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Howdy, I'm a novice and I've got a bike that does not start. Cleaned the carbs and checked for spark. There was spark and the gas is making it's way to the engine. So I thought I would check the stator. I connected my multimeter, and touched the ground wire to both frame/engine and it started to beep. I suppose that means the stator is shorting so I should replace it. I'm confused though that I would be getting a spark at all it the stator was shorting. Would this be the case? Could I be testing incorrectly? 

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Adam, Is this the xl600 ? From your previous post. If so, I would definitely check your timing. If you have spark you shouldn't have a stator issue. The things to check on a non runner is always, spark, compression, air in and out, fuel, and timing.

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 For a bad ignition winding you would check the ohms across the two wires red/black and brown on many hondas, to the cdi box. (not running of coarse.)

 Probably something else though if there is spark at the plug.

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