When I was looking for a bike, I had this irrational fear of carbs. Why? Well, I love wrenching on bikes. BICYCLES that is. Add an engine and I get the heebie-jeebies. So I went with the SV650s (the Ninja 650 was right in there too) because all the smaller bikes were carb’d.
I’ve survived to tell the tale, but if I were to do it all over again, I’d probably go with a Ninja 500 (or even 250) or the GS500 and not give a rip about the carbs.