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]

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]

Randakk at 2018 Detroit Autorama Event: March 2-4 (Cobo Center)

Great news! Randakk will personally man a booth at the Detroit Autorama (March 2-4) ...as an Ambassador representing our 3 sister companies: Randakk's Cycle Shakk, Z1Enterprises and Mike's XS. … [Continue reading]

Motorcycle Petcocks 101

What is a petcock? Why is important to vintage motorcycle owners?  .  … [Continue reading]

How To Plan A Bike Project

Restoring a vintage bike is a rite of passage for any classic motorcycle enthusiast, but it is one that home mechanics often avoid. There really is no reason to be nervous about taking on a bike project, though. With a little planning and … [Continue reading]

Flooding Issues on Vintage Hondas

Flooding is a common problem in vintage Hondas - especially on bikes that don't get run much.  Flooding can be just a minor aggravation ...like hard starting or poor fuel mileage. But, it can also lead to catastrophic problems such as severe engine … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]