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    84' honda ascot wiring

    I will warn you now i have no experience with building motorcycles and wont act like i do. But i bought a 84 honda ascot for my first build, quickly realized not the best first bike. My intentions are not to make it look like all the modern day "cafe racers", but to perform like one, and then i will worry about the cosmetics.

    I was wondering about the wiring on this particular bike. It all runs to one little board in the front of the bike, and i was wondering if it was like this on a lot of bikes or just this one. Also, is there any way to get away from this setup.

    Like i said i have no experience, and might be better off with a different bike but i got what i got and cant go back now.

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    Get yourself a workshop manual for your bike and spend a bit of time reading the routine maintenance sections and the electrical.

    Most bikes are similar with wiring although quite a few Hondas had fuse boxes on top of the handlebars (I assume this is what you are talking about).

    By the way - are we talking VT500 or FT500?

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    keeping everything stock is BY FAR the easiest way to deal with wiring.
    If you are new stop dreaming of a new harness etc. Reading a schematic and tracing electrical gremlins is not fun but doable. Doing the same when everything is torn to smithereens and redone from scratch can be 1000x harder.

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    and ascot is a fine 1st bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hillsy View Post
    Get yourself a workshop manual for your bike and spend a bit of time reading the routine maintenance sections and the electrical.

    Most bikes are similar with wiring although quite a few Hondas had fuse boxes on top of the handlebars (I assume this is what you are talking about).

    By the way - are we talking VT500 or FT500?


    I believe that the Ascot was a VT500.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steveo View Post
    I believe that the Ascot was a VT500.

    There was a 500cc Honda v-twin and a single called Ascot.

    Honda Ascot (motorcycle) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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    Thank you guys for the feed back, and it is officially the vt500ft, but have also seen it reffered to as ft500. It is a smaller v-twin.

    Also where could I find a manual you are talking about, are they the same as a clymer

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeastFromTheEast View Post
    Thank you guys for the feed back, and it is officially the vt500ft, but have also seen it reffered to as ft500. It is a smaller v-twin.

    Also where could I find a manual you are talking about, are they the same as a clymer

    I have an FT500 … the single cylinder version.

    Hope this link contains what you're seeking :Honda_VT500c_'83_workshop_manual(en-de-ft)
    www.carlsalter.com is the best site for free access bike manuals.

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    Trials rider the link worked thank you, is it same for vt500ft?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeastFromTheEast View Post
    Trials rider the link worked thank you, is it same for vt500ft?
    Close enough I would imagine. … your exact model :/ no idea, sry. price was right though wasn't it

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    Also if the vt500 is like is big sibling the vt700 and has the stator connector under the battery, check it out well. it can cause all sorts of charging issues including catching on fire as the connector easily corrodes.
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