If it ain't street legal, it ain't gonna happen. These days there isn't much of the desert southwest that can be ridden without a plate. This is an increasing trend with Arizona recently joining in the restrictions. Plus, I'm too old and too short to be kick starting anything, particularly in the des.
Adding a battery and starter will increase weight significantly, and at that point, weight may be an issue when compared to what's available from KTM, Husky and others.
That said, what a beeeeoooootifuul machine!