Worth it for a Pilot, or just childhood pipe dreams?
What's up all? I'm callin from Central AL...Now, growing up, when the odyssey first came out, my father rolled one home out of the blue. I had never seen anything like it...my brother and I had ATV's, but nothing like this beast! The engine was so loud compared to my 225 MOTO4 yamaha (four stroke). I was only about 6 or so, so I couldn't drive it yet...but that didn't keep me from sneaking into the pilot's seat to imagine I was.
Well, family fell on hard times (real estate drop in the late 80's/early 90's) and my dad had to sale/trade the odyssey off for services/money. Don't see any of them around here anymore, mainly b/c anyone that owns an atv just has a 4wd mainly for hunting.
To the questions. I am REALLY considering picking myself up a pilot, but am worried about the 2-stroke factor. Granted, they have been around forever, I'm aware...but I have heard (possibly from non-informed ppl) that on their two stroke bikes, if they spent too much time riding them gingerly, they would foul out the plugs. Also, I read everyone's blogs and posts about reeds, polishing, blah blah...I konw nothing about two stroke engines, aside from the basic function of the cylinders, etc.
Now, I am sure that I will have my foot in the carb as often as possible, but nowhere near as if I were dune riding, b/c we mainly have trails out here, nothing wide open and expansive.
Does it seem feasible that I could enjoy a machine like this, or should I stick to something four stroke? I have dreamt of having one of these ever since Dad got rid of his, but I don't want to spend $5k plus for something that I am going to spend more time fixing than enjoying.
Thanks for listening to the long breakdown!