Road Racer – 1982 Honda Ascot FT500

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Named after Ascot Park, a former flat-track raceway in Los Angeles, the Honda Ascot (also known as the VT500) was a V-Twin standard that was styled after flat-track bikes. But this one’s been customized to tackle a different form of competition – road racing!

The Ascot didn’t sell well, but owners are passionate about this bike – an excellent Motorcycle Classics article suggests that it’s a “tight handling, urgent machine with seamless power and acceleration.”

The seller of this example (VIN: JH2PC0704CM010238) says it “is unlike anything you have ever ridden.” The list of modifications is intense, but a few highlights include the front end from a ’98 CBR600F3 (claimed to be an ex HRC Ben Bostrom factory bike), rear end from a ’92 CBR600F2 with a fully-adjustable Penske shock and F3 rear wheel, 1980 XR500 engine that’s been bored to 568cc with a Wiseco 12.5:1 compression piston, Kibblewhite valves, Megacycle roller cam, Megacycle race springs and keepers, Eral’s remote oil cooler, Nology coil, 39mm Keihin flat slide carb, custom exhaust with Termignoni carbon fiber can off a Ducati 1098, and fresh paint on the bodywork. It runs on 110 octane leaded race fuel. This thing is cool!

Find this Ascot for sale in Dahlonega, Georgia with an unmet opening bid of $4,750 or a BIN of $5,250 here on eBay.