I had a year #1 (86) evo sportster, and now have an 04 (carbed rubber mount). I gotta say, I prefer the rubber mounted sportster hands down. It still feels plenty quick and nimble, but doesn't rattle the fillings out of my teeth on extended highway slogs @ 80mph. Like Morvenhouse said, it's just about the perfect comprimise....w/o really comprimising anything.
04 883c converted to 1250 NHRS/Stage I porting/ Andrews N4 cams / S&S carb