Now there's a bit of cleverness behind this madness: Firstly the XS400 is relatively heavy for its class anyway, so shaving off a few kilos might help, but it's never gonna be totally competitive and secondly, in case you drop it or stall it, a quick push of the button gets you going again. Probably saving you more time in such an event than the odd shaved off kilogramm might have won you. Thirdly the kickstarter fouled my rearsets. And lastly with the flatslides I kind of expected to do a lot of rejetting and an electric starter really helps with starting the until you have them dialed in properly.
So here goes: All the stock internal kickstart parts were removed and two bungs were turned up on the lathe, tapped and secured with a central bolt so they'd go nowhere.
|Starter taken apart|
|After a quick brush up with some emery, ready to be turned smooth again|