Compass Ignition for BMW Twins 1980 - 1996

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Compass - a high-performance ignition to suit your BMW twin with the ignition in the ignition can, 1980 to 1996.

Note: This system suits late 1970's to 90's era bikes manufactured when BMW started using the 'ignition in the can' or bean can style ignition units. If you do NOT have an "ignition can" on the front of your engine see picture below, you will need to use our other BMW ignition. Please contact us if you need further information about compatibility.

This Compass system replaces your points or electronic 'ignition in the can' (Sometimes called the bean can ignition). It delivers precise timing, easy starting, improved throttle response and an accurate advance curve.  

This Compass ignition comes with brackets to fit the stator in your 'bean can' and instructions for reassembling your ignition 'bean can' housing.

We recommend 12-Volt Dual Lead Coil with leads and caps to go with the Compass Ignition for your BMW.

We call this system the Compass because the triggering rotor has two points like a compass! It's this unique shape of the Compass rotor and the accurate CNC machining process that gives the required timing stability and accuracy you would expect from electronic ignition.

The control box is completely new and has some unique developments on the inside including high levels of voltage spike protection.

Events such as a battery becoming disconnected while the engine is running can lead to voltages spiking outside of the normal range and must be considered in case a fault does occur.

  • Reverse polarity protected
  • Spike protected to hundreds of volts
  • Continuous overvoltage protected
  • Pickup inputs protected

Reverse polarity is blocked out by a diode on the power input and the pickup inputs can tolerate full battery voltage should a connection go astray. It's designed to take anything the bike can throw at it but in case something extraordinary does happen, the box is repairable thanks to an easily removable sealing compound. 

One of our local customers, Mark, has been enjoying the improvements for nearly a year now on his restored 1979 BMW R100R.  Mark said he replaced a 12-month-old Dyna III system with the Compass ignition as he was impressed that it did not use the old mechanical advance unit with all its related problems.  You can see the build quality and the thought that went into it, Mark says. The quality fittings and robust wiring loom that exactly fits the application.  Mark found it quick to install with easy-to-follow instructions and once installed the bike is easier to start, idles beautifully and the motor is much stronger across the rev range. 

An ignition system for people who love to ride their BMW!

The pickup unit that replaces the points plate is made by us in Adelaide, South Australia using extreme temperature safe components. Materials like the 300-degree Celsius magnet rating, 200 C winding wire, machined aluminium frame and backing plate along with silicone lead wire gives this part the generous ratings it needs for a happy life inside the hot engine environment. There are no active components inside the pickup unit and it's potted with a flexible sealant to cushion the internals during thermal cycling. 

The tiny control box (also made in Adelaide) is easy to hide under the fuel tank and it's fully sealed against vibration and moisture. It uses a high-speed processor to generate the timing required for coil saturation and the advance curve without delays or jitter.

Improved reliability, maintenance free and better performance in an easy to install package - the Compass System for your BMW ticks all the boxes!

Available for twin plug head options - please click here.


SKU CS-0065
Brand Tri-Spark
Shipping Weight 0.3500kg
Shipping Width 0.140m
Shipping Height 0.048m
Shipping Length 0.230m
Shipping Cubic 0.001545600m3

1981 R80g/s Compass Ignition

By: on 8 January 2024
This is an excellent upgrade to modernise your 80's BMW if you are a daily rider. Takes away the pains of dealing with faulty hall sensors and worn/stuck advance springs and the occasional misfire. The bike runs smoother, burns cleaner and really does have a notable difference when riding. Highly recommended upgrade.

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