FUELING DOWN UNDER
Q:G’day from Australia! My query concerns a desire to put a carburetor on my XB Buell so that I might ride without all those sensors interfering with things. See, I’m not up with the computer side of these neat bikes, and since Harley-davidson flushed Buell away, its dealers seem uninterested in dealing with us Buellsters.
Harley-davidson also doesn’t seem interested in releasing software to blokes like me so that we might try to work issues out ourselves, alas. So, Cycle World, could you help with info regarding putting a carby on my Buell or perhaps tell where I might source software allowing me to work on my bike?
Yeah, there are six XB Buells in my shed, and my two sons have three more. BRUCE LINNELL AUSTRALIA
A:Fitting a carb would be a big step backward. Those sensors aren't interfering with anything and in fact help the bike run its best from cold start at sea level to high altitude and at any reasonable temperature. Fuel-injec-
tion, in general, will allow an engine to make more power and use less fuel. The XB also uses a downdraft intake, so fitting a carb would be tricky. The OE Dynamic Digital Fuel Injection (DDFI) was reliable and worked well. Direct Link Software from technoresearch. com allows ECU tuning. There are also a number of add-on tuners!