There is virtually no market for points ignitions - and there is a reason for that.Matt
Hutch, it appears you are the poster boy for bad karma! In 20 years with 2 Harleys I never had a problem with ignitions or belt drive. The Electra-Glide belt had a rock imbedded in it and the dealer for years said not to worry about it. I didn't. As for being stranded on the road, that's a pain but very rare. Towing insurance is cheap. Barring that, a pickup truck works nicely. However, I do admire your do-it-yourself approach to the RE.
I totally disagree. EFI is so much simpler than carb tuning that you can't even compare the two in the same breath. It is a common misconception that you have to re-map the computer when you change something. That is flat wrong. An EFI system is engineered to keep the engine running at optimum fuel / air ratio regardless of atmospheric conditions. Therefore if you do things like changing out an air filter or add a performance exhaust, the EFI system automatically compensates and keeps the A/F ratio within a set range at all throttle positions and under varying loads. A carburettor simply can't do that. A carb is at best a compromise, it can never constantly adjust itself like EFI can. The reason that many people re-map their EFI system's VE (Volumetric Efficiency) tables is to remove lean running under certain conditions that are put in place for emmisions reasons. Most have been sold a bill of goods, that they need these piggy-back boxes to adjust the system for the pipes they have installed. To a very small extent, that's true. But only with regard to absolute peak performance across throttle position and loads. For 99.9% of street riding the stock maps will work just fine, regardless of which pipe has been installed.For me, even if I have to hook up a lap top to my system and take 15 or so seconds to download a new map, that sure beats the crap out of busting out the tools and rejetting a carb (or multiple carbs), where you're looking at an hour minimum, and you'd better hope you guessed correctly on jet size, or you'll have to do it all over again.
I hear ya, Hutch! Towing service may be cheap, but they have to be able to find you. Try breakingdown in the foothills of MO where you can't even get a cell phone signal. After all,everyone keeps saying Enfields are made for the backroads. : >I've probably broken down 30 times in 50 years. lol.In the 60s, it was a way of life. Your tool kit weighed more than you did.Progress is great, but only if you adapt to it. I own a Chevy HHR. Great machine with Star Wars technology. But gawd help meif I ever have a problem. There's nothing under the hood that I even recognize.Ding Hao!Rick
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