Why not fit an ET ignition? It is essentially the same as a magneto except the point, high tension coil and magnet generator are separate instead of in a single unit. No housing sticking off the side of the motor and readily available parts.
Fair enough question. Almost all my Harleys
were Electronic Ignition. Love it. No problems with
it. I was riding long distance so liked the maintenance
free part and reliability. Never had one go bad.
However due to two back surgeries and arthritis I just
Can’t ride longer than an hour. Reason I sold my last
Harley. Since I was 10 years old I have loved motorcycles.
Could hardly wait for Cycle Magazine came out each
month. Motorcycles have really been my life and
Passion. I always chose having a bike first over a car
If I could not afford both.
Since I can’t really ride anymore, doesn’t mean I won’t
own and work on motorcycles.
So decided to drop working on Harleys and start restoring
Vintage British bikes. This BSA has been a learning
Experience for me. I figured $2000-$3000 to restore.
LOL....EVERYTHING ON THIS BIKE HAS HAD TO
BE REPLACED. Every nut, bolt, and screw too. Easier
to list what has not been replaced. Those would be the
Frame, swingarm (well replaced the bushings), fork lower
legs, rear brake rod, both hubs, chain guard, side covers,
Gas tank (though painting), shift lever, rear brake pedal,
Engine steady, tool box, battery tray, coil mounts, carb
(though rebuilding and add back the choke and lever),
Engine lower end (rebuilding top end with new pistons,
rings, valve stems, &c), that’t it. Everything else is new.
I am now at or will be at $5000 not including the cost of
Who would have thought? Obviously not me. Wasn’t
until I tore down the bike that I found out how really
bad it was.
Soooooo, my plan was/is to sell the bike and buy
another to restore. Selling will be a few thousand
dollars lost. IF I keep it will remain stock ignition,
(but would run a mag if there was one as I really
like mags. But there isn’t and since it will be ridden
short distances not going to spend more on an
Electronic ignition then). Points are fine with me.
Selling it and adding Electronic ignition would just
add to my loss. I bought the stock coils, rectifier,
zenor diode, points, and new AAU, wiring harnesses,
first thing before tearing down the bike and knowing
how bad it was.