Ten years ago we installed this Morris mag on the
Milwaukee Iron Dicey Knuckle. It still starts on the third kick.
This is one of those features Bandit complains about then
hands to me. He gets all the complete features and I get ones
with shots and not text, or text and no shots. Or it get’s worse. I
get the article about the yellow flamed bike and photos of a
black scooter covered in skulls.
Dave Shaw is working with Bandit on a Morris Magneto for
the 1940, 45-cubic inch flathead with a K-model top end for
another pass at Bonneville. Departure Bike Works is still looking
for pistons and we’re hoping Ross Pistons can help us. In the
meantime Since that bastard Bandit installed Magnetos on may
of his bikes we decided to do a feature on the Morris Magneto
Magnetos are wonderful things for performance bikes and
kickers only. They eliminate batteries and the right mag will last
forever and even start when full of water according to Bandit.
Talk about a simple chopper, hook up the regulator to the lights
and run a kill button and that’s all. So here’s some of the Morris
Magneto line-up. We’ll try to bring you updates on a regular
basis. We have shots here of mags not featured on their own
web site, so don’t hesitate to call ‘em and ask questions.
M-5 Fully Automatic Morris Magneto for 1970 and later
Big Twin Harley-Davidsons.
Over a decade ago, we recognized the need for an ignition
that would out-start any other ignition, kick or electric start, on
any size motor from stock to totally radical. THE M-5 DOES JUST
THAT! The secret is in the drive under the magneto. A spring
winds up, then at the proper moment, the magneto whips
through to provide a hot spark, no matter how slow the motor is
Billet cam-cover and mag available in 'as machined' or
Impulse G-5 For generator-style Big Twins
Same features as our M5, and more... no interference
problems with cylinders, frame, and relay boss. Fits '36 to '69
and aftermarket Gen/Alt cases. The startin'est thing around!
This mag is a test to tune, but once on the mark it
automatically retard the spark for easy starting and kicks it back
to advanced position once it’s rolling. It also pre-winds the mag
for the largest, most powerful sparkplug charge. The
instructions call for light, easy kicks, no leg-breakers necessary.
Illustration of the 45, 1940 Bonne Belle by Chris Kallas.
Here’s the puppy that will be used on the Bonne
Belle, 45, 5-Ball racing flathead with K-Model Top end. You’ll
see more on installing and tuning with this puppy in the near
MM3 For '57-'70 XL; K, 45 & 80 Flatheads
Firm mounting- no more base leaks. Use with or without a
battery. Auto advance. Manual retard for easier starting.
Easily installed 2-piece design. No extra mounting hardware to
buy. Also available in kit form MM3K for converting stock mags
(note: no provision for base-driven mech. tach).
NEW! MSF (PAT. PEND.)
Our Latest Creation
In-line solid state adapters to convert your magneto to
single-fire, for single or DUAL-PLUG applications! Now you can
run dual plugs from a single mag! (Dual plug operation requires
the use of 2 MSF units.) Only the live cylinder fires.
"The picture of the yellow wires (I think there's 2 or 3) are
fire units (p/n MSF),” said Dave. “The generator mag works
similar to the G5 and M5,
but also a special gear has to go into the cam cover.” We may
bring you a tech on installing the single fire unit in the near
"The mag pics with the stem are the
Flathead ones,” Dave said. That’s the unit we need for our 5-Ball
Ah, rare-earth Morris Magneto rotors.
“There's a picture of the rare-earth rotors we put in our
mags,” Dave added.
Here’s a M-5 being mocked up in a generator case. This is
an exciting unit. We hope to bring you an installation tech in the
The rest of the mag pics are our H5 generator-hole-
mounted mag, available
mid-January ('07, I hope!),” Dave said.
Here’s an open H5 that slips in a generator hole,
so you can see the inner workings of a magnificent magneto.
MORRIS MAGNETOS, INC.
Morristown, NJ 07960
Magnetos are classics and so is she. Photo from
Bob T. Collection.