I happen to love carbed bikes, but I think that is just because it is simpler and I can fix it without relying on mechanics or computers. For the 03, try a powercommander to smooth it out a little. It just takes a little getting used to, the difference. My 919 is EFI and I love it, but it is just different. As for the pull, it is still a 650 so I am not sure what you are looking for, but it is awesome (again, keep in mind, for a 650cc). Can't beat a twin in the twisties (unless it is a track, not the open road). Also try a smaller front sprocket. It will never pull like a 100+hp inline four, but when you drop into a turn and you aren't sure if you are in the right gear, you just turn the throttle and it's like someone grabs you by the ass and slings you out of the turn. It's as much fun as you can have outside of the bedroom. Like I said, it isn't a drag bike and it never will be. It's just loads of fun. Don't give up on the 650, just appreciate it for what it is...or get a 1000. It's a bike meant for riding, and riding everywhere, all the time, not just on the track. As for the bars, swap out for some renthals. They work wonders. you could also try a barsnake to decrease vibes. I am gonna do one of those two for this one because we are heading out on a 3.5k mile trip. I'll let you know how it goes.