Retarding the timing is a good trick to mellow a bike, make it easier to start, and less prone to stall. I found I was taking more points on my powerful 300 Raga, so I sought ways to mellow the engine, have the bike start easier, and be less prone to stall. Most of us prefer sweet bikes over quick ones because the sweet ones dont bite us so quickly, and if you want radical things to happen fast, you can still spin up the flywheels and dump the clutch. <?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o> </o> In the past you could remove the flywheel and rotate the whole stator plate to change timing. Youd mark the stock location, then retard or advance timing. The ignition pickup was on the slotted stator plate. Many modern bikes have a fixed stator plate and the ignition pickup external to the flywheel (under the flywheel cover bulge), with a milled relief on the outside of the flywheel to provide the ignition trigger point. The new setup is simpler, as there is no timing to set. It just assembles one way. The pickup is fixed to the case with two screws. You can get some timing flexibility simply by slotting the screw holes in the pickup plate. I don't need any more advance, so I only slot in the retard direction using a Dremel. <o> </o> Heres how on a Kokusan ignition bike, but its easy to generalize from there. Remove the flywheel so when you Dremel the holes in the pickup plate the steel shavings wont stick to the pickup and the flywheel. Mark you stock timing position (punch the plate and case). Remove the pickup screws (mine has a post on left (7mm box end) and a 5mm cap screw (4mm hex) on right. Dremel the holes as shown in the photos. <o> </o> On Betas with flywheel on the right side, the direction of retardation is still toward the front of the bike (with instead of against flywheel rotation). Kokusan setup on GasGas: The pickup modification: How much I moved mine: Modify and enjoy!