Checking for spark on 1978 Bravo

Tim Taylor /
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I have sorted out the variator issues and am trying to check for spark by cranking with a drill -- so far with no success. I have no idea of the sequence, and want to make sure I am doing the "simple" things right. I know I will have to pull the engine someday, but the bike is so clean that I believe I may just be forgetting something easy.

1). The ignition should be turned clockwise all the way, correct? What is the middle position for? My Bravo (EEV1) has blinkers powered by a separate battery. I have checked the bulbs in the tail light and they are both good.

2). The kill switch (right thumb) must be "on".

3). .....do any brake pedals need to be depressed? Does the throttle have to be open wide to check for spark?

Are there tests you do across the terminals (pictured) to check for continuity? I have read the coil is seldomly bad.

I hate to be a doofus, but I don't want to look back in a week and kick myself for not trying the simple things. Thanks everyone.

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