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04 sportster 883 will turn over and back fire but will not start

I have a 883 04 sportster that a while back I was riding around and shifted gears from 2nd to 3rd and the motor shut off and made a grinding sound and would not start again... I checked that cluch and primiay drive no signs of broken parts.. bike will turn over fine and is getting spark to the plugs and fuel... and has compression in both cylinders... the bike just turns over and back fires but never starts what might be the problem

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Sounds like it jumped time.. Check your timing ..

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