Honda GL1000 Smokes on Initial Startup?

Catastrophe or Nuisance?

Smoke on initial Startup 1

Greg Jones (left) and Al Wransky (right). Photo by Scott Larson
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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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Engine Rebuilding for GoldWings?

Unfortunately the economics of engine rebuilding are very poor on these engines.  Here’s some advice if you think you need a rebuild.

GL1000-Engine

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GL1200 Motorcycle Gallery

John Westcott’s ’84 GL 1200I “Dark” with Standard Tank Pod – Clarkdale, AZ

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GL1100-Powered Pulse Gallery

“Before and After” – Bob Hichborn’s GL1100-powered Pulse – Clermont, FL

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