Randakk’s Amazing Grips – Install Tips for Motorcycle Grips

Another Gripping Randakk Video presentation:

Watch on YouTube for best results.

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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 before buying an old bike that’s been sitting. I “pass” on most opportunities to buy bikes with frozen engines. Bikes with frozen engines usually have a myriad of other problems that make them poor candidates for serious restoration efforts.

Barn Fresh GL1000

Here’s the method I use to resurrect GL1000 engines safely. This procedure is very effective in safely cleaning engine internals and removing varnish from the starter clutch rollers. The process works well for most internal combustion engines.

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Engine Compression Testing

Standard Compression Testing:
 
Compression readings depend on a number of critical variables and proper testing technique.
Compression Testing 1

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 time to time for any evidence of damage, oil contamination or deterioration which would warrant immediate replacement.timing belt replacement

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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.

GL1000 Location Diagram

Viton in Vintage Motorcycle Carburetor Components?

All of the ordinary round orings and many other components in Randakk’s Master Carb Overhaul Kits® are made of genuine Viton®. In fact, every oring we’ve ever shipped has been made of Viton®!

There are actually many “grades” of fluorinated synthetic rubber like Viton®. Randakk’s uses the same spec material that Mercedes and Toyota use in fuel system components that are subjected to the oxygenated “gasoline” marketed in North America.

Plus – through proprietary molds and other tooling assets, we make many other Viton® components ourselves via our own exclusive manufacturing arrangements. The proprietary components made in Randakk’s molds are not available elsewhere.

For diaphragm items such as accelerator pumps and air cut-off valves, we have direct and exclusive sourcing arrangements with superior production partners that by-pass normal trade distribution channels. This allows Randakk’s to impose unique-to-Randakk’s product specifications. 

Why is this important? Read on.

Float Bowl Gaskets VITON

Randakk’s Viton Float Bowl Gaskets

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Randakk’s Vintage Honda Race Team Sponsorships

Randakk’s Cycle Shakk is the Class Sponsor for AHRMA’s Vintage Superbike Lightweight Class.

This is a hyper-competitive class filled with many talented riders. For many years, the class was dominated by the mighty Honda FT500 Ascot thumper.

Randakk’s and Z-1 Enterprises are also sponsoring six-time AHRMA National Champion Dennis Parrish, who will be riding Hondas AND Kawasakis in the 2017 AHRMA vintage road-race series.

Dennis Parrish 2016

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Randakk’s Approved Carb Rebuilder Program

For Honda GL1000 / GL1100 / GL1200 / GL1500 / CBX / CX500 / DOHC-4 / FT500

Please read: Disclaimers

Visit our website for Master Carb Overhaul Kits and other items

Carb Rebuild Program

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Carb Cleaning (in situ lazy method)

You might consider Randakk’s GL1000 Carb Rebuild Video

Yamaha Carb Cleaner

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Fuel Filter Mounting Tips

Randakk’s High Performance Fuel Filters have many technical advantages and are super easy to install as demonstrated in this short video by by Shasta Smith – the Vintage Monkey.

More details on Randakk’s High Performance Fuel Filters here.