Welcome to the forum......sounds like the bug has bitten you....in a good sorta way
I grew up with 2-strokes and hated (yes I said hated) 4-strokes most of my younger life. Well after several decades here on Earth, my mindset has changed and I think for the better. All this boils down to is I suggest doing the 4-stroke thing for the same reasons as you have suggested, mainly reliability.
This is my recommendation and do whatever you feel as these little bikes are a kick in the pants and I'd rather go motorized than not. And it only gets worse from here....sounds like yer in fer a ride! Have a blast and post your builds and expiriences here......enjoy!
EZ Motorbike Dealer - San Diego, CA.
Nothing is out of my realm,
if it doesn't fit, make it fit! Beer is the answer....what was the question?
A sense of humor
costs nothing, why don't people use them more often?
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