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Old 01-13-2013, 05:22 PM   #1
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On a bike what do you think is easier to maintain?
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From my experience FI requires much less maintenance than carb's, but are more expensive to fix when things fail.
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Fi hands down especially with the ethanol
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Yes that. And if you ever had to rejet a carb vs simply shoot a map via usb connection you would never ask.
Take a carb out of the bike and clean one and you will understand.
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Coming from a guy who has 4 Carb's on his bike...I ENVY FI..
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Yes that. And if you ever had to rejet a carb vs simply shoot a map via usb connection you would never ask.
Take a carb out of the bike and clean one and you will understand.
+1 pain in the ..i had an old ninja, now that I have an r6, I get to ride more
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I have a older 900rr with carbs and a 929rr fuel injected. I would stick with fuel injected fo sure!
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Depends on the bike. A single cylinder carbed bike in general is 10x easier to work on then an inline 4. That's not the question, though.

I never had issues on my carbed bike. Always ran 100% regardless of temperature. Spot on in reliability of any FI bike I've had. The only down side, is ethanol seems to tear down the internals of a carb a lot quicker.
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Can't let the fuel sit at all. Even worse if the carbs have small pilots
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Can't let the fuel sit at all. Even worse if the carbs have small pilots
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I have to start my bike at least once a week to keep the Carbs from gunking over.
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Depends on the bike. A single cylinder carbed bike in general is 10x easier to work on then an inline 4. That's not the question, though.

I never had issues on my carbed bike. Always ran 100% regardless of temperature. Spot on in reliability of any FI bike I've had. The only down side, is ethanol seems to tear down the internals of a carb a lot quicker.
that would be 4x not 10x
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I've got the opposite opinion.

The problem with Ethanol is that it causes water build up in fuel. Water in a bike with carbs is an inconvenience.....at worst you drain the bowls. Carbs that aren't screwed with & have reasonable care taken
(like turn off fuel & run dry when stored for a while) Will be just as reliable as Fi

I've seen FI bikes not make it out of the parking lot of a gas station when they get a few drops of water in the fuel. With Fi you have to tear down the whole system because the water gets stuck in the fuel rail & on the little screen filters on the injectors......Total pain in the & dent in the pocket book
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I've got the opposite opinion.

The problem with Ethanol is that it causes water build up in fuel. Water in a bike with carbs is an inconvenience.....at worst you drain the bowls. Carbs that aren't screwed with & have reasonable care taken
(like turn off fuel & run dry when stored for a while) Will be just as reliable as Fi

I've seen FI bikes not make it out of the parking lot of a gas station when they get a few drops of water in the fuel. With Fi you have to tear down the whole system because the water gets stuck in the fuel rail & on the little screen filters on the injectors......Total pain in the & dent in the pocket book
Water is far from the only issue with ethanol. You have obviously not had to clean the white or pinkish sandy like substance out of carbs yet. It was a constant issue on my boat. If it sat for more than 30 days, I had to rebuild the carbs. It was a brand new boat. My mechanic said it is what he does all day since the addition of ethanol.
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On a bike what do you think is easier to maintain?
Neither. I like electronic fuel injection
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I have had both..FI is nice, it makes "Less to think about" on the bike. But for me, I like having to mess with carbs ( am I sick? ). get them setup and cleaned correctly the first time and you have no issues. If You know the bike will sit for a bit just put Staibil in the tank and drive around a bit to get that fuel in the carbs, top off tank and put her away.

Carbs / FI for me makes no diff... as long as its two wheels.
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