For less then $200.00, that would put you in the market for a Chinese HT, kit. As far as the ride and a engine holding up...with some needed modifications, right out of the box, it can be done. I'm riding on the same engine (have never been into it since installed) since 3/2009. But it is not a every day commuter. I'd have no problem jumping on it and riding it 20 miles at a wack. What concerns me the most is cagers. My favorite ride is Oak Mountain. When we go there we travel ALL the paved roads, which is quite extensive.