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. Winston and Larry have big plans for next year! 

Team Winston’s Supercharged GL1000 Salt Racer

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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 1-of-1 kind of ride.

To visit some of the custom work of Randakk’s customers, visit our Bike Gallery here

CBX Handlebar Conversion Kit

Randakks Honda CBX Handlebar Conversion Kit

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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.

Idle FUEL Mixture Screw on Honda GL1000

I do usually richen them up an extra 1/8 to 1/4 turn (out) to compensate for the leaner modern “gasoline” which is diluted with ethanol in most US markets.

But sometimes, you just need an excuse to do some high performance tuning on your bike! 🙂 

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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.

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Motorcycle Petcocks 101

What is a petcock? Why is important to vintage motorcycle owners?  . 

Can Proper Petcock Use Prevent This?

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Internally Collapsed Header on Honda GL1000?

Internally Collapsed Header on Honda GL1000?

Collapsed GL1000 Header

Example courtesy of Steve Seamans of NGWClub Forum

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One in a Million! Allan Zahrt’s Million Mile GL1000

How many million mile motorcycles are there?  Answer below. Read on!

July 2017

Allan Zahrt with his Million Mile GL1000!

In the early seventies Honda launched without fanfare an ambitious project. Internally, Honda had a bold plan: to build the world’s best motorcycle. Not just the best Japanese motorcycle  – the best motorcycle available anywhere in the world. Period! The eventual result of this project was revealed to the world at the Cologne, Germany International Motorcycle Show (INTERMOT) in October, 1974 as the GL1000.

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Honda GL1000 Timing Advance Unit Details

OEM Honda Timing Advance Unit Details:
Honda-GL1000-Ignition-Advancer

This simple device is critical to proper ignition function on Honda GL1000s!
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Intake Runner Leak Testing Method for Honda GL1000, GL1100 and GL1200

This Tech Tip is provided courtesy of Fred Reckling of Las Vegas, NV.

In my Honda GL1000 Carb Rebuild video, I show the method I use for testing intake runners for hidden leaks. I use rubber stoppers and a vacuum pump for this testing. My method works very well, but sometimes folks have a challenge finding the right size rubber stoppers and the hose barb needed to duplicate my rig.

Fred Reckling devised a slightly simpler method that works very well. This method works for GL1000, GL1100 and GL1200 intakes.

Intake leak testing for carb rebuild

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Problems with Aftermarket Float Valves

I get lots of emails like this one: 

“I purchased four “Napco Carb rebuild Kits” in addition to some parts from you like plenum seals, etc. I probably should have purchased your Master Kit. Anyway, 2 of the Napco float valves would not seat properly resulting in a lot of frustrating problems. With your recommendation, I cleaned and put the original Honda float valves back into the carbs. Problem Solved. Thanks!”Lee Korb – Raleigh, NC

Aftermarket Float Valve

Failed Aftermarket Float Valve

Photo courtesy Mike Nixon. All Rights Reserved 

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