The throttle body (TB), manufactured by Bing, measures 29mm in diameter at the butterfly. It weighs only 122 grams. Compared with a traditional Dellorto trials carb with a 26mm venturi, the Bing TB yields about 24% more airflow area (but the intrusion of the butterfly reduces that somewhat). When the butterfly is completely closed some air can still get through a 1.5mm bypass hole in the butterfly.
Unlike an automotive system with a manifold air flow (MAF) sensor (and oxygen-sensor feedback), the TR280i assumes a particular airflow at a particular throttle opening and engine speed. With this type of EFI system, when the air filter gets dirty it causes the engine to run with excess fuel near idle. With a dirty air filter, the airflow is reduced but the standard amount of fuel is injected resulting in a rich condition. The same thing happens when the TB gets dirty with soot that occludes the small area opened by the butterfly near idle. That rich running is a self-reinforcing problem because more soot is then deposited on the inside of the TB.
Initially, I did not like how light the return spring is on the throttle body but have grown accustomed to it.
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