Honda FT500 Ascot Review from United States of America

1982 Honda FT500 Ascot

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1984
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired2000 miles
Most recent distance14000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda GL1100


My favorite motorcycle of all time


I have owned 4, yes 4 FT500 Ascots over the past 25 years.

One had the starter solenoid fail. One had a starter that was inconsistent.

Right side panel / covers fall off. Use a zip tie.

General Comments:

I really like light weight standards. I have owned over 60 motorcycles. In my garage I have a DR350, GR650 Twin and a ST1100 V4. The Honda FT500 single cylinder, is such a good bike that I buy every one I can get a good deal on.

At 6' 3" I did have a saddle maker take the hump out of the saddle for me.

Flat smooth power.

50-55 mpg.

Will go 70 mph up hill and against the wind.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th April, 2012

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 1 review