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]

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]