1983 Honda VT500F Ascot
Was a great 500 V-Twin
I purchased this bike used after getting out of the military. I only did routine maintenance - oil changes, tires, tune up, brakes, coolant, battery. I never had to replace any parts, other than routine things. When I sold the bike it still had the tires and brakes I put on it when I bought it. Came with a shaft drive, didn't leak oil, and always dependable. Previously owned an Xl250, which was also reliable; Honda quality.
It was a very nice bike and I hated that I sold it too. Excellent at taking corners - many times I'd beat the bigger super bikes (some did not like that). Only 498cc, light weight, and pretty fast. Top speed was 121 mph (remember it only had 2 cylinders). It was quick though for its size.
Not a very good long distance bike - the comfort level just wasn't there. Also had a small 2.5 gallon gas tank (at 50-65 MPG, I had a range of only 110 to 130 miles).
Later I rode the newer NT650 Hawk, but it seemed smaller, only could get it to show 108 mph on the speedo. I never did buy the NT650 and years went by without a motorcycle. Today I am ready to start riding again. Probably looking at something like a Goldwing or maybe an NC700X sounds about right.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 11th April, 2016