Originally Posted by JohnCW
That's not my experience. Post say mid 1980's and a carby is virtually bullet proof in reliability terms if someone hasn't stuffed around with it/them. What does go wrong with them, other than crappy fuel being stuck in.
How can FI be "miles above" something that doesn't have any real problems reliability wise?
Carbs are bullet proof, especially when the fuel if properly filtered as dirt & poor fuel are the only deal stoppers. The longest running bikes in the world - Honda Cubs use carbs.