From:Jim Morrison Electronic:jimjuliem -A-
Subject:RE: 1958 Model165 Electrical system Date:Tue Dec 20 13:27:36 2011
Response to:16687
I'm responding to my own post here. From looking at pictures of the 1958 Model 165 it appears that it did have a battery and that would explain everything. A short in one of the Armatures would cause both less power to the headlight, when it was on, and to the engine ignition system. I couldn't figure out how to delete my post. Still, tell me if I am wrong.

I just want to know if I remember a few things correctly. It has been about 50 years since I sold my 1958 165cc.
It had no battery, right?
The engine ignition ran off a magneto, right?
The headlight ran off a generator?
Is the generator simply different armatures (two?) running off the same magnets as those that supply the magneto?

As I recall I had a short in an generator armature that caused my head light to be dim. What doesn't make sense to me is that I vaguely recall that it also caused the engine to run poorly when the headlight was on. But only when the headlight was on. Does that make any sense? It doesn't to me if the two "systems" run on different armatures.