Has anyone had experience of Thorspark electronic ignition, marketed by Sussex Motorcycles? It fits in place of the points assembly in the mag, they say. It looks like a cure for all those infuriating magneto “issues”. : 🙂
Hi, no knowledge of that but my electronic “B-TH” seems excellent. The old mag on my other Scott seems fine after several years, if you get yours sorted by someone reputable it should give good service for many years.
Yes I put one on my two speeder, would not even start after .changed to my own coil ignition started first kick its still on the shelf in the box
Oh dear 😳 My mag gave 12years service after a slow and costly rebuild. I’m sure the lack of regular use is a contributing factor but I’ll let you know how I get on. If Alfred had had 21st Century technology I bet he wouldn’t have used a magneto! That should put the cat among the pigeons! 😆
What did you decide the problem was Eric? It has a 5 year guarantee did you contact the supplier? Just interested.
Fitted a B-TH electronic “mag” to my 34 600cc as did Bob Mather here in South Australia. Best thing we ever did ! Looks the part, starts easier, runs better, more power. Brilliant. Got sick of rebuilding lucas mags that clearly have trouble at the speed we ask them to rotate !
OK. I’ve got my money back so I can now give MY experience with the Thorspark electronic ignition. First one ran for about 3 minutes, bike stopped. Spark on switching on but no spark when cranking. Rang the supplier, he’s abroad, no answer. A week later he answers and agrees to replace the unit after I’ve returned it to him. 10 days later a replacement arrives. This time the bike runs very roughly for 10 minutes, stops, same symptoms as before only this time time I did not check the spark just knackered my knee trying to kick start!
Mr. Thorspark got very stroppy when I asked for a refund but eventually agreed under protest as he has sold “thousands”.and the’ve all been great. Now I’m waiting for a mag rewind so I hold my hands up to all those who advised that in the first place, I would have had it done by now. 🙁
Hi Chris sorry to hear of your problem , but glad its not only me ,when I spoke to him he just did not want to know. I had already had to send it back once as when it arrived it did not even fit my mag, had to send it back with the end of the mag so he could get one made to fit.
We make the Thorspark electronic ignition kits, and I would like to post an answer to the two comments above, which I do not think are fully just, and also have “missed out” a couple of minor details.
Firstly, I remember the order from Mr Wastell. He rang us mid-week a few months ago with an order for a magneto on a Scott. I told him that we were closing for a holiday for a week at the end of that week, and that as we actually make the kits here to order it would be touch and go if we could get it to him by the week-end. But he insisted it was urgent, so we did it.
I then got a phone call when I got back to say the kit had “blown”. This was very unusual and concerning, as we have, actually, made and sold many hundreds of these kits, and they don’t just blow after 3 minutes. While the vast majority are obviously not for Scotts but for other classic bikes, we have successfully made several for Scotts. We have hundreds of good feedbacks on our ebay listing from all over the world, we can’t make them up, and the kits are what they say on the tin: easy to fit and reliable. We have many repeat customers as well from most countries in the world, which testifies to a good experience. I was therefore very concerned that one had failed.
When we got the kit back it had been sawn up into pieces (“sawn up” is actually quite a nice description, it looked like it had been attacked by an angry bear!). I rang to enquire why this had been done, and was told that (despite a 5 year guarantee) he apparently wasn’t expecting any type of customer service, and had sawed it up to get to the electronics to try and find out what was wrong (!?). He said he had rung us and there was no answer (I had already told him that we would be closed for a week’s holiday when he placed the order, and told him there would be no-one here).
I would like to point out that if you had bought a mobile phone from 3, or a tv from comet, or any other company, and returned it sawn into pieces you would receive a fairly short answer. However, we then made him a new kit, and tested it for some miles on our test vehicle, to verify that it worked fully before sending it. Then if it went wrong again I would be able to suggest that there was a problem in the fitting. This is why there was a few days delay, as we do actually make them. We also test every kit on the bench before it is sent out, but not on a vehicle as in this case.
This kit also apparently failed almost immediately. I rang to try and find out what the problem was as this almost never happens, and to have one fail, let alone two, and one which we had already run ourselves, was extremely unlikely. We suspected there was some other problem, and wanted to get to the bottom of it, not to aportion blame. Mr Wastell refused to talk to us except to say everything was “perfect”, so we refunded his money. I merely said it was “under protest” as he had sawed one kit up, and also he would not help get to the bottom of the problem in any way. I was not impolite or terse at all, but ended up getting shouted at down the phone.
There is a double standard here, we did everything we could do in terms of customer service. We replaced the kit and on top of that refunded him, where I suspect no other company would have after he had sawn up the product , and he is still criticizing us. I apologise that it did not work in his case, but I am not sure it was entirely the fault of the kit. We actually have sold many hundreds of kits, and they don’t fail after 5 minutes, otherwise we would not be in business, obviously, nor would we give a 5 year guarantee. We actually do have very few problems, the kits are extremely reliable, and we really are happy to do everything we can to help our customers. Obvioulsy there are sometimes questions and problems as these are “fit yourself” kits, but we are happy to try to sort these out and are here to help. Unfortunately Mr Wastell had a poor experience, but his criticisms are somewhat unfair I would say.
Regarding Mr Bayliss, I am afraid I don’t recall the order. However I have very quickly scimmed through our order books, and the only Bayliss (not an Eric, and in the USA, so may not be the same person) that I can see is near the front of the first order book, so a few years ago. I can only state that I very much “do want to know”, as this is my business!.
Shouted down the phone? I don’t think so. I was extremely polite to Sussex Motorcycles, after all, I wanted a refund. As several on this forum already know I really am a retired aircraft engineer and my son in law really is an electronics expert at Westinghouse, so we’re not a couple of stumblies! I have no doubt that many people are getting great services from their Thorspark set ups and have said so all along.MY experience wasn’t so good. I got a great mag rebuild from the guy in Shaftesbury though and the bike pulls like a train. It’s just a shame that I had to repaint the frame where I had stripped it to bare metal to belt and brace the earths on everything, and there’s a hole in the toolbox where the switch was. 🙂