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jackb

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V1000 ignition
« on: July 30, 2017, 11:35:55 AM »
Hello all HO.  I really need some help guys. A little history first of all. I purchased bike at the auction. Did little with it until 1989. Then registered and made contact with Mick. He them did some serious modification and I ran it for a few miles. Never did run great but was better after Mick had it again for service but never a pleasure. Consequently ver little used with only 1500 miles on the cloc until recently when I had carbs stripped and cleaned plus an engine service. Seemed to run ok but oiled plugs very easily. Started to enjoy riding it but still not right. A few days ago refused to start. Checked plug sparks which, in my limited experience did not seem great. I had two new coils so last night I fitted( not without a struggle). Was delighted that engine started straight away and sounded better than for a while. Was late and raining so didn't road test. Eager to try this morning was so disappointed when refused to start. Checked spark and seems ok but not what I would call brilliant. Oddly, plugs not wet now but do have fuel in carbs. Now I desperately need some help or pointers. Could it suddenly be the amplifier?????. Any suggestion very welcome,,,,, please,,,, Jack.

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Re: V1000 ignition
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2017, 01:37:47 PM »
Hello Jack,

Does your bike still have Lucas RITA? If so, GOOD! I never understood the Fad for changing to digital electronic ignition on an engine that has so much else wrong with it. The RITA setup isn't smart and certainly is not clever but with a decent battery and good wiring / connections, it will always work. This is the key. Check every wiring connection and especially the earth connections, and make sure the battery is tiptop. Sadly, the voltage across the 6volt coils drops to about 4.7 volts whilst the starter motor is running, which is precisely when you most want the full 6 volts for a nice fat spark at the plugs.

Fuel problems are usually limited to water in the bottom of the floatbowls or badly run choke cables that don't allow the enrichment plungers to snap shut fully.

Not sure where you are but I am in Dorset, UK if you want a hand...? Take my V1000 for a spin and that will show you how good these bikes can be, when sorted!


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Re: V1000 ignition
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2017, 07:12:21 PM »
Hi Rob.
Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my call for help. As said, I have fitted new coils in an attempt to produce a result to ,just start the engine and was delighted when it did in fact start and sounded pretty good. However, next morning,,this morning it was having nothing of it. I did notice however that engine was running fast with closed throttle, (suspect possibly cable function out of sync) but it did start and now won't, twelve hours later. Very disappointing. I did go to bikers world in an attempt to replace HT leads but they were out of stock . I did therefore do what I could to ensure good connections. Both plugs are sparking but in my limited experience, not a big fat spark. I'm thinking the problem must be something very basic but for the life of me can't think what. I will perciver and keep you informed.
I live I. Northamptonshire , in fact in Daventry. Sadly I was away for the Daventry festival which would have been a great opportunity to meet with experience and better knowledge. Again thank you for your help and interest, regards, Jack PS it does use the Lucas RITA set up.

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Re: V1000 ignition
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2017, 09:57:26 PM »
Hello Jack,

Will you be coming to the HOC BDC gathering at Silverstone next Saturday 5th August? I should get there about 10ish as i'm riding the Hesketh up from Dorset. It would be good to catch up and there will be a lot of other HESKETH wisdom available too. I honestly don't think you have a big problem because in reality, they are fairly simple and robust old things and will run OK with all sorts of things wrong with them, especially if you still have the old RITA. Wouldn't worry about new HT leads etc. just yet as it sounds a bit more fundamental...

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Re: V1000 ignition
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2017, 09:29:52 AM »
Hi Rob. Clearly I have not been paying attention so I was unaware of the HOC event on Saturday. As it happens, I am free and able to attend Saturday so will look into/enquire,as to what I need to do to arrange.
Re the bike, I did get it going last night and took it out for a spin. Kind of ok but back pot missing some. Gets better if opened up but still not right. All being well I will ride it down and would look forward to a meet up. Thanks for info and interest. I will come back later when I have sorted,
Cheers
Jack

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Re: V1000 ignition
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2017, 03:12:54 PM »
See you tomorrow Jack. Scott has free tickets if needed. Send him an email as he plans to meet at a cafe somewhere I think before riding in.  I will be a bit later as I'm not getting home till midnight tonight and have a few miles to do in the morning. Good to hear you got her running and hopefully the old girl will get you to Silverstone. We can then spend some time fiddling and probably make it worse :-)

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Re: V1000 ignition
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2017, 12:30:43 AM »
Hi Rob. Great to meet up with you and all the other boys. Really enjoyed the time , the day and all of the info. Bike continued to perform,,, ok, ish. Still not right but will get there. Very thirsty beast at the moment but I'm sure it will get better as we slowly improve the balance etc. I will keep you informed re progress look forward to the next time and say once again to all,,, thank you for the welcome and a great day out.
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Jack.

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Re: V1000 ignition
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2017, 07:24:25 PM »
Good to see you too Jack, and the rest of the gang! Sorry I didn't get to say bye but decided to head back to Dorset before the rain started, and failed! Good test of the Triumph jacket and trousers. Rubbish!

My next trip will be Stafford in October I expect but keep posting on the forum if you need advice. We have got loads of that, not all of it useful or even relevant ????

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