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The engine will turn over but will not run

1982 CB900C, getting good compression on all 4 cylinders, getting fuel, and getting spark on all 4 plugs. The bike was running fine and with in a month it was a slow progression to what we are dealing with now.

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One of those things will turn up something.

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