Apparently my new compression gauge is shit or I just don't know how to use it. Was showing about 40psi. Pulled the head and cleaned around the decomp valve and piston top. After assembly I realized it probably never would have ran at 40psi...so I proceeded with carb and timing.
I was able to hold my tongue just right and use my calipers to get a real measurement for piston movement. Looks like it was probably firing right at TDC, so I made the adjustment there.
Fired it up and sounded just fine again.
Checked the plug and decide I needed to down jet. Was a 68, dropped to 56 and took it for a spin.
The little shit was actually able to pull me up our drive. Still needs some tuning. Much better though.
New brakes are just as worthless as old ones. Better off doing Flintstone stops.
And holy shit does this thing feel unstable on a gravel road. Is it just this bike, or all peds in general that feel like you're on the fine line between upright and roadrash? I don't remember it being this way when I was younger...I also didn't have much sense then either.