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Jim Derrig

To answer your question to me, not really except to the extent that many of those bells and whistles make it easier to drive and reduce maintenance, e.g., self-adjusting brakes.  Very few 4-strokers buy new like that; plenty of old gear out there that is competitive but you just have to be prepared to fix it and the learning curve is a bit steep, even if you have mechanical experience in other areas.  I rebuilt a BMW V-12 on my own and a simple little 2-stroke kart motor still had me guessing for the first year.