Hey guys - I haven't checked for spark on a bike since my last 2 stroke, which was a 1978 CR250. None of my 4 strokes ever developed a problem where i had to check. Went to ride my 07 YZ450F yesterday, and kicked it about a hundred times and not even a hint of it wanting to start. I pulled the plug and it looked OK, and then i put the plug back in the cap (coil) and touched the threaded portion to a head bolt and manually turned the motor over with the kickstart lever. Could not see any spark at all. So my question is - is this still the correct way to check for spark? Nothing has changed with these new-fangled ignitions has it? still check for spark like this? I took my coil to the dealer this morning and it tested OK. Tried a new plug, but no spark with that either. The 2 other components left to check are my Graves CDI, and the Electrosport stator. I have a sneaking suspicion the electrosport stator might be the culprit. Really strange though - i wouldn't think a stator or really any other electrical component would just go out while the bike is sitting in my garage for a couple months.