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Cool Rides & Adventures... / Re: What Have You Done With Your Ascot Lately?
« Last post by murdo on May 02, 2022, 04:00:26 am »
Thanks Luke. The lockdowns are over and no masks required any more so happy days out on the road.
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Cool Rides & Adventures... / Re: What Have You Done With Your Ascot Lately?
« Last post by Luke on May 02, 2022, 03:39:35 am »
Looking good! Hope your lock down was as painless as possible. Cheers
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Classified Ads / Re: For Sale sidecar rig
« Last post by motomensch on February 09, 2022, 04:01:15 pm »
1982 Honda FT500 Ascot with Bingham Mk 1 sidecar, matching silver and blue paint job, bike caf
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Classified Ads / For Sale sidecar rig
« Last post by motomensch on February 09, 2022, 03:50:27 pm »
1982 Honda FT500 Ascot with Bingham Mk 1 sidecar, matching silver and blue paint job, bike caf
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Cool Rides & Adventures... / Re: What Have You Done With Your Ascot Lately?
« Last post by murdo on September 12, 2021, 04:32:03 am »
While we have been in lockdown (lockup?) here in Aus with the Covid virus around and unable to go outside of town I got in and did some repainting on my FT. I had finally (after twelve years of ownership) found a rear seat cowl that wasn't broken and decided to repaint it, the front guard and bikini fairing. The tank I did with 2 pak clear over the original paint and the sidecovers had been replaced recently with NOS. I haven't painted the frame as it is still original and like me has a few scares but still works OK.
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The Thumper Years: Modified To Full Customs / Re: Ratty and bratty FT500 -83
« Last post by hellblom on August 27, 2021, 01:59:25 pm »
Nice looking bike! I do love mine and had a great summer on it. Was able to hit 160kph or 100mph on the highway so the 10,5:1 Wiseco piston does improve performance for sure.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/590564847
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Tech Section / Re: Piston knock
« Last post by hellblom on August 27, 2021, 01:48:43 pm »
Nope, haven't done it. I imagine it might be hard to get to all the bolts.
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Tech Section / Piston knock
« Last post by murdo on August 01, 2021, 03:58:12 am »
My 500 (with 43,000 miles on the second speedo, so total mileage is unknown) is down on power and has recently started the get a bit of piston knock/rattle. I have a new oversize piston ready to fit but am wondering (dumb question alert) if it is possible to lift off the head and barrel with engine in frame? Has any body done this? Thanks.
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The Thumper Years: Stock To Lightly Modified / What's it worth?
« Last post by goldenpony on July 22, 2021, 06:35:04 pm »
My wife has an '82 FT with 13,281 miles on the clock. Always garage kept. Good premium battery, good tires, red color, crash bars, progressive springs in front forks. Excellent condition. What could we realistically expect to get for it? Just curious.
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The Thumper Years: Modified To Full Customs / Re: Ratty and bratty FT500 -83
« Last post by murdo on July 05, 2021, 02:41:20 am »
Nice work.
Haven't been well enough to get out on mine lately, hoping to be fit for summer.
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