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I have a 1974 dt 250 same as an dt 360 the bike has sat in a barn about 4 yrs it will not start removed and cleaned the gas tank went thur the carb new plug used ignition coil compression about 50 to 75 psi i have spark checked the reeds also loosend the exhaust from the cyl head before any thing was done we got the bike started with carb cleaner it idled real hi 5000 rpm it wont run now the strange thing and this is why i replaced the coil we could get spark thur a bulb type spark tester but when we grond the spark plug to the cyl head to see if thier was spark thier is no spark

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Compression is too low!

Replace the piston rings.

Also check continuity from engine to frame till high-tension coil...
Check if breaker points aren't dirty ( clean out with fine sandpaper )
Check breakerpoint settings

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