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    My family, collecting motorcycles, and riding motorcycles/snowmobiles.

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    Ural solo, Triumph chopper, and a warehouse full of Honda/Yamaha bikes.
  • My Story
    I have always love Ural, Chang, and Dnepr cycles. I've ridden and worked on my friends. I own C5 Performance. We design and manufacture ignitions using the patented PowerArc ignitions. My best friend owns a Chang and I have a Ural Solo. Hopefully we can meet some new friends and learn more about Russian motorcycles.

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  1. I just finished a major update for the C5 Performance ignition kit. The mount has just been updated to fit more models and in the past year we have changed the following: NEW CD ignition has improved programming port, smaller size, and now has 4 maps NEW coil is smaller, lighter, but more powerful than previous models NEW software mapping to accommodate the improved coil saturation requirements NEW firmware for improved function and EMI protection NEW mounting kit works on all Ural OHV engines up to 2013 (does not fit EFI engines). Because of our changes the retail price has been reduced! I am currently finishing the Dnepr kit which uses a three bolt cam retaining plate and the M72 (flat head) kit will be ready next week. More information or to place an order www.c5ignitions.com
  2. I had recent conversation with a friend who wants to get into serious adventure trips with his Ural. He wants to avoid electrical failures caused by a faulty handlebar or ignition switch, or even fuse panel issues. Sam uses our C5 Ural ignition kit and there is a trick he can use to avoid failures or get back to a safe location for further repairs. Due to handlebar switch related voltage issues with classic vehicles I have been recommending our coil power lead be connected directly to the battery or main fuse. The ignition module would still operate via the stock handlebar switch. By installing a small waterproof on-off switch you could bypass the problem and operate the ignition without using any of the original wire harness. I have tested using our mini DF coil with my own Ural and it ran with just 8 volts of battery power left. Other ignitions could possibly use this method but the coil and ignition should both use the toggle switch for power or the coil would over heat. You might still be without head lights but at least you aren't walking out of the forest! Many of you already know that Power Arc based ignitions shut the coil off automatically when the encoder disc stops rotating so the coil is only ON when the engine is turning. There are hundreds (perhaps thousands) of Ural/Dneprs using these ignitions and I highly recommend you consider updating to this method. Be safe and enjoy the ride!
  3. Is anyone willing to be a test rider and provide feedback on a flat head engine still using 6 volts? I prefer someone located in the USA, bonus points for Wisconsin or surrounding location to speed up the process of test feed back. Here is the deal...If you would love a Power Arc based C5 ignition and have a 6 volt bike, lets talk. We need feedback on starting, smoothness at idle, performance at higher end of rpm range, and feed back on how the two curves compare. Changes in engine temperature would also be valuable. You will be using our newest coil rated over 100k volts and I will provide a toggle switch for changing between timing curves. I really think the flat head will see greater improvements that on OHV type and we've never had a 6 volt kit until now. Toss that PM-05 ignition and help us out. You will be world famous! Anyone want to give it a go??
  4. We make 6 and 12 volt systems. Positive or negative ground (earth) will be included in this kit. Since we just made the first production parts for this kit yesterday, I will have to take pictures and write a new installation manual for it. If the generator does not require a battery to operate, the end user could use a capacitor and our battery eliminator kit such as we use for British kits. Thank you for the input gentleman, it helps us get it right the first time!
  5. My daughter and I talked about that. She speaks a bit of French. That is a great idea and could easily be accomplished. Our installation guides have color photos and we also provide a color coded wiring diagram. We could convert the text to any language needed. This is our guide: http://www.c5ignitions.com/uploads/1/5/1/5/15151528/ural-dnepr_install_guide.pdf Yesterday our machinist made a few of the center posts so I can ship the orders I have. Now I must find others who have interest and decide how many parts to manufacture. Thank you for the input. What languages would be most helpful? We could probably do any translation needed.
  6. I am not offended or discouraged. I was told our Goldwing kit would never sell (and it does), I was told British bike owners are too cheap (and they sell), and last year the Moto Guzzi crowd told me nobody would buy our products (but I ran out of kits after 4 months). I believe they will sell because people want reliability and performance. Everyone who uses a PowerArc based ignition already knows this. I would never use my stock Russian ignition once I rode it with our C5 kit installed. I don't care how much it costs, the bike starts and runs 100% better. Flat head engines have poor combustion design and suffer from hot/cold and lean/rich mixture issues far more than OHV engines do. If anything needs multiple sparking these do! I've already got two people ready to import these kits so time will tell how successful this becomes. The kits will be ready to go in about a week.
  7. Being new to the Ural/Dnepr scene, I have no idea what model or mix of parts Miles and Shelley ride. I don't even care. He is a great guy with a quick smile and hearty laugh. He figured out a way to include his wife into his love of motorcycles. They spend time together doing what they enjoy. Most importantly they bring new riders into our small circle of friends. Most of my own friends ride Japanese bikes and also would not care what Miles rides. All he gets is a trophy anyway so I'm not sure what the fuss is all about. Terry Crawford helps Miles, I will be helping with future projects, and UtahCafeRacer wanted me to write more articles about interesting bike people. Most bikers no NOTHING about Russian bikes, and the fact he races one was good enough for me.
  8. The past few weeks I have been working on a new ignition for the flat head models using the PM-05 ignition. Our goal is to remove the entire cable operated "points" type system and replace with a C5 ignition (Power Arc based). Since many of these will end up in non-English speaking countries, and probably in small villages, we insist on creating a kit that does not require any drilling or tapping, no camshaft modifications, and could be reversible. Easy to install, easy to use! Ken and Lorne Ulrich have engines, cams, and motorcycles for this project. I live about an hour away so we've been using U2 Cycles as our "home base" with my materials. What else can you do when the weather is -15 F? First we measured the cam end (inside and out) and all critical heights. Using our existing C5 Ignition kit we created spacers and a new part to hold the encoder disc. The cams on the flat head engine are not threaded for a screw. Today Lorne and I installed and made notes to change a few small things. My machinist is now making a few parts so we can test several designs to securely hold the encoder disc. I am very pleased with the outcome so far, and Lorne was a big help as usual. Even though Ken is on vacation in Texas, we decided to share a few pictures with the forum. While I make the parts, Lorne is focusing on getting one of their flat heads up and running. When the weather gets above zero we can test ride.
  9. C5Paul

