If you want an ignition for racing, without any generator, then have a look at the Electrex World system. It is not cheap at £500+ but if you order a CB500 Honda system and let them know it is for a Benelli, they will adjust the taper on the system to fit. Selwyn Motorcycles have fitted these to several racing machines in the past and they are totally self generating without the need for a battery. I have used these systems for many years on my vintage motocross and trials bikes without any trouble.
Sorry cant send you a picture of my system as bike is currently at Selwyn Motorcycles but will post a picture when it comes back in 10 days or so.
hooroo, Errol www.engenia.com.au [136,351 km - and counting .....]
I had a problem with one cylinder though. The bloody rope managed to coil itself inside the cylinder in such a way as to tie a loose knot. As I pulled the rope out, the knot tightened and jammed against the inside of the plug hole. Was a prick of a thing to get out, but that's another story.
So if you ever use the rope trick, choose a thin rope like para cord. Tie an overhand knot in it and measure the width of the knot. If the knot is bigger than the spark plug hole, get a thinner piece of cord.
BTW, the rope method for stopping the piston is no good for determining TDC. Rope is too soft, so it doesn't provide a positive stop with the piston in exactly the same place for the forwards and backwards measurements.
Many thanks for the replies and excellent info. Since posting this query I have been rooting around on the internet and found a Dynojet ignition that I thought looked about the right size base plate. Fortunately it fits almost perfectly ( just needed the top bolt hole dremeled out around 3mm to the left ) . I have used these twice before and been very impressed. The timing was set up easily using a wired bulb and checked when warm using a strobe. The engine now runs really smoothly from tickover to top end. Phil
Sprocket...... great description on “How to set up a degree wheel”. I made mine strong enough to leave in place, while the engine is running. This will allow me to confirm idle and total advance, with a timing light. When I get it all done, i’ll Add some photos!
Is there a way to attach pdf files here?
I want to attach my CD sized degree wheel file. Then anyone could print it out on A4 paper and glue it a CD to make their own degree wheel.
So I finally fitted the degree wheel to the crankshaft of the SEI. Next I’ll have to build a fixed pointer, align the degree wheel at true TDC and then fire it up. Finally, with a timing light I can confirm I have the rotor locked down in exactly right spot..... Need to find 24 X 1.5mm nut to fix firmly.
Photo of the timing wheel attached to crank end. Still need a 24 X 1.5mm nut and to build a fixed pointer.....
I have a 24 x 1.5 nut. I could scan it and email it to you
Found one...... Thanks.