Re: 2-stroke electric starter??
What about just a pull start, Norm? The three speed Elgin I'm working on will have a pull start on it. I don't think anything has been worked out yet with electric. The pancake motor front wheel would work, but adds a lot of weight, expense and more build time... also where to put the batteries, etc. which would all change the look of the bike a lot. I imagine one reason your customer wants you to do the build is for the looks of your builds. He wants to ride in style.
I can't buy the shift kit for awhile, so I don't know yet if there is a clearance issue between the pedal arm and the pull start, but I imagine that can be resolved if there is. Let us know what you come up with.
Someday when I grow up I will probably lose interest in toys with wheels, but until then...