ok... I should be able so solve this as i have 3 other bikes. 2 other expresses.. in this case i was trying to start it without hooking the ignition key back up ( i have a new 4 wire ignition key i will wire in ) i was also trying to start it with out the airbox off ( i have all airbox parts and will try now put it on ) i was also trying to start it with a broken carb topset which is now fixed ( so throttle was not working properly.. alll be it - i was puting gas right into the spark plug hole and still no running.. so i assumed no spark.. if it was getting spark with gas in there the engine would run for a bit.. maybe spark plug is fried? i will also put a new plug in..
if gas is in spark plug hole and no reaction i assume no spark???