Re: Which engine for a beginner??
I can't offer you much in the way of help in the friction drive area but I'm sure some of our FD folks will chime in with suggestions based on their experience.
What I will do is welcome you to the forum and wish you the best of luck with your plans for touring long distance. If/when you realize that dream please keep us posted with photos of your travels.
Good luck and thanks for joining our community.
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