I took my carbs off of my VT500FT Ascot and cleaned them. I expected this to make the bike run better. The bike runs fine at idle but when I accelerate it seems like all the power slowly goes away the higher the...
  3. Anyone else do this?

    New Member Introductions
    Hey guys! I got my first bike yesterday, a 1984 Honda VT500 Ascot,and today I took it out for the first time. I left my house at 9AM and didn't get home until now at 7:40PM. I'm sore as hell but I just couldn't stop. The gas tank on this bike is so small I filled up 3 times. I actually ran out...
  4. Mild teardown

    So, I got this nifty little Ascot in my garage. (Full disclosure: my first bike). After piddling around with it when it was still warm enough to ride some -- like 5 miles total, I discovered that at least the left fork leaks. Then I looked closer and the chrome on the fork tube has a couple...