Steve, I can only assume that you find twin carbs beyond you?
That you find 2 carbs so much trouble does suggest that you stay in single-world.
Sure you wouldn't prefer the single leading shoe brake?
To say "half the problems" is absurd, a little extra care and understanding is all that is required to bring the edge out of these lovely animals.
Has your "half a bonneville" ever gone anywhere of significance? Dave
I meant to answer this and forgot.
You assume wrong.
I own eleven motorcycles and maintain all of them. I've built four of them myself. Four of the bikes are BMW's with all (but the single) with dual carbs. I've done my share of carb cleaning, re-building, tuning, and balancing.
I have a 66 TR6R with a single carb and find it ideal for street riding. No issues with carb imbalance. Can I balance carbs? You bet I can. Do I want to on the side of the road? No.
Do I prefer sls brakes? Don't be silly.
What's my "half a bonneville?" Surely you don't mean the TR6R.