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I have a direct comparison, since I have two Honda Shadows, with otherwise very similar engines, but one has fuel injection, one has twin carbs. I think there's also a single carb version... The fuel injected one has always been perfectly reliable. At the end of each season I run the tank down to near empty, but I don't think there's any procedure to ...


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Go with a model that has a long run history with few changes. I have never had a issue with Harley Sportsters or Ninjas 650r. The bike that gives me the most trouble is a Yamaha, but that was because of heavy modification.the definition of hot rodding something is you are taking it closer to its mechanical limits so it becomes less reliable.Stick with long ...


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Overall, and especially on multi-cylinder engines, carburetors simply don't stand a chance. Jets that may get clogged, diaphragms that may rip, and reliance on exact pressure levels all provide failure points. Unless the bike has some sort of automatic start assist, you'll also have to get used to using the choke to start the engine when cold. If anything ...


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It is difficult to answer as potential problems vary. A carb bike can suffer more from modern fuel degrading if unused for a while, leaving residues blocking jets. Needle valve can wear / stick causing flooding. With CV type carbs the diaphragms can perish. With multiple carbs they need balancing occasionally. But if used regularly then not a major issue, ...


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