Hey all, I recently decided to try and get my XL600R up and running again. There are a few minor mechanical problems but I am starting with an electrical issue. As a history flash this back was running perfectly untill it got parked for a few years (by me). Top end was rebuilt and everything was running smoothly. One important side note is that somehow a 6V battery got into the bike, I have honestly no idea how/when this happened and how much the bike had been ridden with it. What would be the impact of this? Assume it would put strain on the stator? So right now my main problems is no spark - sigh. Here is what I tried so far: replaced the CDI and Inginition coil and tested: 1 I checked the spark plug and cap for open circuit, also substituted 2 I checked continuity of all wires 3 I Checked voltage of stator ( about 7 volts dc at crank speed) 4 I checked continuity within connector block to CDI 5 I Checked output of pulse generator which is generating low volts ac precisely as expected 6 I Hooked up battery to main supply wires ( no indication on dash and no current draw which is odd but this shouldn't matter to ignition circuit! Many stators need battery volts to become 'alive' but this one evidently works without whihc is typical of earlier enduro's. Incidentally the battery fitted is incorrect as it is a six volt one- it should be 12 volts- very surprised it didn't blow but something weird has happened to the wiring- no time to look into. 7 I hooked up 12 volt battery direct to cdi ( in place of stator volts and ground) still no go. 8 I drained oil and removed engine/crankcase cover and ancilliaries and swapped pulse generator. 9 I tried to trigger both pulse generators with a magnet on the drill chuck which I used to spin motor. Lots of output from pulse generator but still no spark- extremely baffling. 10 I reversed coil wires just as a last ditch effort. Tried a few other things but this just isn't sparking. I was reading another thread on this forum and a few comments about the need for a battery or not to start the bike, a few mixed messages. So far I have been doing all of this really without a charged battery connected. I was reading this thread which at the start shows a similar problem http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=448785 So one of the things is the stator, when I measure the output using a drill to turn the engine over I get around 7V but this is with a drill at fairly low RPM's say 80 or so. What should this be at low RPM's? Also would a visual check on the stator help? Just swap it with a Ricky regardless? Any help or advice on what to try next? My suggestion was to: - put in a fully charged battery and turn the bike with a drill - visual check on the stator and if at all looks suspicious just replace it with a Ricky? Thanks all, Dan p.s. I am pretty newbie with the mechanics but do have the manual and few local friends that help out.