Cafe Racer Forum banner

1 - 10 of 10 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
25 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,587 Posts
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?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,087 Posts
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.

- - - Updated - - -

and ascot is a fine 1st bike.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,885 Posts
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
25 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
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
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,959 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,459 Posts
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.
 
1 - 10 of 10 Posts
Top