Rather than install a kick starter on the 09, I'm thinking of just carrying a spare light weight battery. Already have a Shorei installed and after 1 year couldn't be more pleased. Thoughts?
2014 BMW R1200GS LC
Not something I would do. Won't save much money, increases maintenance and should you need it, big hassle to implement. Also
adding a kickstart will add to the resale value of the unit. Lugging an extra bat ray around only induces extra expense.
Tonto on the "Left Coast"
1987 TW200 (2) 2015 BMW F700GS
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Kick start for sure you won't be sorry.
My vote is on the kickstarter also. Once it's installed, you will never leave it home accidentally.
2013 Yamaha TW200
1996 Yamaha TW200
1995 Kawasaki KLR650
2002 Yamaha RoadStar 1600 with sidecar
Yes, kickstart is the only way to go. If you are planning on going somewhere far enough off the beaten path that having a backup is a requirement then a kickstart is the only way to go. Beyond the battery things like the starter could fail for various reasons, or the solenoid could fail, the start button etc... you get the idea. A kick start is pretty much as close to 100% reliable as you will find, simple and effective.
Pair of 2006 TW's modded to the hilt and a Ducati Multistrada.
Plus the kickstarter can give the added extra boost to start a reluctant bike even when the starter motor and battery are working fine.
2003 TW200 "Betty Boop"
2006 TW200 "Nibbler", a.k.a. “Mr.Gizmo"
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Ditto kick starter install. Don't forget about the bump start (hopefully on a down hill run).
Tom in Wichita
78 Moto Guzzi SP1000
87 Yamaha TW200
99 Yamaha TW200
03 Honda Shadow Spirit (girlfriend's ride)
74 Moto Guzzi Eldorado Police model (in many pieces)