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Honda FT500 Ascot
Also called FT 500 Ascot
Production 1983
Class Standard
Single cylinder, four-stroke, air-cooled
Bore / Stroke 88.9mm x 88.9mm
Compression ratio 8.6:1
Top Speed 93 mph
Horsepower 34.06 HP (25.4 KW) @ 6200RPM
Torque 30.24 ft/lbs (41.0 Nm) @ 5000RPM
Fuel System Carburetor
Spark Plug NGK DR8ESL '82-83
Battery YUASA YB14L-A2 '82-83
Transmission Gear box: 5-Speed manual

Final Drive: Chain

Clutch: Wet Multi-Plate
Final Drive Chain: 530x100
Front Sprocket 15T
Rear Sprocket 42T
Suspension Front: 37mm Air assisted forks
Rear: Dual gas shocks, spring preload adjustable
Brakes Front: Single disc 296 mm
Rear: Single disc 276 mm
Front Tire 3.50-19
Rear Tire 4.25-18
Weight 180.0 kg (wet)
Recommended Oil Honda GN4 10W-40
Related Honda XR500
Honda XL500
Honda VT500
Manuals Service Manual

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The Honda FT500 Ascot was a Single cylinder, four-stroke, air-cooled Naked motorcycle produced by Honda in 1983. Max torque was 30.24 ft/lbs (41.0 Nm) @ 5000 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 34.06 HP (25.4 KW) @ 6200 RPM.


Honda also made another ascot that was a V-Twin and it was designated VT500


A 88.9mm bore x 88.9mm stroke result in a displacement of just 497.0 cubic centimeters. It used a very similar powerplant to the Honda XR500 and Honda XL500.


The bike has a 5-Speed manual transmission. Power was moderated via the Wet Multi-Plate.


It came with a 3.50-19 front tire and a 4.25-18 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via Single disc 296 mm in the front and a Single disc 276 mm in the rear. The front suspension was a 37mm Air assisted forks while the rear was equipped with a Dual gas shocks, spring preload adjustable.


The Honda Ascot, designated FT500'82, was sold in 1982. Two colors were available: Monza Red and Black. The tank stripes and the "FT500" decal were gray and silver on the red bike; but they were red and orange on the black bike. The speedometer was limited to 85 mph (135 kph). The headlight was rectangular and so were the instruments. The bike had electric start and the exhaust system was a 2-into-1. The engine was a 498cc OHC, 4-valve single cylinder with one carburetor. The transmission was a 5-speed. The serial number began JH2PC0708CM000019.


1983 Honda FT500 Ascot

The FT500'83 was sold in 1983 in one of two colors: Monza Red or Black. The tank and side cover stripes on the red bike were white and blue; but on the black bike they were silver and red. The headlight and instruments were rectangular. The speedometer had a 120 mph (195 kph) limit.

  • Engine: High-performance 498cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke
  • Valve: Four
  • Carburetor: One
  • Ignition: solid state CD
  • Crankshaft: Chain driven dual counter-balancer reduces vibration
  • Starter: Electric
  • Transmission: 5-speed
  • Drive: #530 O-ring drive chain
  • Brakes: Disc with twin piston calipers front and rear
  • Suspension: Air-adjustable front forks
  • Wheelbase: 1435mm (56.5 in.)
  • Seat height: 800mm (31.5 in.)
  • Fuel capacity: 13 liters (3.4 gal.)
  • Dry weight: 159 kg (350.6 lb)
  • The serial number began JH2PC070*DM100001.

1983 Honda FT500 Ascot[edit]

Honda has introduced the Ascot, a 500cc single-cylinder roadster that uses the basic XR/XL powerplant developed for the 79 model year. This engine has up-to-date technological features, including a four-valve head and engine counterbalancers.

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