Thanks Strat, welcome back man
and no problem with the links. Gotta try to help when I can. I totally feel you on not having enough time to work on the bike, I only get a couple hours most weeks to fuck around on it.
Kodiak - Thanks. I think I've come to terms with the quirks of the cm/brokebacks. There is no way I'm gonna try all out cafe with this one. I'm really just using it as a platform to learn how to work on and modify bikes in general. Like you said, ask questions... I've got a wiring thread that's on hold while I follow up on the responses I got and read up on electronics
I've seen a ton of threads here on shortening your own cables, so I know I can do it. I'm still getting over the "be safe have a pro do it" mentality most of my friends and family have always taken. Switching gears to "Be safe and do it the right fucking way".
Man, I'm itching to finally get my bike back on the road for a few hundred miles, wicked jealous.