Consider A VAPE Electronic Ignition

Consider A VAPE Electronic Ignition

Electronic ignitions (EI) have come a very long way in the past 40 years

In fact, electronic ignitions is nothing new to British motorcycles or to our industry

The first (factory) electronic ignition fitted to a British motorcycle was called the Lucas “Rita”.. some of you may have one fitted 

The Lucas "Rita" set the pace and changed the industry by replacing the old points system - typically fitted on late model Triumph T140 and TR7 750 models

Over the past 10 years we have seen various brands appear in the market offering there own unique pitch.. however, there is one type of ignition on the market today that stands out from the rest and is quickly making a name for themselves

This EI (electronic ignition) we are referring to is called the VAPE 

Who is VAPE?

 

VAPE Homepage (Website)

VAPE is a Czech Republic based company that specializes in making electronic ignitions for stock and custom applications

VAPE has a long track record of producing ignitions for various makes and models both modern and classic

Wassell (England) and VAPE are working in partnership to be able to offer a reliable and quality electronic ignition for our classic British motorcycles 

Click here for more information on the VAPE company..

Why VAPE?

In all honesty, VAPE ignitions work like any other ignition on the market today except for a few minor but very important details

CNC machined 

VAPE Stator Plate

VAPE ignitions are the only kit on the market today that features a CNC rotor and an encapsulated stator plate

This is important as all other EI kits on the market today expose all wires on the stator plate making them vulnerable to heat, debris and oil inside the timing the cover 

Convenient black box 

VAPE Black Box

The pitfall with most kits is the large black box (module) that often times gets in the way when trying to find a place to mount 

Both Micro MKI and Micro MKII kits come with a conveniently sized black box that can fitted nicely under seat or gas tank 

 

Internal features 

VAPE Instructions

Arguably the most important aspect when it comes down to finding a good EI - the internal features 

The Micro MKI VAPE ignition can work and function down to as low as 10V while the Micro MKII can dip down as low as 5V (with a 6V battery) and down to 10V (with a 12V battery)

Both MKI and MKII kits will work on singles and twins making VAPE kits very versatile 

 

Kits / applications

MKI & MKII Units

As of 2020, there are currently 2 kits being offered by VAPE to fit both singles and twins including Triumph, BSA and Norton

 

  • Micro MKI
  • Micro MKII

 

Micro MKI

 

VAPE Micro MKI Kit

The Micro MKI kit offered by VAPE comes with everything you need to convert from your old points system

The caviate is that you must upgrade your charging system to 12V for this kit to work 

This kit comes with the following..

  • Detailed instructions 
  • Stator plate
  • Rotor
  • Wires / connectors 
  • Black box 

If your motorcycle originally had points in a "side casing" (most unit construction models excluding the Commando) then our kits will work 

 

Micro MKII

 

VAPE Micro MKII Kit

The Micro MKII kit offered by VAPE is almost identical to the Micro MKII and also comes with everything you need to convert from your old points system

Unlike the Micro MKI, the Micro MKII will work with both 6V and 12V electrical systems 

Although the Micro MKII kit is slightly more than the MKI, this kit will save you more money down the road should you have a 6V application as you will not need to swap out coils, bulbs or stators to 12V

To be clear, this kit works with both 6V and 12V applications 

This kit comes with the following..

  • Detailed instructions 
  • Stator plate
  • Rotor
  • Wires / connectors 
  • Black box 

If your motorcycle originally had points in a "side casing" (most unit construction models excluding the Commando) then our kits will work 

 

How to get your own ignition 

 

The time to upgrade your electronic ignition is NOW

We have 2 kits to choose from that will provide you with reliable results

Most VAPE kits start at just $149.95 and up..

Click on the links below to purchase your ignition kit today

 

Ignition Type Link
Micro MKI Click Here
Micro MKII Click Here

 

Thanks for reading

 

Thanks for reading today's post!

Should you have any question please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist you

Click here should you require more information regarding VAPE ignitions 

Also, feel free to drop us a comment in the dedicated section below

Ride safe!


4 comments

  • Classic British Spares

    @Cliff – VAPE will work WIHTHOUT a battery… in fact, that is the charging system, not the EI. You need a capacitor – see our Podtronics “battery eliminator” units

  • Cliff

    Will any of these ignition kits work WITHOUT A BATTERY? or do you know of one that will work without a battery? I am fitting it to a Flatrack Norton

  • Classic British Spares

    @Dale – Please send us an email so we can better assist you. Thank you

  • Dale maloney

    Hi…I purchased a wassel vape ignition from your company a few months ago but have just recently gotten to the point of installation. I’ve run into a small problem that I haven’t been able to find an answer too. My T140 has the original Rita system (not a fan of Lucas from working on MGs). When I removed the reluctor from the ignition housing I found a small key. Iam sure this needs to be removed to install the vape ignition but I have been unable to confirm this (the vape system won’t work with it in) all the info is about point ignitions. Any information on this question would be greatfully appreciated Thanks

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