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Hello Friends,

I'm working on my first project bike, a CB450 K3 going cafe style. I was planning on leaving my electric starter on, but now that I've taken things apart, I can't help but think that this thing is damn heavy. In your experience, is it worth loosing the weight and forcing myself to kick-start for every ride?

Thanks for your opinions!
 

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While between the starter motor itself, the solenoid, the smaller battery that could now be necessary, plus removal of starter clutch, chain, and sprockets you can lose a good amount of weight, unless it is strictly a race bike, I recommend you keep the e-starter....... JMHO
 

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If weight reduction is a goal and you don't mind holding up traffic when you stall at a busy stop light, then by all means dump the e-starter. Other oppertunities for weight reduction are: going to alloy fenders and an after market exhaust. Keep us posted.
 
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