Okay, I bet all you guys were out riding over the holiday weekend, while I was stuck at home trying to figure out why I have no spark. All I can say is, the weather was here--wish you were lovely! Ha! Here's a little update:
I tried the test on page 8-4 of the manual. That's the one where you line up the F mark with the index mark, then put current through the circuit using a battery and try to light up a light bulb. We passed this test. The only thing that seemed a little odd was that the flywheel did not want to stay in place with the F on the index mark. If I took my hand off of it, it turned about an inch counterclockwise to about the T mark. I just held it in place on the F to do the test. If anybody sees this as a symptom of a larger problem, please let me know.
Also did a test on two of the members of my 'coil collection' that is a little complicated to explain. It's not done on the bike. You run a ground wire from the coil and the condenser to the - side of your bike battery. Then you connect the coil and condenser to the + side of the battery, and run a jumper wire from the coil and condenser and tap it on the negative battery terminal. This is supposed to mimic the alternating current coming off the generator. Next you are supposed to touch the spark plug wire from the coil to the ground, and it is supposed to produce a big spark. Could not get it to spark at all, and I tried this test on both coils. This could mean that either (A) Both coils are bad, or (B) I am a dumbass and don't know what I'm doing. Read about this test on a Harley discussion board.
I also tried connecting my multimeter to the black and white wire that comes off the generator and kicked the motor over to check the voltage coming off the generator. I got so many different readings that I think this test was inconclusive. It is putting out current, like I said, and it will light up a test light at this point. I have a digital multimeter, and I know one time it read 1.3v, another it read 4.5v, and a couple of readings in between. I don't know if this means anything, because it's such a short little burst of electricity, I don't know if this is a good way of measuring it. The guy I got the new generator from said it was functioning AND bench tested as good.
Anyway, still no spark. Ho-hum. Waiting for a used, stock coil which shipped out today. Hope to have it by the end of the week.