Honda FT500 Ascot Single Parts

Honda FT500 Ascot Single

Honda’s 500cc thumper was not for everyone. It had a praying mantis look to it that appealed to some, while others wondered if even its mother loved it. But the FT500 was an individual in a world of conformity.

Honda let its iconoclastic single loose on the world in 1982, prepared to compete for a share of the midsized street bike market dominated by twin-cylinder machines. Thanks to thoughtful engineering, the FT (Flat Track) was not plagued with the vibration issues that had beleaguered previous high-compression singles, and it offered advantages that should have made it interesting to riders within its niche.

Honda’s R&D side quelled the thumper’s natural vibrations through simple counterbalancing, which at first is counterintuitive. How do you balance a single? Honda elected to place weights fore and aft of the piston, one on its own shaft and one riding the transmission shaft. Linked via chain, this system brought the FT’s vibrations to unnoticeable levels at cruising RPM, and only slightly bothersome at the upper range of the power band.

The smooth-running FT could compete with the twins in the area of comfort, and it was lighter than most, coming in at a then-lithe 378 pounds. It made 34 horsepower at 6200 RPM and nearly 30 pound-feet of torque at 5000 RPM. Not stellar numbers even for the early 80s, but quick enough for sporty riding thanks to its singular thrust-to-weight ratio. Its engine was thoroughly modern, with an overhead cam and four valves. With its nimble chassis and ample maximum lean angle, Honda’s little thumper could run with many more purpose-built sport machines.

Inspired as it was by the flat trackers of the day, the FT500 was made for commuting, not racing. It was electric-start only in a time when sudden, inexplicable mechanical failure was common, and that made riders nervous. Its odd looks didn’t earn it many admirers either, and U.S. sales were weak from the start. For its price, though, it was near the top of the heap in terms of bang-per-buck performance.

The FT500’s meager sales mean it is rare today, but that lack of popularity also means pricing is earthly. If you can find one, they make excellent vintage Honda restoration projects. An agile bike that is friendly to the beginning rider, Honda’s roadster thumper makes an interesting addition to any classic Japanese motorcycle collection.

Randakk’s is one of the web’s best sources for vintage Honda performance parts and component. We proudly stock vintage Honda engine and carburetor parts, suspension and brake components, electrical parts, filters, grips and various performance and reproduction Honda parts. Catering to rarities with character like the FT500 fits our mold.

Every FT500 part you see listed on Randakk’s is in stock in our warehouse. Typically, your order will ship within 24 hours of completion, and we are happy to ship to all 50 U.S. states and more than 50 countries. Our mission: to preserve and improve classic Hondas. When you begin your vintage Honda restoration, look to Randakk’s for reproduction Honda parts. Randakk’s is here to provide the maintenance parts your Honda needs. Mile after mile, we’re in it for the long haul. 

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  1. Float Pin Removal Tool
    Part #
    100-1147
    Another Randakk Exclusive!This clever tool helps remove stubborn float pins with less risk of breaking the float pin posts (stanchions), so you won??t need one of my float post repair kits! Created by my friend Bob Hagerman, these tools are made of hardened steel and will last a lifetime. Randakk's Float Pin Removal To... 
  2. Upgraded Front Master Cylinder - Version B - 14mm Piston
    Part #
    100-1166
    A and B Versions now available to fit a wide range of motorcycles: Front Master Cylinder VersionFitment Chart Summary of Models CoveredA - 5/8 inch PistonTypical model coverage: Appropriate for most motorcycles with two (2) front brake rotors:Honda GL1000 Honda GL1100 Honda DOHC4 models Honda CBXB - 14 mm PistonTypical... 
  3. Randakk's Gen II Amazing Grips
    Part #
    100-1181
    If you favor chrome and foam grips with tassels, read no further - these are not for you. But if you're a serious rider, these are simply the best grips available. Great for discriminating riders of any motorcycle with 7/8" bars requiring "standard" length grips: 5" - 5 1/2"Developed for experienced riders wh... 
  4.  Randakk's Upgraded Front Master Cylinder
    Part #
    100-1167
    A and B Versions now available to fit a wide range of motorcycles: Front Master Cylinder VersionFitment Chart Summary of Models CoveredA - 5/8 inch PistonTypical model coverage: Appropriate for most motorcycles with two (2) front brake rotors:Honda GL1000 Honda GL1100 Honda DOHC4 models Honda CBXB - 14 mm PistonTypical... 
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  5. High Performance Fuel Filter - 5/16 Inch Inlet/Outlet
    Part #
    100-1150
    Filter Testing at Virginia International Raceway on RC-003 Filter Inlet/Outlet Size Filter Fitment Models 1/4 inch All Honda GL1000s All Honda GL1100s Honda GL1200: All '84-'85 models and most '86 models depending on original market destination. Early DOHC-4 models. Early CBX models. Any other c... 
  6. Honda FT500 Master Carb Overhaul Kit
    Part #
    100-1227
    Randakk Master Carb Overhaul Kit? for Honda FT500 Ascot. World's Best FT500 Kit! HONDA FT500 MASTER CARB OVERHAUL KIT Here's another Randakk exclusive item designed to help you put your FT500 carb in top working order. Randakk Master Carb Overhaul Kit(R) includes everything you need (and nothing you d... 
  7. Handlebar Grip Adhesive ThreeBond Griplock Glue
    Part #
    TU53-0427
    1oz tube - use this ThreeBond adhesive to ensure your grips do not twist or slip on the handlebars. Keyword: TB1501C Glue 
  8. Auxiliary Gas Tank
    Part #
    TU03-1500
    This impact resistant- graduated tank takes the place of the original gas tank while performing carb synchronizing. Includes four feet of 1/4" fuel line and brass petcock. Suggestion: look for a used hospital or doctors office IV stand.  These come with 4 or 5 wheels on a weighted base, telescoping stand, and cur... 
  9. Chain Rivet & Breaker Tool - Heavy-Duty
    Part #
    TU15-8135
    Motion Pro Heavy-Duty chain breaker. Designed to break 520 to 630 chain. This tool will rivet 520 to 530 chain.View Technical Documentation 
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