So for me, the carb access hasn't been an issue Me too with my 2012 . I bought my 2006 new in Jan 2006 and just sold it in Aug 2013 with around 1000 hrs on the motor with no rebuild or anything more significant than some new clutch plates and one valve adjustment. She was as solid as a rock and not once in the time I had her did I regret my purchase. That being said, my new 2013 is leaps and bounds better with, I hope, the same rock solid motor. The fuel injection is flawless, the new suspension is phenomenal (even compared to my revalved 2006 stuff), and she feels 40 lbs lighter when riding!