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Old 09-23-2013, 09:17 PM   #28871
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I'll also point out that the guy who gave it to me said it was running fine when he parked it, but it's been parked about a year. He said the only problem with it was the front brake leaking. I'm working that out. I can handle a leaky brake reservoir.
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Clutches will lock up from sitting. I imagine in a humid climate this will happen in less time. If the frictions and steels were stuck even a tiny bit!!!!! that is a locked up clutch. You can either clean them like crazy with Scotch-Brite, or replace them. Be sure to use Honda MTF transmission oil when filling the transmission (if it doesn't use a common oil sump for the engine and transmission).

With my rototiller I will park it for the winter with the clutch disengaged and tied off so the clutch surfaces are not touching each other. The one time I didn't do that the clutch seized up and I had to disassemble it to unlock it, even then it was "grabby" for several hours of operation until things seated back in. Same goes for dirt bikes, etc. that are stored outside in the shed.


Just thought of something, does this bike have a hydraulic clutch? If so it could be the hydraulic system, not the clutch itself. Given that the brakes and clutch hydraulics sometimes share a reservoir and the brakes are not working right that could be an issue.
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I'll also point out that the guy who gave it to me said it was running fine when he parked it, but it's been parked about a year. He said the only problem with it was the front brake leaking. I'm working that out. I can handle a leaky brake reservoir.
with it being as old as it is, i would check the clutch springs for wear. they could be weak and not allowing the clutch discs to seperate like they should.

order a catalog from Dennis Kirk. they carry a lot of bike parts for lots of different brands and types of motorcycles. the catalogs are free.

https://www.denniskirk.com/

your bike is also called a Honda Ascot 500. they were a very popular bike in their day. i came close several times in buying one years ago.
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The clutch is cable operated. There is a common oil sump for the motor and tranny. The front and rear brake each have their own separate reservoir. Almost every system seems to be a stand alone.

The whole system is very, VERY simple. That's what's driving me nuts. I think I'll either pull all the plates and clean them, or ride the piss out of it (if I can) and see if it'll free up.
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I knew a guy years ago that had a 500 single enduro. He would not sell that thing for the world.
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The clutch is cable operated. There is a common oil sump for the motor and tranny. The front and rear brake each have their own separate reservoir. Almost every system seems to be a stand alone.

The whole system is very, VERY simple. That's what's driving me nuts. I think I'll either pull all the plates and clean them, or ride the piss out of it (if I can) and see if it'll free up.
here's some more information on your bike.

http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/model/Honda/honda_ft500.htm
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It's free, so what about it?...
Nothing, always thought of the "thumpers" as more suited to dirt biking. I know a guy on a 250 Kawasaki single who is riding it to save gas on his back-and-forth with work.

I wouldn't mind the 500cc, but I would want the two cylinder ninja from a couple of years ago. I'm too old/brittle for the cb750 I had BITD.
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Nothing, always thought of the "thumpers" as more suited to dirt biking. I know a guy on a 250 Kawasaki single who is riding it to save gas on his back-and-forth with work.

I wouldn't mind the 500cc, but I would want the two cylinder ninja from a couple of years ago. I'm too old/brittle for the cb750 I had BITD.
I rode the hell outta my mom's 500 twin vulcan, and loved it. Honestly, I would prefer the 500 in a twin I believe. But free is free. You can't beat free with a big stick.
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I rode the hell outta my mom's 500 twin vulcan, and loved it. Honestly, I would prefer the 500 in a twin I believe. But free is free. You can't beat free with a big stick.
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Nothing, always thought of the "thumpers" as more suited to dirt biking. I know a guy on a 250 Kawasaki single who is riding it to save gas on his back-and-forth with work.

I wouldn't mind the 500cc, but I would want the two cylinder ninja from a couple of years ago. I'm too old/brittle for the cb750 I had BITD.
unless they have changed the defintion of "thumper", it use to mean a larger displacement four stroke dirt bike, usually an enduro or woods bike. pretty much like a Honda XR400 or XR600 type of dirt bike.
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