Yes, had one, I think mine had carbs too, can't remember (sorry, gettin' old.
What I remember is the motor is definitely outstanding. There was almost a cult following for the model, a great forum at socalsvriders.com. I met up with almost 200 of them at a rally in Temecula. Nice group, a lot of younger riders. They had figured out how to tweak a lot of performance out of them. A lot got into doing track days with them. They still make a great track-day specific bike.
I prefer a v-twin to a parallel twin. More grunt, peak torque at a lower rpm, just different. I traded mine for a DL1000. Yes, drank the koolaid. The Vstrom was the other extreme - too big, too heavy. But it could haul the freight, and fast. I was going to kill myself on that one so I sold it. I wanted to ride Baja with it but never got the chance. Maybe can still do that on the versys. The Wee-Strom wasn't out yet when I bought mine, and it is COMPLETELY different from the SV. The Versys is kind of in the middle, just a lot more versatile.
I thought the SV was smallish as well. I wanted something that would handle side bags two-up. The SV was really too small for that. I had the 'S' model and my wrists would ache after a time in the saddle.
Very nice solid bike though. Definitely more focused on canyon carving than the versys. While the V can do that too, it is more comfortable, and opens up the option for adventure travel type riding. Forget all that with the SV.
If you are a purely road rider the SV is a good option. Yes, the naked with higher bars will be more comfortable, but not much wind protection for any distance riding. It's more of an urban, street-fighter type bike.
The grown up SV became the Gladius. Yuk. Zuki builds a good bike though, I never had any complaints with either of them. IMHO, of the four jap makes, Yamaha is just a cut above, the rest all pretty much equal as far as build quality. Perhaps Kawasaki with a bit of a performance edge over the three remaining. I've owned all four brands a one time or another. Still prefer euro bikes.