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]

Honda GL1000 Smokes on Initial Startup?

Catastrophe or Nuisance? Greg Jones (left) and Al Wransky (right). Photo by Scott Larson … [Continue reading]

Jim Meyer’s 1978 Honda 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 … [Continue reading]

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]

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]