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Old 11-18-2012, 11:52 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Stagehand View Post
I have one as well. Its essentially not noticeably different functionally from OEM in the slightest except its $300 instead of $500, and as said, its rebuildable.
Its a good solid piece of gear, effectively making the OEM obsolete, unless youre a total BMW purist and must have only original crap.

Actually- I will say that its probably functionally better than OEM, because the advance unit is now electronic as opposed to the stock's mechanical,, where the springs and lilbits could break or wear out eventually. So now that it has no moving parts it should be pretty much impervious to the ravages of time except for extremes of heat.
mechanical ignition advance rarely if ever leave you stranded. worst case mechanical advance gets sticky, fixed by a shot of penetrating oil. which should get a shot when ever points gets service, in the case of beancan with points.

vs electronic components, if they fail it's catastrophic. you are walking unless you brought a spare. which with field serviceable Alpha, spare halls sensor and spare brain box could be carried .. add another $150 or so for spares.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:03 PM   #17
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This is the thread I've been waiting for. My bean can works but is questionable about hanging advance weights (Yes, i know all the discussions about whether they do or not).

If the upcoming quick & dirty clean & lube to my bean can doesn't satisfy me, then the Alpha will soon follow.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:17 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by boxerboy81 View Post
Howdy Hunsta.
There's a bloke in QLD (Bulldust is his Adv name) that has also developed a similar thing. It's called Red Centre Ignition.

Here`s another link to the Red Centre twin trigger Ignition. Let me say that John is a friend of mine, so I am touting for him, but one of these devices is going in to my new R100GS build and I have heard nothing but good reports from those people that are using them.

Have a look, have chat with John if you wish and make your own mind up.
David Hunn:
R100GS Ray Peake special.

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