Yes, I did buy a new spark plug (as recommended by a sticker on the bike)...it does spark outside the cylinder, but there isnt a way to check that in the cylinder (is there?). I dont know how to check timing. Hopefully, Ill get some manuals for it in the next little while. I dont even know where the points are. Ive practically had the engine apart, and havent come across anything that seemed like they might be the points. Ill try to take some pictures and post them here, to see if that helps at all. I thank you for all your input, its much appreciated.