Honda VT500: history, specs, pictures

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The Honda VT500 was more commonly known as the Honda Ascot.

Intro[edit]

Honda also made a single cylinder Ascot that was designated FT500

The Honda Ascot VT500 was produced only two years, 1983-1984, as a "standard" motorcycle. The CX500 was another choice as a 'half-liter' bike, however, '83 was it's last year in Honda showrooms. The VT500 is a transversely mounted V-twin, 500 cc's, on a sport frame. It's physical characteristics are shared with it's cruiser counterpart, the Shadow 500.

Essentially, the two bikes are alike except for only a handful of differences. The frames are alike but on the Shadow, the foot pegs are mounted forward and the seating position is lowered. The Ascot has a straighter handlebar than the Shadow, along with a larger diameter rear wheel for cornering stability. The engines appear to be identical except for the Ascot having a shorter gearing, designed more for the performance end of riding. The Shadow has dual mufflers while the Ascot ports all of its exhaust out one muffler. The styling cues differ greatly but complement each bike individually. Cruisers look good with chrome. The Shadow has lots, all the way from the mirrors to the mufflers. The Ascot emphasizes it's aluminum parts more by painting much of what's chrome on the Shadow, black. The Ascot shares many of it's design cues with the Nighthawk counterpart, the 700S. You could actually say it the other way around since the 'S' didn't come out until a year after the introduction of the '83 Ascot VT500.

1983[edit]

1983 Honda VT500FT Ascot


The VT500FT'83 Ascot was sold in 1983 in one of two colors: Pearl Siren Blue or Candy Bourgogne Red. The side cover panel on the blue bike was silver, but on the red bike it was black. The gas tank wing decal was 2-tone. The 2-into-1 exhaust system was black chrome.

  • Engine: All new 491cc, liquid-cooled, 52° V-twin, OHC
  • Crankshaft: Unique offset dual-pin crankshaft provides perfect primary balance
  • Valve: Special three-valve, twin-plug cylinder heads
  • Transmission: 6-speed
  • Drive: Shaft
  • Wheelbase: 1476mm (58.1 in.)
  • Seat height: 805mm (31.7 in.)
  • Fuel capacity: 10 liters (2.6 gal.)
  • Dry weight: 180 kg (395.9 lb)
  • The serial number began JH2PC070*DM100001.

1984[edit]

The VT500FT'84 Ascot was sold in 1984 in one of two colors: Black or Candy Bourgogne Red. The side cover panel on the black bike was silver, but on the red bike it was black. The gas tank wing decal was 3-tone. The 2-into-1 exhaust system was black chrome. The engine was a 491cc OHC 3-valve liquid cooled V-twin linked to a 6-speed transmission and a shaft drive. The serial number began JH2PC070*EM100001.

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Honda VT500
Manufacturer
Also called VT500C (reduced effect), VT 500 C (reduced effect), VT500E (reduced effect), VT 500 E (reduced effect), VT500E, VT 500 E, VT500C, VT 500 C, VT 500
Production 1983 - 1987
Class Road
Engine
v2, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke 71.0mm x 62.0mm
Top Speed 116 mph (187 km/h)
Horsepower 48.95 HP (36.5 KW) @ 9000RPM
Battery 10.5:1
Transmission Gear box: 6-speed
Final Drive: shaft drive (cardan)
Brakes Front: single disc
Rear: expanding brake
Front Tire 100/90-18
Rear Tire 120/80-18
Weight 204.0 kg (wet)
Recommended Oil Honda GN4 10W-40
Fuel Capacity 4.49 Gallon (17.00 Liters)
Manuals Service Manual


The Honda VT500E was a v2, four-stroke Road motorcycle produced by Honda between 1983 and 1987. It could reach a top speed of 116 mph (187 km/h). Claimed horsepower was 48.95 HP (36.5 KW) @ 9000 RPM.

Engine[edit]

The engine was a liquid cooled v2, four-stroke. A 71.0mm bore x 62.0mm stroke result in a displacement of just 491.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a overhead cams (ohc).

Drive[edit]

The bike has a 6-speed transmission.

Chassis[edit]

It came with a 100/90-18 front tire and a 120/80-18 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via single disc in the front and a expanding brake in the rear. The VT500E was fitted with a 4.49 Gallon (17.00 Liters) fuel tank.

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