Motorcycle Petcocks 101

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

Can Proper Petcock Use Prevent This?

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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 forethought, everything usually goes pretty smoothly.

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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 damage or even a fire!  Flooding issues should not be ignored!

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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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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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Reasonable Part Substitutions for Honda GL1000s

You can never go wrong with OEM Honda parts. Fit, function, and reliability are never an issue. If you have a show bike, authenticity requirements dictate that you stick with Honda parts wherever possible. Of course, if show judges are looking at things like your timing belts, then you have bigger problems!

The following chart lists reasonable substitutes that have performed well for me and many others. This information is available elsewhere, but I decided to post it here for convenience since I’m often asked. Prices are considerably less than the equivalent Honda parts.

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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 time to time for any evidence of damage or deterioration which would warrant immediate replacement.

timing belt replacement

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Vintage Honda Restoration Experts

If you’re visiting my web site, you’re likely as crazy about vintage Hondas as I am. 

I no longer do restoration work. I recommend that you contact one of these skilled experts below for high quality restoration work.

1975 GL1000 Marilyn

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“Performance” Ignition / Carb Combination for ’78-’79 Honda GL1000 engines

I get lots of questions on this topic….

Honda GL1000 Ignition Advancer

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GL1000 VIN Codes, Etc. Explained

GL1000 Engine Restoration

Beautiful GL1000 engine restoration by customer Tom Cox of Loveland, Colorado

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