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Morris Magneto

Morris Magneto

There are few products on the HD aftermarket which became iconic but Morris Magnetos certainly are among them and have been the favoured choice of sporting riders since decades. Magneto ignitions have a long tradition with Milwaukee’s finest on both street and race motorcycles and in their heyday were considered as the performance ignition of choice. Admittedly, today with space age, programmable, digital multi-spark battery ignitions, magnetos appear somewhat outdated but if you are looking for a reliable, powerful and simple ignition system, a magneto is still an option. Besides, it looks as cool as cool can be.

Battery ignitions depend on a charging system, battery and coil to create a spark, with wires scattered all over your motorcycle. In contrast, a Morris Magneto’s charge comes directly from a self-contained spinning magnet - straightforward and effective. The W&W selection includes magnetos for a wide model range. Mag housings and, where applicable, the gear covers are machined from billet aluminum; standard finish is “as machined”, however, some versions are available polished. All kits come complete with necessary hardware and mounting instructions.

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Morris ZEV Magneto
Morris ZEV Magneto
In the early days of motorcycling batteries and charging systems were a far cry from what we know today and a constant source of trouble for riders who were stuck in the middle of nowhere with dead batteries. So when Robert Bosch from Germany came out with a compact, lightweight magneto ignition at the beginning of the 20th century it was quickly and gladly received by most riders for its simplicity and dependability. The only drawback was that you had no power for lighting which had to be accomplished with an acetylene (carbide) system. 1912 was the first year when you could order your new Harley-Davidson with a Bosch magneto ignition, made under license in the US, and the factory continued to offer this as an option until 1929 for all F-series ioe models.
The magneto offered here is made by the renowned US company Morris and it represents an authentic reproduction of the legendary Bosch ZEV type for 45° V-Twins. From the exterior you can hardly tell the difference from its historic counterpart, with cable activated advance-retard, cotton braided spark plug wires and cast end plates, but inside it features various updates to make it even more reliable than its great-grandfather, including an improved armature, coil and "modern" points. It is driven by the stock magneto gear which is also available and mounts with 3/8”-16 bolts to the crankcase.
Can be fitted on J-series (battery ignition) models, where it requires modification of the gear case.
The drive shaft deliberately has no keyway. With a tight nut the drive gear will safely stay in place on the shaft taper. And without the key timing can be set more easily and accurately.
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