thanks for the timely feedback, guys!
Originally Posted by VENICE BOY
I would personally not put a engine on a bike that I planned on only pedalling for long distances.
well, that ain't me - i'm certainly not a long distance cyclist, so maybe i'll start with what i already own. my old bike has a sturdy double-butted steel frame with what looks to be plenty of room for an engine. it's pretty angular, though; i do wish it was more curvelicious like some of the bikes i've seen here :-)
when my Economic Stimulus Check hits i think i'll go ahead and order a kit. meanwhile i'll cast about for possible options in a different (cheap-o) bike.