[Public-List] Electronic Ignition
Gordon Laco via Public-List
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Wed Oct 8 16:23:06 PDT 2014
That's a beautiful machine, Jeff
On 2014-10-08, at 5:25 PM, Jeffrey via Public-List <public-list at lists.alberg30.org> wrote:
> I've got a little experience with points on old motorcycles. I've got two
> older Triumph motorcycles, a 1967 Tiger and a 1977 Bonneville. The 1977
> I've had for years, and has been a continuous restoration project. At this
> time, it still has points ignition. The points need attention every so
> often, as does the mechanism that they are attached to. My experience has
> been the same as what Gord describes, they've never left me cold, and I can
> tell when they need some fiddling. This bike is a kick-start, and starting
> it brings about a sense of occasion, always with a little finger crossing.
> In the end, it almost always starts after 3 to 8 kicks. Some of this
> is also attributed to slightly low compression in one cylinder, to be
> The 1967 is complete restoration, and has been fitted with an electronic
> ignition. It starts (kick start as well) on the first or second kick every
> time. It starts quick and roars to life. I've not had the bike long enough
> to know how reliable the ignition will be in the long run, but deviating
> from stock in the world of old English bikes is something that's discussed
> at length, and I don't know anyone who's regretted going to electronic
> ignition. But then again, on a motorcycle you can always walk home. Not so
> easy with a boat.
> Based on my motorcycle experience, if there was a reliable electronic
> ignition available, I'd go for it. There's so many things to go wrong on a
> boat, I think a good solid state electronic part would be low on the list
> to worry about.
> I can't help but show off my 1967 Tiger, I still get a tickle when looking
> at it!
> Seagrass. #116
> Boothbay Harbor, Maine
> On Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 5:01 PM, Gordon Laco via Public-List <
> public-list at lists.alberg30.org> wrote:
>> I'm no expert on engines, but I've been told by the people who work on mine
>> that electronic ignition never needs adjusting... But when it goes it goes
>> suddenly and it's dead.
>> Points may require adjustment and periodical replacement...but when they go
>> they usually go slowly with a half life during which time you know you've
>> got trouble brewing.
>> Surprise has points which I have replaced every couple of years. They cost
>> just a few dollars (there's an automotive product number for them on
>> George's website) and it's easy to do.
>> Does anyone have real experience?
>> #426 Surprise
>> On 08/10/14 4:51 PM, "Bill Newman via Public-List"
>> <public-list at lists.alberg30.org> wrote:
>>> I have been looking at electronic igition for my old style Alberg engine
>>> will appreciate any comments on the advantages and/or disadvantages of
>>> this change. For example is it more reliable and what do you do if it
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