Yes I remember you replied to a post of mine on the subject of electric start kits. I still want one but just can't pull the trigger on buying one. Will the battery start it repeatedly and keep a charge? I do have a rewound stator too. Also do you have to pull in the decompressor lever to start it? What are the down sides besides weight and looks?
I've installed two of the BD kits on other 650R's and the only other downside (and to me this is a BIG downer) is that it spaces the stator cover out farther. It may not be a big deal for people that don't ride in lots of rocks, but I do, and I have size 15 Alpinestars. The other thing that I did not like about the kit is for the size of the starter, it sure is weak.
With a fresh battery and the bike warm, I did not need to use the decompressor to get it to spin. When cold, it sure helped. It is just like doing "the drill." I kick through to TDC and use the decompressor to ease past then kick and go. With the e-start, you use the manual decompressor to spin it past TDC, building momentum, then let out the decompressor and go. No big deal IMO.
I feel bad for the hijack of the thread, so I'll chime in on the 525 deal.
I spent some time with a demo 525 EXC last year (we had it for about two months!). It is a nice bike in the tight and nasty, but other than that I was not all that impressed. I did not like the suspension. At all. Linkless suspension just is not the way to go, at least with KTMs version of it. To me it is one way or the other. You can make it work in the slow stuff, but then it will suck at high speed, or vice versa, but never both at the same time. I have friends that have literally spent thousands on the suspension on their pumpkins, and thought they were great. Then they rode a Honda. They were not happy. To sum up a quote from one of my riding partners this last weekend (who switched from Orange to Red - 450X) after trading with another guy who had a new 525: "This suspension SUCKS! I'm glad I didn't buy a KTM."
Now I love the 525 motor (520, 530, or whatever KTM wants to call it). I would buy a Beta instead of the KTM as it has a linkage. Get a good Ohlins shock and a 540SXS kit for the Beta and live happily ever after.