Yeah, try points first. it'll run with the timing as much as 60 degrees off, not well but it 'll run.
if the gearing was off, you'd bbe saying something like "the fucker flipped me off pulling a huge wheelie" so I don't think that's it. Front is usually an 11, in restricted Canadian ones, a 9 tooth in the front. 12 and 13 front are the big ones that you have to cut the case for.