Jim Meyer’s 1978 Honda GL1000

Jim Meyer's GL1000

“I am totally in love with this bike after completing the build about 5 years ago. It’s a blast to ride and handles the twistys like no GL1000 was ever expected to. The power increase from the 40mm Webers, the sound from the carbon fiber exhaust, the great braking all add to the experience. How well it takes the curves, was really a big surprise to me. I’ve been to the other side of 100mph (please don’t tell my wife) more times than I can count, and it’s rock stable at that speed.

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Team Winston Runs Strong at 2018 AMA Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials

John Winston (aka "Winston") and team just completed their most productive run ever with the supercharged Honda GL1000 saltracer. New rider Larry Shields battled numerous gremlins (including a fried clutch) but still managed 136+ mph at Bonneville. … [Continue reading]

Engine Compression Testing

Standard Compression Testing:   Compression readings depend on a number of critical variables and proper testing technique. … [Continue reading]

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]

Recommended Honda GL1000 Timing Belt Change Interval

My recommendation for Honda GL1000 timing belts is simple: It you can't verify their age - change them! Thereafter, my recommendation is to change them every 5 years or 25,000 miles...whichever comes sooner. Obviously, they should be inspected from … [Continue reading]

Randakk’s Master Carb Overhaul Kit® for Honda GL1000 Parts Location Graphic

Note: The graphic for this Tech Tip is provided courtesy of Tom Thomas of Austell, GA. My GL1000 carb video goes into great detail on the placement of these bits, but the nice graphic below  provided by Tom Thomas is a handy quick reference. … [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]

February is Customization Month!

For many of us, our motorcycle is an extension of our personality. A two-wheeled conglomerate of metal and self-expression. This month's featured products are dedicated to those individuals eager to chop, weld, bend, and customize their bike into a … [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]

Not so “Green,” No-Drop Idle Mixture Adjustment Method

I find the factory recommended idle mixture screw setting specs to be very close to ideal. They are listed here for the Honda GL1000. I do usually richen them up an extra 1/8 to 1/4 turn (out) to compensate for the leaner modern “gasoline” … [Continue reading]