Kick Starting a ’75-’77 Honda GL1000

Starters are very reliable on GL1000s, but it’s nice to have a back-up. The back-up kick start lever is found only on ’75-’77 models. Honda deemed this extravagant redundancy was unnecessary and dropped the feature on later models.  I’ve actually needed the kick starter on several occasions to make it home when some aspect of the very reliable electric starting system failed. I also use my kick starter for another reason: it’s a good test of your bike’s overall state of tune. If it will start with the kick start lever, then you have a well tuned bike! There are many maintenance operations (like setting timing) where the kick starter provides some nice convenience.

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Motorcycle Fuel Mileage Issues

Warning: Controversial Material! I get lots of inquiries about fuel mileage these days. It's no surprise given highly volatile fuel prices! Here's what I know about the subject. … [Continue reading]

Vintage Motorcycle Carbs – Lean vs. Rich?

Experienced wrenches sometimes forget that we operate with a set of understandings that becomes so ingrained as to become second nature. I don't normally rely on gizmos like the K&N Air Fuel Monitor shown on my supercharged GL1000 (above). But … [Continue reading]

Honda DOHC-4 Performance Parts

Randakk's CB1123F Cafe Racer! Extensive "Build" Photo Album (200+ photos) This bike was built for me by J.R. Luksik of CBX-tras with assistance from Ken Sperry, Rosey Lackey, Jr., Al Bergler, Jim Sawtell, Dennis Parrish and many others. … [Continue reading]

Tips on Buying a Used Honda GL1000

Introduced in 1975, the Honda GL1000 was a stunning technical achievement. The original, unfaired GoldWing was the world's biggest, heaviest and second fastest bike available at the time (only the mighty Kawasaki Z1 was swifter). Novel features … [Continue reading]

Brake Bleeding Tips

Bleeding the brakes on a GL1000 is straightforward and well-covered in any manual. However, this can be a most aggravating task. Below are some tips to reduce your frustration. … [Continue reading]

Electrical Meltdown!

This ever happen to you?  Randakk customer Randy Troy of Oceanside, CA recently faced this challenge during the resurrection of a '79 CBX - the alternator harness plug was 100% "toast!" Don't worry, there's an easy solution ...and an easy … [Continue reading]

Randakk’s Amazing Grips – Install Tips for Motorcycle Grips

Another Gripping Randakk Video presentation: Watch on YouTube for best results. … [Continue reading]

What I’ve Learned from AHRMA Vintage Roadracing

By: Randall Washington (aka Randakk) Vintage motorcycles can change your life. I mean that quite literally. Building a business immersed in such fabulous machinery has been quite a ride.  One of the best aspects? Working with the American Historic … [Continue reading]

Starting a Honda GL1000 after a Long Lay-up

I'm often asked how to return an engine to service after a long lay-up. The starting point would be an engine which hasn't been started in several years. Hopefully, the crankshaft will turn freely without heroic measures. You should always check this … [Continue reading]