    PM-05 Flat Head Ignition Project

    Paul Crowe, Ken Ulrich, and Lorne Ulrich creating an ignition kit to install the Power Arc optical system flat heads using the PM-05 manually adjustable points.
  10. Where does that comment come from? Miles took a bike the other racers joke will never get out of the "pits" and tossed his wife on the sidecar for some fun. After the races he was swamped with people asking about the bike. In my world that is awesome. Not everyone can appreciate his good humor.
  11. I just posted an article about Miles and Shelley on Utah Cafe Racer blog. I've also shared with most of the Ural Facebook groups. Miles and I met via Facebook and I was blessed to watch him race at Barber this past October. Here is the link, please enjoy! http://www.utahcafer...canadian-racer/
  12. I acquired the bike from a friend in Milwaukee. I'm waiting for the frame to be sandblasted and I've got quite a bit done already. I'm also working on my '71 Ossa so until those are finished, my Guzzi project can't begin. I also just worked a trade with Ken Ulrich for a sidecar. Now my solo can be converted for rallies and camping trips.
  13. I am also working on a kit for these engines. I just read about 5 degrees at start up and 34 or 36 degrees max. I'll try to find the source. We are using the PowerArc based ignition, and will start at 10. Post a few pictures unless it's top secret. I would love to compare projects.
  14. I was at my storage unit the other day and decided to attempt a cold weather start (I live near Ken and it was about 15 degrees out). I must kick start since the battery is old and weak but it always worked on in the summer. My bike has not been run since October. I kicked with key off a few times to get the 20W50 oil stirring, but it did start! Perhaps not a real test since the bike has thick summer grade oil and sat for 4 months, but i did NOT drain the carb bowls and it still started. I'm pleased, and the other day my truck did not start due to cold weather, so at least I can take the Ural if a storm comes :)
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