The bike will always start ("knock on wood") but sometimes under duress. It does have a manual kick starter but the high compression of the engine makes it a challenge....plus the 1974 BMW kick starters are pretty weak.
Probably won't get the starter installed in time for the weekend but I'm confident the bike will start.
Planning a ride for the Memorial Day Weekend. We'll be riding across some desolate, but beautiful Crow Indian Reservation lands along the base of the Pryor Mountains, then over to the Big Horn Canyon and Yellowtail Dam. The area is an old "stomping ground" of mine as two of my best friends lived at Ft. Smith and another at St. Xavier MT. Used to spend a lot of time getting into trouble around those parts.
Should be some fantastic photo ops this time of year since Montana is quickly turning green from the recent rains. Not sure if we're going to camp, we'll see what the weather forecast brings.