Good idea Dave thanks for the idea- tomorrow here's what I'm going to do:
-drain fuel bowl into a clean container and inspect fuel- run fuel from tank and inspect to ensure its not obvious water though doubtful.
-check battery voltage not running- ensure I have proper base voltage
-check voltage running- ensure reg and stator are working properly
-I've checked it running in the dark to look for arking etc- none found- but I will pull the tank and reinspect all wires and coils etc for obvious shorts- though both coils and wires are new. If it was a bad resistor cap- even if I had one out of two plugs on that cylinder firing it should still not misfire correct? (maybe weaker but not dead)
-pull CDI plug ins and inspect for oil- I will try another CDI I have just to rule it out
-putting new plugs in it as cheap insurance- I've had faulty new parts before- so I'm not ruling anything out
-I'll run it that way and see what happens- also do a ohm meter test on my pickup- but this is single phase- it should work on both cylinders or none- correct? if it works on one its not the issue.
-My other questions are - ignition switch, kill switch, kickstand switch- can these possibly intermittently short out? Obviously they can, unlikely though- but at this point I have to consider all- its killing my riding season and I've had 4 mechanics look at it and not be able to get to the route of the problem.
One last question- SVS
- what years were bad for these? What is the solution without disassembling the head? I agree I do not believe this is the issue but just for my knowledge.
Also, what is the best source for buying spark plug caps etc? I've tried ebay- still looking for more sources.
Thanks for the help people- much appreciated.