I leave the carb work to the experts at this stage in my life, but I've been building confidence by changing my own plugs, oil, air filter, final drive oil, etc. It's a great feeling and a great way to save some money.
Around here an oil change is about $100 for dino oil. I can go full synthetic with a K&N oil filter for about $40. Probably took me about an hour the first time, but it sure helped me feel willing to try more and more work for myself. Give it a shot next time, just get a digital version of the service manual and go to town.
Ben C - Cary, NC
2001 XV1600A Road Star
2003 XVS650A V Star Classic