john if you are loosing compression you'll never get the outer clutch to turn. maybe your decompressor valve is not closing all the way. without a headgasket you are bound to have a leak but i can't help you with the question about the gasket.i know on mine i have to peddle like hell to start it. is the pulley belt turning when you peddle? check your compression and peddle faster. let me know how you're making out. rory
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