That's just plain silly anti-logic.Pick up a leftover '08 over the winter. It'll be cheap, and more importantly it'll have carbs. As we all know, real men ride carbureted motorcycles. EFI just takes all the predictability out of it.
Carbs are totally the way to go. I saw a study once that proved that they make it harder for police to clock your bike when you're speeding, which is why the government is putting all these pollution controls in place to get rid of them. The CVKs will also do your taxes if you ask them nicely, and I hear that the Mikuni flatslides give a mean foot rub. Beat that, EFI...That's just plain silly anti-logic.
Buy EFI and you'll never want to go back...
US bikes make the carb to EFI change from '08 to '09. Euros and UK from '07 to '08. The '08 US bikes have the bigger EFI tank in preparation for the change, but I believe all the model year '08s have carbs.On the carb / EFI split, I beleive 08 was when they changed to EFI, in additon to stretching the wheel base a bit.
The first year for EFI is 2009. I have one. It's the smoothest running new bike I have ever owned. You'd never know it has only 200 miles on it. The transmission shifts wisper quiet, the valves are silent too and now that I have Togas installed it has the most pleasant exhaust note of any bike I've owned (and I've owned many).On the carb / EFI split, I beleive 08 was when they changed to EFI, ...
Your arse must be much younger than mineI have a 2007 Scrambler with Thunderbike Reverse cone pipes fitted - My wife and I have used this for 2-4 hour rides around Perth - even in our summer - with no complaints from either the comfort ( seat) or pipes (heat) perspective. I am thinking of trying a Triuph Scrambler Gel seat - on the few all day rides I have done towards the end of 6 hours or so the std seat gets a bit so so - but there is plenty of real estate to re-adjust the stance so not so bad.
This is the same face my girl has on when she' on my bike... Or at least I think it is. She hates riding on the back of my Scrambler and quite honestly, I hate having a passenger on the back almost as much.My wife and I are good for short trips on the Scrambler together. We simply have a blast on the bike, running out to one of the little towns nearby, stopping for lunch, all that stuff. The high pipes haven't been a problem. The seat that is great for me alone isn't so comfortable with two of us on it.
I dial in all the preload avail on the stock shocks when we're riding two-up. It helps, but better shocks would be the way to go.
Engine power surprised me. I'm not overwhelmed by the Scrambler's acceleration, but it was still quite strong even two up. Better than anticipated. With two of us aboard, I can pull out onto the highway and be up to 60 - 70 mph in short order, very comfortably.
I think though - that for two-up touring - there are many better options, all of them are bigger bikes.