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Are the alternators on Honda twins magnetically excited or not? Meaning is it possible to run without a battery or not. I'm guessing it's not probably not that easy.

Is there a way to ditch my battery and electric start and go kick-start only? I see vintage race bikes with no battery and a "total-loss" system. I have no idea how this all works. I'm sure one of you guys can take me to school on this.

Thanks in advance,

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You can ditch the starter and all related wiring. Solenoid, etc.. You have to have a battery though, unless you run a magneto. I'm relatively sure you don't want to get that far into modifying that bike. It'll cost quite a bit, not to mention the custom work that will be required.

Others here might have more technical info for you..

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Are the alternators on Honda twins magnetically excited or not? Meaning is it possible to run without a battery or not. I'm guessing it's not probably not that easy.

Is there a way to ditch my battery and electric start and go kick-start only? I see vintage race bikes with no battery and a "total-loss" system. I have no idea how this all works. I'm sure one of you guys can take me to school on this.

Thanks in advance,

-MK
Your 350's ignition runs totally off the battery - it will not run without a battery.

When folks talk about a "total loss" system, they generally mean that they run the smallest battery possible that will last one race, and no charging system at all.

To run without a battery at all you'd have to convert to a magneto system or something.
There are plenty of cafe racer places that sell exotic stuff like that for 350's, if you're well-heeled.
 

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The body is willing, but the pocketbook? Not so much...

I kind of figured that was the answer. Thanks!

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Note...It CAN be done,and there are other slightly different options as well, but the lighting will at best be nominal....This is OK for use on a racer or dirter, but NOT recommended for a street bike....
 

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As it stands now, I don't do much night riding as a result of my lack of confidence, and subpar headlighting. I'm rigging an LED tail and turns to lower the voltage requirement of the charging system. I currently have no turns at all.

I'm just of the "less is more" persuasion, and want to get rid of as much stuff as possible to lean this thing out.

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I too am planning on an all LED setup for the bike. Taillight and signals, in hopes that I'll save enough wattage to run a more modern halogen headlight.

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You can combine this with "My fav" Dyna Ign :lol: , a battery eliminator "capacitor" and replace the four "power" coils with ones from a modern dirt bike and you have a pretty good system :D :D Still a lot of work, but this is what modifing these old scoots is about, having fun :D

Oh and LED's off course :roll: :roll:

Rod from OZ :cool:
 
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