From:Dave Hennessey
Subject:RE: RE: RE: 1952, spark issues Date:Mon Dec 9 12:17:51 2013
Response to:19043
I'm 61 also, and it seems that CRS syndrome (Can't Remember Stuff) is spreading like wildfire.

It's a good bet that it's the condenser, but definitely give those points a light filing while you're in there.

It's much easier to work on the points if you take the whole right side cover off. While you're at the store, pick up a #3 Phillips screwdriver if you don't already have one. If possible, get one that has a provision for using a wrench to turn it. Trying to use a #2 is inviting disaster.

The ignition system requires very little juice from the battery, so as long as you've got some...


Thanks Dave, At 61 I remember points and condensers, ( not much else anymore). points are new as the bike was supposedly tuned prior to his purchase. He did get a manual on line and I reset to .020. is the condenser for this somewhat standard, ie. over the counter, or special order somewhere? after reading some of the other posts, I plan on pulling the battery to see if it's rated for the cranking amps. This is kind of an "old men in the garage occasionally" project.

The problem is probably with your points and condenser.

Read message # 18837

Back when cars had them, you did a tune-up every couple years. How long since this bike had a tune-up?

As a temporary measure, you can remove the points and examine. They will probably be badly pitted. File them gently until they clean up. Reinstall, set the gap to .020, and give it a try. If it starts, or at least gives more/better sparks, you know where the problem is. Order new ones.


A friend just bought a 52 125 that ran well and then quit. we pulled plug, cleaned, checked gap. Checking for spark, the plug will fire on first kick then not at all. If we wait a few minutes and try again it will spark once and that's it. battery voltage checks out, horn and lights are at full. Any suggestions ?
on another note, turning light on did kill the motor prior to this.