to use a smaller battery even though im not using electric start do I have to pull starter out
Hi Denise, no, as long as you do not use the starter it should not draw any power. So you could leave it in place and just not use it.
Sweet! I just started tearing down a '72 Honda 450 I found buried in the mud, under a collapsed shed. Tag on it's from '84 so likely's been there 25 years or so. Really like your bike and am thinking of going for cafe racer with my build.