In August 2005 I finally got my XL600 back from the shop after 5 weeks of waiting. They basically took my $800 (Can) and gave me my bike back running worse then it did before (backfires under deceleration more now, idles really low/stalls easily, clutch lever doesnt disengage clutch till its almost all the way out) with one new leak (at the front of the motor, something to do with an oil line) and one remaining that they supposedly fixed (behind front sprocket). After riding the bike around a little bit, the throttle cable broke. This was the last straw for me, so I tried to sell the beast before leaving for school for the year, but was not able to get rid of it. Now, time has healed my wounds of frustration, dissapointment, and money loss, and I want to try again with the bike. For Christmas holidays this year, when I go back to my parents house, I want to get the throttle cable fixed so I can again ride the XL. I dont actually know where it is broken, all I know is that when you go to rev the throttle, theres no resistance, and the motor doesnt respond. Now any time I rode the bike before, there was a pretty noticeable "resistance" to get through before you could open the throttle more. Is this normal for these bikes or should the throttle feel like any other bike...ie smooth all the way through the motion? If this was caused by the cable binding as it goes through the headlight area, how should I route it so it wont happen again? How difficult is replacing the throttle cable? Do I need all the housing and stuff or just the actual cable? Should I try taking to another shop instead of doing it myself? Again, I have minimal mechanical skill. Thanks in advance, I am really looking forward to riding again in a few weeks!