Re: New shop tools
"as long as it doesn't cost more than the bike and engine is worth, I'd just put a motorcycle engine in a bike before I'd throw $800+ at a modified china girl"
This says it all for me.
China girls are for fun, not racing.
These things are the cheapest motorized way to get around that I'm aware of. absolutely They are perfect for what they are designed to do.
They are not designed for power and speed. They are meant to tiddle around for years with no fuss. I think the main reason I have such good luck with these things is because I accept them for what they are and don't expect too much.
If more is better, then too much is just enough.
If you can't afford it, build it yourself.