Originally Posted by Rossi1981
Whats a better choice for a short 5 mile commute that takes me about 15 mins on average?
Best choice would be a bicycle. Otherwise a small 2-stroke. Small gets up to temperature faster, and two stroke because it has a total loss oil system so your oil doesn't get contaminated by the acids produced during cold start.
It takes about ten miles for oil to come fully up to working temperature in a middleweight 4-stroke, after which most of those contaminants burn off. Short cold start commuting on such a bike needs very frequent oil changes to compensate.
A 125 cc 2-T twist and go with storage space and good weather protection makes a great short distance commuter. A 50 might be OK depending on your route. An electric bicycle might also be worth thinking about, especially a Sakura or something similar.