Re: Long trip planned-- advice welcome!
I wouldn't just slap a 2 stroke China girl on a bike and go for a 1000+ mile journey. If it was me I'd at least have a broken in HT with a few hundred problem free miles on it first. Better than that go with a 4 stroke, which are more reliable than the HT's as previously mentioned.
4 stroke with Q Matic get my vote, it is a very well built transmission.
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