Singles & Electronic ignition suggestions.

gtsun

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I've been wanting to put a electronic ignition system in my 1968 BSA 441 Shooting Star for years & just haven't gotten around to it. I'm wondering if anyone has had much experience with this & is there a system that would be preferred for singles like this? I really like what I think is the Tri cores easy set up but I know very little about it. Just seems so much easier then chasing it around the garage at 3,000 RPM. Thanks, Glenn.
 
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Sachse is worth asking.
After Volkers death another fellow has taken over the Sachse ignitions and they are reported to start selling at the end of this month.
They are reliable, easy to install and set up.
I've had one on a 450 Ducati RT for a while and am pleased with starting, idle and performance.

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gtsun said:
Just seems so much easier then chasing it around the garage at 3,000 RPM. Thanks, Glenn.

Put the stand legs on a rubber mat.

You have to time the electronic systems with a strobe lamp, too, you know.
 
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Triton Thrasher said:
gtsun said:
Just seems so much easier then chasing it around the garage at 3,000 RPM. Thanks, Glenn.

Put the stand legs on a rubber mat.

You have to time the electronic systems with a strobe lamp, too, you know.
That maybe true of a Boyer, but with the Sachse, you use an LED on the ignition, that has to be triggered at TDC, very easy to do. Boyer would be the cheap alternative however.
 
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Triton Thrasher said:
If you don't check the timing with a strobe lamp, you will not know the fully advanced timing.
With the sachse ignition, the timing map was absolutly correct, but yes i did check it with a strobe. Its so much easier than setting up Boyer timing
 

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You may like to consider http://bt-h.biz

They have a range of magnetos with modern up to date internals.

All the benefits of electronic ignitions but with zero reliance on a battery/charging system. 8)
 
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Why even bother with EI on a single?You'll get a stronger spark with points and it will generally start easier.It won't stop if you have low battery voltage.
 
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Points are fine but the AA units eventually wear out. They are unobtainium on my '61 Matchless G3 which normally has the 6V battery/points ignition. So I converted to 12V (which has a lot of advantages too) and went with a Pazon Sure-fire unit. I never did strobe time it - just the calibrated stick down the sparkplug hole method. (The static timing is set at the full advance position.) I would have had to make timing marks as there are none. (Also the alternator stator stays with the primary case.) It was a big improvement in starting and overall running. They do make a 6V unit too but they don't recommend it. I like Pazons and run the Altair model on the Norton.
 

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You guys are correct, the Ones with the LED are the ones I was thinking of. It used to be a one or two kick start bike but even after rebuilding/cleaning the carb and full tune up it's still hard to start now. Just thinking of ways to make it better. A friend told me about a modification to add two clutch plates to stop any slippage during kick starts, said his are all one kick start bikes since doing this. Anyone done this? I guess they added plates to the B50 versions..
 
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gtsun said:
said his are all one kick start bikes since doing this.
If it won't start easily with points that are in reasonable condition,don't expect it to start any easier with EI.It's just not going to happen.
 
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