Compass Ignition for Yamaha XS 650 1970 - 1985

$434.50 inc GST Australia

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Yamaha fans have asked us for it and now it's here! We are pleased to offer our latest ignition product  - the Compass - a high-performance ignition to suit your Classic Yamaha XS 650.

The Compass system replaces your points ignition.  It delivers precise timing, easy starting, improved throttle response and an accurate advance curve.  

  • Ease of installation
  • Wiring plugs in to the original loom
  • Eliminates the auto advance unit - found to be sticky and problematic 
  • Eliminates the points - maintenance free
  • Huge increase in spark for easy starting a smooth running

Included with the Compass Ignition for Yamaha is a 12-Volt Dual Lead Coil with leads and caps.  The dual lead coil outperforms the twin coil system original to the bike with double the spark voltage.  It mounts similarly to the original coils and  fits neatly in the same space.

The tiny control box, made by us in Adelaide, Australia, 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. It  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. 

The pickup unit that replaces the points plate (also made by us in Adelaide, South Australia) uses extreme temperature safe components and materials:

  • 300-degree Celsius magnet rating,
  • 200 C winding wire, 
  • machined aluminium frame and backing plate
  • silicone lead wire

The generous component ratings ensure 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. 

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.

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

An ignition system for people who love to ride their Yamaha XS 650!

Click on the video above to see the many benefits.

The Compass Ignition for the Yamaha XS650 is generally for stock XS650s with a 360-degree crank configuration, however it may be used on engines with a rephased 277-degree crankshaft. We make a modification to the supplied rotor for a rephased engine. Please select from the drop down box the re-phased crankshaft option when adding to your cart.

For an additional modified rotor for the re-phased crankshaft see our Rotor for RePhased Crank Yamaha XS650




SKU CS-0070
Brand Tri-Spark
Shipping Weight 0.7000kg
Shipping Width 0.140m
Shipping Height 0.048m
Shipping Length 0.230m
Shipping Cubic 0.001545600m3

Great Product and Great Support

27 September 2023
I am very happy with the quality of this product, and had very good support from Steve after sales to get my bike running and going.

Great piece of Kit

5 September 2023
Fantastic improvement in starting, running and smoothness of the bike. I’ve two xs650’s and will fit another to the second bike

Yamaha TX650

4 September 2023
The order arrived within 3 days of my initial order. Installation is simple thanks to the in depth instructions that came with it. My bike now starts instantly hot or cold, [it was always very hard to cold start,] and runs so much better . Wish i had bought this kit ages ago. Will recommend this product to everyone.

Love it

26 July 2023
Love it Steve. Easy to install. Great performance. Thanks Dale

277 rephased xs650

18 June 2023
Very happy with the ignition, hadn’t run wasted spark on the 277 rephase previously and makes for a simpler setup which is great. Happy to be rid of the mechanical advance, looking forwards to doing some fine tuning of the timing still.

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