Re: 2 or 4-stroke
As my preference, a 2smoke, I am also a budget minded student, mind you it's highschool, but I have a 6mile each way ride and the rack mount leaves no room for books, report's, presentations, etc. also without getting another gas tank the 2 smokes have a longer range as they come with a larger tank. Also with more people using the mostly standardized 2smokes more help is available, as opposed to the huge variety in 4 strokes. You will have a large repair once in a while no matter what engine you choose and 2smoke parts are usually cheaper, heck just an engine is under $100, just my 2cents.