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.
On some bikes (including the Honda GL1000), the front calipers can actually be installed on the wrong side! Front brake calipers on all bikes must be installed with the bleed screw “up.”
This simple requirement can get corrupted when brake parts are carelessly “mixed-and matched” or installed without care. Whatever the explanation, this error leads to two serious issues:
- Brake hoses will be too short and “kinked” at an odd angle creating a serious safety hazard!
- Air bleed nipples with be rendered worthless, since they are no longer at the top of the caliper where air bubbles rise. The brake system can never be fully “bled” of trapped air.
Caliper “Reversed” – Note Stress on Brake Hose!
J.R. Luksik of CBX-tras has created superb NEW reproductions of Honda’s discontinued rear wheel dampers for Honda 6 Cylinder CBX, DOHC-4 “F” and VF Bikes.
I was happy to assist with a little R&D assistance …mainly by hacking up an old wheel! 🙂
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.
Unfortunately the economics of engine rebuilding are very poor on these engines. Here’s some advice if you think you need a rebuild.