I own a 1997 Monster....
...and I love this machine. The new Monsters aren't as simple and easy to service as the old ones. If you want a Monster, go for it!
I'd buy the new 20th anniversary model.
If the stock fueling troubles you, invest in the DP ECU and Termi exhaust and you should be fine.
Let us know.
1997 Ducati Monster 750
2004 Suzuki V-Strom 650
2004 Honda RC51