carburator or fuel injection

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by cper, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. cper

    cper New Member

    hi fellas just want pick your brains. i am considering a carburated bike can you guys give me the pros and cons of both what could give more trouble what would cost more to fix. Thanks
  2. Bud White

    Bud White Well-Known Member Retired Moderators

    both are good..

    carb bike is easier to retune if you do upgrades exhust/air filter.. cams
    but they start harder when its cold and crud can collect in card and varnish from old gas


    more reliable in general i feel easy start in winter for sure


    you have to either have a tuner and know how to tune or take it done when you do mods..

    lots of people are scared by the technology involved and if you don't do your own stuff can be a problem to find someone in the know

    I have one of each and like both ..

    and when tuned correctly fuel mileage wont be a issue i get dang close to the same on each bike i get 42-44 on my RKC which is FI

    and 41 on Fatboy if i can control the right wrist
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2010

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

    Re: carburetor or fuel injection

    Bud pretty much summed it up...EFI is the wave of the future and is going to be standard fare in the near foreseeable future.

    But that said, I'll play devils advocate...I like Carburetors for the simplicity, tunability and fairly low cost of ownership...with tried and true literally better than 20 years of performance tuning in it's wake in various venues to get all the nits worked out, so very little is needed to keep running, again if your a DIYer.

    Having an EFI bike already you know the initial high cost of admission and you also know that once setup it is fairly "maintenance and trouble free". But I am a hands on kinda guy, who does not mind spending little bits along the way rather than the huge expense up front. Stage I costs inside $500 for carb version, and EFI will cost more closer to double that and certainly you have to be a bit more savvy, but the good news is you have a lot of friends here at HDT to help you sort things out, in either case.
  4. kemo

    kemo R.I.P

    I have to agree with NEWHD74FAN. I still like a carb for all the reasons that he mentions.
  5. Bud White

    Bud White Well-Known Member Retired Moderators

    Dont get me wrong guys i love a carb to and its my playaround .. but for my touring bike got to love the fi no retuning or worrying about it climbing mountains etc
  6. walleye

    walleye Junior Member Contributor

    One thing about a carbed bike is you can still get that wonderful
    "P-O-T-A-T-O" sound that I miss hearing. I loved the sound of a carbed bike that was just started and gave that sound only a HD could deliver. Can't do that with a EFI scooter!:p Now I have to admit, I never did own a carbed HD. I owned other carbed rides and always envied my fellow HD riders when we fired them up. Finally got to where I could afford one and it was EFI time. Never had a problem in any altitude or starting with the EFI. Wish I could afford one of each! :)

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

    No worries Bud, while owning my Metric (Suzuki Katana), I have to admit I was almost ready to pull the trigger on a big inch EFI fire breather...I have said before to close the deal, an alpha male has to have his emotions held in check, in this case my gal was the one who helped "rein" me in a bit...Harley...aren't those bikes unreliable and slow as a stone...:newsmile100:, and once I put a leg over that Sporty, I had to say, what a hoot to need to row the gear box and no carburetion from a CV in line four felt as crisp...EFI at the time was only out for about 3 years, and not nearly as satisfying, completely blindsided this ol' biker. EFI is now pretty standard fare, and frankly if you want to extract maximum performance out of a modern EPA compliant engine, you need it otherwise why do you think MOCO has virtually the ONLY Oil-Air-Cooled powered vehicle currently in production...HD R&D is working overtime to keep it that way! :D
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2010
  8. Bodeen

    Bodeen Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    +1 on what Smitty say's, Exactly why my bike is a carb. Some and I mean Some of the early EFI's didnt have a good rap. I shopped for carb because of it. Having said that, I have had my share of issues with my carb. I was able to get them fixed with a little time and effort. Not sure I could have done it all myself with EFI. Hope that helps, good luck.

  9. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    Being that ive been around motorcycles for many years ive got to know and understand carbs and how they work and what to do if they have a problem so one of the reasons i prefer the older bikes is carbs and not to much fancy electronics
    ive got all that stuff on the car and it can be a pain when it fails

  10. sprinklerfitter669

    sprinklerfitter669 Junior Member

    I said when i got mine with EFI, that i would never go back ! It is so nice to get on start it and go, never having to play with the choke, or forgetting about it 2 miles down the road,
    However as everybody else said, they make it so you have to go to the dealer to install add-ons.
    I guess it is just personal preference. I really like the fact though of just heading off with no worrys.