Originally Posted by Head2Wind
Yes, sometimes simple is better, but I believe that a EFI/ECU managed engine can be a better solution provided there are failure modes and/or overrides that will allow the rider to at the very least get to a place where repairs can be made.
Agreed. To win a bet, I had a mid 2000 Honda Accord V6 running on just 2 cylinders and with every sensor unplugged but the crank position sensor. There is quite good fail over/limp home modes in modern cars.
In contrast, most 1990s cars are not failure tolerant. Unplug the MAP sensor and it won't run. Motorcycle EFI tech seems to be around the 1990s right now. Give it time.