A single carb conversion being on the darkside... not really.
If there is a stumbling block when it comes to single carb conversions, it is more a matter of personal opinions causing problems. Some recommend that plenum heat is required and you will never get a single carb to work right without it. Others say that properly jetting the carb negates the need for plenum heat. What's right and what's wrong
I guess that just depends on what you want to achieve from your conversion, what your abilities are, and how much you want to do to it.
Personally, I do not have any plenum heat and haven't had any problems without having the heat, but it took some tinkering to get the carb adjusted and jetted correctly for my situation. It was not a plug/play application right from the box. There are those that hold true to the idea that plenum heat is an absolute must and he goes out of his way to attack anyone that says otherwise. He resorts to bashing people on forums and even YouTube videos. These are his hallmarks, so just be aware that if anything, you are more of a black sheep depending on which way you go, rather than going to the darkside.
In the end, I have a bike that has one carb so synching is a thing of the past. I have completely removed the choke linkage from my carb as it isn't needed and I can still get the bike started in 20 degree weather. Parts for my 34 Pict 3 carb are far cheaper and more plentiful than they were for the stock set-up: try walking into NAPA for a rebuild kit for the 1100 carb set. Oh, even if I would need to replace the entire carb, I could still do it for less than a rebuild kit for the 1100 or the 1200 carbs.
Yeah you could say I am firmly in to single carb club one way or the other.