Originally Posted by Alejandro Mercado
I already do , a gen1 with gen2 magneto and a Chinese CDI ,with eléctricas sistem of gen2 i Will post the info un other chat of CDI un this group, and pics
Somehow, in the wisdom of Kawasaki Heavy Industries marketing, the Generation 2 specifications declare the ignition is, "Electric CDI."
We all know this ain't so. I approached a beautiful young lady Kawasaki rep at the International Motorcycle Show a couple of years ago, pointing out this error in the printed specifications; also, I told her the Generation 2 had DUAL-CYLINDER rear brake calipers, instead of the SINGLE-CYLINDER rear brake calipers reported in the marketing literature.
Shortening the story, the correct number of rear brake caliper cylinders (after the young lady and I mutually counted them on the show demonstration KLR) was subsequently reported; the correction was made. However, . . . I think the last Official Kawasaki Specification still referred to the ignition, as . . . "Electric CDI." I think the distinction between CDI and Fully-Transistorized Breakerless Ignition was too fine for her pretty little head to grasp.
ANYHOW, the Chinese CDI remains an enigma, to me. The Generation 1 CDI is powered from ALTERNATING CURRENT, from the stator exciter coils; the Generation 2 ignition (an INDUCTIVE ignition) is powered by DIRECT CURRENT (12 VDC). Is the Chinese CDI AC- or DC-powered? If AC, how do you connect the Chinese CDI to the Generation 2 stator? If DC-powered, not a question: Any battery voltage connection should work.
Somehow, inexplicably, the brightest KLR hop-up gurus haven't busied themselves extensively with ignition advance curves. Some have messed around with the timing lump/pickup coil geometry, but that modification only affects static timing; the ignition advance curve may be shifted by these means, but the spark advance curve profile remains unchanged. Why has no one ELECTRONICALLY altered the ignition curve? Looks like a little bitty module optimizing spark advance might unleash "tons" of "free" power, and . . . sell well, even if it didn't!
Back to my basic question: Is the Chinese CDI AC- or DC-powered? (Both designs exist, or Google is lying to us.)